The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 4/4/14

Categories: Weekend

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Courtesy of Biz3 Publicity // Credit: Josh Wehle
Danny Brown plays his first of two NYC shows at Bowery Ballroom this Sunday
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Friday, 4/4:

Kelela + Venus X + Shayne HBA
Rough Trade NYC
9:00 p.m., $12/$15
There's a long, fondly cherished tradition of R&B divas pushing against the trends with their producers, and Kelela's lucky enough to hang with an entire crowd of them: the Night Slugs and Fade to Mind dance collectives, whose members (including Girl Unit, Kingdom and Nguzunguzu) lent some of their spacious, showiest best to last year's critical fave Cut 4 Me. But Kelela is no producer's cipher; her debut's as arresting for its tracks as for her blunt voice, limber yet restrained vocals and her knack of threading her way through Cut 4 Me's challenging terrain like it's no work at all. She plays Rough Trade this April along with a rotating group of DJs. -- By Katherine St. Asaph

Matt Mitchell Quartet
ShapeShifter Lab
9:30 p.m., $10
As a composer, Matt Mitchell is smitten with the kind of intricacy that takes a second to understand. When the kaleidoscope focuses, however, the payoff is big. He's swung hard with Dave Douglas, waxed turbulent with Tim Berne, and dropped a killer duet album of abstract etudes called Fiction. This outing, with Chris Speed on sax, just might be an unholy combo of all three approaches. -- By Jim Macnie

Jon Langford
The Bell House
8:30 p.m., $14
Jon Langford, charismatic anti-star of sainted rockers the Mekons, illuminates and mystifies in equal parts on his powerful new album with Skull Orchard, Here Be Monsters. Illustrated with his own painted iconography, Here Be Monsters is sometimes directly political -- as in "What Did You Do in the War?" and "Drone Operator," which concerns the guy who brings faceless death from behind his computer screen -- but is also by turns mystical and realist. Langford is a rock journeyman with no time for self-regarding pretensions. He sings about life's epic imbalances, both social and spiritual, and he's well aware that no one's getting any younger. "Aim too high and live in obscurity," he sings in "Weightless." "Live too long and die in poverty." -- By Richard Gehr

Saturday, 4/5:

Miley Cyrus + Icona Pop + Sky Ferreira
Barclays Center
7:30 p.m., $64.50-$94.50
Miley Cyrus is bringing her tongue-waggling, twerking and bear-centric show to town, and despite the backlash, it's almost guaranteed to be an impeccable turn up function. Sure, she's the most talked about pop star of last year, but listening to her Pharrell-assisted album Bangerz reveals moments of ballad and beats bliss. Lending her glamor and grunge, model-turned-pop star and opening act Sky Ferreira makes this bill even more compelling. It'll be "Everything is Embarrassing" times two as these weird blondies remake pop in their own image. -- By Caitlin White

Barbara Carroll
Birdland
6:30 p.m., $30
Hope springs eternal, and so does this fixture on the jazz piano map. The classiest woman in town, she's played in local clubs and around the continents for about 70 years. The miracle is that with every passing set she gets better than she's ever been. Classically trained, she also has the knack of turning every piece into a tone poem. Her partner in sublime is bassist Jay Leonhart. Miss them and be forced to admit you have no interest in the absolute best Manhattan has to offer. -- By David Finkle


Location Info

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Rough Trade NYC

64 N. 9th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

ShapeShifter Lab

18 Whitwell Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

The Bell House

149 7th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Barclays Center

620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Birdland

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

Category: Music

Apollo Theater

253 W. 125th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Birdland

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

Category: Music

Madison Square Garden

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

Category: Music

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Roseland Ballroom

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

Category: General

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6 comments
Jeffrey Becker
Jeffrey Becker

Seriously, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga are two of the best ten concerts this weekend? You just gave me a great reason NOT to listen to you.

Beast of Bourbon
Beast of Bourbon

Wire Troop and Scratchy Sounds (DJ) tonight, Jumbo Brown Saturday night. NO COVER at Beast of Bourbon

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