The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 5/23/14

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For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Friday, 5/23:

Guided By Voices
Bowery Ballroom
8:00 p.m., $40
Who said that climate change couldn't be useful? Certainly not Robert Pollard and his Guided By Voices brethren! It turns out that the chilling temperatures and unprecedented snowfall of the Polar Vortex practically forced them indoors in order to churn out infinite amounts of laundry-room lo-fi, just like they did in the halcyon (and warmer?) days of their mid-90's peak. Pollard, Tobin Sprout and company are certainly older than they were when Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes dropped, but they've never been more prolific, releasing six new studio albums since 2012. This month's Cool Planet plays like a whiskey-spiked toddy: warm and soothing on a sub-zero day and slightly intoxicating. -- By Winston Groman

Trans Am
Knitting Factory Brooklyn
8:00 p.m., $12/$14
Trans Am, overlords of futureworld synthesizer-streaking groovage, pulverizing riff-rocking anthems and Vocoder-warped, robotic speak-sing histrionics are fast approaching the twentieth anniversary of its 1996 post-rock movement-defining self-titled first record and they are celebrating the milestone early with spanking new LP, Volume X. Back in the 90's indie rock glory years when Tortoise and The Sea and the Cake were meticulously post-jazzing it up, Trans Am were the electro-batshitalternative, reconfiguring weirdo Devo-esque booty shakers and sound manipulating Kraut-rock through an Atari console and spitting out a dancified, sci-fi alien music. That fuckery is manifested once again on the return-to-planetary-form of Volume X, Trans Am's first record in four years. Expect a similar space-rock mind-meld this evening as Trans Am embark on a rare tour. -- By Brad Cohan

Karrin Allyson
Birdland
Friday & Saturday, 8:30 p.m. & 11:00 p.m., $40
Karrin Allyson is widely considered one of the eminent jazz vocalists on the scene today, imbuing the American songbook with a Midwestern breeziness and a mellow alto range, as comfortable rendering Sondheim's "Send In the Clowns" as she is on Thelonious Monk's sultry "'Round Midnight." Her recent Christmas album Yuletide Hideaway recasts familiar carols with a clear-toned freshness and subtle artistry in the tradition of Vince Guaraldi. Yet Allyson works in many moods, waxing nostalgic on Simon and Garfunkel's "April Come She Will" and pulling no punches when tackling hard bop standards such as Art Blakey's propulsive "Moanin'." -- By Aidan Levy

'90s Summer Jam Sing-Along'
Union Hall
9:30 p.m., $10
Now that the worst winter of all time is finally a distant memory (sort of), let's rejoice under the sun and sing songs that make us nostalgic for those carefree days of our youth. Tonight's Summer Jam Sing-Along promises an escape to the tackiest era of all: the '90s, in which flannel, neon windbreakers, and chokers lived in harmony. For two whole hours (could you handle more?) sing along to music videos by Sugar Ray, 2Pac, Sublime, LEN, Third Eye Blind, and many more. Naturally there's a dance-off, '90s-themed giveaways, and a costume contest, so don't forget your slap bracelet. -- By Araceli Cruz



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