The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 2/14/14

Categories: Weekend

Courtesy of Big Hassle // Credit: Dan Winters
Kings of Leon play MSG with Gary Clark, Jr. this Valentine's Day
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Friday, 2/14:

Mary Lambert
10:30 p.m., $25-$50
Mary Lambert has been celebrating "Same Love" with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis for the past couple of years, but this Valentine's Day, she'll be in New York to celebrate any kind of love imaginable. After releasing a solo version of the chorus she sang on the breakout hit by the Seattle rapper, Lambert has unveiled a voice and songwriting capability worthy of more than just a guest spot. With a debut album slated to be released this spring, our opportunity to see the singer solidify for herself an even larger platform isn't too far away. -- By Brittany Spanos

Kings of Leon + Gary Clark, Jr.
Madison Square Garden
8:00 p.m., $49.50-$69.50
Since they released their debut album in 2003, Kings of Leon have been an oddly reliable landmark in rock 'n' roll. Continuously supplying bluesy, southern stadium stompers, the family band always releases a new album filled with arena-worthy material before you can say, "Hey, I wonder what Kings of Leon is up to?" In 2013, the Followills put out their sixth LP, Mechanical Bull, and it received relatively positive reception, indicating that appeal has yet to fade. They even played the festival circuit once more, including a muddy and delayed set at Governor's Ball last June. Now on tour, these Tennessee boys will hit NYC on Valentine's Day. Could you imagine a better way to celebrate with your significant other than to scream along to "Sex on Fire" with them? I think not. -- By Brittany Spanos

Cibo Matto
Le Poisson Rouge
6:30 p.m., $20/$25
Japanese food-rap duo Cibo Matto cut two excellent records in the 1990s, then disappeared into the solo-joint ghetto. Their sound -- a synthesis of hip-hop, bossa nova, DJ culture, and rock -- is the equivalent of being stalked by a fusion gourmet food truck in the L.A. of Blade Runner; now, with third album Hello Valentine, they've resuscitated it for an age when culture is so diffuse that epileptic-baiting videos like the one for comeback single "MFN" inevitably get lost in the shuffle. Which isn't to say that you shouldn't be at this show, where you should beg them to play "Know Your Chicken." -- By Raymond Cummings

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers + Joe Pug
Bowery Ballroom
9:00 p.m., $20
With four albums under her belt and a crew of Bay Area musicians, San Fran-based vocalist Nicki Bluhm has built her career off a vintage blend of country, r&b, and blues-stained rock 'n' roll. Where Adult Contemporary babes like Grace Potter, Joan Osborne, and Sheryl Crow have drifted into the middle of the road, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers are still riding the chill wave with their refreshing West Coast approach to roots music. Instead of a twang you get a breeze and an all-ages fanbase, and combined with opener Joe Pug's taste of Nashville, the result will be sunny, unadulterated Americana at the time of year NYC could use it the most. -- By Erin Manning

Saturday, 2/15:

Angelique Kidjo
Town Hall
8:00 p.m., $42-$57
Angélique Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin-Kpasselokohinto Kidjo is African music's foremost diva, if that's not too Western a concept for this Benin-born powerhouse of a performer. OK, she lives in Park Slope; yet Benin's drumming still provides the heartbeat of everything Kidjo records with husband and collaborator Jean Hébrail, and she has recorded some of the continent's bangingest conceptual statements in albums like Oremi, Oyaya! and Black Ivory Soul. On her new Eve, Kidjo celebrates motherhood, daughterhood, and sisterhood in songs that blend West African folklore and Motown motion, female choruses, and a hothouse band with solid jazz bona fides. And check out her recent autobiography, Spirit Rises, which contains the story of her 1983 flight to France along with some great recipes. -- By Richard Gehr

Location Info



45 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Madison Square Garden

Seventh Ave. & 32nd St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Le Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Town Hall

123 W. 43rd St., New York, NY

Category: General

Barclays Center

620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

The Glasslands Gallery

289 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Roulette Brooklyn

509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Hammerstein Ballroom

311 W. 34th St., New York, NY

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Music Hall of Williamsburg

66 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

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