13 Pop, Rock in addition to Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This kind of Weekend
MAXWELL at the Beacon Theater (Dec. 9, 8 p.m.). Of the 1990s neo-soul artists who made a mainstream impact, the Brooklyn-born crooner Maxwell might have been the most unlikely: His delicate, understated style was hardly irresistible radio fodder (though his work has long been a staple of adult R&B stations), in addition to his deliberate, complex ballads seemed ill suited to court anyone beyond R&B purists. Despite This kind of outlier status, not long after Maxwell returned coming from a seven-year hiatus, he found himself surrounded by artists who took his influence in addition to ran with of which, like Miguel, Frank Ocean in addition to Daniel Caesar. at This kind of point, Maxwell’s sound seems ubiquitous.
THE MIDNIGHT HOUR at the McKittrick Hotel (Dec. 13, 10:30 p.m.; Dec. 14, 12:15 a.m.). The D.J. in addition to producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) in addition to the composer Adrian Younge have long operated within the same circles, nevertheless a commission to create the soundtrack for Netflix’s “Luke Cage” series helped foster a more official musical partnership. As the Midnight Hour, the duo pushes toward a vision of hip-hop of which’s polished nevertheless uncompromising, in addition to complex without being inaccessible. Another explicit source of inspiration will be the Harlem Renaissance, so fittingly there’s a fair amount of jazz within the mix — the boom-bap grooves, though, remain central.
STEVE MILLER in addition to MARTY STUART at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center (Dec. 7-8, 8 p.m.). Miller, a Rock in addition to Roll Hall of Famer, will continue his lifelong exploration of the blues during This kind of two-night run, which honors the music of Appalachia. He’ll be joined by Stuart, a bona fide country legend who spent all 5 years playing guitar in addition to singing backup vocals for Johnny Cash. Stuart’s band, the Fabulous Superlatives, will also be present for what promises to be a down-home show.
JUSTUS PROFFIT in addition to JAY SOM at Baby’s All Right (Dec. 7, 8 p.m.). Proffit, a singer-songwriter, in addition to the multi-instrumentalist Melina Duterte — who performs under the name Jay Som — have achieved indie rock without pretension on their stripped-down joint EP “Nothing’s Changed.” Separately, Duterte’s music skews more toward garage rock in addition to Proffit’s toward gentler, almost folksy fare; on This kind of project, they more or less meet within the middle. The songs are rough around the edges nevertheless still have pop flair thanks to jaunty guitar riffs in addition to retro harmonies. “You have aged in addition to nothing’s changed,” they sing on the title track, somehow generating existential resignation sound appealing.