Tigue and Man Forever Rule the Pop-Heavy Best Shows in NYC This Weekend


The snow rolled in with abandon and has been slinking out for almost a week now, slush puddles blossoming next to hard-packed ice that was once fluffy powder at every street corner. Seems like reality’s sunk in: Lofty concepts like “winter” and “predictable weather” are out the climate change window, and in just seven days we’ve gone from 36 inches of snow to 45-degree temperatures. One thing that’s thankfully staying the same is the consistently high quality of shows happening this weekend, from a Transcendental Meditation benefit to the transcendental bedroom pop of Bellows. Stay out of those murky gray waters and the next three days will be golden.

Flying Lotus + Jon Hopkins
Music Hall of Williamsburg
8 p.m., $30-35

If you’re under the impression that Transcendental Meditation, David Lynch, and glitchy electronic production don’t go together, think again. The three phenomena coalesce at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday, when the director’s nonprofit (whose mission is to bring Transcendental Meditation to the masses) hosts a show featuring cult-icon-turned-cultural-innovator Flying Lotus, co-headlining a bill with his English counterpart Jon Hopkins. Both make trance-inducing beats and touch on metaphysical themes; Hopkins intended his 2013 breakout, Immunity, to induce self-hypnosis, while Flying Lotus’s 2012 album Until the Quiet Comes is an ode to dreaming. But astral musings alone don’t sell out big venues the way these artists do: It’s their beat-making sensibilities that have made them stars of their genre and beyond. Secondary markets are worth a look; whether or not the journey results in greater self-awareness, this music is transformative. — Lindsey Rhoades

Ecstatic Music Festival: Man Forever & Tigue
The Greene Space
7:30 p.m., $20

Now in its sixth year, Ecstatic Music Festival continues its mission of pairing acclaimed musicians and composers of varying genres for one-of-a-kind collaborations. Its 2016 season opens with this performance featuring Man Forever, the percussion project of Kid Millions/Oneida’s John Colpitts, and newer Brooklyn “post-minimalist pattern-pop” band Tigue. Typically, Ecstatic Music brings together artists who haven’t necessarily worked with one another before, enhancing the appeal of its one-night-only offerings, but Tigue and Colpitts know each other well: He produced their 2015 record, Peaks, also guesting on a few songs. Tigue seem to be pretty well connected — they’ve worked with members of Yo La Tengo, who have their own Ecstatic show February 17. It’s an auspicious start to a promising season. — Lindsey Rhoades

Bowery Ballroom
8 p.m., $18

When Givers joined their small Lafayette, Louisiana, scene in 2008, the group quickly attracted fans — including Dirty Projectors, who brought them on for a tour — to their Afro-inspired indie pop. Their sound takes on hefty influences from Southern musical history: Elements of zydeco, jazz, and world music popped up throughout Givers’ debut, 2011’s In Light, featuring singles like the buoyant, island-influenced “Up Up Up.” Cut to November 2015, when the five-piece returned with their sophomore outing, New Kingdom, which harnesses the various influences of the group’s debut into a deeper, more sophisticated musical statement, particularly notable on the layered harmonies and tribal drums of standout “Bermuda.” In support of New Kingdom, Givers headline Bowery Ballroom, with L.A. songwriter Doe Paoro and locals Sonnymoon opening. — Jill Menze

St. Lucia
Webster Hall
7 p.m., $35

Brooklyn-based St. Lucia named themselves after a beautiful island in the Caribbean, a fitting eponym for frontman Jean-Philip Grobler’s light, tropical pop. But judging by transmissions from the new album they have on the horizon, the band may be turning a corner into smoother, almost r&b territory. The latest single from the forthcoming Matter, St. Lucia’s second full-length, is “Love Somebody,” a track that is less about hoppy, fun beats and more of a Seventies groove. But have no fear, St. Lucia’s signature catchy pop still comprises the roots, watered by Grobler’s inventive, international influences. The show is sold out, but tickets are available on the secondary market. —P. Claire Dodson

Shea Stadium BK
8 p.m., $10

Emily Sprague is an alchemist of self-doubt, converting her childhood and twentysomething insecurities into delicate compositions that glisten like found treasures among the glut of Bandcamp profiles. As the leader of Brooklyn four-piece Florist, Sprague rocks vocals that teeter between the confidence of Karen O and the DIY grace of Frankie Cosmos’ Greta Kline. Florist achieved music-blog-darling status following the release of their Holdly EP this past October; their debut full-length, The Birds Outside Sang, is slated for a January 29 debut, and this show marks its release celebration. “I don’t feel pain at all/Because I’m on a magazine/And I’m in your favorite show on TV,” Sprague coos on “A Hospital + Crucifix Made of Plastic,” with support from her band’s melodic minimalism. She’s a self-aware bandleader who’s beginning to reveal her potential. — Silas Valentino

Michael Arenella
St. Cloud at the Knickerbocker Hotel
8 p.m., $15-20

Jazz age impresario and bandleader Michael Arenella, creator of the hugely popular Jazz Age Lawn Party, christens the new, lofty location of long-running vintage dance party Wit’s End at this night of swing. The evening starts with a dance lesson, and Arenella’s fifteen-piece band plays several sets throughout the evening. Arenella is a warm vocalist and host, and his repertoire consists of rare arrangements of Twenties and Thirties classics, which Arenella has painstakingly transposed to sheet music from original-era recordings. In between sets, DJ Mike Will Cut You, of WFMU’s Ragged Antique Phonograph Program, spins era-appropriate tunes. This is probably the classiest place to spend Saturday night. — Zoë Leverant

Silent Barn
8 p.m., $8

Lo-fi bedroom act Bellows is the brainchild of Brooklyn singer-songwriter-producer Oliver Kalb, who began the project in 2010 from his dorm room. Blue Breath, released in 2014, was his most fully-formed effort yet, recorded over three years in five bedrooms across the country. Layers upon layers of sounds compose Bellows’ arrangements, somehow staying beautifully uncluttered when it would be so easy for them to descend into cacophony. These intricate pop songs, woven together with warmth and consideration, reflect the intimate surroundings in which they were created. For his live show, Kalb collaborates with artist collective The Epoch to bring Bellows’ lo-fi recordings to life. Real Life Buildings, 100 Watt Horse, and Moses Nesh open. — Jill Menze

Moon Taxi
Brooklyn Bowl
8 p.m., $17

With countless hours logged on the road, Nashville’s Moon Taxi have more than earned their reputation as a top live act. Thanks to their dynamic, engaging stage presence, the Southeast’s jam-band-oriented set embraced them almost immediately after their 2006 debut. The fan base has grown along with the quintet’s evolving approach to music: Moon Taxi’s Daybreaker incorporates everything from (sax-backed!) spiky pop ditties like “Run Right Back” to rousing audience sing-alongs “Year Zero” and “All Day All Night.” There are even touches of Southern rock in there, thanks in part to Kings of Leon producer Jacquire King, who helmed Daybreaker. Expect to hear new cuts as well as past fan favorites, like “Morocco” and “River Water,” at this show. Singer-songwriter Anthony D’Amato and New York synthpop group VHS Collection open. — Jill Menze

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