The Eight Best Concerts in New York This Week, 5/04/15


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Monday, 5/04
Baby’s All Right
8 p.m., $12 – $15
One of the U.K’s most hotly tipped acts for 2015, Liverpudlian singer/songwriter Holly Lapsley Fletcher (a/k/a Låpsley) has been winning fans with her chilled-out and understated electronica over the past couple of years. Last year’s debut, the minimal Monday EP, was recorded in her bedroom while, at 17-years-old, she studied for her high school A-Levels. That earned the artist, who is classically trained in piano, oboe, and violin, an invite to play Glastonbury, which was followed up early this year with the soulful Understudy EP. The show has sold out, but tickets are available on the secondary market. — Karen Gardiner

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Bowery Electric
7:30 p.m., $12 – $15
When the washboard, drums, and steel-guitar trio The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band released its debut, The Pork ‘n’ Beans Collection, in 2004, it wasn’t hopping aboard a trend. They were just a young group of twenty-somethings fascinated by roots and blues, members of the tribe that was part of the percolation for what is now known as the Americana roots movement. In the last decade, they seem to have remained off the road just long enough to record 8 LPs, including January’s So Delicious. Though their records haven’t cracked the general public’s consciousness yet, their live show, fueled by the Reverend’s soulful bellows and Breezy’s scissor-hands on the washboard, is a sweaty force to behold. — Chris Kornelis

Tuesday, 5/05
Joe’s Pub
9:30 p.m., $14
A marvelous mashup that consistently transcends its source material, guitarist Jon Madof’s 2013 Tzadik Records debut combined Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s ecstatic Jewish music with Fela Kuti’s swaggering Afrobeat sound. He followed it up last year with Adramelech: Book of Angels 22, which applies the same strategy. Madof’s 13-piece jazz-rock steamroller adds a spiritual component missing from Fela’s audio activism while beefing up Carlebach’s and Zorn’s melodies with heavy horns and drums to create some of the brainiest spiritual music extant. — Richard Gehr

Wednesday, 5/06
Hollis Brown
Webster Hall
9 p.m., $10 – $12
Queens has been passed over enough times to make it the new Egypt, but there’s glimmer and promise coming out of the I’ve-heard-great-things-but-never-been borough. Take Queens-natives Hollis Brown, for example. Stylistically they’re a folk rock fivesome (a combo that suits their Dylan-referencing band name well) with Mike Montali’s soft, sweet vocals acting as a smooth counter to the band’s casual-alternative country musicianship. This upcoming Webster Hall appearance will serve as the release party for their sophomore record 3 Shots and hopefully for their future number three album release they can celebrate in a venue just as notable but located across the East River closer to home. — Silas Valentino

Thursday, 5/07
Of Monsters and Men
Hammerstein Ballroom
8 p.m., $39.50 – $45
Icelandic indie folksters Of Monsters and Men struck gold in 2011 with their inescapable single “Little Talks” and million-selling album My Head is an Animal, which brought them to numerous festivals and onto many a late night talk show. While they seem to have been awfully quiet of late, the five-piece band has actually been working hard on its sophomore album, Beneath the Skin, which is due out in June and was preceded in March by the anthemic, stadium friendly lead single “Crystals.” Tickets for the performance have sold out, but are available on the secondary market. — Karen Gardiner

Dr. John Cooper Clarke
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9 p.m., $20 – $23
The name of British poet Dr. John Cooper Clarke might not turn a head, but his punk grit influenced modern greats from David Chase (who used his song “Evidently Chickentown” at the end of an episode during The Sopranos‘ final season) to the Arctic Monkeys, who adapted his poem “I Wanna Be Yours” for their recent AM record. Clarke returns to the U.S. after a 35-year drought hitting major cities with his sunglasses-at-night demeanor and sparse three-chord accompaniment. Known for bringing poetry to the rock kids — the kind of thing would get your ass kicked in Seventies Britain — Clarke should fit right in with the avant-garde seekers of Williamsburg. — Silas Valentino

Casey Veggies
9 p.m., $20
Casey Veggies has been down many roads to get where he is today. After distancing himself from his initial role in Tyler the Creator’s OFWGKTA, Veggies worked with numerous rappers including YG and Mac Miller before recording his first solo projects. Between his 2013 Life Changes and his debut album Live & Grow
due later this year, a clear theme is evolving: growth. His independent label Peas ‘N’ Carrots is home to five Veggies mixtapes, and his flow remains coherent and strong. Now 21, Veggies is focused on self-betterment and “[standing] up to his dreams,” an inspiring young artist who’s following is deeply loyal and excitingly awaiting his debut. He will be supported by Trial and Era, and the show is 18+. — Eleanor Lambert

Friday, 5/08
Michael Woods
Pacha NYC
10:30 p.m., $19 – $100
As many DJ/producers tend to do, Michael Woods has been producing music since 2000 under various pseudonyms, including Warrior and Out Of Office, to name just a couple. With music in his blood (his father was a music teacher), it is no surprise that Woods has been producing tracks since he was a teenager. Beginning in a more traditional musical arena, Woods’ knowledge of classical piano and percussion undeniably differentiate Woods’ sound from the rest of the progressive house/electro community, and his 2014 hit “In Your Arms (feat. Lauren Dyson)” is emblematic of his powerful, dynamic beats that are sumptuous in their tugging build-ups and cascading drops. Sometimes it’s just about feeling the beat and dancing your ass off, and no one knows how to make that happen quite like Woods. — Eleanor Lambert