The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 1/13/14

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Cloud Nothings
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Tuesday, 1/14:

Parquet Courts + Amanda X + Household
The Acheron
8:00 p.m., $12-$15
Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage announces his ambitions (or lack thereof) on Light Up Gold's first track, "Master of My Craft," claiming he "didn't come here to dream or teach the world things." But on, say, his band's second best track, "You've Got Me Wonderin' Now," he still passes on nuggets of wisdom ("Toothache's better than heartache, baby"). Their best, meanwhile, is "Stoned and Starving," on which a bodega run gets existential and guitars get freaky à la Velvet Underground, rambling out even farther from home. Tonight, they play Acheron with Amanda X and Household. -- By Nick Murray

Steve Lehman Octet
The Stone
8:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., $15
Although his own music can come across as mathematically chilly on record, this composing alto saxophonist burns hot onstage. He's using this five-night run (offering two sets for the price of one) to polish some "very challenging" new material for an upcoming album. The rest of the Octet consists of Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Mark Shim (tenor sax), Tim Albright (trombone), Chris Dingman (vibes), Jose Davila (tuba), Drew Gress (bass), and Tyshawn Sorey (drums). -- By Richard Gehr

Wednesday, 1/15:

Power Trip + Suburban Scum + Manipulate + White Widows Pact
Saint Vitus
8:00 p.m., $10
Taking a break from the straightforward black metal that usually makes up a Saint Vitus show, the bar tonight hosts Dallas's Power Trip, a band that plays tortured metal overlaid with thrash. The crossover of genres doesn't end there: Frontman Riley Gale is known for his hardcore punk growls often likened to those of Cro-Mags and Discharge. The show follows the release of the band's debut full-length, Manifest Decimation, one of the best metal albums of the past year. Beyond that, Power Trip are known for their live show (just ask their BFFs Trash Talk) and with the raw violence of openers Suburban Scum, Manipulate, and White Widows Pact, the night should prove to be a bloody one. -- By Maria Sherman

London Grammar
Baby's All Right
9:00 p.m., $20
London Grammar's Hannah Reid got her big break stateside on Disclosure's "Help Me Lose My Mind," one of the most memorable tracks on an album credited for leading 2013's UK garage revival (she also threw her mic into the "Wrecking Ball" ring with a cover of Miley's chart-topper). In that context her achingly voluptuous croon recalls Jessie Ware, but she's versatile, sounding more like Florence Welch or Zero 7's Sophie Barker when backed by the minimal keyboards of her Mercury Prize-nominated main act. -- By Harley

Thursday, 1/16:

Cloud Nothings
Baby's All Right
8:00 p.m., $15
It's been exactly two years since Cloud Nothings released the incredible and almost immediately canonized Attack On Memory. We've waited patiently to hear how they'd follow it up, and for those few who snagged tickets to their performance at Baby's All Right (moved from Rough Trade), the wait is over. The Cleveland band will take to the new record store/venue and perform the entirety of their upcoming LP along with select favorites (there was no way they were going to get out of playing "Wasted Days"). Rumor has it the new album is a lot noisier, so here's to a dissonant 2014! -- By Maria Sherman

Location Info


The Acheron

57 Waterbury St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

The Stone

16 Ave. C, New York, NY

Category: Music

Saint Vitus Bar

1120 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Baby's All Right

146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

The Mercury Lounge

217 E. Houston St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Spike Hill - CLOSED

184-6 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Studio at Webster Hall

125 E. 11th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Beacon Theatre

2124 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: Music

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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