The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 10/28/13

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Nothing will be the same after seeing Drake at Barclays on Monday night
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Monday, 10/28:

Drake + Miguel + Future
Barclays Center
7:00 p.m., $79.75-$109.75
Bad news, Future fans who purchased tickets to see the Atlanta rapper open Drake's Barclays gig: The guy behind the prettiest hooks in hip-hop got kicked off the tour for telling Billboard that the songs on the headliner's recent album, Nothing Was the Same, is full of hits but not ones that make you want to fall in love. He's right, of course--even the lush "Hold On, We're Going Home" is spoiled by the oddly possessive "I know exactly who you could be"--though for many, that's the appeal. If the hook from "Furthest Thing" doesn't hit you, you probably gave up on this guy a long time ago. But fear not, lovebirds: Miguel will still be there to romance you with tracks like "#Beautiful" and "Adorn." -- By Nick Murray

Update: Scratch that scratch? Reports are that Future will indeed be opening tonight.

Alan Jackson
Carnegie Hall
8:00 p.m., $39.50-$99.50
Alan Jackson is probably best known for his 9/11 tribute song "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," but fans know that his career began back in 1989 when he signed to Arista's country division and issued his debut album Here in the Real World the following year. His particular brand of country music has always centered on the everyday occurrences that blossom into unforgettable moments. From the tongue in cheek sing-a-longs like "Chattahoochee" and "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" to tracks that attempt to tackle national tragedies, Jackson is as all-American as they come, and his appearance at Carnegie Hall only affirms that. Just this year, Jackson released both Precious Memories, Vol. 2 and The Bluegrass Album, continuing his foray into the rich tradition of American music with takes on (respectively) gospel and bluegrass. -- By Caitlin White

Sparks
Webster Hall
8:30 p.m., $30
To say you've "grown up" with Sparks, the Los Angeles-raised brothers who released their debut album in 1971, is to suggest a vertigo-inducing oscillation of witty pop kicks and refreshingly distanced cerebral strategies. Like Queen, only funnier, Russell Mael's eternal falsetto plays off Ron Mael's needling baroque omnipop keyboards in songs ranging from '70s hits like "Amateur Hour," "Propaganda," and "Something for the Girl with Everything" through their amazing Giorgio Moroder electropop collaboration, No. 1 in Heaven, the 2002 classical gas Lil' Beethoven, a pop musical titled The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman, and many more. Here, however, you'll find nothing more (nor less) than the brothers alone as they reprise the "Two Hands One Mouth" tour that kicked off last year in Europe. -- By Richard Gehr

Tuesday, 10/29:

Chance the Rapper + DJ Rashad + DJ Spinn
S.O.B.'s
Tuesday, 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m., $18/$22
Starting with the sunny, Sunday-morning harmonies that open "Good Ass Intro", Chance the Rapper's April mixtape, Acid Rap, is a striking accord of feel-good, neo-soul sounds and compulsively-rhymed, P.T.S.D.-afflicted raps. Chance was apparently raised in a loving, middle-class home, but not far from the "Chi Raq" war zone which is home to Chicago's "drill" scene (e.g., Chief Keef, Lil Durk), and accordingly, the titular "acid" refers to Chance's two preferred palliatives for coping with the 2011 murder of his friend Rodney Kyles, Jr., which he witnessed firsthand: acid tabs and acid jazz. -- By Rajiv Jaswa

Yonder Mountain String Band + Founding Fathers
Brooklyn Bowl
Tuesday & Wednesday, 8:00 p.m., $25/$30
Led by scatting mandolinist Jeff Austin, Colorado's Yonder Mountain String Band is a super-tight improvising bluegrass quartet that reliably transforms wherever they happen to play into a sizzling skillet of inventive picking, compelling crooning, and general high, lonesome mayhem. The Founding Fathers, meanwhile, consist of Infamous Stringdusters members who fled Nashville for Charlottesville, Virginia. -- By Richard Gehr


Location Info

Venue

Map

Carnegie Hall

W. 57th & Seventh Ave., New York, NY

Category: General

Barclays Center

620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Webster Hall

125 E. 11th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

S.O.B.'s

204 Varick St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Brooklyn Bowl

61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

The Stone

16 Ave. C, New York, NY

Category: Music

Death by Audio

49 S. 2nd St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Cameo Gallery

93 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Theater at Madison Square Garden

7th Ave. & 32nd St., New York, NY

Category: General

The Paper Box

17 Meadow St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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2 comments
travon.free
travon.free

I guess Ed Sheeran at MADISON SQUARE GARDEN on Tuesday is no big deal.

shoyu
shoyu

What?! No mention of Chris Brown? He's performing Tuesday at the Roseland Ballroom, awesoming he can stay out of jail long enough.

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