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


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Monday, 6/10:

Paul McCartney
Barclays Center
8pm, $83.10-$349.40
After beginning his career setting a high bar for all pop and rock acts to follow, Macca has remained a cool and steady figure, his sound constantly evolving 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

Tuesday, 6/11:

Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, Nels Cline, & Shahzad Ismaily
Le Poisson Rouge
6pm & 9:30pm, $30
If your favorite slipstream guitarist reveals your personality, then the two shows Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, and Nels Cline perform tonight with multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily should offer an improvised musical Rorschach test with a high degree of accuracy. Frisell blends rural folk tropes with tightwire digital manipulations; master effects manipulator Cline helped transform Wilco from garden-variety country rockers into a force to be reckoned with; and Ribot balances exquisite accompanist sympathies (for Waits, Costello, Plant and Krauss, etc.) with the insolent provocations of his group Ceramic Dog. Expect them to goad and seduce one another into all manner of mischief. And it’s surely no coincidence that the boys have invited the marvelous harp extremist Zeena Parkins and saxophonist Matana Roberts to open their early and later shows, respectively. — By Richard Gehr

The New Mastersounds
Pier 81
8pm, $30
Over 14 years and ten albums, this party-powering Leeds quartet has been repurposing vintage American jazz-funk, the tradition embracing Meters, Grant Green, Donald Byrd, etc., with as much gumption and dispatch as their mid-’60s Brit-blues ancestors. Fans of Soulive, the Greyboy All-Stars, and Lettuce will know precisely where they’re coming from, and this three-hour concert cruise offers a most scenic way to hop onboard. — By Richard Gehr

Wednesday, 6/12:

Tig Notaro + Jeff Richmond + Robert Randoloph
The Greene Space at WNYC
7pm, $7
While WNYC’s John Schaefer-hosted “Soundcheck” attracts a diverse array of performers to its studio, tonight’s ticketed Greene Space confluence of music and comedy is particularly inspired. Previously noteworthy for her hilarious routine about ’80s belter Taylor Dayne, Tig Notaro blew the comedy world’s collective mind last year with a half-hour set in Los Angeles (released simply as Live) about her recent cancer diagnosis and the insanity of God. Then there’s 30 Rock’s Jeff Richmond, the producer who also composed the late, lamented show’s caffeinated music. And finally, “sacred steel” guitarist Robert Randoloph plays his popularized version of the electrifying gospel sound that emerged from a group of Pentecostal churches–which might not make you laugh but will surely make you happy. — By Richard Gehr

Devendra Banhart
Town Hall
8pm, $30-$35
Hirsute hippie Devendra Banhart has been the (accidental or otherwise) poster boy of New Weird America for years now, his homemade sound mixing Beatles-tinged psychadelia and whimsical lo-fi melodies with lyrics fit for a Salvador Dali therapy session. After a number of sprawling, genre-jumping albums, Banhart’s latest effort shows he’s perhaps a little more grown up but no less playful, leaning away from the “freak” part of “freak folk” in favor of immediate, nylon-stringed love songs written with humor and grace. — By Sarah Madges

Thursday, 6/13:

Body/Head + Majical Cloudz + Foreplay
Saint Vitus
8pm, $15
“Free spectral echo-drone, with ululations” is the name of Body/Head’s no-leashes-on-floors game. Together, guitarist Bill Nace (Vampire Belt, various one-offs) and guitarist/singer Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) co-sign a meandering atonality that’s more exciting than anything either musician has pursued in the last several years. In addition to releases on Ultra Ezcema, Open Mouth, and Ecstatic Peace!, riveting live footage exists on YouTube, but we’re waiting with baited breath for a proper debut LP. — By Raymond Cummings

Friday, 6/14:

Carly Rae Jepsen
Central Park, Rumsey Playfeld
7am, free
It’s been over a year, and “Call Me Maybe” is most likely still stuck in your head. The most guilt-free way to satisfy your love of catchy bubblegum pop this summer is the GMA Summer Concert Series, which will allow fans both secret and open to scream along to Carly Rae Jepsen’s massive 2012 hit amongst a sea of early-risers in the middle of Central Park. While you’re busting out your best parody of the lyrics, get acquainted with the rest of her delightful Kiss and make plans to see her at a later hour, maybe? — By Brittany Spanos

Black Flag + The Men + Good for You + The Netherlands
7pm, $32
It’s easy to forget that Black Flag existed before and after Henry Rollins, but the recently reformed line-up featuring founder and guitarist Greg Ginn alongside vocalist Ron Reyes, who began performing with them in the late ’70s, is here to catch you up. To help solidify this reunion, the band have a new album in the works and a tour that will bring together punks old and new ones to tear up venues across America. — By Brittany Spanos

Mavis Staples + Cody ChestnuTT
Prospect Park Bandshell
7:30pm, free
Husky-voiced gospel powerhouse Mavis Staples, 73, started out sharing stages with the Dixie Hummingbirds and Soul Stirrers until venerable “Pops” Staples realized that ’60s rock contained at least as much spirit. Her two recent Jeff Tweedy-produced albums continue to deliver the transcendent goods. Cody Chesnutt channeled his inner Marvin Gaye on last year’s Landing on a Hundred. — By Richard Gehr

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