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

Categories: Weekend

Miranda Lambert keeps it country fresh at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday evening
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

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