The Best Concerts in New York This Week, 1/20/14

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Los Campesinos! bring some mid-week twee to Irving Plaza this Wednesday
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Monday, 1/20:

Whitney Houston Jukebox Musical
Cameo Gallery
8:00 p.m., $10
As far as we know, no one has yet made a musical about Whitney Houston's life -- until now. Tonight's Whitney Houston Jukebox Musical: A Hastily Written Masterpiece Starring the Audience is everything you dreamed a Whitney Houston musical should be, especially the fact that it features you in the lead role. With Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson of Upright Citizens Brigade and Jo Firestone of Punderdome 3000 leading the way, tonight's tribute brings 
together Houston's greatest hits in a coordinated plot that involves the audience and
 . . . gremlins. We never said this show would make sense. -- By Araceli Cruz

Tuesday, 1/21:

Waxahatchee + All Dogs + Cayetana
The Mercury Lounge
9:30 p.m., $12
Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield has a lot to be thankful for. From her melancholic acoustic debut, American Weekend, to last year's critically acclaimed sophomore LP, Cerulean Salt, the talented singer-songwriter has toured endlessly, helping spread the gospel of intelligent pop-punk. With all that under her belt, she's invited Columbus's refrishingly power-pop All Dogs on her latest venture, and to a causal listener, vocalist Maryn Jones sounds like a long lost Crutchfield sister. If it's happy melodies and poetic truths you're after, look no further. -- By Maria Sherman

Wednesday, 1/22:

Los Campesinos! + Speedy Ortiz
Irving Plaza
7:00 p.m., $22
There is nothing more necessary than some mid-week twee pop, and luckily, Los Campesinos! is here to save the day. Joined by the equally brilliant Massachusetts' indie outfit Speedy Ortiz, who blew up the scene with their debut Major Arcana last year, the Welsh band continuesl celebrating the positive reception of No Blues, their fourth full-length and first without Ellen Campesinos! playing bass. And if the pair of excellent releases delivered by Los Camp! and Speedy last year aren't enough, just remember that a band with an exclamation point in their name tends to deliver on the promise of the punctuation mark in a live setting. -- By Brittany Spanos

Ty Dolla $ign
S.O.B.'s
9:00 p.m., $12
A couple of years ago, when we caught up with L.A.'s Ty Dolla $ign (then styled "Ty$") while working on a story about his city's minimalist, post-jerk, post-hyphy sound (dubbed "ratchet music"), the young producer and MC was best known for having his hand in YG's "Toot It and Boot It," a funky ode to loving and leaving with a '60s bassline that required some serious crate-digging to find. It came as no surprise, then, that Ty had a large record collection (more than 10,000 albums, he told me) and came from a musical family (his dad played in the funk band Lakeside). And it's no surprise now that, two years later, Ty continues to expand his sound, producing singular, dynamic tracks like last year's "My Cabana" and adding his own syrupy r&b vocals. -- By Nick Murray

Uri Caine
The Stone
Wednesday through Friday, 8:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. daily, $10
He's earned a rep as a cagey structuralist by wildly reimagining Euro classical pieces, but from his spin on the Goldberg Variations to a Luciano Berio nod, the pianist-composer's ideas are born from an improviser's noggin. Put another way, Caine sees nothing but options everywhere he turns. This week's gigs typically stress versatility, from duets with Zorn and Berne to a hard-swinging romp with his famed jazz trio. And BAM! -- you best stand back when he gets his rumble on with the electric Stone Age quartet. -- By Jim Macnie


Location Info

Venue

Map

Cameo Gallery

93 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

The Mercury Lounge

217 E. Houston St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

S.O.B.'s

204 Varick St., New York, NY

Category: Music

The Stone

16 Ave. C, New York, NY

Category: Music

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music

City Winery

155 Varick St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Saint Vitus

1120 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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Sleeper Agent, Magic Man, and New Politics hit Bowery Ballroom on 1/30. This show is way too jam packed to miss. Check out Sleeper Agents new song "Waves" and its lyric video -- http://smarturl.it/WavesLyric

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