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Spring Sounds

From rap to electro-pop to elusive Nigerian funk, take your pick of music shows happening this week.


The Knife.   

Say Hi
Mercury Lounge; 4/29 at 9:30 p.m.; 217 E. Houston St., nr. Ludlow St.; 212-260-4700
Eric Elbogen melds uptempo beats with expressive exploration of failed relationships—personal, professional, and otherwise. If you see him, you might want to just say hi.

2 Chainz.   

2 Chainz and Miguel
Best Buy Theater; 4/30 at 8 p.m.; 1515 Broadway, at 44th St.; 212-930-1950
The hip-hop and R&B powerhouses join forces for DJ Prostyle’s birthday show. Ne-Yo will also make an appearance.

The Knife
Terminal 5; 4/30 and 5/1 at 7:30 p.m.; 610 W. 56th St, nr. Eleventh Ave.; 212-260-4700
Don’t let the synthy beats fool you: This Swedish electro-duo—whom you might know from Jose Gonzales’s cover of their song “Heartbeats”—are making statements with their music: personal, political, and otherwise.

Rodrigo y Gabriela.  

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Beacon Theater; 5/1–5/3 at 8 p.m.; 2124 Broadway, nr. 74th St.; 212-465-6500
The dexterous fingers of the Mexican duo once again flex on 9 Dead Alive, their first album of recorded music in five years.

Chrome Sparks
Baby's All Right ; 5/2 at 11:30 p.m.; 146 Broadway,nr. Bedford Ave.; Williamsburg; 718-599-5800
With a late set time, producer Jeremy Malvin's percussive and psychedelic beats are well suited to winding down—or heating up—your night. With Infinity Shred.


Terminal 5; 5/2 at 7 p.m.; 610 W. 56th St, nr. Eleventh Ave.; 212-260-4700
At times with dark overtones, the Glaswegian electro-pop trio goes heavy on the synths, making an excellent backdrop for a forlorn '80s-style dance party with last year’s debut, The Bones of What You Believe. With the Range.

The Music of William Onyeabor
Brooklyn Academy of Music; 5/2 and 5/3 at 8 p.m.; 30 Lafayette Ave., at Ashland Pl., Fort Greene; 718-636-4198
David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Money Mark, Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), and more pay tribute to Onyeabor, an elusive Nigerian funk musician who, according to Wikipedia, is now believed to be a taxi driver in Ireland. Part of a month of programming for the Red Bull Music Festival.

Iggy Azalea.   

Iggy Azalea
Music Hall of Williamsburg; 5/4 at 7 p.m.; 66 N. Sixth St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg; 718-486-5400
The bombshell Aussie rapper’s debut album The New Classic was released in April, making it an early contender for album of the summer. In it, she tells us that she’s "Fancy." But don’t worry, she’s not above going to Target on a first date.

Bowery Ballroom; 5/4 at 8 p.m.; 6 Delancey St., nr. Bowery; 212-533-2111
The somewhat overlooked but insanely influential alt-rockers disappeared after the release of their haunting, sprawling 1991 album Spiderland, reuniting in 2005 having just missed the spoils of their labor. Until now. They tour in support of 23rd anniversary boxed set reissue of the album.

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