The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 9/5/14

Categories: Weekend


Saturday, 9/6:

Kid 'n' Play + Full Force
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
7:30 p.m., $37.50/$45
The halcyon pop-rap of Kid 'n' Play -- that's Christopher Reid and Christopher Martin to their mothers, and maybe yours, too -- hearkens back to a gentler, more innocent period in hip-hop history, when balling meant macking on girls, getting fly, or one-upping your homies with boasts the whole crew knew were bullshit but laughed good-naturedly at anyway. Like much of that era, Kid 'n' Play were accessible, clean, corny, and laced with irresistible funk/jazz beats. This dynamic duo had the urban middle class eating out of its hand during the Bush I era, parlaying this exposure into feature films (some featuring compatriots Full Force, who also perform tonight) most will remember more immediately than its actual music. Now they're back, in this era to make nostalgia waves and some bank. Get your tickets quick, as this will probably sell out in a heartbeat. -- By Raymond Cummings

Fucked Up + Speedy Ortiz
Irving Plaza
8:00 p.m., $25
About as audacious as their name, Fucked Up maintain media appearances with the occasional outspoken fit when they're not busy creating lyrically dense songs propelled by lead singer Damian Abraham's throaty scream and metronomic but metallic guitar chugs. While some "experimental" gimmicks remain on their newest album, they've conceded their days of five-minute bouts of whistling to streamlined hardcore-inspired rock. Speedy Ortiz joins them onstage with sludgy, semi-confessional songs carried by Sadie Dupuis's knife-sharp voice. Honest and raw, Ortiz is a throwback to what the alt kids listened to in the '90s in lieu of the polished pop-rock sounds of college radio. -- By Sarah Madges

Evian Christ + Sophie + Nguzunguzu
88 Palace
11:00 p.m., $15-$25
If you're looking for some peaceful beats after a weekend of maximalism at Electric Zoo, stay away from Dark Disco. The three headliners here operate in distinct fields, but a lack of subtlety is one of their shared characteristics. Evian Christ graduated from uploading YouTube videos in 2011 to collaborating with Kanye West last year, and the distorted aggression of Yeezus clearly rubbed off on Christ's latest solo productions for Tri Angle. Initially appearing on the Glasgow-based Numbers and now signed to XL, Sophie makes music that's considerably cheerier but no less blinding in its effervescence, though the enigmatic producer's live show has drawn considerable scrutiny. The hydra is completed with Nguzunguzu, whose searing and eclectic DJ sets have taken them everywhere from scoring fashion shows to joining up with Fatima Al Qadiri and J-Cush as part of the burgeoning "DJ supergroup" Future Brown. -- By Aaron Gonsher

'Astoria Music Now!: Between 2 Bridges'
Astoria Park
12:00 p.m., free
Astoria Music & Arts, a nonprofit that promotes the activities of the Queens nabe's thriving artistic community, hosts Astoria Music Now!: Between 2 Bridges, its sixth annual outdoor festival. The two bridges are the Triborough and the Hell Gate, which frame a green stretch of Astoria Park alongside the East River, a scenic setting for the afternoon's schedule. The five stages showcase performances from local theater and dance groups, a lineup of genre-spanning bands, acoustic and solo artists, and stand-up comedy and improv. While you're at it, browse the "art island" of visual and interactive works by locals, swing by the short-film fest, and plug in at the Bill Murray Silent Disco (so named to entice the actor to visit; you never know). Fuel your hours of culture with rice balls from Arborio King, empanadas from Pao Cha Cha, and more. -- By Alanna Schubach

Sir Richard Bishop + Tashi Dorji
Issue Project Room
8:00 p.m., $15
Bishop released his first solo-guitar album on John Fahey's Revenant label in 1998, and the '60s legacy of experimental traditionalists like Fahey, Robbie Basho, and Peter Walker flows through his veins. He's also a wanton internationalist, as befits a former Sun City Girl and co-founder of the rabidly global Sublime Frequencies label. The more purely instinctive Dorji, meanwhile, released his first solo-guitar album last month on Ben Chasny's Hermit Hut label. -- By Richard Gehr

Location Info

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Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

Rockefeller Center

30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY

Category: General

Littlefield

622 Degraw St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

The Paramount

370 New York Ave., Huntington, NY

Category: Music

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

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

Category: Music

Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

88 Palace

88 E. Broadway, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Astoria Park

19th St., Long Island City, NY

Category: General

Issue Project Room

22 Boerum Pl., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Webster Hall

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

Category: Music

Village Vanguard

178 Seventh Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music


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