Thursday, October 16
Paris-based Japanese sound artist Ryoji Ikeda features this month as special guest in Times Square’s Midnight Moment, the largest coordinated effort in history by the sign operators in Times Square to display synchronized, cutting-edge creative content on electronic billboards and newspaper kiosks throughout Times Square. Thursday night at 11:57 p.m. Ikeda’s film “test pattern” will be take over Times Square billboards, turning into a special public/private “silent concert” in the middle of Times Square. Up to 400 ‘Silent Events’ headphones will be passed out in Duffy Square (at Broadway and 46th St.) between beginning at 11 p.m. (first come first served) so visitors can hear a special six minute segment of sounds that correspond to the patterns being projected onto the screens.
Pioneering New York record label Def Jam are partying Thursday at Barclays Center in celebration of their 30th Anniversary. It's a lineup of old and new faces, with Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, DMX, Fabolous, Jhene Aiko, Redman, Method Man, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Warren G and others performing. 620 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn. $71.85 to $215
Friday, October 17
South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim moved to Europe in the early 1960s to escape the brutal oppression blacks were experiencing daily in his homeland. Prior to leaving, he recorded the first jazz LP ("Jazz Epistle, Verse 1") by black South African musicians. Ibrahim quickly established a career as jazz innovator by incorporating Cape Town influences into contemporary jazz and working alongside U.S jazz legend Duke Ellington. Friday night he celebrates his 80th birthday at Zankel Hall. Seventh Ave. at 57th St. Midtown. $49/$60.
Saturday, October 18
c3 — the Content Creators Coalition — fight to ensure fairness and dignity for artists in the digital age. They’ve organized two days of shows. Saturday's show features members of Dr. Dog and Deerhoof as well as saxophonists John Zorn and Steve Coleman and singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash. They perform at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn ($20/$25). Sunday's show takes from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., Greenwich Village and is free.
Sunday, October 19
For her recently released fourth album “Taiga,” Zola Jesus moved to Mute Records — the label that's home to Depeche Mode, Liars and Goldfrapp and thereby a suitable fit for her goth-tinged pop. Joining her Sunday at Webster Hall is former Suicide provocateur Martin Rev and experimental producer Lee Bannon From 8 p.m. 125 East 11th Street, East Village. $25.
Tuesday, October 21
CMJ Music Marathon, one of the world’s largest and most respected new music festivals, kicks off Tuesday. CMJ features over 1,400 live performances over the coming week in 80 venues scattered around Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. CMJ also features 100 conference events for industry insiders, which are centered around the New York University Washington Square campus. To attend all CMJ events, purchase a Full Badge ($549). The CMJ Music Marathon 2014 Show Pass ($140) will grant you access to all official CMJ music programming. Individual shows can also be attended without a Show Pass, depending on ticket availability. Head here for the full schedule, and here to purchase Festival badges and passes.
Tom Vek - Mercury Lounge, 7:30 p.m. $15
The Horrors - Stage 48, 8 p.m. $25
Secret Chiefs 3 - Le Poisson Rouge, 8:30 p.m. $18
James - Webster Hall, 9:15 p.m. $30
J Fernandez - Union Pool, 10:15 p.m. $10
Cymbals - Glasslands, 10:45 p.m. $10
Cold War Kids - Brooklyn Bowl, 11 p.m. Free with RSVP.
Wednesday, October 22
CMJ Music Marathon continues. Here’s a few selections from today’s schedule.
Charly Bliss - The Delancey Upstairs, 12:45 p.m.
Paws - Pianos, 3:30 p.m.
Courtney Barnett - Webster Hall, 8:30 p.m. $20.
Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger!, Johnny Lewis - The Rock Shop, 9 p.m. $8
Shonen Knife - Knitting Factory, 10 p.m. $15
Luke Sweeney - Pete’s Candy Store, 11 p.m.