The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 12/30/13

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Credit: Carrie Schechter
Catch Mykki Blanco & friends at the Gramercy Theatre on New Year's Eve
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Monday, 12/30:

Gogol Bordello
Terminal 5
Monday, 7:00 p.m.; Tuesday, 8:00 p.m., $35/$40
Expect these liberation-rocking gypsy punks to deliver a pair of rambunctious, year-smashing nights in the city's biggest shoebox. Led by Eugene Hütz, a towering, wild-eyed, outlaw-ishly mustachioed ringmaster, GB combines classic rock transcendence and ye olde will to power in a potent, often political, brew of dub, rai, flamenco, and the traditional rhymes and rhythms of Roma. -- By Richard Gehr

Tuesday, 12/31:

Mykki Blanco + Ian Isiah + DJ Rashad + Junglepussy + Princess Nokia + DJ Larry B + Boychild
The Gramercy Theatre
8:00 p.m., $29.50
Mykki Blanco recently posted the Facebook status update, "I'm over gender. I'm into species," and paired it with an Apple Store selfie of the rapper looking like a silver-haired elfin space magistrate. Accordingly, La Blanca has assembled a merry band of cosmic mutants for a New Year's bash at the Gramercy Theater: Expect post-sexual singer Ian Isiah's cyborg r&b, juke wizard DJ Rashad's Chicago futurism, Junglepussy and Princess Nokia's tentacled raps, and intergalactic ferocity from DJ Larry B, T.E.A.M.S., Boychild, and Michael Magnan. -- By Alexis Stephens

Jill Scott + Luke James + DJ Premier
Radio City Music Hall
9:00 p.m., $70-$255
Jill Scott's music is generous and contains multitudes: scorching brushfires of soul tracks with the Roots and (in her best spot this decade) Eve, plus 13 years' worth of post-r&b flecked with spoken word and inhabited by one of the genre's warmest voices. She'll be at Radio City Music Hall this New Year's, promising emotions that transcend the season's glitz. Opening are Danja protégé and Beyoncé-beloved Luke James (song to look up: underrated r&b edifice "I Want You") and Gang Starr mastermind DJ Premier. -- By Katherine St. Asaph

DIIV + Perfect Pussy + Potty Mouth + Nothing
Baby's All Right
7:45 p.m., $35/$40
South Williamsburg's latest crowning achievement, Baby's All Right, the sort of fun, unpretentious bar/restaurant/concert venue that the neighborhood deserves, is hosting a party filled to the brim with recently popular and consistently good dream-pop and rock acts -- DIIV, Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth, and Nothing -- to ring in 2014 in the noisiest way imaginable. Recommended if you're not afraid to get rowdy. -- By Maria Sherman

Black Taxi + Starlight Girls
The Mercury Lounge
8:00 p.m., $20/$25
Brooklyn's Black Taxi are a conundrum, mostly because they very successfully mush various strains of '00s rock insularity into a single sound: They've copped OK Go's bounce, the cocksure swagger of early Strokes and Franz Ferdinand, and the synthesizer-drenched '80s revivalism of bands like the Killers. What's interesting is that the group's sound incorporates these elements so seamlessly that they effectively squash the need to ever revisit their forebearers. What's problematic is that these qualities may make it difficult for you to enjoy Black Taxi on any level, depending on what side of the legal drinking age you're on. -- By Raymond Cummings

Location Info

Venue

Map

Terminal 5

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

Category: Music

The Gramercy Theatre

127 E. 23rd St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Radio City Music Hall

1260 Sixth Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Baby's All Right

146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

The Mercury Lounge

217 E. Houston St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

Village Vanguard

178 Seventh Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Trans-Pecos

915 Wyckoff Ave., Queens, NY

Category: Music

Brooklyn Bowl

61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

The Acheron

57 Waterbury St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

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