The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 8/25/14

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Catch K. Flay at Brooklyn Bowl this Monday
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Monday, 8/25:

K. Flay
Brooklyn Bowl
8:00 p.m., free w/ RSVP
Often identified as rap's resident smart girl, K. Flay's got the brains and flow to put much of mainstream hip-hop to shame. K. Flay, real name Kristine Flaherty, grew up in suburban Chicago before attending Stanford University, where she began toying with her own brand of rap music as a response to the genre's cliches. With a handful of mixtapes and EPs under her belt, she signed with RCA, which she left before putting out a full-length debut. Free from the major, she recently released the Life as a Dog LP, an intriguing mix of hip-hop, electronic and indie rock. -- By Jill Menze

Taka Kigawa
Le Poisson Rouge
7:30 p.m., $20-$30
In honor of Pierre Boulez's 90th birthday next year, Taka Kigawa performs the composer-conductor's complete works for piano, an instrument with which this modernist's modernist had a life-long, if intermittent, relationship. But Kigawa, who has already toured Elliott Carter's complete piano oeuvre, has been getting rave reviews for his non-chronological approach to Boulez, whose first acknowledged composition was the seriously serial 12 Notations for piano (1946). The second and third of Boulez's three piano sonatas are particularly badass. Moving beyond serialism, Boulez sought more elegant solutions to problems of control and freedom, adding flashes and fields of beauty throughout. Suffice to say that Kigawa brings both virtuosity and deep feeling to Boulez's often convulsively gorgeous conundrums, radical restlessness, and temporal suspensions. -- By Richard Gehr

Tuesday, 8/26:

The Polyphonic Spree
Brooklyn Bowl
8:00 p.m., $15-$18
A band whose staying power perhaps lies more in their gimmicks than content--twenty-plus members donning white choir robes to black militant getups producing oversized pop songs--the Polyphonic Spree have proven to still have a place in today's indie rock scene, if only for their cult following. Since their inception in 2000, frontman Tim DeLaughter has underlined campy playground sing-alongs with sprawling orchestral arrangements whose cinematic qualities have landed Spree on countless soundtracks. Their 2013 studio album Yes, It's True's toned down 70s psych rock, however, proves that even Spree's unrelentingly optimistic pop may one day relent. -- By Sarah Madges

Cheap Trick
The Paramount
8:00 p.m., $39.50-$99.50
Though classic rock heroes Cheap Trick have spent the better part of their career non-stop touring, the band's show at the New York State Fair has the added bonus of unidentifiable fried fair food. Since the group's heyday in the late '70s and '80s, Cheap Trick has been consistently producing solid albums and a stream of hits such as "Surrender," "I Want You to Want Me" and "The Flame." Expect guitar heroics, a finely honed production and plenty of sing-along opportunities. -- By Jill Menze

Perfect Pussy
Shea Stadium
8:00 p.m., $10
With a sound as confrontational as their name, Perfect Pussy take no prisoners in their live shows, with vocalist Meredith Graves spitting out often incomprehensible lyrics in a speedballing burst of energy. Although her voice is almost obliterated by the thick wall of thundering noise from her bandmates, Graves' blunt, honest lyrics -- from releases with names as contradictory as "I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling" and "Say Yes to Love" -- deal with sex, betrayal and body image. For this show they will be joined by rising punk band Potty Mouth, and Welsh melodic thrash five-piece, Joanna Gruesome. -- By Karen Gardiner

Location Info

Brooklyn Bowl

61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Le Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Music

The Paramount

370 New York Ave., Huntington, NY

Category: Music

Shea Stadium BK

20 Meadow St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music


667 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY

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Peacock Alley

301 Park Ave., New York, NY

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Baby's All Right

146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

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