The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 4/15/13


We asked the members of the Free Credit Report band to pick their favorite shows of the week. We then ignored their answers, and picked our own. Here they are. Ten of them.

Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Friday, 8pm, $12
Driven by Molly Hamilton’s wispy voice and supported by the guitar work of Robert Earl Thomas, Widowspeak seamlessly mirrors dreamy vocal lines with bright, spindly guitar solos. The lyrical content is at times pastoral, other times longing and often even fierce. Ultimately, the band might be the truest rock and roll band 2013 has to offer–think Stevie Nicks if she grew up listening to James Taylor. — By Caitlin White

Slide Brothers
Thursday, 8pm & 10pm, $35
Sacred steel guitarists Calvin Cooke, Aubrey Ghent, and brothers Chuck and Darick Campbell have risked censure by the House of God Church, where the tradition was born, in order to share their slippery licks in places like Times Square with heathens such as you and me. The quartet of elders plays electro-sliding renditions of blues by Elmore Leonard, rock by George Harrison, and gospel by God. — By Richard Gehr

Anaïs Mitchell + Jefferson Hamer + Robert Sarazin Blake + Eamon O’Leary
Joe’s Pub
Wednesday, 9:30pm, $17
Child Ballads, Anaïs Mitchell’s recent duo collaboration with folk singer-songwriter Jefferson Hamer, refers to a collection of English and Scottish ballads originating in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, compiled by folklorist Francis James Child. One portrays a marriage thwarted by a disapproving mother-in-law with the ability to prolong labor pains for up to eight years, and another depicts an overbearing mother who curses her son to drown for visiting his girlfriend instead of having dinner with her. — By Aidan Levy

Shea Stadium
Tuesday, 9pm, $15
For the first time in a couple of years, New York will see Shea Stadium host a bloodthirsty team calling themselves METZ. But in this case, Shea is the hole-in-the-wall Brooklyn performance space that took the baseball mecca’s name–so they could give indie bands a “Live at Shea!” claim–and METZ are the screaming-prone, guitar-torturing grunge trio who garnered a lot of buzz at last year’s CMJ Marathon. Since then, the band has been on a winning streak, releasing their critically lauded self-titled LP last October and playing New York three more times after that. This week, they’re 
repeating the eardrum-antagonizing feat with two shows, one at Shea and another at the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday. And just like at the Beatles’s infamous Shea show, earplugs are encouraged to dampen the roar. Tonight with Odonis Odonis, and tomorrow at the Bowery Ballroom with Soupcans. — By Kory Grow

The Claudia Quintet
Downstairs at Cornelia Street Cafe
Thursday, 8:30pm; Friday at 9:30pm & 10:30pm, $20
John Hollenbeck’s fivesome stands out because by design: Its accordion, vibes, and reeds combo is, too say the least, unique. Every time I’ve caught them they’ve used their rather intricate tunes to splash energy all over the audience, and since they’re tilting toward a new album, they’ll surely do the same with fresh material during this three-night stand. — By Jim Macnie

Thurston Moore
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Monday, 6:30pm, $22 (arrive early for a reception with complimentary refreshments and beer)
Riding in an SUV and armed with a high-speed camera, British-born artist James Nares drove all over Manhattan, from Harlem to Chinatown, to observe and film the world’s fastest-moving species of human, the New Yorker. After recording 16 hours of footage, he cut it to one hour and slowed the action way, way down 
so that the slightest gesture, as our own Christian Viveros-Fauné wrote in his 
review, becomes “breathtakingly theatrical.” Thurston Moore composed and performed the music for Street and, the only way a screening could be any more mesmerizing is by seeing Moore accompany the film live on his 12-string guitar, which is what he’ll do tonight. — By Angela Ashman

‘Uke Night’
Monday, 7pm, $25
Anyone who doesn’t think this event sounds like great fun had better have their musical inclinations examined. Jeffry Denman (here on his Passion night off) hosts a passel of ukulele advocates running down the history of the lovable instrument by playing ditties which which it may or may not be associated. Among the strummers are Marc Kudisch (back from appearing as the Claudius to Paul Giamatti’s Hamlet), the marvelous Nancy Anderson, the terrific Michael Cerveris, and the bold Howard McGillin. Missing, of course: the late Ukulele Ike, also known as Cliff Edwards. — By David Finkle

Webster Hall
Wednesday, 8pm, $25
TNGHT feel like they barely need an introduction, the vowel-less producers have been making jaws drops internationally long before A-list rappers like Kanye co-signed their majestic, undulating music. After West literally did sign one half of the duo, Hudson Mohawke, to his G.O.O.D. Music label, there’s no telling who will show up at their live performances: Last time they performed in New York, ‘Ye himself made a brief appearance. HudMo and Lunice as TNGHT are compelling because they seem to encapsulate the frisson between dance music and hip-hop that has been pulsating through airwaves both on the radio and in obscure underground clubs. — By Caitlin White

Le Poisson Rouge
Wednesday, 6pm, $20
After the mysterious first single “Open” hit the internet, critics and listeners alike had a lot to say about Rhye’s stunning, sexy female vocalist–until the group finally revealed itself to be a male duo. Perhaps this speaks more to the emotion and unadulterated tenderness in Mike Milosh’s voice, yet the delicious mix of pop and r&b crooning makes Rhye one of the year’s most fascinating takes on that latter genre. The comparisons to Sade are impossible to avoid, but don’t write the duo off as derivative. — By Caitlin White

Jamie Saft
The Stone
Tuesday through Friday, 10pm, $10
Saft’s work always rings with intentions: From the reggae riddims of his New Zion Trio to the roar of Spanish Donkey’s skronkprov, the keyboardist makes you feel his focus, and therefore his art. This six-night run is all about variety. He’s coaxed drummer Jerry Granelli to town for duets, has Bad Brains’ H.R. rocking with the NZT, and introduces Slobber Pup, a frenzied outfit with Joe Morris. Perhaps most intriguing will be his electric solo set, which he’ll be playing under the name Burning Genitals. — By Jim Macnie

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