Per usual, there’s lots going on this week in NYC live music, including shows by the Avett Brothers, the Budos Band, Lotus, M83, Neon Indian, Steve Kimock, and MMW. Read on for all the highlights as I see ’em….

If you’re more into singer-songwriter folk and rock, then there are some good options like the Avett Brothers, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and ALO.

The Avett Brothers


Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

There’s also a ton of interesting electronic music going down this week. For the song-oriented electro-pop stylings, check out M83, Neon Indian, or Chairlift. For something on the jammier side, Lotus is setting up show at Irving Plaza for two nights. Also, Beats Antique will be doing their psychedelic world-infused thang. And if you need something with a bit more of a dubstep feel, then Flux Paviliuon is probably your best bet.


Neon Indian



Beats Antique

Flux Pavilion @ Roseland Ballroom

There are also some great jazz and funk options this week, including the Budos Band who’ll be throwing down some more of their evil horn grooves at the Bell House this weekend. The Alan Evans Trio is on tour and coming into town, while Alan’s main band, Soulive, takes a break. Steve Kimock is hooking back up with Bernie Worrell, Reed Mathis and Wally Ingram to get down at Brooklyn Bowl (I know this won’t really be jazz or funk per se, but I can guarantee they’ll get funky at some point). And finally, we’ve also got the Undead Music Festival going at a few venues this weekend including sets by Medeski, Martin & Wood, Marco Benevento, Sex Mobb and a bunch of others.

Alan Evans Trio

The Budos Band

Steve Kimock (w/ Bernie Worrell, Reed Mathis and Wally Ingram)

Medeski, Martin & Wood

Read on for all the links and details, along with some other interesting NYC shows happening this week.


The Beach Boys @ Beacon Theatre
Bear In Heaven,Blouse, Doldrums @ The Bowery Ballroom
Chairlift @ Webster Hall
Dead Confederate, McKenzie Eddy, Vado @ Mercury Lounge
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Fool’s Gold @ Roseland Ballroom
Florence & The Machine, Blood Orange @ Radio City Music Hall
George Clinton @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (Englewood, NJ)
Jim Black, Nels Cline @ Shapeshifter Lab
Paul Oakenfold @ Terminal 5

ALO, Chris Kasper @ Brooklyn Bowl
The Avett Brothers @ Terminal 5
The Beach Boys @ Beacon Theatre
Dead Confederate, Dinowalrus @ The Bell House
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Fool’s Gold @ Roseland Ballroom
Rufus Wainwright @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
Undead Music Festival @ (le) poisson rouge
Featuring: Sex Mob, Vinicius Cantuaria, Yuka Honda, Elysian Fields, White Out, Stabbing Eastward, Chicago Underground Duo, Tony Malaby, Gerald Cleaver, Jamie Saft’s New Zion Trio, Joe Sanders

Flux Pavilion @ Roseland Ballroom
Lotus, D.V.S* (Derek VanScoten) @ Irving Plaza
M83, I Break Horses @ Terminal 5
Steve Kimock w/ Bernie Worrell, Wally Ingram, Reed Mathis @ Brooklyn Bowl
Rusted Root, Leroy Justice @ Highline Ballroom
Undead Music Festival @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
Featuring: Medeski Martin & Wood, So Percussion, Miho Hatori, Marco Benevento, Anthony Coleman, Adam Deitch, Vernon Reid
Zola Jesus @ Guggenheim Museum

FRIDAY, May 11
Alan Evans (of Soulive), Project Blue Book, Spose @ Sullivan Hall
The Higgins, Yellowbirds @ The Rock Shop
Lotus, Beard o Bees @ Irving Plaza
M. Ward, Lee Ranaldo @ Webster Hall
Sons of Bill, The Hounds Below @ The Studio at Webster Hall

Beats Antique, DJ Laura, Virtual Boy @ Brooklyn Bowl
The Budos Band @ The Bell House
John Brown’s Body, Super Hi-Fi @ Maxwell’s (Hoboken, NJ)
Neon Indian, Ducktails, Lemonade @ Terminal 5
Willie Nelson @ COunt Basie Theatre (Red Bank, NJ)

Beats Antique, DJ Laura @ Brooklyn Bowl
Patti Smith, Jesse Paris Smith, Suzzy Roche, Lucy Wainwright [email protected] City Winery (Mother’s Day Acoustic Show)
Rusko @ Terminal 5