The Who, Sharon Van Etten and Aerosmith Play New York

By Daniel Jumpertz on November 14, 2012 8:33am 

Wednesday, November 14
It's The Who at Barclays Center tonight, and the classic English rockers are revisiting their 1973 double album "Quadrophenia." The Who formed in 1964, quickly generating a reputation for wild live shows that sometimes concluded with the band smashing their instruments. A rock opera set in the English seaside town of Brighton in the mid-'60s, "Quadrophenia" explores the social, musical and psychological happenings of the time from an English teenager's perspective. Upon its original release, the album was a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic, although it didn't produce any hit singles. Original surviving members, guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend (his rock 'n' roll memoir "Who I Am" was recently published) and singer Roger Daltrey are joined on stage by Ringo Starr's son Zac Starkey, substituting for original drummer Keith Moon, who died in 1978. Bassist John Entwistle died in 2002. The current tour, branded "Quadrophenia And More," has so far included an encore of other Who hit singles, including "Who Are You," "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "My Generation."

Thursday, November 15
Folk-rocking singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten plays Town Hall with special guests Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Aaron Dessner (The National) and Brad Cook (Megafaun). This week, Van Etten is releasing a deluxe edition of her excellent 2012 album "Tramp," which was produced over a 14-month period in various studios by Dessner. In addition to the original album, the deluxe edition of "Tramp" contains demo versions of each album track, plus the unreleased acoustic demo “Tell Me.”

Friday, November 16
Dan Deacon produces an ecstatic, overdriven, sun-blasted barrage of DIY electronic anthems. His new album "America" includes a run of 500 copies on translucent vinyl, as well as a short run of cassettes. Explaining the concept behind his new album, Deacon says, "The underground DIY and wilderness are just as American as their evil brethren, corporatism and environmental destruction. It‘s that juxtaposition of fundamentally opposed ideologies that makes up the American landscape." At Bowery Ballroom.

Also tonight: Soulful '90s sirens En Vouge play B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.

Saturday, November 17
Multi-faceted musician Matthew Dear plays Webster Hall tonight. Dear is a DJ, dance producer, experimental pop artist and a bandleader. He co-founded both the Ghostly International record label and its dancefloor offshoot, Spectral Sound. He’s had remixes commissioned by The xx, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Spoon, Hot Chip, The Postal Service and The Chemical Brothers and maintains four aliases (Audion, False, Jabberjaw and Matthew Dear), each with its own style and distinct visual identity. Dear's latest album, "Beams," is a suite of weird, rhythmic pop songs.

Sunday, November 18
New York–based A Place To Bury Strangers plays a heavy, atmospheric blend of psychedelic, shoegaze and space rock. Forming from the ashes of the band Skywave in 2006, A Place To Bury Strangers began as a three piece — recording 2006's excellent "Exploding Head" — trimming down to a two-piece for their latest album "Worship." Their new single "And I'm Up" is available on a translucent orange vinyl 45. Take a look at the video here. At Bowery Ballroom.

Monday, November 19
Metz are reminiscent of Shellac, The Pixies, The Jesus Lizard and Public Image Ltd. Eschewing unnecessary bells and whistles, the Canadian three-piece (Alex Edkins, Hayden Menzies and Chris Slorach) operate under the motto, "if you can’t fit it in the van, it’s not worth bringing." Their latest, self-titled album is out now  on Sub Pop! — a label that knows a thing or two about loud, ecstatic live music. At Mercury Lounge.

Tuesday, November 20
American rock icons and Boston bad boys Aerosmith are treading the boards once again, celebrating the release of a new album — their 15th — "Music From Another Dimension." Although reviews for the new album thus far have been mixed, fans can feast upon four decades of hits, including "Walk This Way" (1977), "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" (1987), "Love in an Elevator" (1989), "Janie's Got a Gun" (1990) and "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (1998). In support, the equally iconic Cheap Trick. At Madison Square Garden.

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