The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 2/21/14
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Courtesy of The Windish Agency Catch Four Tet at Terminal 5 on Saturday night.
Rhye + Ricky Eat Acid
7:00 p.m., $30
Quiet storm r&b gets less love than it logically should these days (seriously, when are the hipsters going to start liking Maxwell?) but Los Angeles duo Rhye is fighting the good fight. Their very good debut, Woman, propelled them to stardom, the lush, Sade-lite vocals of Robbin Hannibal melting into Mike Milosh's lush, organic instrumentals. This is one to take a date to, and then try to make out with said date at. -- By Drew Millard
9:00 p.m., $25
As a remixer, Four Tet has cut apart and glued together tracks by everyone from Madvillian and Steve Reich to Radiohead and the xx (his takes on their "Angels" and "VCR" are particularly memorable) and as a producer, he has imagined new directions for everyone from Syrian wedding singer Omar Souleyman to "Buffalo Stance" hitmaker Neneh Cherry. Live, though, he's one of the most reliable DJs around, and while we'd rather see him play to a party like Mister Saturday Night, where two years ago he kept the crowd dancing late into the night, this Terminal 5 gig should more than suffice. With Martyn and Anthony Naples. -- By Nick Murray
8:00 p.m., $25
This excellent Hungarian quintet named after the "gypsy road" hails from the Oláh community of Roma people. They still sing the old songs with onomatopoeic panache, using kitchen utensils for percussion, and over the years have extended their sound with Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and most recently, Balkan brass. Tonight's pre-show festivities include free "cultural" cocktails and dance lessons. -- By Richard Gehr
Spank Rock + Juiceboxx + @LILINTERNET
8:00 p.m., $13/$15
He might not have released a record since 2011's Everything Is Boring and Everyone Is a F--king Liar, but that doesn't mean Spank Rock is anything but ahead of the curve. The Baltimore club-rap weirdo has collaborated with industry heavyweights such as Benny Blanco, Santigold, and Mos Def, and his sound can be found in the rhythms of pretty much every hip-hop hero who might dare to go against the grain. Tonight, he's joined by the jack-of-all-trades @LILINTERNET, who recently directed Beyoncé's "No Angel" video and provided the music for Azealia Banks' "Yung Rapunxel," and whose Twitter account (if you're into that sort of thing) is one of the most riotous around -- By Drew Millard
'Reflections of Monk'
Friday & Saturday, 8:30 p.m. & 11:00 p.m. daily, $30
Monk may be everywhere at this late date, but he can still be a tough nut to crack. The members of this tribute quartet -- Harrell, Osby, Wilson, Allison, Goldberg -- each have their own idiosyncrasies to inject into those of the master, and from ballads to burners, there's sure to be enough wrinkles in the classicism to keep you guessing a bit. Recent Monk Competition winner Melissa Aldana sits on Friday and Saturday. -- By Jim Macnie