The 8 Best Concerts in New York This Week: Anvil, Horse Lords, Guitar Summit + More
Anvil play The Shop Brooklyn on Thursday, February 5.
Courtesy The End Records
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MONDAY, FEB. 2
Napalm Death The Gramercy Theatre 6 p.m., $31 One of the most epic metal bills of this wintry season takes over Gramercy Theatre tonight, and it's likely that no one there will make it to work tomorrow. All of these bands have been busy as of late: British grindcore OGs Napalm Death arrive fresh off the release of their newest album (out January 26), Apex Predator — Easy Meat; Canadian sci-fi thrash metallers Voivod will showcase music from an upcoming 7" split (with At the Gates), due in April; and in February, Exhumed will present Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998–2015, a re-recording of the band's first album. Virginia's Iron Reagan (no, not an Iron Maiden cover band) have been enjoying snowballing popularity, thanks to the punk accessibility of 2014's The Tyranny of Will. Likewise, Black Crown Initiate, from Reading, Pennsylvania, actually refer to themselves as an " 'it' band...that has everyone talking" in their band bio. Self-aggrandizing as that may seem, they're not wrong — The Wreckage of the Stars earned high praise last year. If you attend this show, tell your boss in advance not to expect you in on time the next day, if at all. The show is sixteen-plus unless accompanied by an adult. — By Linda Leseman
'Mobile Mondays' w/ Operator EMZ+Joey Carvello+Natasha Diggs+Just Blaze+Misbehaviour+$$$Mike Bowery Electric 10 p.m., FREE Anyone can queue MP3s through Serato, some can play sets with their collection of 12-inches, but a DJ night with only 45s? Until a backward-looking Brooklyn dive attempts to throw a party where DJs have to stick to wax cylinders, no one is going to touch Bowery Electric's Mobile Mondays, the weekly event where residents like Operator EMZ, Joey Carvello, Natasha Diggs, and (when he's not touring the world) Just Blaze — with guests like Biz Markie, Kenny Dope, DJ Scratch, and Spinderella — keep you moving without the help of any records above seven inches. Whether it's your first time or fortieth, tonight's party is a must-attend. — By Nick Murray
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 4
Mandingo Ambassadors Barbes Every Wednesday, 10 p.m., $10 Guinean guitarist Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate came of age among such legendary 1970s guitarcentric combos as the Horoya Band and Bembeya Jazz, which blended Cuban rumba with traditional balafon-based sounds. Kouyate moved to New York in search of political asylum in 2004 and currently leads this suave weekly dance party featuring some of the city's sweeter rhythm masters. — By Richard Gehr
Kaiser-Laswell-Ligeti Trio The Stone 8 p.m., $20 Among the highlights of Henry Kaiser's week-long residency at John Zorn's Lower East Side music bunker will be this psych-jazz power trio blending the Antarctica-ice-diving California guitar experimentalist, earthquaking bassist-producer Bill Laswell, and octopus-armed drummer Lukas Ligeti, who will collectively press start and let 'er rip. (To hear Kaiser in an even more unusual situation, come back February 6, when he'll be improvising alongside another friend, the science fiction legend Samuel Delaney.) — By Richard Gehr
Alternative Guitar Summit w/ Anders Nilsson & Aaron Dugan; Marco Capelli & James Ilgenfritz; Ava Mendoza & Chris Corsano ShapeShifter Lab Festival Wednesday–Sunday, 7:30 p.m., $15 Wandering through previous editions of the Alternative Guitar Summit could make your head whirl. Diversity is expected in experimental music, but the wealth of action coming from the various configs of string players at this event is marvelous in its range. This year's fifth annual gathering, taking place at both Shapeshifter Lab and Rockwood Music Hall, expands further, taking founder/curator Joel Harrison's vision to a place where four nights of creative music focused on a single instrument will sound distinct at every turn. Its breadth might be summarized by a bill that finds Lee Ranaldo, of Sonic Youth fame, performing an opening solo set for Adam Rudolph's Go, a nine-member guitar orchestra. Textural contrast and compositional rigor will be present and accounted for, as will thrust — this stuff has a tendency to be explosive. Don't miss the series of duets that kick off the program, and there's even reason to believe that the master classes that dot the landscape might tickle non-players, too. — By Jim Macnie
THURSDAY, FEB. 5
Horse Lords Union Pool 9 p.m., $10 Among the Baltimore underground's hottest tickets in recent memory is Horse Lords, a supergroup of sorts that's ascended to main-event heights. The foursome kick up an instrumental, furious-but-controlled fusion of jazz and avant-rock, spiced with electronics and world-music flavors. Sure, they're only a few platters deep — 2014's Hidden Cities is arguably better than anything else you spent last year raving over — but we may have a new Oneida on our hands here. Opening are Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band and Mind Over Mirrors. The show is open to everyone 21 and older. — By Raymond Cummings
Anvil The Shop Brooklyn 7:30 p.m., $20 Although Canadian metal band Anvil never really went away, the last six years have seemed like a rebirth as they've ridden the wave of popularity brought about by their 2008 documentary, Anvil! The Story of Anvil. Their positive outlook continues with the "Hope in Hell Tour," named after their 2013 album and title track. The chorus proclaims, "Hope in hell, finding love and losing hate; hope in hell, enjoy your life; it's not too late" — a sunny metal disposition if there ever was one. Joining Anvil at The Shop in Brooklyn on February 5 is Lord Dying, a thrashy stoner band from Portland with a new record, Poisoned Altars, set to release the week before this show. (We've listened to it and can give it a two-horned salute.) Opening are Sunlord, heavy-rockers from the NYC by way of Argentina. In the words of Anvil, the night is destined to be one of "Metal on Metal." — By Linda Leseman
FRIDAY, FEB. 6
Alternative Guitar Summit w/ Gyan Riley & David Cossin (perc.); Prasanna (solo): South Indian music meets modern jazz; David Fiuczynski Planet MicroJam trio Rockwood Music Hall Festival Wednesday–Sunday, 7 p.m., $20 This festival of daring, inventive guitarists, who emphasize new and unusual approaches to the instrument, will once again celebrate the guitar's enormous range, beyond style or genre. The 2015 AGS will feature Lee Ranaldo, Liberty Ellman, David Gilmore, Joel Harrison, Miles Okazaki, Kenny Wessel, Doug Wamble, Adam Levy, Sheryl Bailey, Michael Gregory Jackson, Anders Nilsson, Marco Cappelli, Gyan Riley, David Fiuczynski, Prasanna, Ava Mendoza, Adam Rudolph, and others.
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