The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 5/12/14

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ODESZA play their second NYC show at Santos this Tuesday
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Monday, 5/12:

Ahrens & Flaherty
54 Below
7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., $55-$65
These songwriters wrote the great end-of-20th-century musical. It's Ragtime, if your memory's cloudy. Their track record since is less impressive, and includes the current Rocky, but they've still turned out some heavyweight ditties as they've toiled over the keyboard and the rhyming dictionary. Singing and celebrating selections from a 30-year collaboration that has produced favorites such as Lucky Stiff, Once on This Island, My Favorite Year and the later Seussical will be, among others, Mary Testa, Bobby Steggart, Andy Karl (Broadway's Rocky Balboa), Liz Callaway and Julie Halston. -- By David Finkle

Tuesday, 5/13:

Angel Olsen
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9:00 p.m., $16/$18
The danger of folk, and all its sub-genre, is of sounding dated, antiquated. If the revolution is coming, it's probably not in the form of singer-songwriter melodies and acoustic guitars. Enter Angel Olsen, an enemy of the formulaic. The musician's latest, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, finds itself steeped in the American tradition of the genre, but manages to complicate it. Her music is riddled with ghosts from the past and reverberations from the future while remaining free of sepia-toned nostalgia. A sight to behold. -- By Maria Sherman

ODESZA
Santos Party House
8:00 p.m., $15
ODESZA is part of a group of Seattle bands leading a small, pretty-sounding revolution against the EDM bangers that have dominated the dance music scene for the past few years. The duo's glitchy electro-pop goes down like candy for breakfast, the type of music you can move to all night long and still come down to in the morning. ODESZA's irresistibly groove-inducing reputation has been selling out shows across the country, so be sure to catch them when they bring their gorgeous sound and light show to a pair of concerts in NYC. -- By Harley Oliver Brown

Son Lux
Le Poisson Rouge
9:00 p.m., $13/$15
Composer extraordinaire Ryan Lott, aka Son Lux, has studied music his entire life, developing and experimenting with recording and production techniques long before DIY music software and laptops were placed in the hands of seemingly any old schmuck seeking a creative outlet and, god forbid, an audience. Son Lux's background and career longevity set him apart as testaments to his rare ability to consistently create music that is catchy, approachable, and totally original. Most recently Sisyphus, his collaborative project with Sufjan Stevens and rapper Serengeti, released their full-length debut, while on the solo front, Son Lux released his third full-length Lanterns last fall. In the short time since, the equal parts composer-producer-beatmaker has re-imagined four of those tracks to produce a new EP, Alternate Worlds, with a corresponding tour kicking off in NYC with his LPR release show. This should be a rare presentation, given his plan to debut new arrangements while performing in-the-round with guitarist Ragiq Bhatia, along with a mystery lineup of special guest vocalists and instrumentalists. -- By Erin Manning

Jolie Holland
Union Pool
9:00 p.m., $10-$12
The mesmerizing Texas singer-songwriter sounds like she's just barely weathering the elements on her emotionally turbulent new Wine Dark Sea. Flanked by an ominously skronking guitar and a yakety sax, Holland applies her distinctive plangent warble to songs about love, drink, and escape hatches of every variety. -- By Richard Gehr

Location Info

Map

54 Below

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

Category: Music

Music Hall of Williamsburg

66 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Santos Party House

96 Lafayette St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Le Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Union Pool

484 Union Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Jazz at Lincoln Center, Appel Room

33 w. 60th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Highline Ballroom

431 W. 16th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Terminal 5

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

Category: Music

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music


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