The Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 3/28/14

Categories: Weekend

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Courtesy of 42 West // Credit: Inez + Vinnodh
This weekend, Lady Gaga begins her Roseland Ballroom residency
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Friday, 3/28:

Lady Gaga
Roseland Ballroom
Friday through Saturday, 8:00 p.m. daily, $52-$202
What better way to close out Roseland Ballroom's final week than a residency from one of pop's most eccentric artists and proudest New Yorkers? Before it became a concert venue hosting some of music's most popular acts, Roseland popularized marathon dancing, hosted some of the biggest names in hot jazz, and put on many a controversial disco night. Several years shy of what would've been its 100 year anniversary, the ballroom is closing its doors, but not without a final ball from the ever-theatrical Gaga. Before heading out on her stadium tour 'ArtRave: The Artpop Ball,' she'll be giving a more intimate last stand and provide the last dances that floor will ever see. -- By Brittany Spanos

...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
Bowery Ballroom
8:00 p.m., $18-$20
When Austin's . . . And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead decided to perform their critically acclaimed 2002 album, Source Tags & Codes, in its entirety, they surely anticipated that (as someone intones in the middle of "Days of Being Wild") "your audience is the people of New York." Trail of Dead's best album is a thing of wild beauty. The New York connection appears most clearly whenever founding members Conrad Keely and Jason Reece's guitars hit that Sonic Youth-by way of-My Bloody Valentine pitch. Redolent of adolescent rage and pathos, Source Tags is a rare album whose sizzle, in this case a lot of elegant feedback and industriodelic segues, is as compelling as its steak: big, beefy slabs of hard-rock romanticism. -- By Richard Gehr

Steve Coleman & Five Elements
Jazz Gallery
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. daily, $20
The veteran alto player's intricate grooves play hopscotch through your cranium, making skips and leaps to points that previously seemed impossible to connect. On stage his band is ridiculously tight and enjoying all the kinetic advantages of deep teamwork. With titles like "Cardiovascular" and "Cerebellum Lean," last year's Functional Arrhythmias had been clearly inspired by body rhythms. Steeped in the power of idiosyncrasy, Coleman and his crew always dodge any cliché that comes their way - no wonder he's become one of the scene's most influential presences. -- By Jim Macnie

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Rough Trade NYC
9:00 p.m., $15
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is a pretty perfect name for a band that sounds like a fuzzier version of The Smiths, and let's hope they further that sound on their upcoming album. At the end of April, the indie pop troupe will release their third full-length titled Days of Abandon, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2011's well-received and swooning Belong. Judging by their latest single "Simple and Sure," Pains are continuing to ride poppy waves and letting their sound be, as the song's title says, both simple and sure. -- By Brittany Spanos

The Kronos Quartet
Carnegie Hall
8:00 p.m., $15-$75
The Kronos Quartet celebrates its 40th birthday tonight with a reliably eclectic and stylish program. The foursome may be entering midlife, but there's no sign of a crisis among the dozen pieces representing both the international and experimental axes of their charter. More traditional notes will be struck during world premieres by minimalists Terry Riley and Philip Glass, while Kronos's global reach expands with works by Syrian pop star Omar Souleyman and Osvaldo Golijov's five-quartet arrangement of El Sinaloense by Mexico's Severiano Briseno. And the younger composers the group nurtures through commissions are represented by Bryce Dessner's Aheym (Homeward), Aleksandra Brebalov's Bubbles, and Jherek Bischoff's A Semiperfect Number, whose title just about nails Kronos's own charmingly imperfect mastery of the unknown. -- By Richard Gehr

Location Info

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Roseland Ballroom

239 W. 52nd St., New York, NY

Category: General

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Jazz Gallery

1160 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: Music

Rough Trade NYC

64 N. 9th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Carnegie Hall

W. 57th & Seventh Ave., New York, NY

Category: General

Muchmore's

2 Havemeyer St., New York, NY

Category: General

Roulette Brooklyn

509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

The Stone

16 Ave. C, New York, NY

Category: Music

Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

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David Din
David Din

I got tickets for tonight's concert. Of course I will!

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