The Best Concerts in New York This Week, 6/3/13


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Ariel Pink
Irving Plaza
Thursday, 8pm, $19.50
L.A.-based Ariel Pink emerged from obscurity to semi-obscurity in 2004, releasing his moody outsider music on Animal Collective’s label five years after he first recorded them at home. With darkly-rendered 1960s jangle-pop that reads as part-parody part-sincerity, Pink’s music has been tough for many to swallow, leaving listeners with almost 50/50 split on whether the man’s a genius or a phony. Although later commercial releases cleaned up some of the almost-gothic grittiness, the mesmerizing uncanniness of his work remains, whisking you away to a darkly dreamy world of botched Beach Boys tunes and lo-fi soap commercial jingles. — By Sarah Madges

Patti Smith
Bowery Ballroom
Wednesday, 9pm, $25
Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not hers. Patti Smith, the punk rock priestess, has been a figure who has sustained and transcended fad after fad, decade after decade. In a world of her own where Rimbaud lives as the savior, Smith defied ideas of art, music, gender, and poetry with her songs and an image that dared to be bold in a way meant to be bigger than merely rebellion. — By Brittany Spanos

Jon Hopkins
The Glasslands Gallery
Tuesday, 8:30pm, $12
Jon Hopkins is a British producer whose young career has been defined by a evasive collaborative spirit, whether inspiring Brian Eno with the improvisational elasticity of his compositions or flexing against electronic music strictures in his Diamond Mine album with singer-songwriter King Creosote. His latest, Immunity focuses this scattered creativity into a metronomic wash heavily influenced by his increased interactions with global club music. This album release party at Glasslands is his first headlining show in New York, and the only surprise is that it took so long. — By Aaron Gonsher

Lucian Ban & Mat Maneri
Rubin Museum of Art
Friday, 8pm, $20
The cozy micro-theater at the Chelsea museum is a perfect fit for the relatively private and generally poetic exchanges of the pianist and viola player. Their new Transylvania Concert is one of those records that whisks you away–long tone reveries, pulsing pirouettes, contoured introspection, gypsy joy. The stark situation allows for full disclosure texturally, and Maneri’s fluid lines sometimes sound like a horn. Could be transcendent. — By Jim Macnie

Tonya Pinkins
Joe’s Pub
Monday, 7:30pm, $20/$25
The show is called “Tonya Pinkins Unplugged,” as if the singer hasn’t always performed that way. Who knows. The songs are from Broadway, and it seem she’s going to use them to make any number of autobiographical points, just as she did in her book Get Over Yourself: How to Drop the Drama and Claim the Life You Deserve. — By David Finkle

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