The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 3/27/15
See Nikki Lane on Friday at Warsaw in Greenpoint.
Photo by Chuck Grant
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Friday, 3/27 Sannhet Saint Vitus Bar 8 p.m., $10 Sannhet have the distinction of being the first band to release an album on Sacrament Records, the label founded in 2013 by Brooklyn metal venue Saint Vitus. On March 27, Saint Vitus hosts the official record release gig for their newest album, Revisionist (which, interestingly, appears on Flenser Records, not Sacrament). Already available for streaming and download on Bandcamp, the LP is an instrumental soundscape of unpretentious post-metal. The compositions are remarkable for the way they seem to create space, paradoxically, with a dense layering of sound, possibly because the trio structure of the lineup gives the sole guitar some breathing room. Joining Sannhet are Kayo Dot and Oneirogen. Showtime is 8 p.m. (21+) and tickets are $10. — Linda Leseman
Shakey Graves+Nikki Lane Warsaw 8 p.m., $20 Former Friday Night Lights regular Alejandro Rose-Garcia has mutated into one of the country's more fascinatingly neo-country-folk singer-songwriters as Shakey Graves. Sort of a triangulation of Will Oldham, Sturgill Simpson, and Bob Log III, Rose-Garcia delivers a surreal folk primitivism that's literate, knowing, and a little freaky all at once. Meanwhile, Nashville's trouble-loving bandit Nikki Lane sports a sharper twang and a challenging hard-to-handle persona on last year's Dan Auerbach-produced All or Nothin'. — Richard Gehr
Diamond Rugs Bowery Ballroom 9 p.m., $18 This isn't so much a supergroup as a gang of musical compadres united under a mutual admiration of crunchy guitars, scuffed melodies, and, just for the hell of it, a sax thrown into the occasional mix. Led by Deer Tick's ringleader John McCauley and conceived after he met Los Lobos' multi-instrumentalist Steve Berlin at a Nashville gig, Diamond Rugs is a goodtime rock band whose breath reeks of stale beer but doesn't have time to worry about being taken too seriously because there's rock 'n' roll to be played elsewhere. Coming off the heels of their sophomore effort, Cosmetics, and relishing in their sweaty whimsicality is a band that won't mind exercising the F-U in fun. New Madrid kick things off as the opener, and the show is open to patrons eighteen and older. — Silas Valentino
"We Are the Music Makers" NYPL Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center Friday & Saturday, 12 p.m., Free The Music Maker Relief Foundation, in association with Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Americanafest NYC, presents a multimedia exhibition to educate and engage viewers in the cultural history of Southern traditional music. "We Are the Music Makers" features photo and audio documentation of Southern roots musicians active in the past twenty years, all photographed and recorded by Tim Duffy, the Foundation's founder, in his quest to preserve the form by partnering with the artists who make it. The multimedia materials will highlight questions of how poverty, geography, and age have limited the exposure of these artists, giving rise to the widespread notion that the musical traditions they perform have "died out."
Saturday, March 28 Lieutenant Mercury Lounge 10:30 p.m., $15 No matter wher he goes, Nate Mendel will never be able to shake his Sunny Day Real Estate roots and Foo Fighters upbringing, but this doesn't mean the bassist for America's rock sweethearts can't forge his own path where he's weed-whacking brushes of lo-fi power pop and raspy vocals. Mendel, who must be accustomed to standing stage left most of the time, plants his presence in the middle of Lieutenant, exchanging his bass for the guitar and playing songs that recall the rigged ambiance of SDRE. In support of their debut, If I Kill This Thing We're All Going to Eat for a Week, and with only a few shows under their belt since SXSW, Lieutenant could just be another side project that rockets by unnoticed — or a bold statement made from one of rock's persistent shadow-lurkers. Yukon Blonde open; the show is 21+. — Silas Valentino
Björk New York City Center 12 p.m., $50 + With a new album (the heartbreaking breakup record Vulnicura), a MoMA retrospective, eight shows in New York, and an upcoming appearance at Governors Ball, this is the season of the ever-experimental Icelandic artist Björk. Her NYC residency kicks off at Carnegie Hall on March 7, the same day her career-spanning MoMA retrospective opens. Joining her at these intimate shows will be a fifteen-piece orchestra and the percussionist Manu Delago. Arca, the Venezuelan producer and musician who collaborated with Björk on Vulnicura, will be joining her for the matinee shows. The shows are all sold out, but tickets are available on the secondary market. — Karen Gardner
Deerhoof Webster Hall 7.45 p.m. Anyone else shocked to learn that San Francisco's Deerhoof have been doing their art-rock dance for twenty years now? They celebrated this milestone by releasing twelfth album La Isla Bonita last fall, and it's packed with Ramones-inspired riffs that were recorded in just a week. Joining them on tour is upstate Perfect Pussy, who murdered the punk underworld with their debut EP two years ago and can make thirteen minutes of your life flash by in a full-throttle whirlwind via a single live set. As if they needed any more convincing, Deerhoof themselves tweeted the following on March 22: "last night Perfect Pussy's actuality was so vast and so profound that they busted the P.A. system." Zula's also in the house, and while the show is sold out, tickets can be found on the secondary market. — Silas Valentino
Milky Chance Music Hall of Williamsburg 8 p.m., $23.50 A trifecta of German folk, reggae, and electronic music, Milky Chance are a harmonious cacophony of something you've never really heard before. Singer Clemens Rehbein has the voice of a long-lost friend, his raspy, sultry attitude enriched by dreamy beats from producer Philipp Dausch. Their 2013 album Sadnecessary has become an international hit, and now the duo are on their first major tour, performing at venues and festivals worldwide. This weekend they are stopping at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg and the show is open to everyone sixteen and older. — Eleanor Lambert
Sunday, 3/29 Curren$y B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 9 p.m., $30–$35 With a long and rich history that traverses the various corners of hip-hop, Curren$y is likely to showcase his deep repertoire at this upcoming show at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. From the old-school r&b, borderline-jazz-inspired tracks to the Top 40 remixes to the hard and trippy beats, Curren$y is a feisty yet smooth blend of genres. His style is steady yet spontaneous, and his rhythms are intoxicating blends of rapid verses, strong instrumentals, and thumping beat patterns. The show is $30 in advance, $35 the day of, and is open to all ages. — Eleanor Lambert
Wand Mercury Lounge 7:00 p.m., $10/$12 From out the creativity-busting stable of garage rock psych-heads nurtured by glam heavyweight Ty Segall emerges Cali's six-string wizards of slayage, Wand. Like left-coast contemporaries Thee Oh Sees, White Fence, and Segall himself, Wand wave a cosmically epic, dragged-through-the-mud aesthetic radiating with the Herculean riffage of Black Sabbath, Bowie-esque histrionics, Beach Boys harmonies, and Nuggets Sixties-styled garage-rock. Wand's productive tear started with last year's Ganglion Reef (released by Segall's God? label) and now their streak continues only a half-year later with Golem, Wand's In the Red debut and a record overflowing with singer/guitarist Cory Hanson's dreamy falsetto. If Segall's 2014 opus Manipulator was your bag, Wand are for you. — Brad Cohan
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