The Best Concerts in New York This Week, 12/2/13

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Courtesy of Partisan Records // Credit: Hörður Sveinsson
John Grant plays both Music Hall of Williamsburg and Rough Trade this week
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Monday, 12/2:

Cheyenne Jackson
Birdland
9:15 p.m., $45
Birdland is billing Jackson as a "Broadway, film, and television leading man," only omitting that he's a recording artist too. For this gig, he'll sing songs from his new I'm Blue, Skies as well as reprise numbers from Music of the Mad Men Era, the sell-out Carnegie Hall concert. OK, how many out there might go just to find out if he's blue as a result of recent relationship developments? Raise your hands. Hmmm, a fair number. Shame on you. -- By David Finkle

John Grant
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9:00 p.m., $20/$22
Rough Trade named John Grant's March album Pale Green Ghosts their Album of the Year, and it's no wonder that the LP made it straight to the top. The moving piece of music is not only a testament to Grant's talent but the hell of a year he's been through after publicly announcing that he is HIV-positive. His health status and experiences ghost across the album in an effective yet still subtle way that's as bold as it is comforting. This week, he'll be sharing his tunes twice with a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday and another at Rough Trade on Tuesday. -- By Brittany Spanos

Tuesday, 12/3:

Ben Allison Band
Joe's Pub
9:30 p.m., $15/$20
It's all-systems-go when this quark-y spaceways-traveling quartet unpacks "Neutron Star," the dense and churning centerpiece of the hard-grooving bassist-composer's stellar new album, The Stars Look Very Different Today. Guitarists Brandon Seabrook and Steve Cardenas blend magnificently, emitting subatomic particles and cosmic gas clouds alongside drummer Allison Miller's solar-clock swing. -- By Richard Gehr


Location Info

Venue

Map

Birdland

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

Category: Music

Music Hall of Williamsburg

66 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Joe's Pub

425 Lafayette St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Webster Hall

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

Category: Music

Rough Trade NYC

64 N. 9th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Joe's Pub

425 Lafayette St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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Born Cages, who made a name for themselves during CMJ, are back on Saturday night (12/7) @ The Studio at Webster Hall. Swing by!

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