The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 5/9/14

Categories: Weekend

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Mogwai headlines Terminal 5 this Friday evening
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Friday, 5/9:

Cher + Cyndi Lauper
Barclays Center
8:00 p.m., $30.50-$161
Cher is a superstar of music, television, film, and Twitter. She's mastered all genres and mediums she's explored and made herself one of our culture's most interesting stars. Last year, the 67-year-old legend released her 25th album, Closer to the Truth, which turned out to be her highest-charting solo effort. For her latest post-"farewell" tour, she's joined by another icon, Cyndi Lauper, for an evening with the singular mission of making sure the audience is having as much fun as they are. -- By Brittany Spanos

Frankie Cosmos + Alice Cohen
The Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club
8:00 p.m., free
A dazzling bill featuring an orgy of DIY punk is presented here in a singular evening showcasing the raddest of music and television. There's de facto King of Public Access TV, BJ Rubin, premiering his latest 'n' greatest brain-twisting, music/comedy freak show, starring noise luminaries Black Dice and Blues Control but highlighted by ascending songstress Frankie Cosmos. Tonight, Rubin and the teenaged Frankie celebrate the CD release of the heavenly Zentropy, her lo-fi treasure of a record that marries Beat Happening's playful strum with candy-sweet melodies while charming introspections of dogs, art school and love are sung in the most saccharine of voices. Rounding out the bill is rainbow-streaked pych-pop tunesmith Alice Cohen, yet another delicious Rubin staple. Wowza. -- By Brad Cohan

Mogwai
Terminal 5
8:00 p.m., $27.50/$30
These Scottish rockers have been at the forefront of instrumental rock for almost two decades, and somehow their most recent album Rave Tapes sounds like the refined result of all that experience, sludgy distortions notwithstanding. The delicate spiderwebs of guitar and piano are now propelled less by meaty power chords and rumbling floor toms, but rather simply by the fact that as soon as they disappear, you always wish they hadn't. -- By Vijith Assar

Mavis Staples
Music Hall of Williamsburg
8:00 p.m., $35/$40
Husky-voiced gospel powerhouse Mavis Staples started out sharing stages with the Dixie Hummingbirds and Soul Stirrers as a member of the Staples Singers until pater familias "Pops" Staples realized that '60s rock packed as much spiritual substance as the Christian stuff - and was a lot more lucrative, to boot. Mavis's two most recent Jeff Tweedy-produced albums continue to deliver the transcendent goods. -- By Richard Gehr

SOHN
Bowery Ballroom
9:00 p.m., $15/$17
In a recent interview, SOHN described himself as a "positive nihilist" which is simultaneously an oxymoron, and the perfect description of his music. Christopher Taylor began doling out one off tracks as SOHN in 2012, culminating in an EP called The Wheel. Now, he's jammed his uplifting breakdowns and airy, tightly-packed electronic R&B into full-length album called Tremors. The Vienna-based producer and vocalist fits somewhere between James Blake and Autre Ne Veut, so expect pillowy synths and helium vocals strewn with lyrics that confront existential crises. -- By Caitlin White

Location Info

Map

Barclays Center

620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

The Brooklyn Rod and Gun Club

59 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, 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

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Brooklyn Masonic Temple

317 Clermont Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Knitting Factory Brooklyn

361 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Terminal 5

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

Category: Music

Le Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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3 comments
julioc
julioc

lol no mention of John O'Callaghan at SRB brooklyn? Is the writer like 50 years old? lol

D.j. Stalagmike
D.j. Stalagmike

Also, LEAETHER STRIP w/ Hirsute Pursuit at Santos Party house TONIGHT!

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