The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 6/28/2013


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Friday, 6/28:

Eleanor Friedberger + Teen + Cassandra Jenkins
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9pm, $15/$17
Two summers ago, Eleanor Friedberger’s Last Summer was practically a revelation. Previously known only as half of the Fiery Furnaces, a reliable, brother-sister indie rock duo hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, Last Summer saw Friedberger writing personal, accessible tunes filled with both hooks and detail. This summer, her “Stare at the Sun,” on her new album, Personal Record, is the sort of effortless warm-weather jam that her old band continuously attempted but could never quite nail. This time, the details–turning off the cab TV, books on phone–fit into a story about a would-be ex who she knows will return. Who wouldn’t? With TEEN and Cassandra Jenkins. — By Nick Murray

Jimmy Webb
The Cutting Room
8pm, $40/$45
The songwriting scuttlebutt is that he wrote his first top 10 click, “Didn’t We?” when he was 17 or 19 or 20. However old he was, he has had the chops to turn out idiosyncratic hits maybe since the cradle: After all, he’s the guy composed “Wichita Lineman” and then turned around towrite “MacArthur Park.” And though Richard Harris might have sung the latter up to the top of the charts and Glen Campbell might have taken the former to the same peak, Jimmy Webb remains the best Jimmy Webb interpreter going. — By David Finkle

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

Wayne Shorter
Town Hall
8pm, $47-$152
The jazz giant turns 80 in August, a milestone he’s marking early with an all-star birthday concert featuring collaborators past and present. This comes on the heels of Without a Net, a recently released live album that combines various incarnations of Shorter: the acoustic, the electric, the great improviser, and the nonpareil composer. Shorter has made a career of flying by nets, cutting his teeth with Art Blakey and Miles Davis, forecasting future sounds with Weather Report, and penning more contemporary jazz standards than anyone short of Thelonious Monk. With Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Dave Douglas, and other jazz luminaries. — By Aidan Levy

Old 97’s
Brooklyn Bowl
Friday & Saturday, 8pm, $15
Rhett Miller has been rollerskating around the edge of fame for approximately two decades now, and the Old 97s are all the better for it. Creating albums too diverse, uncategorizable, and earnest to enumerate or to ever break through into the mainstream, Miller and his band have been quietly making alt-country rock that walks down the same roads as artists like John Prine. Relentlessly prolific in both his solo career and with this band, Rhett and the Old 97s deliver story songs with swing, twang, and restlessness rolled into a their own down-home gospel. — By Caitlin White

Saturday, 6/29:

The Village Voice’s 4Knots Music Festival
South Street Seaport, Pier 17
1pm, free
After hosting Titus Andronicus and the Black Angels in 2011 and Archers of Loaf and The Drums in 2012, the Voice’s own 4Knots festival returns to the South Street Seaport with–in our unbiased opinion–its best lineup yet. Philly rocker Kurt Vile headlines, but get there early for sets by noise-turned-roots fivesome the Men, fretboard hero Marnie Stern, Canadian punks White Lung, and Brooklyn indie dudes Parquet Courts. Get there even earlier for Fat Tony, Hunters, and The Babies, and then head to the Music Hall of Williamsburg to see Lil B headline the official after-party. — By Nick Murray

‘The Village Voice 4Knots Afterparty’ w/ Lil B
Music Hall of Williamsburg
8pm, $20
One might think of Lil B as an ocean of free-associative emo rap: Andrew W.K.-aspirational, endlessly voluble, characteristically manic. The Berkley MC, performing tonight at the Voice‘s 4Knots afterparty, peels off mixtapes like most heads change underwear–most missives tiny, lapping waves in a veritable sea of them. Tidal swells are besides the point in a cult of personality-based paradigm where positivity trumps technique, and where you fall in the gulf between willful, constant immersion, and “just dipping in an occasional toe” into his no-holds barred id flow may say something about your psychological state. — By Raymond Cummings

Martyrdoom Festival
Public Assembly
7:30pm, $20-$27
As a showcase of some of the beyond-underground extreme-metal bands who have been gestating for years deep in the earth’s crevices, the inaugural Martyrdoom Festival is taking over both stages of Brooklyn’s Public Assembly. The 11 bands range from Lyndhurst, New Jersey’s Evoken, who play a subgenre of doom metal so slow, horrific, and gothic that fans call it “funeral doom”–to as far away as Athens, Greece, in the case of anti-Christian death metallers Dead Congregation, who will go on just around midnight. The fest’s other black-clad proselytizers include a list of names that look like a biblical bar menu: Kommandant, Father Befouled, Grave Miasma, Encoffination, Cruciamentum, Anu, Sanguis Imperem, Prosanctus Inferi, and Perdition Temple — By Kory Grow

Cold Cave
285 Kent Ave
8pm, $15
As Cold Cave, Wesley Eisold has had to evade the weight of his own musical references while emulating codified genres such as ’80’s new wave, post-industrial, and morose synth-pop. On the strength of debut LP Love Comes Close, Eisold managed to get signed to Matador, subsequently dropped, and has since released a series of compelling EPs that further established him as a bombastic and self-aware new wave acolyte. Ignore the sweltering weather and wear black leather when he plays 285 Kent Avenue, with support from Boyd Rice and NON. — By Aaron Gonsher

Sunday, 6/30:

Sharon Van Etten + Kurt Vile + Richard Lloyd + Marshall Crenshaw + Pete Yorn + Mike Mills
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
7pm, free
Recorded in 1974 but not released until ’78, Big Star’s Third (also released as Sister Lovers) is The Velvet Underground & Nico of indie rock: Not many people heard it, but the ones who did all decided it would be a good idea to record guitar songs of their own. Tonight at Central Park, a group of artists who were proven right–a cast including Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Television’s Richard Lloyd, Marshall Crenshaw, Pete Yorn, and R.E.M.’s Mike Mills–assemble to pay tribute to the beloved record. If nothing else, it’s a chance to prepare for the upcoming Big Star documentary, Nothing Can Hurt Me, which opens at IFC on July 3. — By Nick Murray

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