The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 4/14/14

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Taking Back Sunday co-headline Best Buy Theater with The Used this week on Tuesday & Wednesday
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Monday, 4/14:

Ashley Monroe
Joe's Pub
7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., $30
Although Ashley Monroe first earned her country chops working with Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley in the feisty all-girl trio Pistol Annies, her debut last year proved she's a distinctive artist on her own terms. Like a Rose channels the reedy, crystalline vocal stylings that buoyed Alison Krauss to fame, but eschews bluegrass for honky-tonk, and takes a wry, personal look at everything from unwanted pregnancy to smoking pot. Rose is a rare singer-songwriter who blends contemporary attitudes with traditional sounds seamlessly. -- By Caitlin White

Tri-Centric Music Festival
Eyebeam
Monday through Friday, 8:00 p.m., various prices
Has any musician ever been so comfortably inside and cosmically outside accepted jazz parameters as Anthony Braxton? Rarely played vintage compositions, new works by younger composers, and the April 17 premiere of his latest opera, Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables), comprise the former chess hustler and MacArthur Fellow's Tri-Centric Music Festival, a 10-day, two-venue celebration of Braxton's uncompromising, if sometimes frustratingly hermetic, sensibility. It kicks off at high noon today, at Eyebeam, with André Vida's "Moving Scores (Solo Interpretations)," a six-hour series of visually interactive solos. Later, at Roulette, Braxton conducts and plays saxophone in "Composition No. 46" (1975) for chamber ensemble. Then check out tomorrow night's "Moogie and Stetson" for 12 flutes, two tubas, and percussion. -- By Richard Gehr

Tuesday, 4/15:

The Used + Taking Back Sunday
Best Buy Theater
Tuesday & Wednesday, 6:00 p.m., $32-$35
Celebrate Tax Day by hearkening back to a time when you didn't have to pay taxes. That time was 2004, when the emo (though they bristle at the term) titans The Used and Taking Back Sunday were the biggest things in remote proximity to a guitar. Though you might have stopped paying attention, neither band has stopped making music, with TBS's newest Happiness Is serving as a testament that every band can age out of hype and remind people why they mattered in the first place. -- By Drew Millard

'The Best of Rufus Wainwright'
Town Hall
8:00 p.m., $35-$85
Every generation needs a great songwriter, and there's a fine argument to be made that Rufus Wainwright is ours. The son of folk legends Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, Rufus, along with his sisters Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche, was born with storytelling capabilities and exquisite musicianship in his blood. Sixteen years after releasing his self-titled debut, Rufus looks back on his heavily lauded and still young career with a best-of compilation titled Vibrate and an upcoming U.S. tour kicking off at Town Hall, the home to many tribute shows Rufus and his sisters have hosted in honor of their late mother. With Lucy opening the show, "The Best of Rufus Wainwright" is another kind of family affair, and like the ones the Wainwright family tend to host, it's as much a celebration as it is an ode to great artistry. -- By Brittany Spanos

Daniel Rossen + William Tyler
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9:00 p.m., $20
Spring is here and the gods are smiling upon us by sending two glorious beams of light -- two coinciding solo tours that must be the double whammy of 2014 in music (so far). The aforementioned dream duo is Daniel Rossen and William Tyler, and while this isn't a collaboration, it is a rare opportunity to experience two intimate solo performances from two of music's most prolific, complex artists. Rossen spent last year touring with his main act Grizzly Bear (maybe you've heard of it), but for his first-ever solo tour, he'll be headlining and performing songs from his debut solo EP Silent Hour / Golden Mile, plus selections from 2008's Department of Eagles release In Ear Park. Opening is guitar wizard William Tyler, who has toured and recorded with Lambchop, Silver Jews, Wooden Wand, Bonnie Prince Billy and Charlie Louvin, to name a few. His 2013 LP Impossible Truth was a universally acclaimed masterpiece, despite being an instrumental album. Once you witness the magic Tyler makes with a 12-string guitar though, you'll be a believer. -- By Erin Manning

Location Info

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Joe's Pub

425 Lafayette St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Eyebeam

540 W. 21st St., New York, NY

Category: General

Best Buy Theater

1515 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: General

Town Hall

123 W. 43rd St., New York, NY

Category: General

Music Hall of Williamsburg

66 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Le Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Korzo

667 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Bowery Electric

327 Bowery, New York, NY

Category: Music

Webster Hall

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

Category: Music

Madison Square Garden

Seventh Ave. & 32nd St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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