The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 1/10/14

Categories: Weekend

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Diane Coffee plays the Glasslands Gallery on Saturday evening
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Friday, 1/10:

Destruction Unit + Crystalline Roses + Cottaging + Ancient Ocean
Saint Vitus
8:00 p.m., $12
Destruction Unit wear their home geography on their sleeves -- and in their music. Hailing from the desert dystopia of Tempe, Arizona, their last record, Deep Trip, drips with the residue of past acid trips in oppressively hot temperatures. Frontman Ryan Rousseau used to play in Jay Reatard's the Reatards and brings with him a similar dependency on excellent musicianship. Destruction Unit's art is found in their psychedelic escapism, punk rock for those into all things cosmic. -- By Maria Sherman

Weekend + Nothing
Bowery Ballroom
9:00 p.m., $15
Oscillating between shoegaze and post-punk, San Francisco's Weekend jumped from trio to quartet for their second album, Jinx. The additional bassline from Nick Ray helps the long stretches of unabridged guitar solos flicker with gloom while they lyrically mull over existence. Shaun Durkan has brought his band into a looser, slightly quieter iteration for their, and comparisons to Depeche Mode and even New Order are not entirely amiss. Expect droning goth rock that never escapes into self-pity but instead turns loathing into its own kind of loving. -- By Caitlin White

Kurt Elling
Friday & Saturday, 8:30 p.m. & 11:00 p.m., $45
The eminent male jazz vocalist turns his impressionistic style of phrasing on Passion World, a long-gestating compendium of love songs that transcend borders and linguistic barriers. Elling enlists guest violinist Regina Carter for a requisite tug on the heart-strings as he navigates the Romance languages, Esperanto, and beyond with rhapsodic flair on classics running the lovestruck gamut. The result is a universal, timeless milieu that demonstrates the true meaning of swing, in which Brahms meets Sinatra and Piaf's "La Vie en Rose" gets lost in "Norwegian Wood." With Gary Versace, Gerald Clayton, Bryan Carter, John McLean, and Clark Sommers. -- By Aidan Levy

Saturday, 1/11:

Diane Coffee + White Hinterland + Isadora
The Glasslands Gallery
8:00 p.m., $10
Shaun Fleming served as the drummer for California nu-folk group Foxygen while they toured their sophomore album We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, but that didn't stop him from releasing his own solo project under the moniker Diane Coffee. His debut album, My Friend Fish, rattles through three decades of organs and guitar riffs, culling the best of the past into an approximation of the future. On Fish, Fleming delights in harmonies, lo-fi meanderings, and noisy breakdowns that feel both familiar and fresh. -- By Caitlin White

'Let Freedom Ring!: A Concert to Benefit Free the Slaves'
Plymouth Church
8:00 p.m., $25-$150
Socially conscious soul group the Impressions headline this National Human Trafficking Awareness Day concert benefiting Free the Slaves, an organization devoted to ending slavery worldwide. The bill also includes Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, the Inspirational Voices of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, and members of the Dap-Kings. Founded in 1847, the Plymouth Church was an express stop on the Underground Railroad and the site of some of America's most important anti-slavery activism. -- By Richard Gehr

See also: Win Tickets to 'Let Freedom Ring: A Concert to Benefit Free the Slaves'

Location Info

Saint Vitus Bar

1120 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music


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

Category: Music

Plymouth Church

57 Orange St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

The Glasslands Gallery

289 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General


85 Ave. A, New York, NY

Category: Music

Judson Memorial Church

55 Washington Square S., New York, NY

Category: General

Barclays Center

620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Webster Hall

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

Category: Music

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

60th St. & Broadway, New York, NY

Category: General

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