The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 11/4/13

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Jessie Ware will be crooning at Irving Plaza this Monday night
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Monday, 11/4

Jessie Ware + Mikky Ekko
Irving Plaza
7:00 p.m., $29.50
Are Big Punisher samples the new Aaliyah samples? In the past year, Ariana Grande flipped the "Still Not a Player" piano into teenpop gold, and a nationally respected underground rapper from Connecticut sampled Pun's "dead in the middle of Little Italy" tongue-twister on a track by his far-from-super group Demigodz. But, best of all, U.K. dance diva Jessie Ware included a vocal snippet from "100%" in her own "110%," a light, bouncy electro track made for afternoon dancing and late-night come-downs. Upon its official release, copyright forced Ware to change the sample (and, logically, the title), but the vibe remains. Tonight at Irving Plaza, expect the tune to warm up the crowd before hits like "Wildest Moments" and "Confess to Me" make it go boom. With Mikky Ekko, he who was featured on Rihanna's "Stay." -- By Nick Murray

Roomful of Teeth + Holly Herndon
Le Poisson Rouge
8:00 p.m., $20/$30
A show of teeth can be either welcoming or terrifying, and Massachusetts vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth embodies and celebrates that notion. Its performances are rusty saucers of tics, clicks, and other verbal detritus shaken and arranged into hilarious, baffling commentaries on the meaning conversation. They're like an NPR-friendly Matmos or Negativland, with a classical bent, and yet inherently more fascinating than whatever laptop splooge your cousin's boyfriend is hawking on Bandcamp this week. -- By Raymond Cummings

Tuesday, 11/5

The Head and the Heart + Quiet Life
Terminal 5
7:30 p.m., $30/$35
Off the strength of their initial self-titled release, this Seattle-based indie-folk band went from local darlings who met in Old Ballard's vibrant music scene in 2009 to a touring act with international acclaim. The organic popularity of their first release led to a record deal with Northwest label powerhouse Sub Pop in 2010, and the band went on to re-release the album in 2011 before putting out their sophomore Let's Be Still this October. With close-knit harmonies and plenty of spiritual and pastoral references, the band both reflects and embodies their Pacific Northwest roots while expanding nouveau folk tradition with pop-styled hooks and, as their name suggests, plenty of heart. Expect earnest lyrics with lots of strings and easy rhythms. -- By Caitlin White

The Men + Purling Hiss + Pampers
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9:00 p.m., $12/$14
Sometimes the most punk thing a band can do is explore a sound outside of the oft-homogenous punk aesthetic. 2012's Open Your Heart and this year's New Moon saw exactly that from New York's the Men, who added elements of country rock and Americana to their guttural and scuzzy garage rock sound, even going so far as to record some tunes around a campfire while recording in Big Indian, NY. We're sure in concert, the Men will be much rowdier. -- By Brittany Spanos

Wednesday, 11/6

Young Galaxy + Mister Lies + Brothertiger
Knitting Factory Brooklyn
7:30 p.m., $12
Young Galaxy might be a celestially-inclined dream pop band from Montreal, oft-compared to Galaxie 500 (fitting) and Pink Floyd (I don't understand), but their Polaris-nominated, synthesizer-studded album Ultramarine was a sublime descent into the dark side of doomed '80s new wave. As frontwoman Catherine McCandless lets her soaring Kate Bush vocals fly, she sings of the evening's pretty boys to come, qualifying, "For you I am a gangster" on "Hard To Tell." Let's see if she delivers the same promise to the Knitting Factory Brooklyn. With Mister Lies, Brothertiger. -- By Chandler Levack

Location Info


Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

Le Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Terminal 5

610 W. 56th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Music Hall of Williamsburg

66 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Knitting Factory Brooklyn

361 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Barclays Center

620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

The Mercury Lounge

217 E. Houston St., New York, NY

Category: Music


45 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Webster Hall

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

Category: Music

Brooklyn Bowl

61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

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