The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 5/27/13


For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar.

Marina and the Diamonds + Charli XCX
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
Wednesday, 6pm, $30
Looking to break some hearts this summer? Let the “Primadonna” extraordinaire Marina Diamandis teach you with her bubbly electro-pop. But don’t let the heart on her cheek and her pink closet fool you–the UK pop star has a tendency to get a little dark in her reflections on heartbreak, angst, and desire for fame, even if those reflections are coyly masked beneath a sticky sweet sound. At Central Park, she’ll be joined by similar rising star Charli XCX. — By Brittany Spanos

Laura Marling
Roulette Brooklyn
Tuesday, 8pm,
Laura Marling rose to fame in her teenage years, and after working with indie darlings Noah and the Whale, her debut solo full-length garnered a nomination for England’s coveted Mercury Prize. Now, embarking on tour in support of her fourth, Marling is barely 23 but feels like a scion in the current female folk-singer canon. Expect passionately sung, lilted lyrics with plenty of traditional folk acoustics that sometimes swell into anthems. — By Caitlin White

Mika Yoshida Stoltman
Carnegie Hall
Thursday, 8pm, $50
The excellent jazz marimbist and her clarinetist husband Richard Stoltzman premiere eight works written just for them, including “The Nymphs for Solo Marimba” by John Zorn, “Burning Bright” by William Thomas McKinley, and several new arrangements of works by Chick Corea, including “Mozart Goes Dancing.” Singer Gayle Moran Corea and the Harlem String Quartet join them. — By Richard Gehr

Futurebirds + The Doorbells
Bowery Ballroom
Friday, 9pm, $15
If you like your Southern rock thick, syrupy, and dreamlike, look no further than this Athens, Georgia, quintet’s new Baba Yaga, which captures a Robitussin vibe vaguely, but oh so pleasantly, reminiscent of Chicago’s long, lost Souled American. Laconic three-part harmonies, pleading pedal-steel guitar, and lonesome-unto-death lyrics sound like the perfect recipe for a night of heavy self-medicating. — By Richard Gehr

Fall Out Boy
Terminal 5
Wednesday, 8pm, $35/$40
Patrick Stump’s ferocious, proto-Glambert shriek, Pete Wentz’s lacerating text-message bon mots, exhausting song titles: The mid-00s emo-punk answer to hair-metal pomp is back in business. Glossy and lupine, Fall Out Boy have long felt like a clash of contradictory forces. Vital, hungry, polished to a high shine, and best of all, straight-up pop, these dudes can roll with everybody from Usher to Say Anything to Courtney Love to Elton John, and they had the balls to kick off an album with a banger called “Thriller.” Rock needs more, and similar, mutants. — By Raymond Cummings

Kelly Rowland + The-Dream
Best Buy Theater
Thursday, 8pm, $35-$40
With creeping singles like “Motivation” and “Kisses Down Low” and an 
appearance on Future’s recent rap-radio love song “Neva End,” Kelly Rowland’s 
recent output has rivaled even that of 
former bandmate Beyoncé. Unfortunately for her–but fortunately for the rest of us–Beyoncé has Terius Nash (known aliases include Radio Killa, R&B Gorilla, and The-Dream) writing her hits, including the swirling “Countdown” and the recent Houston tribute “Bow Down.” Tonight, both Rowland and Nash come to the 
Best Buy Theater for the city’s best R&B
 bill in recent memory. — By Nick Murray

Charli XCX + Little Daylight
The Glasslands Gallery
Friday, 8:30pm, $12/$15
Sang Icona Pop, on last year’s “I Love It,” the dance hit co-written by Charli XCX: “You’re from the ’70s, but I’m a ’90s bitch.” Charli, though, can barely claim that. Only 20 years old, the British singer-songwriter knows the ’00s best, even if her two albums, two mixtapes, and two EPs all came out in this decade. Beyond “I Love It,” start with the gothic synth-pop of True Romance’s opener, “Nuclear Seasons,” and keep going until you’re standing in the crowd at Glasslands, cheering for her to come back and play it as an encore. Don’t worry, she will. With Little Daylight. — By Nick Murray

Groundislava + Fur
The Glasslands Gallery
Thursday, 11:45pm, $5/$10
Groundislava is the mellow member of the WeDidIt crew, a collective of LA-based DJs whose M.O. involves flipping regional bass thuds into bouncy club bangers that deftly (and often, just barely) sidestep the traps of festival mosh pit glut. No, give this guy some room to work. He’ll sneak footwork under the melodrama of Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake” or add sprawling, ambient synths to Nicki’s “Super Bass.” Breakdown Groundislava to its meaning (Ground Is Lava) and you’ll find his style; a slow burn of grooves (acid house! techno! resculpted pop!) that quietly bubble up into thumping, dance-floor bangers. — By Puja Patel

The Dandy Warhols
Terminal 5
Friday, 8pm, $30
Although their eight studio albums (and one documentary) have brought them far more recognition, I can’t help but associate the Dandy Warhols with Veronica Mars, the cult TV show that benefited greatly from their falsetto-and-synth-heavy “We Used to Be Friends.” Most of their songs aren’t so funky, though, with Courtney Taylor-Taylor’s almost-bored singing voice leading the band through everything from jangly folk rock to self-indulgent psychedelia — By Sarah Madges

‘NYC in Dub’
Le Poisson Rouge
Thursday, 9pm, $15/$20
Dub demigods collide when madcap 
Jamaican dub pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry, backed by the local Subatomic Sound System, meets British On-U Sounds mixmaster Adrian Sherwood in what could be the classiest clash of the Red Bull Music Academy’s entire month-long electronic and dance music meltdown. Perry gave up producing decades ago to focus on a comic-surrealist emcee act, and Sherwood has produced nearly all of this cosmic clown’s most convincing late-period albums. Expect the live mix to echo unto infinity. Tonight’s lineup marks the first local appearance of Sun Araw (led by Los Angeles guitar goblin Cameron Stallones), legendary reggae vocal group the Congos, and electronicist M. Geddes Gengras, whose 2012 collaboration Icon Give Thank and subsequent live release are otherworldy classics of dub-meets-guitar territory. 
Gengras also leads his own Raw Power Band. — By Richard Gehr

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