The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 1/13/14


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Tuesday, 1/14:

Parquet Courts + Amanda X + Household
The Acheron
8:00 p.m., $12-$15
Parquet Courts’ Andrew Savage announces his ambitions (or lack thereof) on Light Up Gold’s first track, “Master of My Craft,” claiming he “didn’t come here to dream or teach the world things.” But on, say, his band’s second best track, “You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now,” he still passes on nuggets of wisdom (“Toothache’s better than heartache, baby”). Their best, meanwhile, is “Stoned and Starving,” on which a bodega run gets existential and guitars get freaky à la Velvet Underground, rambling out even farther from home. Tonight, they play Acheron with Amanda X and Household. — By Nick Murray

Steve Lehman Octet
The Stone
8:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., $15
Although his own music can come across as mathematically chilly on record, this composing alto saxophonist burns hot onstage. He’s using this five-night run (offering two sets for the price of one) to polish some “very challenging” new material for an upcoming album. The rest of the Octet consists of Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Mark Shim (tenor sax), Tim Albright (trombone), Chris Dingman (vibes), Jose Davila (tuba), Drew Gress (bass), and Tyshawn Sorey (drums). — By Richard Gehr

Wednesday, 1/15:

Power Trip + Suburban Scum + Manipulate + White Widows Pact
Saint Vitus
8:00 p.m., $10
Taking a break from the straightforward black metal that usually makes up a Saint Vitus show, the bar tonight hosts Dallas’s Power Trip, a band that plays tortured metal overlaid with thrash. The crossover of genres doesn’t end there: Frontman Riley Gale is known for his hardcore punk growls often likened to those of Cro-Mags and Discharge. The show follows the release of the band’s debut full-length, Manifest Decimation, one of the best metal albums of the past year. Beyond that, Power Trip are known for their live show (just ask their BFFs Trash Talk) and with the raw violence of openers Suburban Scum, Manipulate, and White Widows Pact, the night should prove to be a bloody one. — By Maria Sherman

London Grammar
Baby’s All Right
9:00 p.m., $20
London Grammar’s Hannah Reid got her big break stateside on Disclosure’s “Help Me Lose My Mind,” one of the most memorable tracks on an album credited for leading 2013’s UK garage revival (she also threw her mic into the “Wrecking Ball” ring with a cover of Miley’s chart-topper). In that context her achingly voluptuous croon recalls Jessie Ware, but she’s versatile, sounding more like Florence Welch or Zero 7’s Sophie Barker when backed by the minimal keyboards of her Mercury Prize-nominated main act. — By Harley

Thursday, 1/16:

Cloud Nothings
Baby’s All Right
8:00 p.m., $15
It’s been exactly two years since Cloud Nothings released the incredible and almost immediately canonized Attack On Memory. We’ve waited patiently to hear how they’d follow it up, and for those few who snagged tickets to their performance at Baby’s All Right (moved from Rough Trade), the wait is over. The Cleveland band will take to the new record store/venue and perform the entirety of their upcoming LP along with select favorites (there was no way they were going to get out of playing “Wasted Days”). Rumor has it the new album is a lot noisier, so here’s to a dissonant 2014! — By Maria Sherman

Thursday, 1/16:

Cate Le Bon
The Mercury Lounge
6:30 p.m., $12
Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon’s music is all about the contradictions; she’s described with all the usual adjectives — ethereal, psychedelic, the sort of person you’d absolutely expect to have seen touring with wispy likes of Perfume Genius — but there’s a rootsy foundation to her music that grounds all that airy stuff. (Which is where we mention that her other recent collaboration was with Manic Street Preachers.) Last year’s Mug Museum, written after the death of her grandmother, might be her finest composition yet; her tour around the album stops at Mercury Lounge. — By Katherine St. Asaph

Prism House + Foxes in Fiction + Daytona + XNY + Palehound + Crooked Tails
Spike Hill
7:00 p.m., free
Local blog and event curators Audiofemme are holding a showcase at Spike Hill on Thursday, January 16. The lineup includes local acts like 19-year-old Ellen Kempner who’s a student at Sarah Lawrence and the driving force behind the sharp, clamorous project Palehound. Foxes in Fiction, the Bushwick by way of Toronto experimental sampling project of Toronto Warren Hildebrand will also be performing. The full lineup includes Crooked Tails, XNY, Daytona, Prism House and a DJ Set by Steevee Dee. — By Caitlin White

A Pale Horse Named Death + Borgo Pass + Dead Superstar
Studio at Webster Hall
7:30 p.m., $12
After stints in gloomy Brooklyn metal bands Type O Negative and Life of Agony, drummer Sal Abruscato has a pedigree for pessimism. It’s a state of mind he thrives in, now as the frontman of A Pale Horse Named Death, a goth-metal project he started up in 2011. On two gloriously drab LPs, the most recent being last year’s Lay My Soul to Waste, Abruscato sings both familiarly and fretfully about everyone’s imminent demise. But what’s impressive is how he manages to sugarcoat the themes with catchy, and memorable, anti-pop hooks. — By Kory Grow

Friday, 1/17:

Umphrey’s McGee
Beacon Theatre
9:00 p.m., $29.50-$49.50
Impeccable chops, jigsaw-puzzle tunes, sexy-time dance grooves, X-factor surprises, classic-rawk grandeur, and a refreshing sense of humor make this Midwest-spawned sextet among the four or five most fascinating bands in the country right now. Both tunes and jams — and I dare you to figure out where the former end and the latter commence — emerge like sharp-edged jigsaw puzzles that justify extended scrutiny. Catch them while they’re still cult. — By Richard Gehr

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires
Bowery Ballroom
9:00 p.m., $25
This soul singer with a heart of gold emerged from a life of odd jobs and a vagabond lifestyle when Daptone records discovered him moonlighting as James Brown under the name “Black Velvet.” From there, the label recorded several of his songs, putting out some of them on vinyl and releasing his debut, No Time For Dreaming, in 2011. A documentary about the singer called Soul of America was debuted at SXSW in 2012 and helped spark interest in Bradley, and his sophomore album, Victim of Love, came out in 2013 to a host of critical acclaim. At 55, Bradley continues to tour the nation performing his authentic mixture of blues, funk, and soul. — By Caitlin White

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