The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 7/4/14
Borgore hits Governors Island in celebration of his upcoming #NEWGOREORDER this Saturday
Credit: Neil Favila
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Danny Tenaglia Output 10:00 p.m., $20 Danny Tenaglia takes it way back. His beats are basic and groovy in the way many old-school EDM fans yearn for - that syncopated, simple under-beat that drives the sound in the way the original house music did just a few decades ago. Now perhaps considered more tribal or progressive house, his techno roots are undeniable, and despite these labels, he is impressively willing to explore everything from minimalist sounds to full on house. A master and a classic, Danny Tenaglia will bring his audience back to some of dance music's roots and engulf them with a much-needed trip back in time where the beats are simple and the sound is honest. -- By Eleanor Lambert
Dances of Vice: 3rd annual Fourth of July Party SRB Brooklyn 5:00 p.m., $10-$15 There's a nifty place where pompadours reign supreme, cheeseburgers are chased with a malt, and every band has a stand-up bass. It's called the Rockabilly Night Market, and it's local. Dances of Vice presents the 3rd annual Fourth of July party featuring new and vintage vendors, food trucks, live performances, and dancing. We can't think of a better way to salute the good ol' U.S. of A. than with this celebration of '50s Americana and trailer park glitz. Tatted-up rebels with and without causes can cruise their Cadillacs on over to the vintage car show while buxom Bettie Pages can pose in the pin-up photo booth. Cash O'Riley and Sean Coleman & The Quasars will get things rolling with some outlaw rock, followed by Bettina May and Raquel Reed's sultry burlesque. Arrive early for the hourlong open PBR bar! -- By Heather Baysa
Nautiluss + John Barera Bossa Nova Civic Club 10:00 p.m., free With releases on Tiga's Turbo and a recent appearance on Daniel Avery's Essential Mix, Canadian producer Nautiluss is slowly but surely gaining traction internationally with anthemic, rubbery house. He makes his debut at favored Brooklyn haunt Bossa Nova Civic Club alongside John Barera, an equally rising Bostonian DJ who is one half of production duo B-Tracks and the founder of Supply Records. -- By Aaron Gonsher
Borgore Governors Island 4:00 p.m., $50-$100 There is a confounding power in losing your mind for a few hours, especially when that experience is by way of Borgore. The bass-heavy and musically jacked-up dubstep DJ and producer is unequivocally matched in this ability; his beats have a disjointedness about them, yet he is consistent enough that the unsettledness soon becomes raucously groovy. Borgore's beats slam the body, the eardrums, and everything in between. He is there to transport his audience into a rowdy, fast-paced nirvana, where scantily-clad dancers and stunning lights are perfectly attuned to the grimy beats pouring through the speakers. -- By Eleanor Lambert
Hundred Waters + Mas Ysa The Glasslands Gallery 8:30 p.m., $12/$14 Last month, Hundred Waters celebrated the release of their sophomore album The Moon Rang Like a Bell by throwing a tiny three-day festival for fans and friends in Arcosanti, an off-the-grid city in the Arizona desert. The event was perhaps a perfect physical manifestation of Moon, a collection of electronic future-pop songs that are beautiful and spacious, somehow both a little alien-sounding and also very grounding. On Saturday night, the Los Angeles-via-Florida 4-piece (who are signed to Skrillex's label OWSLA, and have toured with Grimes, Julia Holter, and the XX) bring their show to a more conventional setting, Brooklyn's Glasslands, but the sonic pilgrimage will likely be no less awe-inspiring. -- By Liz Pelly
The Robert Glasper Experiment + Talib Kweli + Glenn Kotche + Aja Monet Prospect Park Bandshell 7:00 p.m., free A boldness suffuses jazz pianist Robert Glasper's playing style: it's lithe and contemporary, busy-bodied yet direct, certain, metaphorically speaking, to stick to the ribs. Glasper is a omnivorous collaborator, throwing down with session musicians, rappers, and pop singers, but his fresh, intricate virtuosity is invariably the crown jewel of any piece of music he's had a hand in. For this set, his ensemble is joined by Talib Kweli, whose earth-tone flows should fit Glasper's dynamic ivory patter snugly. -- By Raymond Cummings
Dylan Golden Joe's Pub 9:30 p.m., $14 In contrast to the bravado that pervades hip-hop culture, 22-year-old Dylan Golden's sophomore album "Humble Beginnings," scheduled for release in early 2015, doesn't mince words about coming up from the mean streets of Miami. In this album pre-release show, the Brooklyn transplant mixes Afro-punk, socially conscious lyrics, dense harmonies, and a live band featuring saxophonist-cum-electronic producer Samir Zarif. Golden adopts a more wholesome outlook than the garden-variety upstart rapper; his collaboration with Zarif's Pax Humana duo goes by the moniker PH.D, and tracks like "If I Told You," dedicated to his mother, make him a momma's boy who can spit. -- By Aidan Levy
Noura Mint Seymali Central Park, Rumsey Playfield 3:00 p.m., free The underrepresented sounds of Ethiopia and Mauritania get a hearing from two of the world's more exciting singers. Teddy Afro (born Tewodrose Kassahun) has concocted a winning formula by mixing things up. Singing mostly in the Amharic language, he leans equally heavily on Ethiopia's traditional, loping 6/8 rhythms as much as Marley-inspired reggae anthems. He's best when he's most specific, as when celebrating marathon men or soccer clubs, dredging up pointed historical parables, or castigating national politics. The magnificent Noura Mint Seymali deploys her impossible-to-ignore voice to explore Moorish poetic themes accompanied by my favorite new guitarist. The dazzling Jeiche Ouid Chighaly, her husband, weaves fuzzed-out waves around Seymali's ornamented griot wail and harplike ardine while bass and drums keep it low in the pocket. -- By Richard Gehr
Very Be Careful The Mercury Lounge 10:30 p.m., $10 Over the course of seven flabbergasting albums, this Los Angeles quintet (led by charismatic singer-accordionist Ricardo Guzman) has transformed Colombia and Venezuela's mesmerizing funky cumbia, vallenato, parranda grooves into a bongo-furious urban sufferah's sound that grabs your ass and doesn't let go. Catch them here and/or track down the Greenpoint rooftop they'll command on the Fourth. -- By Richard Gehr
Jane Monheit's Jazz Party Birdland 6:00 p.m., $30 Jazz's need to create on the spot never really goes away--testing moves in front of an audience is always a consideration for performers who truly want to know how an arrangement or an approach will play to a crowd. Jane Monheit is an intrepid soul; starting tonight she'll green-light this notion for the next three months, hosting a Sunday-evening "Jazz Party," which affords audiences a chance to peek behind the curtain and enjoy the looseness of a jam session while basking in the talents of a very tight band. The singer and her trio, including pianist Michael Kanan, bassist Neal Miner, and drummer Rick Montalbano, will be opening the doors to guest instrumentalists and giving new ideas plenty of elbow room--a spotlight on spontaneity. The boss lady and her seductive coo ain't shy--Monheit is a natural charmer. Whether she's tweaking her take on "Zing Went the Strings of My Heart" (there's a Judy Garland tribute in her future) or embedding herself in a boo-hoo opus such as "Two Lonely People," prepare for charisma around every turn. -- By Jim Macnie
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