The Best Concerts in New York This Week, 11/25/13

Categories: Listings, Live

Credit: Mark Seliger | Slayer Official Site
This week, Slayer return to NYC for the first time since Jeff Hanneman passed in May
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Monday, 11/25:

Music Hall of Williamsburg
8:00 p.m., $15-$18
An L.A. kid whose dad played with Diana Ross and the Temptations and whose brother, Ronald Bruner Jr., drummed with Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, and Suicidal Tendencies, Thundercat is a 27-year-old, Flying Lotus-affiliated bassist who has grown big enough to play with artists like Snoop Dogg and Erykah Badu and listen to his own songs in Grand Theft Auto V. This spring, his grooves during Red Bull Music Academy's "Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets" were a highlight during an otherwise lackluster event; tonight, his headlining set at the Music Hall of Williamsburg gives him more than an hour to play tracks off his recent Apocalypse. -- By Nick Murray

Van Morrison
Theater at Madison Square Garden
8:00 p.m., $69.50-$250
As it goes with many performers saddled with expectations based on their earliest iconoclastic works, live performances means struggling to reconcile legends with the strain of age and economic imperative. This is especially true for Van Morrison, the famously mercurial singer capable of ecstasy as well as scowling indifference even in his prime. However, touring in support of a just-released deluxe edition of his classic Moondance, Morrison appears to be in surprisingly strong voice for a 68 year-old, so that even when he strains to capture his old feverish sensuality he retains an imposing and enviable stage presence. -- By Aaron Gonsher

Tuesday, 11/26:

Smash Mouth
Irving Plaza
7:00 p.m., $22
At times, San Jose's Smash Mouth can seem like a parodic cross between self-help guru pap and a commercial-jingle machine. "All Star" is their best-known anthemic goof, but it might surprise casual listeners to learn that they're packing an entire discography designed to scratch the same populist itch. The group's mash of ska, punk-lite, and power pop ingratiates, but singer Steve Harwell is its ever-present, backslapping main attraction, the host of every party you've never been at but declined to vacate for fear of missing out on something epic. -- By Raymond Cummings

Location Info


Music Hall of Williamsburg

66 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Theater at Madison Square Garden

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

Category: General

Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

Blue Note

131 W. 3rd St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Beacon Theatre

2124 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: Music

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