James Blake, FaltyDL: Terminal 5, May 7 and 9, $30
While his first LP saw the British bass-wunderkind exploring his singer-songwriter side, James Blake's sophomore album, Overgrown, meshes his dancier side with his honeyed baritone. Even when playing live to thousands, you can hear a pin drop between Blake's spare beats.
Tuesday and Thursday, May 7 and 9, 7 p.m., Terminal 5, 610 West 56th Street (between 11th and 12th Avenues); 212-582-6600.
Four Tet, Koreless: Webster Hall, May 8, $5
Another great show from Red Bull Music Academy, who have taken over New York the past couple weeks with some absolutely amazing electronic music shows. This one features Kieren Hebden (a.k.a. Four Tet), along with spacey Glaswegian producer Koreless. It's the dance-music show to see this week.
Wednesday, May 8, 9 p.m., Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street (between Third and Fourth Avenues); 212-353-1600.
Downtown Music Festival: Black Hippy, Purity Ring, Sky Ferreira, Earl Sweatshirt, Ryan Hemsworth, Andrew Wyatt, Teengirl Fantasy, NGUZUNGUZU, and many more: Various Venues in Lower Manhattan, May 10 and 11, $15
This year, The Downtown Music Festival has expanded to two days and multiple venues, including Cake Shop, Pianos, Mercury Lounge, and more. Tickets are affordable, and with music ranging from the best indie rock, alt-pop, and hip-hop (including Kendrick Lamar's Black Hippy crew). We couldn't be more excited.
Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, various venues.
Up for more? Here are some bonus shows:
May 6: Boris play a special "All Time Classics" show at (le) Poisson Rouge.
May 6: Blondes, Mike Simonetti, Rudi Zygadlo, Astroboyz, CABAAL, Ale Hop, Yodashe, Harald Bjork, Alitrec, Mungo Park, Seretan, Ada Kaleh play Cameo Gallery (Red Bull Music Academy).
May 6: Youth Lagoon and Majical Cloudz play Maxwell's.
May 6: Flying Lotus, Ultraista, Thundercat, DJ Rafik play Terminal 5 (Red Bull Music Academy).
May 6: The Breeders play Webster Hall.
May 7: Boris (playing its classic album "Flood"), Stephen Brodsky (of Cave In), Amen Dunes play (le) Poisson Rouge.
May 7: Danny Brown and Kitty play Irving Plaza.
May 7: Parquet Courts plays UCBEast.
May 8: The Presets, Dragonette, Classixx play Terminal 5.
May 8: Distal and Throwing Snow play a FREE show at Webster Hall (Red Bull Music Academy).
May 9: CREEP, EXITMUSIC, Rewards, Adam Green, Albert Hammond Jr. (DJ Set), Blood Orange (DJ Set), Certain Creatures (DJ Set) play Glasslands.
May 9: Neon Indian (DJ Set), Optimo, Trus'me, Tanner Caldwell play Output.
May 9: Youth Lagoon and Majical Cloudz play The Bell House.
May 10: Small Black play a FREE show at 7 Dunham Gallery (RSVP required).
May 10: CocoRosie plays Paper Box.
May 11: Gold Panda plays The Knitting Factory Brooklyn.
May 11: Twin Sister, Empress Of, RElyse play Silent Barn.
Photos: Via The Bowery Presents