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Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week

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Our guide to pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz.

Pop

ANDREA BOCELLI at Madison Square Garden (Dec. 13-14, 7:30 p.m.). This popular Italian tenor, who made headlines a year ago for backing out of a rumored performance at President Trump’s inaugural ceremony, is in town this week for a pair of less-fraught engagements at the Garden. At both shows, the Broadway and TV star Kristin Chenoweth will join Mr. Bocelli as a special guest.866-858-0008, thegarden.com

KWEKU COLLINS at Baby’s All Right (Dec. 8, 8 p.m.). In an era when it’s de rigueur for rappers to mix a bit of melodic stardust into their lyrics, the Chicago-area musician Kweku Collins has consistently found ways to distinguish himself from the crowd. On his 2016 album, “Nat Love,” and the more recent EP “Grey,” Mr. Collins raps and sings with subtlety and aplomb; these are releases that demand, and reward, attention.877-987-6487, babysallright.com

GABRIEL GARZÓN-MONTANO at Warsaw (Dec. 8, 9 p.m.). Fans of Frank Ocean will find much to love in the sinuous future-soul music of Gabriel Garzón-Montano’s critically acclaimed 2017 album, “Jardin.” And while his recorded work is full of psychedelic production flourishes, Mr. Garzón-Montano is equally adept at pure solo performance. At this hometown show, this New York auteur will close out his breakthrough year on a high note.866-777-8932, warsawconcerts.com

CYNDI LAUPER & FRIENDS at the Beacon Theater (Dec. 9, 8 p.m.). Cyndi Lauper’s “Home for the Holidays” benefit concert returns to the Beacon this weekend for a seventh year, with performances by Ms. Lauper, the folk-rock great Jackson Browne, the New Orleans eminence Dr. John, the camp ringleader Jake Shears, the outspoken punk artist Laura Jane Grace, the feminist firebrand Ani DiFranco and many more. All proceeds, as always, will go to the True Colors Fund, Ms. Lauper’s charity for young, homeless L.G.B.T. people.800-745-3000, beacontheatre.com


LIL PUMP at PlayStation Theater (Dec. 12, 8 p.m.). A star of note in South Florida’s fractious, feverish SoundCloud rap scene, Lil Pump celebrated twin milestones this year, scoring a Top Five Billboard hit just months after his 17th birthday. On that song, the two-minute marvel “Gucci Gang,” he achieves an almost meditative state through repetition of the title phrase. This signature single is sure to feature in the set list when he headlines this Midtown venue on Tuesday.212-930-1940, playstationtheater.com













PERFUME GENIUS at the Bowery Ballroom (Dec. 10-11, 9 p.m.) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (Dec. 12-13, 9 p.m.) Many musicians spend their careers building up to an album like “No Shape,” the one that the singer-songwriter Perfume Genius (known offstage as Mike Hadreas) released in May. It’s a revelatory work, developing Mr. Hadreas’s experiences of love and loss into a virtuosic song cycle of himself — at turns bold (“Slip Away”), elegiac (“Wreath”) and sexy (“Die 4 U”), and quite often all three at once. The album’s intimate scale has translated well to large rooms this year, but these performances at a pair of smaller venues (the first two of which are sold out) are likely to be particularly powerful.boweryballroom.com888-929-7849, musichallofwilliamsburg.com

YO LA TENGO at the Bowery Ballroom (Dec. 12-19, 8:30 p.m.). Throughout the 2000s, indie-rock fans looked forward each winter to Yo La Tengo’s eight-night Hanukkah residency at Maxwell’s, a club in its native Hoboken, N.J. Maxwell’s closed in 2013, and so ended the band’s yearly tradition — but like the oil in the legend, Yo La Tengo’s Hanukkah shows are burning bright once again this month, at a new location. All eight nights are sold out, but it’s worth keeping an eye on the resale market for miracles.boweryballroom.com

SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON




Jazz

BORDERLANDS TRIO at the Jazz Gallery (Dec. 8-9, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). The bassist Stephan Crump is best known for his work in the Vijay Iyer Trio, where he offers solid foundations that morph and dilate with an almost imperceptible fluidity. He recently joined two other serious talents — the pianist Kris Davis and the drummer Eric McPherson — to form the Borderlands Trio, which released its debut this year, the freely improvised “Asteroidea.” The band celebrates the disc with this weekend run.646-494-3625, jazzgallery.nyc

STANLEY COWELL QUARTET at Smoke (Dec. 8-10; 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m.). Mr. Cowell, a pianist, made his biggest mark in the 1970s, when he led the record label Strata-East and developed a personal piano style that bent the corners on straight-ahead jazz. But he has never slowed down; his latest recording, “No Illusions,” features seven graceful originals and one cover of a John Lewis composition. Here he heralds its release with a weekend of performances featuring the personnel from the album: Bruce Williams on alto saxophone, Jay Anderson on bass and Billy Drummond on drums.212-864-6662, smokejazz.com

‘FOREVER WEIRD: MICROSCOPIC KAMIKAZE PASSENGERS’ at the Kitchen (Dec. 9, 7 p.m.). This triple bill features three flagship ensembles from Manhattan’s 1980s downtown scene: the Microscopic Septet, the Jazz Passengers and Kamikaze Ground Crew. Each had its own way of reflecting the theatrical absurdism that defined much of the era’s experimental art. And all three had comebacks of sorts this year: The Microscopics and the Jazz Passengers released albums, and Doug Wieselman of Kamikaze put out a wide-ranging record with another group, Trio S.212-255-5793 ext. 11, thekitchen.org



JIMMY HEATH BIG BAND at the Blue Note (through Dec. 10, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.). Mr. Heath, 91, is best known for his hard-bop recordings of the early 1960s and his work in the Heath Brothers, a project he and his siblings have held together in some form for most of the past 40 years. But Mr. Heath, who is a remarkable composer and arranger, has led big bands at various points throughout his career, starting in the 1940s, when he led a large bebop ensemble that featured a young John Coltrane. This weekend at the Blue Note he presents his current big band, which includes Antonio Hart on alto saxophone and Gary Smulyan on baritone saxophone, among other notables.212-475-8592, bluenote.net

INDO-JAZZ FESTIVAL at Jazz at Lincoln Center (Dec. 10, 6 p.m.). Indian classical is one of the world’s oldest improvised-music traditions; jazz is one of the youngest. Many jazz musicians of the past 60 years have found their own nexus points between the two genres, and this festival explores the ways in which the shared territory between jazz and Indian classical remains fertile. It also unites jazz and dance, with performances from the Parul Dance Company, as well as the bands Melodic Intersect and Jazz Carnatica.212-721-6500, jazz.org

‘JUSTICE IS COMPASSION’ FESTIVAL at the Clemente Center (through Jan. 12, 7 p.m.). This marks the first weekend of Arts for Art’s monthlong festival, “Justice Is Compassion,” which elevates New York’s jazz avant-garde while promoting the idea that improvised music is a political art form, with certain antiauthoritarian convictions. This weekend features performances on Friday and Saturday night, and every set looks promising. In particular, look to the cornetist Kirk Knuffke, performing Friday at 7 p.m. (he released a fine trio album this year, “Cherryco”), and Joe Morris, an underappreciated guitarist of rusty tone and relentless sensitivity, who will play both nights.artsforart.org/evolving

GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO










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