The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 3/7/14

Categories: Weekend

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Courtesy of Nasty Little Man PR // Credit: James Minchin
The supergroup Broken Bells plays Webster Hall this Friday evening
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Friday, 3/7:

Demi Lovato + Little Mix + Fifth Harmony
IZOD Center
7:30 p.m., $26-$66
Former Disney kid turned very mature face of self-help Demi Lovato has taken her X-Factor judge duties seriously. For her third headlining tour, "The Neon Lights Tour," Demi is bringing along faces from both the US and UK versions of the show, including the girl group she championed during her season, Fifth Harmony, with Britain's Little Mix and Cher Lloyd taking turns for different legs. With how upbeat and fun her self-titled fourth album had been, the show is sure to have audiences on their feet and dancing in the neon lights all night long. -- By Brittany Spanos

Dave King
ShapeShifter Lab
Friday through Sunday, 8:15 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. daily, $15
Watching the Bad Plus drummer shift gears while constantly recalibrating tension is one of jazz's more reliable joys. For this Gowanus hit, King matches wits with formidable NYC improvisers Tim Berne, Matt Mitchell, and Craig Taborn. He also brings his Trucking Company quintet, whose gnarled bop always manages to dispense a smile or three. Also on the bill: the Gang Font, his mildly mathy outfit that gives iconic bassist Greg Norton plenty of leeway for expression. -- By Jim Macnie

Robin Thicke + Jessie J + DJ Cassidy
Theater at Madison Square Garden
8:00 p.m., $69-$125
Last time Robin Thicke came to Madison Square Garden, on the occasion of Jingle Ball, the 36-year-old singer donned a leopard-print sport coat and serenaded an arena of teenagers with songs about blurred lines and giving it 2 U. But breathe easy, potential ticket-buyer; in a longer set -- and one for a crowd that's more WBLS than Z100 -- such sleaze is tempered by the romantic charms of songs like "Pretty Lil' Heart," "When I Get You Alone," and that other Pharrell-featuring hit, "Wanna Love You Girl." Hopefully he even displays some of the self-aware charm we saw on the first season of Real Husbands of Hollywood, a show to which his recent divorce might make him ineligible to return. -- By Nick Murray

Broken Bells
Webster Hall
8:00 p.m., $39.50
After Garden State turned the Shins into a cultural force, there was only one thing left for lead vocalist James Mercer to do: Form a supergroup. Pairing with renowned producer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) in 2010, Broken Bells was born. The perfect mash-up of Danger Mouse's DJ skills -- he rose to fame for The Grey Album's celebrated Beatles x Jay-Z combination -- and Mercer's chilly, stringent tenor, their self-titled debut was critically celebrated. Following that up with this year's After the Disco, the two continue to meld and fuse space age production with alt-rock vocal yearning, when their schedules allow the effort. -- By Caitlin White

New Stew Review
54 Below
Friday & Saturday, 8:00 p.m., $45-$55
With Nellie McKay brightening the Carlyle last month, and Stew parking himself into this tony boite for a couple of nights as the New Stew Review, could Uptown be the new Downtown? Not yet, Muffy. And in any case, the larger-than-life bandleader-playwright has already earned his Broadway bona fides with a little musical masterpiece called Passing Strange. A punk-rock Sondheim with a glorious gospel-rock voice, Stew has recently been working with a hot and horn-heavy band that turns on a dime at his sometimes salty whim. Look for new material from upcoming musicals, gems from the Negro Problem catalog, and some of the funniest between-song banter since Paul Stanley's KISS heyday. So head north and pay the sucka, 'cause few do the hoodoo that Stew do so well. -- By Richard Gehr

Location Info

Map

Izod Center

50 Route 120, East Rutherford, NJ

Category: Music

ShapeShifter Lab

18 Whitwell Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

Theater at Madison Square Garden

7th Ave. & 32nd St., New York, NY

Category: General

Webster Hall

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

Category: Music

54 Below

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

Category: Music

Brooklyn Bowl

61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Knitting Factory Brooklyn

361 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Baby's All Right

146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Best Buy Theater

1515 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: General

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

237 W. 42nd St., New York, NY

Category: Music


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