The Best Concerts in New York This Week, 3/3/14

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Catch Schoolboy Q at Best Buy Theater this Tuesday
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Monday, 3/3:

New York New Music Ensemble
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
8:00 p.m., $20
The needlessly intimidating and immensely rewarding British composer Harrison Birtwistle turns 80 this year, and the NYNME will celebrate with six works, including three US premieres. Titles such as Crescent Moon Over the Irrational, Fantasia Upon All the Notes, and The Axe Manual (for percussion and piano) suggest the dramatic and elemental sounds in store. -- By Richard Gehr

Billy Stritch
Birdland
7:00 p.m., $30-$54
Long a passionate believer in Cy Coleman's passionate belief in jazz, Stritch jumps into the artist's repertoire with "I've Got Your Number: the Jazz of Cy Coleman." Yes, many theatergoers know him from his musicals (usually with Carolyn Leigh, Dorothy Fields, or Michael Stewart), but that's not how he started out. Let's hope he covers some early tunes the late man wrote with Joseph A. McCarthy, tune like "Why Try to Change Me Now," which was recorded both by Fiona Apple and Frank Sinatra. -- By David Finkle

Tuesday, 3/4:

Schoolboy Q
Best Buy Theater
8:00 p.m., $30-$35
Schoolboy Q hasn't released an album in two years, but those two years have been the biggest of his career regardless. As 2012 ended, the A$AP Rocky-featuring "Hands on the Wheel" gave the L.A. rapper his first spins on New York radio. The following year, his "Collard Greens" and "Man of the Year" both became national hits, and his Macklemore collaboration, "White Walls," exposed his raspy flow and dense, conflicted lyrics to an entirely new audience. Tonight, following the release of his long-awaited new LP, Oxymoron, said to be even darker than past affairs, he plays the Best Buy Theater with Tennessee's Isaiah Rashad and Vince Staples, another Californian. -- By Nick Murray

Wild Beasts
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9:00 p.m., $22/$25
It's been a few years since Wild Beasts released the excellent Smother, and the Kendal, England four-piece are back with their fourth full-length, Present Tense, which is quite possibly their most streamlined effort to date. Recorded in London with producer and engineer Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Imogen Heap), the ambitious album is heavy with the band's signature psychic weight as vocalist Hayden Thorpe's falsetto, divisive and ethereal as ever, floats above his band's grumbling, '80s- and '90s-indebted synths. -- By Harley Oliver Brown

Location Info

Map

The DiMenna Center for Classical Music

450 West 37th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Birdland

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

Category: Music

Best Buy Theater

1515 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: General

Music Hall of Williamsburg

66 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Jazz at Lincoln Center, Appel Room

33 w. 60th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

54 Below

254 W. 54th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Don't Tell Mama

343 W. 46th St., New York, NY

Category: Music


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