The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 6/21/2013


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Friday, 6/21

Amadou & Miriam + Bombino
Prospect Park Bandshell
7:30pm, free
Amadou Bagayoko plays nasty vamping blues beside wife Mariam Doumbia, a pepper-voiced chanteuse. The fact that the blind couple from Mali has the onstage presence of stately Tiresias only adds to their allure. And among the many robed and scarved Tuareg guitarists to boogie their way out of the Sahara in recent years, no one plays a badder ax than Omara “Bombino” Moctar. — By Richard Gehr

Lord Huron
Webster Hall
7pm, $20
Proof that folk music isn’t just for the backwoods anymore, the LA-based group was built-out by Ben Schneider when his solo project grew too unwieldy for a single musician. In the capable hands of his now expansive band, Schneider and his cohort created a warm and soothing debut entitled Lonesome Dreams. It doesn’t break any new ground or tear down any walls, but the songs are warm and well crafted and Schneider’s voice has enough hues in it to make classic folk tropes sound colorfully modern. — By Caitlin White

Rogue Wave + Caveman
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9pm, $20
Born out of a “screw it, the economy sucks, let’s start a band” mentality, Rogue Wave generate a blissfully pleasant sound that lands somewhere between Simon & Garfunkel softness and the Shins-type folk pop jangle. Unsurprisingly, the group comes from laidback Oakland, CA and their catchy, vocally-driven melodies have landed themselves across tons of film and TV soundtracks. With a ’90s indie slacker feel, and a dreamy but compact iteration, it would be hard to have a bad time at one of their shows. — By Sarah Madges

‘The Bunker’ w/ Regis + Lee Gamble + Keith Fullerton Whitman + Laurel Halo
K&K Super Buffet
11pm, $15/$20
As founder of Birmingham label Downwards and revivified as a member of depressive collective Sandwell District, Regis has left an unremittingly bleak mark on twenty years of electronic music. Tonight, he headlines the most floor-friendly contribution to PAN_ACT, the ongoing festival organized by Berlin-based experimentalists PAN and the Issue Project Room. Also featured are Lee Gamble, who in 2012 frankensteined a homage to UK jungle using his collected cassettes, and Laurel Halo, whose skittish techno productions carry as much emotional depth as her unadorned voice. The weird part? It’s all going down in a Chinese super buffet. — By Aaron Gonsher

ZZ Ward
8pm, $15
The bluesy woodworkings of ZZ Ward’s voice make it easy to compare her to the female powerhouse soul singers of yore, but there’s so much country twang and hip-hop underpinnings to her sound that basic parallels fall away. With her debut Till the Casket Drops, the girl born Zsuszsanna Eva Ward showed that the line between hip-hop and the blues is effortlessly erasing itself. Pairings like Kendrick Lamar and Freddie Gibbs prove her chops, but Ward’s voice needs no proof–it stands alone like a force of nature. — By Caitlin White

Saturday, 6/22:

Dawes + Shovels & Rope
Terminal 5
8pm, $27.50
Emerging from the shambles of former project Simon Dawes, brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith shortened the name and kept on making harmony-heavy, relatable folk rock. Now off the release of their third studio album, they’ve made themselves an Americana staple with their emotional storytelling, cutting tales of loss and crucial, and detailed love songs. Expect crescendos and lulls both lyrically and musically, but even as the songs crash and roll, the granular poetics rub in all the right ways. — By Caitlin White

Femi Kuti and the Positive Force + Sinkane + King Britt
Central Park
7pm, free
Fela Kuti’s elder son used to throw down a less politically outspoken and musically more economical version of his late father’s Afrobeat, but Femi’s more recent lyrics are consistently engaged and enraged, and his best tunes contain nearly as many memorably massive horn riffs and polyrhythmic epiphanies as Fela’s side-long workouts. Don’t discount the mighty Positive Force band and its gyrating dancers, either. — By Richard Gehr

Fleetwood Mac
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Sure, Fleetwood Mac recently reissued their 1977 mega-hit album Rumours in hundred-dollar deluxe configurations with T-shirts and posters and a couple droplets of the witch juju Stevie Nicks used to withstand the rise of punk. And sure, the Big Mac has served up over 100 million LPs in sales worldwide. But all this still doesn’t really explain why the classic lineup (sans Christine McVie) is touring for the second time in a decade with no new album, despite having songs written. Rumor is, though, that they’ll play two new ones. The rest will just have to be hits. — By Kory Grow

Multiple Venues
12pm, free
Yes, another New York City music festival, but no, this one is kind of different: Instead of the same groups and stars that play all the other big festivals around the country, Hillstock brings together a weekend’s worth of indie bands, and instead of walking across a muddy field from the Ford Motors stage to the Coors Light stage, you get to travel across Clinton Hill locations like Free Candy and Putnam Triangle Plaza. The highlight, though, will be today’s free, all-day block party, where reunited local boys Aa (Big A Little a) will rub shoulders with Bushwick punks Gunfight!, the lo-fi shoegazers of pow wow!, and plenty more. No $10 hot dogs, but there will be the Van Leeuwen Ice Cream truck. — By Nick Murray

Sunday, 6/23:

Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7:30pm, $37.50-$152.50
For the past four decades or so, rock snobs have picked on Rush for their proggy sci-fi lyrics and temperamental, OCD-like syncopations. But as of April, the joke is on them, since the Canadian hard rockers are now members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tonight, with some degree of vindication in tow, the trio will prove its worth, playing two sets of radio hits, rock-opera snippets, new cuts and, of course, drum solos. — By Kory Grow

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