Smith Westerns, Porcelain Raft, Bleached, January 31, Webster Hall, $20
Three great bands bring varying degrees of volume to Webster Hall. Porcelain Raft makes atmospheric indie imbued with perma-frost romance, Smith Westerns lean toward garage rock jangle, and ex-Mika Miko gals Bleached go for razor sharp pop punk. An excellent lineup, whatever your your preferred level of adrenaline.
Tuesday, January 31, 8 p.m., Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street (between 3rd and 4th avenues); 212-353-1600.
Björk, February 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 & 18 New York Hall of Science, $75
For those who complained that Björk’s Biophilia worked better as a multimedia performance than an audio experience, the perennially avant-guard pop artist will bring the whole iPad-created extravaganza to New York for a few select dates. Get your tickets fast, as these sensory-overloaded evenings will surely sell-out quickly.
Friday, Monday, Thursday, Sunday, Wednesday, and Saturday, February 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, and 19, at 8:30 p.m., New York Hall of Science, (at 111th Street and 44th Avenue); Queens; 718-699-0005
Nicolas Jaar (“From Scratch”), February 5, P.S. 1, FREE
If you slept on tickets for Nicolas Jaar’s sold-out Friday show at the Williamsburg Hall of Music, have no fear. The sound architect behind last year’s fantastic Space Is Only Noise (and recent Scout Larue collaborator), will be playing a five hour experimental set this Saturday in P.S. 1’s very own geodesic dome. Sounds almost too awesome to be real.
Saturday, August 20 at 2 p.m. PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue (at 46th Avenue), Long Island City; 718-784-2084