The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 4/19/13


Chose for you, by us, with love.

Miranda Lambert + Dierks Bentley + Randy Houser
Nassau Coliseum
Saturday, 7:30pm, $29.75-$49.75
Though she and Blake Shelton form country music’s most beloved couple since Faith and Tim, Miranda Lambert’s best tunes are often about break-ups. “Kerosene,” the first single off her debut LP of the same name, is about dousing her old life with the title substance and doing you know what, and in “Mama’s Broken Heart,” her latest, she justifies such behavior to the matriarch who tells her she should hide the pain and act like a lady. Dierks Bentley, the good-natured, good-time-loving good ol’ boy behind drinking tunes like “Tip It on Back” and “What Was I Thinkin'” makes for a worthy opener, but when Lambert takes the stage she will command the arena. With Randy Houser. — By Nick Murray

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

Kong Nay W/ Ben Allison
Asia Society
Saturday, 8pm, $20
Although banished to slavery in the rice fields, this blind Cambodian legend survived the Khmer Rouge to become the nation’s living master of the traditional chapei dong veng, a two-stringed lute. Now in his seventies, Kong Nay sings about everyday Cambodia doings with rough-hewn Mekong Delta authority. Jazz double-bassist Ben Allison joins him for this rare local appearance, a highlight of the ongoing Season of Cambodia arts festival. — By Richard Gehr

Raven + A Sound of Thunder + Brohammer
Saint Vitus
Sunday, 8pm, $10/$12
The first band ever to take Metallica on the road were British self-proclaimed “athletic metal” group Raven, who joined up with the burgeoning behemoths in 1983 and are celebrating their 40th anniversary next year. Although their relative lack of success after that tour has foisted the group into the depths of metal trivia, the band’s inventive riffs, bloodthirsty stage presence, and perpetual motion tempos deserve some credit for their contributions to ’80s metal milieu. — By Kory Grow

Dead Milkmen
Bowery Ballroom
Sunday, 9pm, $22.50/$25
Not many bands can endure for over 20 years with as unique a sound as Philly natives the Dead Milkmen, but not many can make the sound work as well as the Milkmen did in the first place. Beginning as college radio darlings full of humorous punk tunes that blended a range of very un-punk influences, the band has continued to attract audiences who get off on unearthing the substance within the satire. — By Brittany Spanos

Anthrax + Exodus + Municipal Waste + High on Fire + Holy Grail
Irving Plaza
Saturday & Sunday, 5pm, $34
A quarter century ago, New York’s claim to thrash royalty, Anthrax, released their heaviest, most frenzied record, Among the Living. Tonight, they’ll be playing the entirety of that masterpiece, which contains anthems like “I Am the Law” and “Caught in a Mosh,” in the city where it all began. Joining them for this installment of the Metal Alliance Tour are Bay Area thrashers Exodus, who joined Anthrax in 1989 on MTV’s Headbangers Ball Tour, as well as some of today’s best underground metal bands–High on Fire, Municipal Waste, Shadows Fall and Holy Grail. — By Kory Grow

‘Scissor & Thread Showcase’
Secret Location
Saturday, 11pm, $20
Brooklyn dance imprint Scissor & Thread has carved out a sizable national presence over the course of their short existence, with family showcases in Chicago and Miami highlighting the affectionate tunes that walk the tightrope between pop structures and the regenerative sentimentality of modern house. This label night is produced with frequent collaborators ReSolute, which celebrated their 100th party earlier in 2013, and features label head Francis Harris, the unpredictable Black Light Smoke, and the moody thrust of Bob Moses, who succeed in making live vocals palatable in a club environment. — By Aaron Gonsher

The Claudia Quintet
Downstairs at Cornelia Street Cafe
Friday & Saturday, 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

Jamie Saft
The Stone
Friday through Sunday, 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

The Gramercy Theatre
Friday, 8pm, $25
Say what you will about the tenets of Lebowskism, but at least it’s an ethos. Slip on your favorite bathrobe, and see what condition your condition is in this weekend at Lebowskifest. The party begins with tonight’s screening of 1998’s The Big Lebowski at Gramercy Theatre, with music by metal tribute band Los Duderinos, and Chipocrite, who’ll play the soundtrack on a GameBoy. Tomorrow at Bowlmor you can throw rocks, meet some surprise guests, and vie for prizes in trivia and costume contests. Assuming that, unlike Walter Sobchak, you roll on Shabbos. Website:

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