The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 4/26/13
We asked a pack of cigarettes and a switch blade to pick the weekend's 10 best shows. This is what they came up with.
Steve Buscemi directs Sunday night's Vampire Weekend concert at Roseland.
Sunday, 8pm, $50
"You know what I hate?" Vampire Weekend composer and producer Rostam Batmanglij asked The Fader early this year. "When you go see a band . . . and you're waiting for them to finish playing the songs from their new album so they can go back to playing the old ones." Although the band has plenty of old ones--the summery guitar pop of tracks like "A-Punk" and "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" from their debut album and instrumentally and lyrically dense follow-ups like "Diplomat's Sun" and "White Sky"--they've spent the past year or two fine-tuning the new ones. So far, we at home have heard "Diane Young" and "Step," the A and B side of a seven-inch that continues to add new instruments and syncopation to the band's signature sound; head to Roseland Ballroom tonight to hear those and more. -- By Nick Murray
Best Buy Theater
Friday, 7pm, $23.50
The Porcupine Tree leader has been elbowing his prog-rock elders with a trio of sharp, smart, and immaculately conceived solo albums. The most recent of these, The Raven That Refused to Sing, is based on Wilson-written short stories in the tradition of Poe. A terrific band helps make Wilson's brainy art rock sleeker than any of its more obvious influences, which include Yes, Gentle Giant, and King Crimson. -- By Richard Gehr
Oneida + Scarcity of Tanks + Red Dawn II
The Mercury Lounge
Saturday, 10:30pm, $12
Sixteen years in, NYC's guitar/drums/bass/organ answer to the future of modern composition is still vaporizing the midnight oil. From the repetitive rampaging of "Sheets of Easter" to A List of the Burning Mountains' deep-dive space skronk to the cybernetic grooves of, say, "Antibiotics," noisers, anti-pop heads, world-music freaks, and the deranged can all find something special in Oneida's bonkers kitchen-sink fusion. If their mammoth discography isn't enough--and for some it isn't--the band's members have amassed a wealth of mind-bending side projects including Man Forever, Knyfe Hyts, and People of the North. -- By Raymond Cummings
Friday & Saturday, 8:30pm, $65-$7
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
Friday, 9pm, $14/$16
When Shabazz Palaces cryptically surfaced in 2009, their dense and recondite alloy of styles--inner-city griotry, Zimbabwean melodies, and nomadic sub-bass frequencies--was considered "avant-rap." Since then, a whole new generation of indigo rap kids have been building online, lacing DatPiff.com releases with knowledge and esoteric references (or, on Underachievers's "Herb Shuttles," references to their "esoteric tattoos"). And Future managed to crossover from second-wave ATLien to mainstream Astronaut Status with interplanetary braggadocio raps (he's on Pluto and Mars at the same damn time!) and genuinely weird Auto-Tune vocal experiments. But space has been the place since at least Sun Ra, and Shabazz Palaces were always more Afro-Future-istic, anyways. With THEESatisfaction and Malitia Malimob. -- By Rajiv Jaswa