The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 5/27/14

Categories: Listings, Live

Courtesy of Paradigm Talent Agency
Ingrid Michaelson will be serving up some fresh tunes at Terminal 5 this Thursday
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Tuesday, 5/27:

Webster Hall
9:00 p.m., $25
Matthew Houck has been working under the moniker Phosphorescent for years now, but last year's release Muchacho felt auspiciously removed from the rest of his expansive discography. Sure, it's easy to group Houck in with the moderate folk revival that's sparked amid the early aughts, but it's the crisp electronic production melded to barren folk song bones that separates him from the flock. Add to that his knack for turning a bone-chilling phrase, and you've got the eerie draw of Phosphorescent. Plan to have something akin to a spiritual encounter at this concert, but to leave feeling oddly grounded.-- By Caitlin White

Red Fang + Big Business + American Sharks
Music Hall of Williamsburg
8:00 p.m., $20/$23
At this point, Portland's Red Fang are psych-metal veterans. In less than a decade they've signed to the biggest names in the genre (Sargent House, Relapse Records) and they've toured with the likes of Helmet, Black Tusk and Mastodon all around the world. If you're looking for a stoner metal band to name drop without looking like a total doofus, it's Red Fang. Alongside Los Angeles sludge heroes Big Business and the Misfits-worshiping American Sharks, you can rest assured that neo-grunge and the heavy rock riffs of you've grown to love, are still in full force. -- By Maria Sherman

Adam Kolker Quartet
10:30 p.m., $10
The BK tenor player is one of those improvisers who makes you wonder "how did he choose to play that line just now?" That's because he skirts clichés and dodges the norm while remaining a mainstream bandleader who cares about being heard. The key is lyricism. Whether he's keening in the upper register or mumbling down below, you get the feeling he's singing. Secret Weapon on this cozy Green-wood gig? Guitarist Steve Cardenas. -- By Jim Macnie

Wednesday, 5/28:

Dinosaur Jr.
Music Hall of Williamsburg
8:00 p.m., free
The continued existence of Dinosaur, Jr. is as much a miracle as the fact that the trio's three post-reunion albums are as solid as their underground and major-label offerings. J. Mascis' nimble, thrilling guitar leads and wounded falsetto whine are the thread running from You're Living All Over Me to Without A Sound to I Bet On Sky, even as the sound quality evolves from basement-pit cruddy to studio-pro crystalline. Having bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph back on board, however uneasily, has resulted in some intangible uptick in songwriting quality. Long may they bicker, rock, and reign. -- By Raymond Cummings

Stage 48
9:30 p.m., $35-$150
Guitarists Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey wield the articulate lead-guitar tonguework that has always driven moe.'s unflagging improv-rock invention. Arguably, however, it's percussionist Jim Laughner's electric MalletKat vibe/marimba spiel that tethers fans' attention to this quirky backwater spaceship of a quintet a quarter-century into its game. A genre unto itself, moe. plays cosmic Americana at its finest, and their new No Guts, No Glory shows no sign of surrender. -- By Richard Gehr

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