The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 4/25/14

Categories: Weekend

Courtesy of Matador Records // Credit: Erika M. Anderson
EMA plays Mercury Lounge this Friday evening
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Friday, 4/25:

The Mercury Lounge
10:30 p.m., $15
Erika M. Anderson, better known as EMA, is unapologetically loud and "SOOO BLONDE" as she hoarsely screams on the track of the same name off her second solo effort, The Future's Void. Previously, the South Dakota-born singer had been in a pair of startlingly raucous and excellent bands (Amps for Christ and Gowns) that left audiences speechless and exhausted after live shows. On her own, EMA has proven even more successful with the dystopian nightmares of her music and "meta grunge" of her lyrics, as they've been described. Her sound and style comes from the lineage of Courtney Love, an inspiration Anderson has cited, where her vulnerability and noise mesh together to make something truly explosive. -- By Brittany Spanos

Steve Gunn + Kevin Morby + Prince Rupert Drops
Rough Trade NYC
9:00 p.m., $15
The impeachable Steve Gunn has been involved with Kurt Vile and The Violators in the past, but more recently, he has recently focused on his own material and solo career. A guitarist in the American Primitivist tradition, Gunn pulls from John Fahey's wide scope of influence without ever feeling like he's cribbed anything. In reality, Gunn has five solo albums of eclectic, sparse guitar work and simply sung lyrics, but 2013's Time Off has been one of his most recognized releases so far. Expect wry, dour reflections on life amidst intricate finger-picking and a storm of strumming. -- By Caitlin White

Joe's Pub
9:30 p.m., $20
How would you like your piano prepared this evening? As Hauschka, Dusseldorf's Volker Bertelmann augments a standard acoustic keyboard with ping-pong balls, strings, wood, foil, paper, and other objects. He's a one-man band who often sounds like a complete ensemble, especially when augmented by electronics. The happy, dark, and intermittently house-hoppy tracks on his new Abandoned City force you to hear an old instrument in a new way. -- By Richard Gehr

Saturday, 4/26:

Andrew W.K.
7:30 p.m., $25-$30
Step aside, LMFAO: The original party rocker, co-owner of Santos Party House, and the Voice's very own advice columnist Andrew W.K. is bringing his Grand Piano Party back to Bleecker Street's Subculture. This event, which features the musician banging the ol' 88 with his feet à la Lady Gaga, is a departure from his usual party-hard rock 'n' roll antics but also a return to his roots: W.K. started playing classical piano at age four, and it's a skill he's taken as far as playing his anthem "Get Wet" on Liberace's piano in Beverly Hills -- but not even such a posh venue could get in the way of a head-banging grunt-along. -- By Harley Brown

Sol Cat
Cameo Gallery
8:00 p.m., $10-$12
A fluid, insistent guitar style that's disco at moments and flanged at others, plus a magnetic, over-enunciating frontman? Yes, that's Nashville's Sol Cat, a weirdly thrilling smash-up of first-album Franz Ferdinand and fake-tamed Anthony Kiedis. There's a crowd-pleasing lilt to their rock that skews pop -- they may as might have dubbed themselves "Soul Patch" -- but the sheer weirdness of the sonics clothing every hook may well endear Sol Cat to both the 12-CD a year punter and the Brooklyn beardo who wishes the Strokes employed more effects pedals in the studio. -- By Raymond Cummings

Location Info


The Mercury Lounge

217 E. Houston St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Rough Trade NYC

64 N. 9th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Joe's Pub

425 Lafayette St., New York, NY

Category: Music


45 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Cameo Gallery

93 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Terminal 5

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

Category: Music

Cafe Carlyle

35 E. 76th St., New York, NY

Category: General

Joe's Pub

425 Lafayette St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Jazz Standard

116 E. 27th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

54 Below

254 W. 54th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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