The Seven Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 5/2/14

Categories: Weekend

Credit: Christopher Victorio
Catch CHVRCHES at Terminal 5 all weekend long
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Friday, 5/2:

Terminal 5
Friday & Sunday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 11:00 p.m., $29.50/$30
There is something undeniably blessed about Chvrches' sound. Bridging both the dark and light of synthpop, the Scottish trio can craft truly superb gems of pop that are as complex as they are danceable. Just look at their cover of Whitney Houston's classic "It's Not Right But It's Okay": They subdued the chorus and brought out the song's sadder elements without compromising what made the original such a banger. Chvrches are still riding the wave of their successful 2013, a year that saw them release three EPs and their full-length debut, The Bones of What You Believe. To solidify that, the band tackles a three-show, sold-out run at Terminal 5, where their melodies will worm their way into your head so swiftly it'll be sinful. -- By Brittany Spanos

Grandma Sparrow + Megafaun
Baby's All Right
8:00 p.m., $15
Before Joe Westerland helps create finger-picking orchestral magic in avant-folkie unit Megafaun tonight, he'll give you a play date you won't soon forget with no naptime. Enter the gloriously freaky show of the snazzy fedora, goofy paper nose and specs-wearing Grandma Sparrow (Wusterland's bat-shit alter ego) and from his creative mind he's dreamt up a narrative filled with magical music and bizarro characters. On the super-fun Grandma Sparrow & his Piddletractor Orchestra, Grandma immaculately colors a childlike song cycle for grownups in the form of a corny, yet inventive, conceptual epic. In Grandma's neighborhood, there's a children's choir, horns, strings and ear-candied ditties that fill an eclectic psych-pop rainbow colored with improvisational weirdness while riding a 60's-styled rock peace train. This playdate is some trippy, deep shit. -- By Brad Cohan

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