The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 8/11/14

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Credit: David Atlas
Jesse McCartney will be all grown up at Irving Plaza this Tuesday
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Monday, 8/11:

Weasel Walter
Saint Vitus
8:00 p.m., $10
No one on the downtown scene is more qualified to be heir to the mantle of Captain Beefheart than hardcore multi-instrumentalist, impresario, and agent provocateur Weasel Walter. The former leader of now disbanded free jazz noisemakers the Flying Luttenbachers, Walter straddles the boundaries of death metal, noise, punk, and, well, anything he can get his hands on, with an irreverent disregard for the constraints of rhythm or melody. He's also a scholar of the '80s No Wave scene, and has recently been collaborating with poster girl Lydia Lunch, who released her last solo album on his label, the appropriately named ugExplode. With Bob Crusoe, Bukkake Moms, and Load-in. -- By Aidan Levy

Tuesday, 8/12:

Jesse McCartney
Irving Plaza
6:30 p.m., $25
Former teen heartthrob Jesse McCartney has ditched the frosted tips and Disney-friendly pop tunes in favor of a little retro soul on the singer's July-released fourth album, In Technicolor. The album marks a shift for 27-year-old McCartney in terms of musical maturity as well as a move away from his longtime home at Hollywood Records. As an independent artist, there's more depth to his new image, now complete with disco-inflected beats and snappy suits. McCartney may be all grown up -- but still expect to hear a few teenage-pitched screams on his current live tour. -- By Jill Menze

The Cult
The Paramount
8:00 p.m., $37.50
English band, The Cult, have been going strong for more than 30 years, nine albums, plenty of timeless singles -- including "She Sells Sanctuary" and "Fire Woman" -- and numerous dramas. Although there have also been a few changes over those years (and a vow made to never record another studio album) the current line up is once again made up of the core partnership of charismatic frontman Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, who are working on a follow up to 2012's well-received Choice of Weapon. Three decades have not subdued them, though, or their electrifying, and often unpredictable, shows. -- By Karen Gardiner

Vieux Farka Toure
Highline Ballroom
8:00 p.m., $20-$42
The late Ali Farka Touré's son has wisely chosen to transform his father's Saharan guitar boogie into a vehicle of raw electric power. Expect him to slip acoustic traditional tunes from his father's repertoire into a show dominated by tough vamping jams that illuminate the family sound's flashpoint connection to Delta blues. -- By Richard Gehr

Tori Amos
Beacon Theatre
Tuesday & Wednesday,
Tori Amos, the queen of the heartbroken piano ballad, has returned. The new release Unrepentant Geraldines is her 14th studio album and her eighth to debut in the Billboard Top 10. Her particular brand of alternative, baroque pop is punctuated with forays into story songs, like album standout "Trouble's Lament." Tori plays at New York's intimate, historic Beacon Theatre, a venue best suited to her often slow and intense musical style. She is performing back-to-back shows, a testament to her staying power. Deeply influenced by musical theater, her own classical training, and visual art movements like Impressionism, Amos remains enigmatic even at age 50 -- still a must-see. -- By Caitlin White

Location Info

Saint Vitus Bar

1120 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

The Paramount

370 New York Ave., Huntington, NY

Category: Music

Highline Ballroom

431 W. 16th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Beacon Theatre

2124 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: Music

McCarren Park

776 Lorimer St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music

PNC Bank Arts Center

Exit 116 Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, NJ

Category: Music

JBL Live at Pier 97

Hudson River Park at W 55th St, New York, NY

Category: Music

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