This Week's Best Shows and a Spotify Playlist of the Bands
Thursday, Feb. 13
English indie folk duo Peggy Sue have just released their third album "Choir Of Echoes". As the title suggests, vocal harmonies are a highlight with minimal, pared-back instrumentation that at times can conjure up compatriots The XX. The lyrical folk of The Mariner's Children is the supporting act for the show at Glasslands Gallery, Williamsburg. $10, from 8:30 p.m.
Sonny Moore (you might know him better as Skrillex) is taking over one of the best sound systems in town this evening at Williamsburg's Output. But he's not operating solo. "Skrillex is a band when it comes to performing live these days," Moore said. "My lighting and video guys are all working in real time while I'm onstage and the best compliment I get after a set is when someone asks about how I pre-program my set or use midi to get the audio/visual experience so tight. I love what we create because at any given moment everything could change." $25 from 10 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 14
English singer Beth Orton got her start in the early '90's with a sound that blended the ambience of English folk with the rising electronica movement. Her "Trailer Park" album from 1996 established her sound, which was most successful internationally on her "Daybreaker" album of 2002, which hit the U.S. top 40. Orton appears as part of the American Songbook season at the
The Allen Room @ The Time Warner Center, Upper West Side. From 8:30 p.m.
Colorful Japanese-born, New York City-based duo Cibo Matto are back on the scene after an extended break with their first new album since 1999's "Stereo * Type A". Their new album "Hotel Valentine" is being released by old friend (and collaborator) Sean Lennon on his Chimera Music label. Release date for "Hotel Valentine" is appropriately Feb. 14. Although tonight's show at (Le) Poisson Rouge has sold out, sign up here to get advance warning of their next New York show, rumoured to be in the Spring.
Saturday, Feb. 15
Before Jack White and the Black Keys brought dirty rocking blues back into the frame, Jon Spencer and his band of misfits the Blues Explosion were doing their damnedest to keep the flame burning. Their well-received 2012 album "Meat+Bone" saw the band rejuvenated. "We still have that psychic glue that allows us to create music together", says frontman Jon Spencer. "Over the course of a year touring and writing new songs and recording, we rediscovered our shared history as a band. We circled the wagons, and went back to our roots. In a way this is almost like another first album.” At the Brooklyn Night Bazaar in Greenpoint. Free from 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 16
Hungry for soul food and music? Sate all appetites at B.B. King's by combining the sounds of the Harlem Gospel Choir with an all-you-can-eat Southern buffet. The Choir features the finest singers and musicians from Harlem's Black Churches and is recognized as one of the world's finest gospel choirs. From 12:30 p.m. Tickets $44 in advance, $47 on the day.
Monday, Feb. 17
Zydeco's acclaimed accordionist Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural, is celebrating the end of a short residency at the cozy Iridium by sitting in with their legendary house band, the Les Paul Trio. Two sessions, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. tickets, $35.
Tuesday, Feb. 18
Apocalyptic Texan rockers The Black Angels, headline at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, but it is support act Roky Erickson that will have the aficionados salivating. An under-appreciated American musical treasure, Erickson fronted one of the USA's first psychedelic bands, forming the 13th Floor Elevators in 1965. Reminiscent of Van Morrison's Them, the 13th Floor Elevators were underground sensations, influencing bands such as R.E.M., ZZ Top and Queens of the Stone Age. Since 1980 Erickson has released 19 solo albums, most recently "True Love Cast Out All Evil" which featured indie rockers Okkervil River as his backing band. Free, from 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 19
Now in its 14th year of residency at Birdland, David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band have made the venue the place to go for a sophisticated post-workday engagement. Immerse yourself in the legendary sounds of Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and of course Louis Armstrong. Early start: doors 5 p.m., tickets $25.
Justin Timberlake brings his 20/20 Experience World Tour to Madison Square Garden tonight, from 8 p.m.