The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 4/22/13

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Michael Gira-approved Akron/Family hit up Bowery Ballroom Wednesday night
Here are the top 10 concerts around the city this week, in no particular order.

Akron/Family + M Geddes Gengras
Bowery Ballroom
Wednesday, 9pm, $15
Akron/Family caught their break off a co-sign from No Wave pioneer Swans frontman Michael Gira, but there is very little trace in their sound of the heavy, darkness that Gira's own music entails. Instead, the hyphen-happy experimental folk group opts for a similar uses of space and intervals as their No Wave forbearers, but populate the time in between with freak juxtapositions of acoustic jams, harmony heavy vocal tracks and brief stints of bright and wild noise-rock. Akron/Family is like nothing you've ever heard before, in fact, at times that seems to be their only goal. -- By Caitlin White

Frank London's Shekhina Big Band
The Stone
Monday, 8pm, $10
The composer-trumpeter and Klezmatics co-founder gets klezmer on his jazz--not to mention jazz on his klezmer--during this month's weekly residency-workshops. Backed here by a 21 piece band, London conducts arrangements of his work by a lineup that includes saxophonists Marty Ehrlich, Matt Darriau, and Peter Apfelbaum; trombonists Jacob Garchik and Curtis Hasselbring; percussionist Renato Thoms; drummer Richie Barshay; and too many others to mention. The music's celestial, volcanic, suspenseful, orthodox, reformed, and body-rocking. -- By Richard Gehr

Fleetwood Mac
Prudential Center
Wednesday, 8pm, $49.50-$179.50
Sure, Fleetwood Mac recently reissued their 1977 mega-hit album Rumours in hundred-dollar deluxe configurations with T-shirts and posters and a couple droplets of the witch juju Stevie Nicks used to withstand the rise of punk. And sure, the Big Mac has served up over 100 million LPs in sales worldwide. But all this still doesn't really explain why the classic lineup (sans Christine McVie) is touring for the second time in a decade with no new album, despite having songs written. Rumor is, though, that they'll play two new ones. The rest will just have to be hits. -- By Kory Grow

Barbara Cook
54 Below
Tuesday, 7pm; Wednesday & Thursday, 7pm & 9:30pm; Friday, 8:30pm, $65-$75
Her voice may be a darkened silver now that she's comfortably in her eighties, but her acting chops haven't faltered: If anything, Cook is better than ever. Having lost her last home, Feinstein's at Loews Regency, she brings one of Broadway's brightest resumés to the room tagged "Broadway's Nightclub," though expect her to sing tunes that have reached far beyond New Yorks' most famous street. -- By David Finkle

Orange Goblin + Roadsaw + Kings Destroy
Saint Vitus
Monday, 8pm, $15
Despite the obvious debt to pays to its ancestors, the vehemence with which Orange Goblin plays made their seventh LP, A Eulogy for the Damned, one of the better metal albums of 2012. Joining them are a few more bands nearing the top of their game: noisy sludge-metallers KEN Mode, who recently released the frenetic Entrench, and ASG, a North Carolina crew who fuse alternative-era melodies (with actual, your-mom-would-recognize-it singing!) on their forthcoming Blood Drive. It's a metal showcase with no agenda, which might just be the point. -- By Kory Grow

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