The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 5/6/13
Little Boots will shake things up at Music Hall of Williamsburg this Tuesday
Here's your carefully crafted guide to blowing your paycheck this week.
Little Boots Music Hall of Williamsburg Tuesday, 9pm, $15 Though the music of Little Boots easily sits alongside the likes of Kylie Minogue and Katy Perry, her '80s jams are also delivered both a bit more earnestly and with a bit more complexity. In other words, she's the dancefloor version of the girl-next-door, hashing out her heartbreaks and obsessions within a gem-like framework of shiny synths, her glittering soprano and plenty of edgy beats. Her initial single, "Stuck on Repeat," was a collaboration with Joe Goddard of Hot Chip, and like any good bubblegum it's still sticking five years later. -- By Caitlin White
Tim Berne's Snakeoil The Stone Tuesday through Thursday, 8pm & 10pm, $15 Released last year and titled after his new quartet, the composer-saxophonist's first studio album in an unbelievable eight years (on ECM, surprisingly) suggested a set of controlled experiments in carefully calibrated emotional and musical extremes. Oscar Noriega (clarinets), Matt Mitchell (piano), and Ches Smith (drums) have become seasoned fellow travelers alongside Berne, whose constantly unfolding linear compositions serve as roadmaps for fascinating side trips. -- By Richard Gehr
'Lyrics & Lyricists' w/ Jerome Kern 92nd Street Y Monday, 7:30pm, $25-$62 Jerome Kern wasn't a lyricist, but he sure as shootin' worked with some of the Broadway's top wordsmiths during the several decades he spent as Broadway's top composer. Oscar Hammerstein, Yip Harburg, Dorothy Fields, and Johnny Mercer all set words to the tunes he produced and then reminded his collaborators they weren't to change a single note. Appearing, among other Kernites, in "The Song is You" are Barbara Carroll, Paula West, James Naughton, Jeffry Denman, and Karen Ziemba. -- By David Finkle
Peter Murphy + Ours Webster Hall Tuesday, 7pm, $25 Even though goth archetypes Bauhaus officially went the way of Bela Lugosi after a short-lived reunion five years ago, their frontman Peter Murphy is determined to keep the funeral pyre burning. Tonight, he and his solo band are performing a program entitled "Mr. Moonlight: Celebrating 35 Years of Bauhaus," for which he's playing only songs he wrote with his sometime mates from Northampton, including, for the first time, cuts from 2008's Going Away White, which came out around the time the band became undeadundeadundead.-- By Kory Grow
Rihanna + A$AP Rocky Barclays Center Tuesday, 8pm, $39.50-$150 Rescheduled from Saturday, May 4 Seventeen when she released "Pon de Replay," 19 for "Umbrella," Rihanna accomplished more in her first two decades than many do in a lifetime. Now 25, the Barbados-born pop star is touring the world in support of "Diamonds," the ethereal lead single that spent three weeks at No. 1 on the charts, "Pour It Up," the Mike Will-produced banger that's currently No. 1 in the clubs, and Unapolgetic, the diverse, complicated, uncompromising album that might be her best ever. She's maturing in front of our eyes, but not in the way that anyone had expected. Catch her tonight with Harlem's own A$AP Rocky. -- By Nick Murray
Tokyo trio Boris take over LPR two nights in a row
Boris Le Poisson Rouge Monday & Tuesday, 7pm, $18/$20 For more than two decades, Tokyo's experimental music trio Boris has dabbled in drone-metal, hard rock, shoegaze, and pop, all at the whim of Takeshi Ohtani's double-necked guitar. And at their two-night New York residency, "From the Past, the Present and Through to the Future," they can demonstrate their range. Tonight consists of "all-time classics," and judging from recent set lists could range from the fuzzy alt-rock of "Farewell" from their celebrated 2005 release Pink, to 2008's bulldozing, Hendrix-style guitar-torture of "Statement." Tuesday, though, highlights their experimental side, as they play their celebrated ambient 70-minute single "Flood," as well as a drone and noise set. With Young Widows and Ornament on Monday, and Stephen Brodsky and Amen Dunes on Tuesday.-- By Kory Grow
The Breeders Webster Hall Monday, 8pm, $30 Call it the Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle that never quite was: Post-Pixies art-rock wrecking crew strikes cultural gold on second try then unravels into relative, willful obscurity. That the original Breeders' lineup is anniversary touring 1993 alt-touchstone Last Splash offers long-suffering fans hope for the bombastic, slithering follow-up that never quite was, but while getting crunk to "Iris" and "Cannonball" for the first time in a dog's age, don't blank on the incidental awesomeness accrued during the Deal sisters' wilderness years. For starters, "Off You," "Overglazed," and the soused entirety of the Amps' Pacer. -- By Raymond Cummings
Ebe Oke + Annie Gosfield The Kitchen Thursday, 8pm, $15 Laurie Anderson curates the third edition of "Synthesizer Nights," which this evening pairs Georgia-born, London-based Ebe Oke with New Yorker Annie Gosfield. Oke, a romantic experimentalist, performs selections from his new Valor, adding cello, violin, and laptop to his own vocals, piano, and electronics. Violinist Mary Rowell performs Gosfield's "Lost Signals and Drifting Satellites" (which includes the sounds of Sputnik); and Gosfield (keyboards), Roger Kleier (guitar), and Kenny Wolleson (drums) play an abridged version of EWA7, a work inspired by the factory clamor of Nuremburg, Germany. -- By Richard Gehr
Relient K + Hellogoodbye + William Beckett + Mike Mains and the Branches Highline Ballroom Friday, 6pm, $22/$25 It might as well be called the "Boys Next Door" show because that's exactly the brand of sugary sweet, heart-wrenching power-pop punk Relient K & Co. are bringing to Highline Ballroom. Relient's uplifting tone had been set the minute their hit single "Be My Escape" became the most surprisingly mainstream Christian rock track of the new millenium, and they continue to cultivate it in their post-Mmhmm career. Joined by bouncy Hellogoodbye and the former singer of The Academy Is..., William Beckett, the show is sure to be a tornado of emotions but will get you back dancing in no time. -- By Brittany Spanos
Le1f + Laurel Halo + Venus-X + Spank Djs + The Peronists + Crazy Bitch in a Cave The Glasslands Gallery Tuesday, 9pm, $12/$15 Two questions worth posing during the next few weeks, the period when, after 12 years away, the annual Red Bull Music Academy returns to the city: Of all the great upcoming shows and lectures, which ones should I make a point of catching, and what does it mean that so much independent and avant-garde music is underwritten by an energy drink company? For the former, we recommend tonight's "That!" showcase at Williamsburg's Glasslands Gallery, where Le1f and recent Voice cover star Mykki Blanco rap circles around everyone in attendance, with DJ sets from Laurel Halo and Venus X. As for the latter, you'll have to figure that out for yourself.
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