The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 5/17/13
The Killers walk into an Electric Daisy Carnival with known Liars ... these are the 10 best concerts of the weekend.
Missed them at MSG earlier in the week? Good thing the Killers have a weekend show at Barclays!
Saturday, 8pm, $35-$75
From Hot Fuss on, the Killers have explored sounds in massively unique waves more than most bands dare to. The dance-y electropop of their debut somehow bled into the Americana vibe of Sam's Town before traversing the Bowie space fantasy of Day & Age. In their 2012, appropriately titled Battle Born, they finally reached a destination where all of these elements could blissfully coexist. When frontman Brandon Flowers isn't touting the group as the best thing since the Beatles, he's putting on a hell of show, though maybe not one massively unique enough to live up to his claim. -- By Brittany Spanos
'Electric Daisy Carnival'
Friday & Saturday, 12pm, $159-$320
What to make of the fact that the website for the Electric Daisy Carnival lists music separately from entertainment? Only one way to find out: Hop aboard the 7 train to Citi Field and see for yourself. In its 16th year, EDC brings the biggest artists (and most decadent fans) of dance music to the tri-state area for the second time since the festival's recent expansion. This year, they're bringing Dutch house DJs Afrojack and Chuckie, ex-Swedish House Mafioso Steve Angello, "I'm Not Your Toy" singer La Roux, moombahton originators Nadastrom, and many more. Prepare for soaring synths and bass that rattles all the way to Jackson Heights. -- By Nick Murray
Angel Olsen + Magmana + Steve Gunn
Sunday, 8:30pm, $12
This Chicago-by-way-of-St.Louis folk singer lives up to the pairing in her name, both decidedly heavenly and remarkably plain. Simple as soil, Angel Olsen's songs are distinguished by her possessed, tortured, heavenly voice--at times a tool in her poetess repertoire, most often a force in it's own right. As most otherworldly things tend to, Olsen's voice evokes polarity among listeners, some will hear the divine in her songs, others, hell: Expect unbelievable power and unassuming innocence from her uniquely demanding music. -- By Caitlin White
Friday, 8pm, $15
Dripping with nostalgia for a childhood spent on the cusp between the 1980s and 1990s, you wonder whether Anamanaguchi's members are even too young to have played the video games that spawned the NES-based sounds that they sample. Their pop punk chiptune anthems feel like they've been filtered through the hypersensitive eyes and ears of a toddler filled with unyielding reverence for his or her Chuckie Cheese-partying, Cartoon Network-watching older siblings. Pictureplane and Hot Sugar open for this all ages show, perfect for the post-irony generation. -- By Alexis Stephens
Secret Chiefs 3
The Mercury Lounge
Friday, 7pm, $20
Mr. Bungle/Faith No More guitarist Trey Spruance specializes in bachelor-pad instrumentals for swinging Gnostics. Flavors include silver surf rock, shortwave-pop collages, chthonic death-metal metaphysics, traditional Afghan melodies, and Masonic r&b, all performed by a rotating cast of dozens. Consider it an amuse-bouche for the Chiefs' five-night residency at the Stone beginning May 28. -- By Richard Gehr