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

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Credit: Alexandria Ethridge
M.I.A. plays two dates at the Knockdown Center this week with A$AP Ferg
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Monday, 5/5:

Beacon Theatre
9:00 p.m., $59.20-$128.25
Everything about Coldplay is patently ridiculous: the drippy lyricism, the wide-eyed songwriting, the album art, the dippy names of singer Chris Martin's kids, the Brian Eno jones, the daft earnestness surrounding everything it does. But when a jukebox coughs up of the quartet's better smashes - "Paradise" say, or "Clocks," or even "Fix You" - if you happen to be in the right mood, Coldplay will lay your emotions flat; they will ride roughshod over your preconceived notions of what "middlebow" connotes. Hate them now, but popular anthemic pop-rock could do far, far worse. -- By Raymond Cummings

Tuesday, 5/6:

The Glasslands Gallery
8:30 p.m., $10
Like her move from Nashville to Brooklyn, Mackenzie Scott (aka Torres) made a crucial shift in sound from acoustic to electric back in 2012 with her self-titled full-length debut. The 22-year old singer-songwriter's acoustic roots are still there--intimate, rough-hewn and beckoning comparisons to Sharon Van Etten and Waxahatchee--but there's a new intensity and darkness these days that draws her closer to artists like Angel Olsen, Savages or Widowspeak. The gritty city will do that to you, but Torres throws her heart into the spotlight, channeling heartache and uncertainty into deeply-felt, poignant lyrics profound enough to absorb the joys and sorrows she spills along the way. -- By Erin Manning

RL Grime
Webster Hall
9:00 p.m., $20-$30
As custom, RL Grime will be making the walls vibrate. His music, primarily being a fusion of EDM with Trap that wants to bubble over and just bounce, is ripe with reworked vocals and staccato high-hat build-ups, leading to chirpy, pulsating drops. However, RL Grime, originally Henry Steinway of Los Angeles, is comfortable enough to mix in a synthy remix of an EDM classic or a more hollow, hypnotic version of his usual trap sound. Alongside opener Dubbel Dutch, RL Grime is sure to live up to his name and dirty things up in concert. -- By Eleanor Lambert

Jolie Holland + People Get Ready
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. Benignly art-popping Brooklyn foursome People Get Ready open for the first of Holland's three Tuesdays here. -- By Richard Gehr

Wednesday, 5/7:

Mark Nadler
54 Below
9:30 p.m., $35-$45
Mark Nadler, a prodigiously talented fellow, is a New Year's Eve blow-out every night of the year all by himself. He calls his latest escapade "Runnin' Wild Songs and Scandals of the Roaring '20s," which seems oh-so-right for a room that has a picture of Texas "Hello, Suckers" Guinan on the wall. Incidentally, the song "Runnin' Wild" is featured in the just-opened and disappointing "Bullets Over Broadway." This incarnation is likely to be a notable Charleston-step up. And he can tap, too. -- By David Finkle

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