The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 11/29/13

Categories: Weekend

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Hunters return to Brooklyn this Saturday
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Friday, 11/29:

Brian McKnight + Musiq Soulchild + Avant
Beacon Theatre
8:00 p.m., $45-$95
Brian McKnight probably edges out Babyface for the title of "Smoothest Artist in 1990s R&B," as the latter's funk background generally meant that his hits contained some degree of urban edge. Mr. McKnight, on the other hand, was more indebted to gospel and smooth jazz, and his most enduring songs ("Anytime," "Back to One," "The Only One For Me") are all ballads, floating in the elegant ether of '80s Quiet Storm. Even his more "uptempo" numbers like "You Should Be Mine" still prominently display atmospheric piano chords taken straight from Aja and jazzy vocal harmonies reminiscent of Take 6, his older brother's gospel/vocalese group. McKnight's music is perfect for these late-fall evenings when people sport sophisticated coats, turtlenecks, and scarves, and his concerts provide the perfect space for Autumn in New York-style romance. -- By Winston Groman

Steve Tyrell
Cafe Carlyle
Friday & Saturday, 8:45 p.m. & 10:45 p.m. daily, $65-$185
As an A&R man he's overseen Rod Stewart, but perhaps he has taken a step back since becoming a gritty crooner in his own right. Always remember, though, that Tyrell did sing with his Texas rock band back in the day. Now he's into standards exclusively and will saunter through venerable tunesmiths like Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Rodgers, Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Carole King, Michel Legrand, and Alan and Marilyn Bergman. -- By David Finkle

Saturday, 11/30:

Hunters
The Glasslands Gallery
8:00 p.m., $10
In December 2012, this paper put Brooklyn indie-punk duo Hunters on the cover and declared the group was bringing "scuzzy collision rock back to Brooklyn." In the story, former Smashing Pumpkins member and Hunters buddy James Iha recalled the first time he saw the prickly pair: "They went off like an explosion in the corner 
of the room." That show was at a small Chinatown art gallery. Tonight, they play Glasslands, which is bigger than an art 
gallery but still small enough to feel the group's sonic aftershocks. Earlier this year, Hunters released their self-titled debut, which contains 10 catchy post-art-rock cuts that recall the frenzy of similarly indie-minded co-ed groups like Sonic Youth and X. With Audacity and Big Ups. -- By Kory Grow

Phosophorescent
Rough Trade NYC
3:00 p.m., free
Matthew Houck -- the man behind Phosphorescent -- has been making music for over a decade, yet his 2013 Muchacho still manages to feel like a fresh variety of Houck's signature lo-fi, folksy blues. It includes the entrancing melancholy lullabies of "Song For Zula" that immediately stood out as a new high water mark in the Phosphorescent catalogue. Except the gritty blues of his Alabama roots, a band that's skilled enough to improvise, and elegantly constructed country ballads and jam outs. -- By Caitlin White

Karen Mantler
Barbes
8:00 p.m., $10
The consistently charming and perhaps fatally self-effacing daughter of Carla Bley and Michael Mantler may have found her home away from home at this cozy Park Slope haven. Joined by Kato Hideki (bass guitar) and Doug Wieselman (bass clarinet, guitar), expect Mantler (piano, chromatic harmonica, vocals) to perform quirky pop-jazz classics such as "My Cat Arnold," "My Organ," and the seasonal, if ironic, "I Love Christmas." -- By Richard Gehr

Location Info

Map

Beacon Theatre

2124 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: Music

Cafe Carlyle

35 E. 76th St., New York, NY

Category: General

The Glasslands Gallery

289 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Rough Trade NYC

64 N. 9th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Barbes

376 9th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Death by Audio

49 S. 2nd St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Nublu Club

62 Avenue C, New York, NY

Category: Music

Le Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Cornelia Street Café

29 Cornelia St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Birdland

315 W. 44th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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