The Seven Best Concerts in New York this Week, 2/9/15
Feel the lightning with Dan Deacon this week in New York.
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Monday, 2/9 Robert Earl Keen Bowery Ballroom 8:30 p.m., $35 Robert Earl Keen doesn't have a particularly pretty voice or sing songs about swilling beer in his truck, but this tenacious Texas troubadour writes some of the best story songs ("Shades of Gray," "The Road Goes on Forever") and middle-age confessionals ("Dreadful Selfish Crime") this side of Marty Robbins and Jim Lauderdale. His new album, Happy Prisoner, however, is a springy set of his favorite bluegrass tunes, so expect the sort of fancy picking his crack band — and especially guitarists Rich Brotherton and pedal steel player Marty Muse — has no problem providing. Fellow Texan Bonnie Bishop opens. Doors are at 7:30 p.m. — By Richard Gehr
Photo by Ben Rayner
Parquet Courts Palisades Monday & Tuesday, 9 p.m., $35 Though Ridgewood's golden punks released two phenomenal albums in 2014, formed side-project PCPC with PC Worship for some one-off shows in the fall, and recently played a sold-out show at Webster Hall, fans can't seem to get enough. Back on the DIY circuit, Parquet Courts will stop by Bushwick's divey Palisades (906 Broadway, Brooklyn) for what is likely to be a raucous set with support from Future Punx and Eaters. The show is all ages and sold out immediately, so you'll have to scour secondary markets for tickets, but intimate venues like this are Parquet Courts' bread and butter; they'll be in their element. Update: A second show has been added for the next night, February 10. — By Lindsey Rhoades
Tuesday, 2/10 Slavic Soul Party! Barbès 10 p.m., $10 Slavic Soul Party are Eastern Europe's answer to the funk (and "Grunt") of the J.B.'s or, more recently, the Budos Band. On their recordings, and every Tuesday at Barbès, the ten-person brass ensemble pins Gypsy melodies against the sort of jazzy r&b horn collages you hear in movies adapted from Elmore Leonard books. The best part, though, is how they interact with their audience at their concerts, sometimes breaking the fourth wall, and really making each word in their name — especially the last — pull its weight. — By Kory Grow
Dan Deacon Baby's All Right 8 p.m., $10 Rally 'round Dan Deacon tonight at Baby's All Right, where the Long Island–born, Baltimore-based producer headlines a bill presented by Red Bull Sound Select and curated by PopGun Presents. Deacon's been sweating with audiences since 2003 and his upcoming album, Gliss Riffer (February 24 on Domino Records), promises to be a pared-down effort after America, his 2012 record that saw him collaborate with more than twenty musicians. The music video for "Feel the Lightning" — the first single off Gliss Riffer — features dancing reclining chairs straight off the set of Pee Wee's Playhouse, reason enough to revisit Dan Deacon's imaginative world. Opening the show are Future Punx and The Great Void. — Nick Lucchesi
Body Language Baby's All Right 10 p.m., $12–$15 Body Language is one of the more groovy entries on the Brooklyn indie pop scene. The electro four-piece of Grant Wheeler, Matt Young, Angelica Bess, and Ian Chang creates just the right beats to get the party started and drops enough r&b soul to keep you dancing through the night. The group's 2013 album, Grammar, is chock-full of uber-catchy beats. But this year saw Body Language step into a new direction with the group's new single, "Really Love," a hip-hop-leaning banger that's primed for the club. Joining Body Language at Baby's All Right is Figgy. — Jill Menze
Thursday, 2/12 Father John Misty Rough Trade NYC 9 p.m., $25 Father John Misty is a formidable figure. The alter ego of Joshua Tillman, Father John Misty is the jokester, the folk-rock hero to Tillman's musical past. Formerly a solo artist by the name J. Tillman and member of Fleet Foxes, Tillman's new moniker created one of 2012's best albums, the Laurel Canyon–inspired Fear Fun. To mark the release of his latest album, I Love You, Honeybear, out February 10, Father John Misty plays Bowery Ballroom with opener Guy Blakeslee. Although the show is sold out, tickets are available on the secondary market. Grab one if you can to catch live standouts like "Bored in the USA." You can also catch Misty on Saturday, February 14, at Bowery Ballroom. — Jill Menze
The Hold Steady
Photo by Danny Clinch
The Hold Steady Bowery Ballroom Basketball and rock fans will collide at the second annual Alt Star party, a fundraiser for the Rock On Foundation, a nonprofit founded by the San Antonio Spurs' Matt Bonner. Everyone's favorite barroom rockers The Hold Steady are headlining the Bowery Ballroom bash, with support from Brooklyn's STRNGRS and a pretty damn sick roster of DJs including Win Butler (Arcade Fire), Chris Tomson (Vampire Weekend), Dapwell (Das Racist), and Stefan Marolachakis (Caveman). The event coincides with various other NBA All-Star Weekend activities, meaning tickets for the show went hot, but you can find them on the secondary market at prices that are not ridiculous — attainable, even! It's for a good cause (and music), after all. Door are at 8 p.m. — Jill Menze
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