The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 6/7/13


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Erykah Badu
BAM, Peter Jay Sharp Building
Saturday & Sunday, 7:30pm, $35
Neo-soul was no longer neo when Erykah Badu released her 2008 album, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), but its expansive sound and softly sung narratives made the whole world sound fresh. This weekend, its long-haired auteur takes the record to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where she worked with local composer Ted Hearne to create “You’re Causing Quite a Disturbance,” a program that pairs some of the album’s best tunes with new original orchestration. Opener Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) has cancelled, but that doesn’t mean you should: Badu will offer a performance powerful enough to stand on its own. — By Nick Murray

Governors Ball
Randall’s Island
Friday through Sunday, 11am, $95
Just because New York City is a permanent music festival doesn’t mean it can’t also host the sort of weekend megafest more often found in the sticks of Tennessee or SoCal. Hence we have the Governors Ball, the three-year-old gathering that this weekend brings, for starters, Kings of Leon, Guns N’ Roses, Animal Collective, Pretty Lights, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Erykah Badu, Best Coast, Icona Pop, and Azealia Banks to Randall’s Island. Today, arrive early for sets from rap traditionalist Freddie Gibbs and rockers HAIM, and stick around for headliner Kanye West, he who recently tore up the SNL stage with new tunes “Black Skinhead” and “New Slaves.” — By Nick Murray

Kiran Ahluwalia
Joe’s Pub
Saturday, 7:30pm, $20-$25
The Indo-Canadian’s latest album, Aam Zameen: Common Ground, reaches out to the Islamic qawwali music of Pakistan with the help of a couple of North African desert blues groups and complements her gorgeous ghazals beautifully. Tonight’s band includes Nitin Mitta (tabla), Will Holshouser (accordion), Mamadou Ba (bass), and Rez Abassi, a restless guitarist who adds a sci-fi dimension to his wife’s singing. — By Richard Gehr

Sea Wolf
Bowery Ballroom
Saturday, 9pm, $15
“Old World Romance” is the perfect name for Sea Wolf’s most recent album, as their sound has a classic feel that’s as epic as the Jack London title that inspired the name. Led by Alex Brown Church, Sea Wolf creates wavy, charming melodies that draw from all the edges of folk but never stray from their quintessentially indie sound. The band provides a warm comfort, and that’s nothing short of romantic. — By Brittany Spanos

John Zorn/Bill Laswell/Milford Graves Trio
Le Poisson Rouge
Saturday, 6:30pm, $30
When John Zorn and Bill Laswell meet, all hell breaks loose. Both consummate improvisers, Zorn, a saxophonist, experimental composer and impresario, has built a reputation as a driving force behind the downtown scene, while Laswell, a prolific bassist and producer who has appeared on more than 3,000 recordings, knows how to explore the downtown region of the fretboard. They are joined by free jazz drummer Milford Graves. Presented as part of the Zorn at 60 celebration, commemorating Zorn’s sixtieth birthday year, the evening promises to show that despite his age, the avant-garde progenitor remains the enfant terrible he has always been. — By Aidan Levy

Paul McCartney
Barclays Center
Saturday, 8pm, $83.10-$349.40
After beginning his career in that set a high bar for both pop and rock acts to follow, recording a songbook from which everyone can name at least one tune, Macca has remained a cool and steady figure, his sound constantly evolving sound while his sense of humor stays as strong as ever. Pushing 71, McCartney proves he still knows how to keep setting bars with his live performances and experimentations in sound. — By Brittany Spanos

Simone Dinnerstein + Tift Merritt
Le Poisson Rouge
Sunday, 6:30pm, $25/$30
Her self-produced 2005 recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which she performs tonight, made the pianist a breakout classical star (with Oprah’s help) in 2007. It should be fascinating to see if the controversial interpretive touches that set her recording on a par with Glenn Gould’s famous 1955 version, in the ears of many listeners, remain in place eight years later — By Richard Gehr

Sunday, 8pm, $27
As anyone who’s watched his videos can attest, Bilal Sayeed Oliver is not destined for motion-picture stardom: telegenic, he ain’t. But put this Philadelphian singer in a studio and he’ll emerge with hypnagogic odes to romance running at various temperatures. His songs inventively sweep together through neo-soul and lite-jazz flourishes; good thing he possesses a Swiss-Army knife of a voice. — By Raymond Cummings

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

Ben Rimalower
The Duplex
Saturday, 9:30pm; Sunday, 7pm, $20/$25
It’s fair to call this one-man outing cabaret’s longest-running hit, with the lean and eager monologist combines the tale of his passion for Patti LuPone (and ultimate escapades working alongside her) and the saga of life with a promiscuous gay dad. He’s funny and unflinching, and the result is harrowing hilarity. Miss this sui generis outcry at your peril. — By David Finkle

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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 7, 2013

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