The Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 1/24/14

Categories: Weekend

Courtesy of Secretly Canadian // Credit: Steve Gullick
Catch Damien Jurado at Bowery Ballroom on Friday
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Friday, 1/24:

Neutral Milk Hotel
BAM, Peter Jay Sharp Building
Friday & Saturday, 8:00 p.m., $41
Enigmatic and self-serving, Neutral Milk Hotel established long ago that they are perfectly fine being one of indie rock's great mysteries. In the years since the group issued its last full-length, 1998's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, which was stuffed with quirky, unforgettable melodies, the band has amassed a legend mostly based on that record. But only until last year, reclusive frontman Jeff Mangum has ignored the accolades and shied away from reactivating the group. In 2011, he dipped his toe in the water, playing some solo sets where fans shouted Neutral Milk Hotel songs like "Two-Headed Boy" back at him and respected his request that they not photograph him. Neutral Milk Hotel played a run of shows last year, and beginning tonight, they're beginning a three-night Brooklyn stint. Fans will want to see them before they see a two-headed shadow. With openers Elf Power. -- By Nick Murray

Gipsy Kings
City Winery
Friday & Saturday, 8:00 p.m., $92.50-$147.50
Gipsy Kings are perhaps the best known flamenco band in North America. For purists, their broadening of the genre's sound was considered blasphemy, but for the Kings it was the road to success: Their 1988 self-titled album went gold and platinum all around the world and became one of the rare Spanish language albums to go gold in the US, spending 40 weeks on the charts. Although they've maintained global fame -- especially in their native France -- it's last year's Savor Flamenco and this year's 25th anniversary tour that have rekindled a bit of interest in the flamenco purveyors. Even if you don't know Spanish, the unrelenting spirit of joy and sorrow that inhabits this music is powerful, dramatic, and ecstatic. -- By Caitlin White

Prurient + Azar Swan + Clay Rendering + DJ Becka Diamond
Saint Vitus
8:00 p.m., $10
Woe be to you, as-yet-unborn musicology grad student tasked with anthologizing each and every musical styling Dom Fernow commits to digital tape. There's a ton of it already, most of it logged as Prurient, and it's unequivocally rough stuff: punishing power electronics, blistering drones, ponderously growled monologues swathed in static. As with other prolific artists, there are peaks and troughs to Fernow's discography -- we, without hesitation, recommend 2013's Through The Window, 2007's Cocaine Death, and 2004's fraught split with Kites -- but given that the stage is his true arena, this show is the best way to start getting familiar. -- By Raymond Cumming

R. Stevie Moore + Gary Wilson
Issue Project Room 110 Livingston
8:00 p.m., $15
For ones-of-a-kind, R. Stevie Moore and Gary Wilson have a lot in common. Approximately the same age (very early 60s), Moore and Wilson share overlapping cult followings based on home-studio productions that juxtapose sincere if brilliantly misguided pop aspirations with avant-garde strategies. No style is off-limits to Moore, who recorded most of his 400-plus albums -- most recently In the History of Ever and the compilation Personal Appeal -- over three decades in nearby New Jersey. Wilson, best known for his eccentric 1977 electropop masterpiece You Think You Really Know Me, is a John Cage-influenced lounge singer from the Binghamton area who incorporates inflatable women into his show. To have these icons of the WFMU anti-aesthetic on the same bill is glorious. -- By Richard Gehr

Damien Jurado + Courtney Marie Andrews
Bowery Ballroom
9:00 p.m., $15
Producer (and Shins member) Richard Swift facilitated this Seattle singer-songwriter's evolution from hardscrabble folk realist into cosmic crooner on 2012's Maraqopa. The pair take their Christian acid rock even further on their new Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son, a concise yet infinitely expansive album of psychedelic road songs. Expect him to perform both solo and with band. -- By Richard Gehr

Location Info

BAM Café

30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

City Winery

155 Varick St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Saint Vitus Bar

1120 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Issue Project Room

22 Boerum Pl., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Terminal 5

610 W. 56th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Music Hall of Williamsburg

66 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

The Stone

16 Ave. C, New York, NY

Category: Music

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