The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 11/1/13

Categories: Weekend

Steve Aoki fronts a stellar line-up at Pier 94 this Friday evening
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Friday, 11/1:

Steve Aoki + Waka Flocka Flame + Borgore + Pharrell Williams
Pier 94
9:00 p.m., $65-$125
Borgore ruined dubstep, per the title of the Israel DJ's fifth EP, Borgore Ruined Dubstep, but the man who pushed a once-underground sound in the direction of hard rock and mainstream acceptance is only an opening act on this lineup of taste-breaking debasers: Where Google results show that fellow opener Waka Flocka Flame, that post-crunk Atlanta rapper who came up under (but is currently in conflict with) Gucci Mane has ruined everything from "a fan's marriage" to "every song he's in," headlining L.A. electro don Steve Aoki has supposedly botched both "Kid Cudi's 'Pursuit of Happiness'" and "the long-haired look for Asian guys." The exception, of course, is Pharrell Williams, the singer and former Neptunes producer who has contributed to universally acknowledged articles of greatness such as Wreckx-N-Effect's "Rump Shaker," Ludacris's "Southern Hospitality," and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." -- By Nick Murray

Bowery Ballroom
9:00 p.m., $20
Indie icon Lou Barlow always stays in perpetual motion. Over the past decade or so, he has put out solo albums and reunited with Dinosaur Jr. and, in 2007, he reignited Sebadoh, the bristly, sometimes melancholic indie-rock group he formed after he was kicked out of Dinosaur Jr. in the late '80s. These days, he's pulling double- or triple-duty, depending on which band has the most current album. The carte du jour features Sebadoh's first album since the '90s, Defend Yourself, which Barlow & co. put out this past September. It's a typically quirky, shambolic and catchy offering from the group, picking up right where they left off in 1999. "Failure is a state of mind," Barlow sings on the album's boot-scootin', countryish "State of Mind"; it's an aphorism that fits Barlow's M.O. perfectly. With Octa#grape. -- By Kory Grow

Saint Vitus
8:00 p.m., $17
Everything awe-inspiring and horrifying about Japanese underground music -- including ultra-chirpy female vocals, Gojira-scale percussive pummel, and smarter-than-you'll-ever-be guitartronics -- fuses into a hyperactive pop-savvy whole on Melt-Banana's 11th and latest album, Fetch. Bass-slinging singer Yasuko Onuki and fifth-dimensional guitarist Ichirou Agata's first studio album in six years (they recorded their lo-fi debut, Speak Squeak Creak, in Steve Albini's basement studio in 1993) is an equally dazzling and daunting half-hour of infotainment overload. Drummers having come and gone, Onuki and Agata are touring as a duo, with impossible percussion provided by a computer. Avant-karaoke or not, the music's core remains Onuki's sweet-and-sour, hectoring motormouth and Agata's time-hacking, electronically augmented speed-metal architectonics. Like their opening track suggests, Melt-Banana are a candy gun. -- By Richard Gehr

'The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses'
Theater at Madison Square Garden
8:00 p.m., $62.50-$112.50
Theater at Madison Square Garden: Stop it already with your ironic enjoyment of the theme from Super Mario Brothers--that's actually a pretty lazy choice as nostalgic video game music goes. At this show, nearly thirty years of tunes from the Legend of Zelda game series will get a full orchestral treatment, which should reveal more of the complexity. Until then, just keep scanning the virtual radio stations programmed into the cars of Grand Theft Auto V and hope one of the DJs decides to go rogue and offer up a preview? -- By Vijith Assar

'Verboten' w/ Carl Craig + Moodymann + Kenny Larkin
The Paper Box
10:00 p.m., $25
Kenny Dixon Jr., a/k/a Moodymann, throws roller disco parties in his hometown of Detroit and has been known to hand out T-shirts at gigs that say "Your Girlfriend Prefers 12 Inches." It would be a mistake to think Moodymann is a gimmick, though: For over two decades house fans have considered Dixon an unparalleled raconteur and inimitable selector of deep funk and soul. It will be intriguing to see how his humor plays when he spins in Bushwick alongside a famously stone-faced icon of Detroit techno's 2nd wave, Carl Craig. -- By Aaron Gonsher

Location Info


Pier 94

711 12th Ave., New York, NY

Category: General

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Saint Vitus Bar

1120 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

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

Town Hall

123 W. 43rd St., New York, NY

Category: General

54 Below

254 W. 54th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

285 Kent Ave

285 Kent Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Webster Hall

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

Category: Music

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