The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 6/6/14
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Governors Ball Randall's Island Park Friday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. daily, $100-$230 What could possibly draw a crowd to this year's Governors Ball after the rainy, muddy mess that was last year's fest? Maybe it's masochism, but most likely it's the lineup, which is arguably one of the best this season. Featuring headliners OutKast, Jack White, festival darlings Vampire Weekend, and local heroes The Strokes, the shortlist doesn't sound too diverse, but read deeper and you'll find an array of excellent up-and-comers performing alongside festival vets over the course of the hopefully sunny weekend. We're talking Grimes, Janelle Monáe, Lucius, La Roux, Tyler, the Creator, Skrillex, and Interpol, among others. Grab your cutest waterproof poncho and your sturdiest pair of boots, because even a little rain won't stop this three-day party. -- By Brittany Spanos
Christian McBride & Brad Mehldau Blue Note Friday through Sunday, 8:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. daily, $35-$55 The Blue Note Jazz Festival continues a tradition of unlikely collaborations with a series of duo performances by bassist Christian McBride and pianist Brad Mehldau, the latter replacing Andre Previn at the last minute. McBride has worked with Sting, Bruce Hornsby, and Renee Fleming; Previn has re-worked a number of classic pop songs ranging from Cole Porter to Radiohead within a career as an excellent bandleader. Outside of his rigorous touring schedule, McBride serves as the associate artistic director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem while Mehldau has been active in both his trio and an experimental duo with drummer Mark Guiliana. -- By Aidan Levy
Leslie Uggams 54 Below Friday, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 p.m., $40-$50 It's been quite a while since the Mitch Miller days, but she still has the ingenuous glow. Only now it's tempered by show-biz sophistication. She has a huge repertoire from which to draw, but it would be great if she sings at least one or two tunes from the Jule Styne-Betty Comden-Adolph Green Hallelujah, Baby! for which she won a Tony. She's also shown up as an August Wilson player but probably won't do anything from that canon. -- By David Finkle
Salt-n-Pepa Highline Ballroom 8pm, $45-$75 Salt-n-Pepa are here! The iconic hip-hop trio, responsible for some of the genre's catchiest and most karaoke-able hits like "Push It," "Let's Talk About Sex," and "Whatta Man," are still as thrilling as ever. Though it's been 17 years since they released an album together, the hot, cool, and vicious ladies have been busy, together and apart, most notably in the realm of reality television. Pepa in particular has become a regular after a stint on The Surreal Life and her own show, Let's Talk About Pep. Of course, Pep couldn't take on this new career venture without her partner in crime, and co-starred with Salt in a show chronicling their reunion a few years back. Salt, Pep, and DJ Spinderella are still performing and still empowering hip-hop fans around the world. -- By Brittany Spanos
Angel Haze + The Death Set + Bad Rabbits House of Vans 7:00 p.m., free w/ RSVP The fiery, feminist raps of Angel Haze have won her support both from social and political rights activists and those who ascribe to the stricter confines of "real hip-hop." Her beginnings as a poet equipped Angel to rap with a personal, poignant power that is chilling to watch live. She's still one of New York's most talented emerging MCs who will pull no punches. -- By Caitlin White
Danny Tenaglia Output 10:00 p.m., $20 When a DJ is billed as playing an "extended set" in America, it usually just means they're allotted the standard playing time given in Europe and other countries. In any case, such a tag applied to Danny Tenaglia is not to be taken lightly. The legendary resident of Vinyl would plow through 10-14 hour sets at his famed "Be Yourself" night in the early 2000s, and that marathon journey is revived tonight at Output with support in the Panther Room by techno maven Silent Servant and Chicago DJ the Black Madonna. -- By Aaron Gonsher
Soul Rebels + Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen + Lost Bayou Ramblers Prospect Park Bandshell 7:00 p.m., free Second line in the aisles to a lineup about as authentically New Orleans as it gets. The hip-hop-inflected eight-piece Soul Rebels are arguably the most dynamically au courant of the city's many fine brass bands. Jon Cleary plays traditional New Orleans piano like a master and sings in a Dr. John growl while the Lost Bayou Ramblers oscillate between vintage two-steps, waltzes, and blues and Cajun swing from the 1930s and '40s. -- By Richard Gehr
Earlwolf (Tyler, the Creator + Earl Sweatshirt) Irving Plaza 11:30 p.m., $35 Earlwolf the album may not be happening, but the duo of Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt from hip-hop collective Odd Future spit their rhymes at Irving Plaza tonight as part of the Governors Ball afterparties. This may be your only chance to see their single, "Orange Juice," performed live onstage -- of the project, Tyler said in an online forum, "I'm not in the mind frame to do a whole album of that sh**. I don't want to do it. maybe one day when I don't want to make clothing and furniture and gay-ass fruity music about lakes and sh**." Odd Future are known for their unhinged stage antics, so don't miss this one. -- By Harley Oliver Brown
Damon Albarn plays a Gov Ball after party at Irving Plaza late on Sunday
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Damon Albarn Irving Plaza 9:30 p.m., $45 The hard-rock whiplash of "Song #2" and "Stylo" aside, a melancholy, particularly English wistfulness has always been Damon Albarn's wheelhouse. So it's starting that reviews of Everyday Robots uniformly fault the Blur/Gorillaz auteur for essentially being himself on his debut solo album, a collection of moody pastiche blues that's nobody's ideal of party-starting pop. Live or on wax, these are low-impact, wind-down grooves best experienced with a whiskey and water in hand. -- By Raymond Cummings
Billy Hart Quartet Village Vanguard Friday through Sunday, 8:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. daily, $25 As the veteran drummer's foursome develops, the grace they broker becomes more essential to its personality. Can't say if it's the lithe horn lines of Mark Turner or the well-chosen asides of pianist Ethan Iverson, but the music on the newish One Is The Other has the kind of sweep that connects each passage to the next - it almost seems like one long piece. Of course Hart's mastery at keeping everything fluid has a lot to do with it. On stage they're a bit more tactile - and that physicality can be revelatory. Don't miss. -- By Jim Macnie
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