The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 11/18/13

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Say "What up, Yeezus" at Barclays two nights in a row this week
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Monday, 11/18:

Nightmares on Wax
Bowery Ballroom
9:00 p.m., $20
Since coming up in the bleep techno scene associated with Warp Records, English producer George Evelyn's career as Nightmares on Wax has diversified, undoubtedly influenced by a permanent move to Ibiza and his continued engagement with international hip-hop. The plural in Nightmares on Wax suggests an inherent eclecticism, and latest album Feelin' Good is suitably ebullient and far-reaching, with nods to downtempo hip-hop, Northern Soul, and sun-soaked dub. -- By Aaron Gonsher

Tuesday, 11/19:

Kanye West + Kendrick Lamar (Tues.)/A Tribe Called Quest (Wed.)
Barclays Center
Tuesday & Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., $49.50-$159.50
Has any 20-time Grammy winner ever been taken less seriously than Kanye West? Ignore the types -- bloggers, Twitter trolls, late-night TV hosts -- who consider his passionate accounts of racism and classism to be rants from a lunatic (all while complaining that pop stars these days aren't as political as they used to be) and listen to the dude on his own terms: At his last New York show, West announced that his forthcoming Yeezus wouldn't sound like what's on the radio, and at this follow-up he displays the 
glorious results, songs that pop with 
elements of everything from trap to 
industrial to dancehall. -- By Nick Murray

Wednesday, 11/20:

Nation Time
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
7:00 p.m., $30
The sonic skronk and squall that informs the downbeat post-pop expressionism of artist Christopher Wool, currently the subject of a career retrospective at the Guggenheim, is reflected in Nation Time, an evening of music and performance 
co-curated by the artist himself. His selections reflect a happy symmetry: They include punk godfather Richard Hell, who reads here, and Arto Lindsay, whose trio DNA virtually defined the No Age sound with brief blasts of head- or room-clearing noise. Even better, the free-jazz spirit embodied by Wool's snarliest graffiti-inspired paintings is represented by legendary 
improviser Joe McPhee and the Scandinavian trio known as The Thing, whose new Boot! opens with a scalding reinterpretation of Coltrane's sanctified "India." -- By Richard Gehr

Roy Ayers
9:00 p.m., $25
Roy Ayers is one of those musicians' musicans who inspired Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, and Dr. Dre, but also has equal respect from jazz luminaries such as Robert Glasper, Christian McBride, and Stefon Harris. The 73 year-old godfather of jazz-funk and composer behind '70s hit "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" still rocks the vibraphone as he continues to represent the common lineage between jazz, r&b, and hip-hop. Ayers makes as much sense at S.O.B.'s as he does at the Blue Note, where he has also played. Similarly, his music is as likely to turn up on the soundtrack for The Pink Panther as it is in 8 Mile. -- By Aidan Levy

The Hunt
Home Sweet Home
10:00 p.m., $7
New York institution Sacred Bones Records celebrated their five year anniversary last year at Joshua Tree, the very eve the Mayans planned the apocalypse. Industrial art-pop maven Zola Jesus headlined the festivities (check her out in the trailer for the latest Romeo & Juliet film) with the label's first signee, the Hunt, opening. The proto-Cult of Youth band will release The Hunt Begins, tracks recorded in 2009 as Sacred Bones 100th release this week, and the celebration will take place at the weekly goth party Nothing Changes at Home Sweet Home in the Lower East Side, with label founder Caleb Bratten and Pieter Schoolwerth of Wierd Records in the DJ booth. Vampric attire not required, but highly recommended. -- By Maria Sherman

Location Info


Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Barclays Center

620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

1071 Fifth Ave. (at 89th St.), New York, NY

Category: Film


204 Varick St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Home Sweet Home

131 Chrystie St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

11 W. 53rd St., New York, NY

Category: General

Music Hall of Williamsburg

66 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Shea Stadium BK

20 Meadow St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

285 Kent Ave

285 Kent Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

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