The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 1/17/14

Categories: Weekend

Courtesy of Motormouth Media // Credit: Tim Saccenti
Jessy Lanza plays Glasslands on Friday and Mercury Lounge on Saturday
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Friday, 1/17:

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires
Bowery Ballroom
9:00 p.m., $25
This soul singer with a heart of gold emerged from a life of odd jobs and a vagabond lifestyle when Daptone records discovered him moonlighting as James Brown under the name "Black Velvet." From there, the label recorded several of his songs, putting out some of them on vinyl and releasing his debut, No Time For Dreaming, in 2011. A documentary about the singer called Soul of America was debuted at SXSW in 2012 and helped spark interest in Bradley, and his sophomore album, Victim of Love, came out in 2013 to a host of critical acclaim. At 55, Bradley continues to tour the nation performing his authentic mixture of blues, funk, and soul. -- By Caitlin White

Saturday, 1/18:

Jessy Lanza + The-Drum
The Mercury Lounge
10:30 p.m., $10/$12
After providing backing vocals for Ontario Junior Boys' 2011 morose opus It's All True, Canadian singer Jessy Lanza enlisted Jeremy Greenspan for her debut earlier this year, the semi-bombastic, dreamy and fantastic Pull My Hair Back. Though the Junior Boys frontman lingers in the record's bedroom-ready ambience, Lanza's r&b sensibilities and playful touches -- a breathy number called "Kathy Lee," looping "fuck that" as a lyrical prop, the intrinsic hair flip of "As If" -- make this effort all her own. -- By Harley Oliver Brown

'Benefit for Letha Rodman Melchior' w/ the Rogers Sisters + Endless Boogie + Crystal Stilts + Love as Laughter + Nurse and Soldier
Secret Project Robot
5:00 p.m., $10
Intrepid experimentalist and artist, blogger and pillar of strength staring down a life-threatening illness, Letha Rodman Melchior is a warrior in every niche. In the '90s, she served as slash 'n' burn guitar queen in NYC's influential quiet/loud math-rockers, Ruby Falls and Rodman Melchior forged a kinship with fellow ax-lady Jennifer Rogers and her drummer/sis Laura. Ultimately, Ruby Falls disbanded and the Rogers Sisters formed from the ashes, spreading tasty dance-punk grime before calling it quits themselves in 2006. Now, the Rogers Sisters have reunited and brought with them a jaw-dropping lineup for this benefit to help Rodman Melchior combat her mounting medical expenses. Rodman Melchior won't be there to play the stunning dreamscapes from her revelatory 2013 LP Handbook for Mortals, but her indomitable spirit will undoubtedly engulf Secret Project Robot this evening. -- By Brad Cohan

Phillip Johnston & Art Spiegelman's 'WORDLESS!'
Brooklyn Academy of Music
7:30 p.m., $30
The highbrow loony tunes and merry melodies intrinsic to the Microscopic Septet, in which Johnston plays saxophone and composes, should take on a more self-reflexive hue during this multimedia collaboration with Art Spiegelman. The Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist (Maus) and comics scholar will speak and show slides from the medium's earliest days and present a new work titled "Shaping Thought!," with Johnston's sextet accompanying. -- By Richard Gehr

Location Info


Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music

The Mercury Lounge

217 E. Houston St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Secret Project Robot

389 Melrose St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Brooklyn Academy of Music

30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Film

BAM Café

30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

The Gramercy Theatre

127 E. 23rd St., New York, 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

Le Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Music


204 Varick St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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