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

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Let Widowspeak captivate you on Friday night at KFBK.
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

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