The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 4/8/13


Here are the 10 best shows around the city this week, in no particular order.

Fleetwood Mac
Madison Square Garden
Monday, 8pm, $49.50-$179.50
Sure, Fleetwood Mac recently reissued their 1977 mega-hit album Rumours in hundred-dollar deluxe configurations with T-shirts and posters and a couple droplets of the witch juju Stevie Nicks used to withstand the rise of punk. And sure, the Big Mac has served up over 100 million LPs in sales worldwide. But all this still doesn’t really explain why the classic lineup (sans Christine McVie) is touring for the second time in a decade with no new album, despite having songs written. Rumor is, though, that they’ll play two new ones. The rest will just have to be hits. — By Kory Grow

Wavves + Fidlar + Cheatahs
The Glasslands Gallery
Thursday, 8:30pm, $18
It’s hard to believe an entire five years have passed since the first songs surfaced from Wavves, originally the gritty bedroom-recorded noise-pop project of California’s Nathan Williams. In the years that followed, Williams has released a string of higher-fi more commercially-oriented guitar-pop records, the most recent of which is is Afraid Of Heights, the fourth Wavves studio album and one containing some of the band’s best songs to date. Check out “Demon To Lean On” or “Cop” for proof, and then bop around to their punky West Coast-inspired songcraft tonight at Brooklyn’s Glasslands Gallery with fellow Cali punx FIDLAR and London’s Cheatahs. — By Liz Pelly

Vinnie Golia
Wednesday, 8:30pm, $10
The West Coast wizard doesn’t come to town often enough, but this visit for a Roulette Jazz Composer Series show finds him playing one of the most intimate rooms in BK, this time stressing his horn, not his pen. With a rollicking rhythm section of drummer Weasel Walter and bassist Max Johnson keeping the chatter level high, veteran saxophonist Golia should demonstrate just how naturally his provocative ideas flow at this late date. — By Jim Macnie

Lianne La Havas + Jamie N Commons
Webster Hall
Tuesday, 8:30pm, $22
The 23-year-old Brit has sung backup for Paloma Faith and toured as a supporting act for Bon Iver and Alicia Keys, but now having paid some dues on the road, she has the singer-songwriter bona fides to shoulder a worldwide tour of her own. On her debut studio album, Is Your Love Big Enough, La Havas threads the needle between soulful vibrato and throttling electric guitar, a combination that gives her a refreshing unity of opposites, with the kinky hair and sidelong glance to keep listeners guessing as to how innocent her edge might be. — By Aidan Levy

Le Poisson Rouge
Tuesday, 7pm, $35
Why don’t you like me?” is a question Mika posed on his breakout hit “Grace Kelly,” and since the release of 2007’s Life in Cartoon Motion, there has been little doubt how much we love his modernized disco tunes. Since then, the British hit-maker has kept up momentum with his successful 2009 album The Boy Who Knew Too Much and the gorgeous 2012 release The Origin of Love. With his theoretically grandiose but artfully subdued sound, Mika will entertain “an intimate evening” at LPR and put a little sunshine in your life. — By Brittany Spanos

Wednesday, 10pm, $15-$30
Since catching mainstream ears as the skinny Providence transplant behind the Diplomats’s reunion track, “Salute,” AraabMuzik has been at the forefront of recent efforts to mash dance music and hip-hop. His latest solo release, For Professional Use Only, includes the type of bass-heavy club joints that had ravers going wild at last week’s Ultra as well as the creeping beat he contributed to Swizz Beatz and A$AP Rocky’s underrated “Street Knock.” And, he’s even better live, turning his MPC into a Pandora’s box of sounds, synths, samples, and (most of all) drums. Tonight, he comes to Output, Williamsburg’s newest dance venue, for a party promoted by MeanRed Productions. — By Nick Murray

Hot Chip
Roseland Ballroom
Tuesday, 8pm, $39.50-$55
After 13 years of blending crystalline New Order vocals with upbeat, indie-leaning electronic rhythms on five records and uncountable EPs, the London synthpop quintet Hot Chip are playing their biggest-ever New York headlining show tonight. They haven’t released anything major since June of last year–which is surprising for a group that put out nine releases in 2006, when hit single “Over and Over” was being played over and over–but that album, In Our Heads, ranks among the band’s catchiest and most consistent. Singles like “Night & Day” and “Don’t Deny Your Heart” bubble with giddy indie-disco dance beats and brim with carefree positivity in a way the occasionally maudlin LCD Soundsystem never quite embraced. With Tanlines and a DJ set by the Crystal Ark. — By Kory Grow

Emilie Weibel
Downstairs at Cornelia Street Cafe
Wednesday, 8:30pm, $20
Along with the glorious virtuoso jazz vocalist Fay Victor, Swiss miss Brooklynite Emilie Weibel is one of the shining lights leading Brooklyn’s contingent of heavenly voices. While Victor is a bluesy queen of jaw-dropping improvisation, Weibel is the subtle songbird with an equally mesmerizing presence and a DIY ethos. In her Omoo guise, Weibel–with an assortment of entrancing lo-fi electronics, loop devices, a cheap music box and voice effects–creates minimalist vocal magic, occasionally with a honeyed backdrop of Stereolab-like la-la’s but always with an aesthetic all her own that is downright otherworldly. It’s no wonder NY sax titan Darius Jones enlisted both Weibel and Victor for his vocal troupe. — By Brad Cohan

Young Magic + Reverberation
The Mercury Lounge
Tuesday, 9:30pm, $12
Young Magic call Brooklyn home, but their down-tempo, soul-inflicted psych-pop experiments with sounds culled from all over the world, sampling field recordings captured in Mexico, Argentina, Iceland, and other far-out locations. The band’s two vocalists are Australian ex-pat Isaac Emmanuel and Indonesian native Melati Malay, and on their 2012 debut full-length, Melt, the former’s striking rap-like verses play with the latter’s more ethereal, atmospheric additions. Following their recent tour with Purity Ring, Young Magic play a string of hometown shows surrounding their appearance at this year’s Austin Psych Fest. — By Liz Pelly

Absu + Krallice
Saint Vitus
Wednesday, 8pm, $15
Since reuniting in 2009, the two-decades-old Texan trio Absu–they who once claimed to play “mythological occult metal” but lately seem to wield an even blend of thrash and black–have garnered the allegiance of leather-clad headbangers who don’t seem to mind watching a drummer constantly speak and sing in gargled-glass vocal tones. To prove this, the group, whose last album came out in 2011, has booked two nights at Saint Vitus with support coming from two New York bands who released albums around Absu’s reunion, black metallers Krallice and post-metal extremists Tombs. — By Kory Grow

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