The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 12/6/13
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Courtesy of RCA Records Press // Credit: Lee Cherry Resident Trap Lord A$AP Ferg plays Irving Plaza on Friday with a few friends.
A$AP Ferg + Joey Fatts+ Aston Matthews+Overdoz+100s
7:00 p.m., $20
"It's lonely at the top," confesses A$AP Ferg at one point on his debut album, Trap Lord. "All this shrimp, and nobody to share it with." Tonight, the 25-year-old Harlem rapper will have to share some of his shellfish as he celebrates what's turned out to be an eventful year for the A$AP Mob member. After months-long delays, he finally released darkly moody Trap Lord in August to mostly positive reviews -- thanks in part to the single "Shabba," featuring A$AP Rocky -- and it reached the Top 10 on the Billboard chart. The album finds Ferg rapping about everything from "Jesus juice" to the relatively depressing refrain "All I know is pain/Surviving on my own." But it must have come full circle now that Ferg is wrapping up his first headlining tour. So, who's up for some shrimp? With 100s, A$AP Mob, Aston Matthews, Joey Fatts, and Overdoz. -- By Kory Grow
10:00 p.m., $38-$44
Among the many turban-sporting Tuareg guitarists to boogie their way out of the Sahara in recent years, no one plays a badder ax than Omara "Bombino" Moctar. More expressive and nuanced, and a little younger, than his desert brethren, Bombino fronts a trio that's less about clapping and ululation and more about wailing in a heady Hooker-meets-Hendrix vein. -- By Richard Gehr
Smokey's Secret Family
10:00 p.m., $10
The guitarist has shelved the Western Swing he holds dear and jumped into a mélange of Cuba and Africa that has an earthy strut and plenty of forward motion. From buttoned down cha-cha variations to frothy Caribbean rumba, this crew has a way of sending soloists into the stratosphere. Last time I caught 'em reed player Doug Wieselman was somewhere past Pluto, fueled by the two hand percussionists. Need an instant party? -- By Jim Macnie
7:30 p.m., $20
With Ween done, Mickey Melchiondo has revived longtime outfit Moistboyz, the lewd 'n' crude punk bar band he shares with a dude even more brain-fried than Gene Ween. Dickie Moist first teamed with Mickey to hatch the grosstastic Moistboyz in the early 90's. Bulging with Dickie's Iggy-cum-Gibby Haynes histrionics, he may be rock's best and most volatile punk frontman you've never heard of. On the new hook-dripping 5, Dickie gets all un-PC on your ass, hurling tasteless cracks, cuss filled tirades, and women-hating exploits while Mickey lets loose on the boogie 'n' chug shreddage. Forget Ween: Moistboyz prove one fuckin' offensive, beer-guzzling, sex-stained good ol' time. -- By Brad Cohan
'Scissor and Thread' w/ DJ Sprinkles + Pawell + Francis Harris + Signal Flow + Pattern Drama
10:00 p.m., $20
When it was released in 2009, DJ Sprinkles' Midtown 120 Blues was a sharp-tongued rebuke of house music tropes from one of the genre's most politically outspoken and creative producers. Amidst the emergence of sexless, watered-down down deep house in 2013, Sprinkles' commitment to subtlety, simplicity, and the communal possibilities of what she calls a "hyperspecific" house music is more relevant than ever. Catch a master who is only recently renewing their DJing presence in New York. -- By Aaron Gonsher