The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 4/28/14

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Credit: Stephanie Diani
Miguel and 2 Chainz will help celebrate DJ Prostyle's birthday this Wednesday at the Best Buy Theater
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Monday, 4/28:

Cloud Becomes Your Hand
Studio at Webster Hall
8:00 p.m., $10
A stacked bill features Brooklyn's own Cloud Becomes Your Hand, who sublimely construct a melodic sprawl of alien soundscapes. On the new Rocks or Cakes, its familial, drug-inducing quirks gloriously rage full on. CBYH color its rainbow-streaked otherworld with psych radiance, weirdo proggy damage 'n' freak-folkery, harmonic sing-alongs, chants and synth noise and streaks while traces of Americana fingerage of John Fahey, Oneida-styled space-rock trippiness, and Pink Floydian warped eclectics hover overhead. Setting the stage for CBYH will be eardrum busting guitarorrist Nick Millevoi of Philly prog-jazz scientists Many Arms, who will undoubtedly be the polar opposite of CBYH, bleeding from his ax punishing, deafening skronk epics from his just-dropped third solo joint, Numbers on the Side. with Alden Penner (of The Unicorns) and Pours. -- By Brad Cohan

Olga Bell
Le Poisson Rouge
8:00 p.m., $15-$20
Russia-born Dirty Projectors singer-keyboardist Olga Bell reimagines the music of her homeland on Krai, an exhilarating song cycle devoted to the personalities of her homeland's nine designated "fringe" territories. Bell's Russia is a kinder, gentler, but no less confusing place than we've seen in the news of late. In lyrics written with her mother, a former Radio Moscow DJ, Bell sextuples and processes her voice to evoke the throat singers of Altai Krai, the shamanic songs of Kamchatka Krai, and the Bulgarian-style harmonies of Perm Krai. Guitar, cello, mallet percussion, and electronics create a bubbling counterpoint to Bell's one-woman choir (which actually includes two male voices). Released on the approachably experimental New Amsterdam label, Krai complements Nothankyou, her dance-pop collaboration with Tom Vek. -- By Richard Gehr

Tuesday, 4/29:

Nickel Creek + The Secret Sisters
Beacon Theatre
8:00 p.m., $35-$59.50
On Tuesday, at New York's historic Beacon Theatre, two acts who nod to the past will be gracing the stage. Opening act The Secret Sisters are a pair of real life siblings who got their break at an open call held by a major label in Nashville and unlike their debut full of classic covers, their sophomore release Put the Needle Down is almost entirely original songs. Nickel Creek is easily the most popular bluegrass act in America, and when Chris Thile, Sarah Watkins and Sean Watkins announced their hiatus in 2007, fans were devastated. Luckily, seven years later, the group has released their new record The Dotted Line. Expect plenty of old favorites from them sprinkled in with brand new bluegrass gems. -- By Caitlin White

The Both
Bowery Ballroom
9:00 p.m., $25
Indie rock icon Ted Leo and esteemed singer/songwriter Aimee Mann have joined forces in a clash of independent music titans with their collaborative project, The Both. They may have just released their debut self-titled album, but from the first listen it's instantly clear that the veteran solo artists combined the best of their talents with ease. Together, the underground sweethearts have forged an eloquent amalgam of classic pop/rock songwriting with tinges of folk and punk production -- think a chilled out Leo and a distorted Mann -- that warrants putting their respective solo careers on the back burner for a little while. So no, it's not a midlife crisis, which they reveal in a ridiculous video interview with media coach Janessa Slater, played by SNL's Vanessa Bayer, where they also defend their lusterless choice of a band name. Mann had that memorable cameo on Portlandia, but who knew they both had acting talents in addition to musical skills? Either one is reason enough to catch The(m) Both on their first supporting tour. -- By Erin Manning

Annie Gosfield
The Stone
8:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m., various prices
Jamming -- of both the improvising and disrupting varieties -- provides the focus tonight and during the remainder of composer-performer Annie Gosfield's week-long residence at John Zorn's austere performance space. A ceaselessly re-inventive composer, Gosfield mixes history, technology, and autobiography in work that oscillates vibrantly between past and future. Jammed radio signals have inspired much of Gosfield's recent work, as in tonight's early-set premiere of her Bach-referencing Long Waves and Random Pulses for violin, cello, and sampling keyboard. In addition, Felix Fan performs The Harmony of the Body-Machine, for cello and machine sounds, and Four Roses, a work rooted in whiskey and detuned pianos. At 10, Gosfield deploys her "phantom electronics" alongside fellow improvisers Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) and Ha-Yang Kim (cello). -- By Richard Gehr

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