The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 6/24/13


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Monday, 6/24:

Lita Ford and the Les Paul Trio
8pm, $55
This party isn’t on a Saturday night, but hopefully you’ll get more out of this Les Paul Monday than knowing that you like dancing with Lita. After a stint with the Runaways and a successful solo career that solidified her place in not just metal but rock ‘n’ roll, Ford has remained a powerhouse musician while holding on to her signature edge and bite. With her latest solo album, Living Like a Runaway, having been released last year, Ford proves she’s still capable of being a rough and tough guitar hero, and catching that live is something rock fans shouldn’t miss. — By Brittany Spanos

Tuesday, 6/25:

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers w/ Edie Brickell
Town Hall
8pm, $57-$87.50
Martin shouldn’t quit his day job–who else would you cast for the affable, somewhat awkward father–but he shouldn’t quit his night one either.

Wednesday, 6/26:

Rufus and Martha Wainwright
Howard Gilman Opera
7:30pm, $45-$300
In 2010, folk singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle passed away from clear-cell sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. Her children, singer-songwriters Rufus and Martha Wainwright, have held various events to keep their mother’s name alive and raise awareness about sarcoma. Last week, they released Sing Me the Songs, a double-disc CD containing highlights from their tribute concerts to her, and tonight, they’re holding another one, under the name Kate’s Kids, to raise money for the Kate McGarrigle Foundation, which aides sarcoma research. Joining the Wainwrights at the show will be a star-studded list of their friends, including Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris, Mark Ronson, and Kate’s sister Jane, among others. — By Kory Grow

Courtney Love + Starred
8pm, $39.50
Of all the tongue-in-cheek things Courtney Love has ever done, the most audacious might have been titling her 2004 solo album America’s Sweetheart. Even as a daughter of the irony-addled ’90s, Love is America’s sweetheart in only the kitschiest way, since the musician’s other job titles include provocateur, instigator, and lightning rod. The fact that she put out classic albums like Hole’s 1994 mopey masterpiece Live Through This and later scored Top 10 radio singles with “Celebrity Skin” and “Malibu” in the latter part of the decade seem almost as important as her reckless persona. But it’s in that meta-artistic realm where she might just be America’s sweetheart: an unpredictable, moving danger zone, staging occasionally shambolic, occasionally inspiring moments of performance art. So her return as a solo artist, after a short-lived Hole reunion, could be sweet indeed, depending on the day. — By Kory Grow

Machel Montano
Luxury Infinity Yacht
9pm, $65
Once the youngest ever winner of the Caribbean Song Festival, the Eurovision of the West Indies, Machel Montano is now 38, the biggest soca star of his lifetime, and as hot as ever: This year, he won the International Groovy Soca Monarch, the Mercury Prize of Trinidad, for his EDM-infused “The Fog,” and last year, he took home the same title for his EDM-spirited, completely irresistible “Mr. Fete.” Tonight, as part of S.O.B.’s Summer Splash series, he cools off with an evening cruise on the Hudson river. Though it may be tempting, we advise you not to jump overboard for a relaxing swim after he raises the BPMs with some sweaty, percussive power soca. — By Nick Murray

Thursday, 6/27:

Darren Criss + Theo Katzman
Roseland Ballroom
6:30pm, $25
When he’s not busy making Glee fans everywhere swoon as gel-haired, bow-tie wearing, and dapper Blaine Anderson, Darren Criss is flexing some less theatrical talents. Three years back, he released the “Human” EP and a set of adorkable YouTube videos of him singing Disney songs in his room, and now his massive tour around the country is selling out venues much bigger than his the bedroom that provided the setting for those vids. Ask politely, and he may serenade you with a song from The Little Mermaid, or at least an acoustic version of his memorable cover of “Teenage Dream.” — By Brittany Spanos

Andrew D’Angelo DNA Orchestra
ShapeShifter Lab
8pm, $15
The intrepid saxophonist convenes his big band sporadically, and fans of its trademark fervor wish it was a bit more frequently. Last time I caught ’em I was reminded how the boss allows melodies to pop up out of nowhere–one main theme might have competition from two or three spots. Ultimately it helps stoke the fire, as D’Angelo’s vehemence is a signature trait. — By Jim Macnie

Peter Frampton
Beacon Theater
8pm, $39.50-$125
Peter Frampton’s long, luscious locks may now just be a thing for the history books, but without his ’70s sex symbol looks people can finally focus on the fact that he’s a highly underrated guitar player. Tonight, he’ll play alongside some of classic rock’s most celebrated six-string heroes, for what he’s dubbed Frampton’s Guitar Circus. His special guest in New York is five-time Grammy Award-winning blues musician Robert Cray, and the show will also feature appearances by the Eagles’ former lead guitarist Don Felder and the Byrds’ mastermind Roger McGuinn. — By Kory Grow

Ian Pooley
10pm, $15
Long before popular behemoths began remaking the DJ in the image of rock stars, the craft was primarily honed over years of anonymous remixes and thankless touring. German producer Ian Pooley has been grinding it out for 20 years, and has the imprimatur of everyone from the Berlin-based dreamers Innervisions to robotic duo Daft Punk, who remixed Pooley’s 1990’s hit “Chord Memory.” Catch the fruit of his labors when Pooley plays all night at the Panther Room, a recent addition to Williamsburg nightclub Output. — By Aaron Gonsher

Friday, 6/28:

Unknown Mortal Orchestra + Bass Drum of Death
South Street Seaport, Pier 17
7pm, free
UMO haven’t been around for that long, but Ruban Nielson has managed to make their presence known. Years back, quitting music and leaving New Zealand ended up being the right move for the frontman, who took a day job and began to record lo-fi psychedelic basement jams for fun. Now, Nielson, bassist Jake Portrait and drummer Riley Geare have produced two critically acclaimed albums of noisey, twiggy jams designed to grow with repeated listens. — By Caitlin White

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