The Best Concerts in New York This Week, 7/1/13


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Tuesday, 7/2:

The Garifuna Collective and Danny Michel
Highline Ballroom
8pm, $15/$18
With the death of punta-rock star Andy Palacio in 2008, Belize’s Garifuna people lost their most compelling cultural spokesman. Six years later, the mellow, percussive Caribbean hybrid sound reemerges on two new albums and a post-Palacio ensemble reconfiguration. Canadian indie rocker Danny Michel, who discovered Belize’s punta and paranda rhythms during a winter Central America sojourn, will at some point tonight front the latter. — By Richard Gehr

One Direction
IZOD Center
7pm, $36-$86
The last time Louis, Liam, Niall, Harry, and Zayn came to the tri-state area, the East coast erupted with a heated fervor unmatched since, well, the last wave of cute and barely legal boy bands hit the tri-state area. But maybe not every boy band gets a special store attached to Madison Square Garden called 1D World filled with their faces emblazoned on a variety of (mostly) useless products. As many groups of a similar schtick before them, One Direction has made a name for themselves by doing everything they can to make you fall in love with them. Whether they’re reminding you how beautiful you are (“What Makes You Beautiful”; “Little Things”) or very simply stating what they want to do with you (“Kiss You”; “Rock Me”), it’s hard to ignore their boyish charm and angelic voices, even if admitting that they in making you fall hard for them. — By Brittany Spanos

Wednesday, 7/3:

Souls of Mischief
8pm, $25-$45
Two decades ago, a quartet of high-school friends from Oakland released its debut album, the long-sighted ’93 ’til Infinity, and its chill lyrics and sparse production helped make it a bona-fide hip-hop classic. Since then, the group has tested the latter part of that album title ad infinitum (pun only partially intended) and their last three records (including their most recent, the Prince Paul-produced Montezuma’s Revenge, which is a far better listen than the title will have you believe) have failed to reach the Top 200. Tonight’s concert, however, will focus almost entirely on 1993, when the group plays their classic LP in its entirety. — By Kory Grow

Cornelia Street Cafe
8:30pm, $20
Michael Attias’ beguilingly mercurial trio is one of those bands that give delicacy a good name. Like Air, the reeds-bass-drums outfit dedicates as much room to extended hushes as they do knotty expressionism, giving their sound an almost ghostly vibe. As it gracefully insinuates itself, the music gathers more and more depth. — By Jim Macnie

Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine
Bowery Ballroom
9pm, $35-$60
It’s recommended that you temporarily raise your capacity for irony when you’re going to see Richard Cheese–the alter ego of comedian Mark Davis specializes in profane and alcohol-fueled Las Vegas lounge lizard versions of popular songs by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Slayer, and Britney Spears, all without spilling a sip of his martini. Cheese has had numerous albums over the years, earning a fan base devoted enough to pay $60 for advance tickets to this show at the Bowery ballroom. Consider him the the Weird Al Yankovic of big band jazz. — By Aaron Gonsher

Thursday, 7/4:

Glenn Jones + D. Charles Speer and the Helix
Silent Barn
3pm, $10
This new school American Primitive guitarist is a flawless fingerpicker known for diverse open tunings and other harmonic alternatives. His recently released fifth solo album, Garden State, is an elegiac gem inspired by a son’s bittersweet ruminations on his ailing mother and New Jersey motherland. With the joint spirits of Charles Ives and John Fahey in attendance, the Fourth can’t get much more independent. With D. Charles Speer and the Helix. — By Richard Gehr

Friday, 7/5:

Imagine Dragons
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
7am, free
Imagine Dragons hail from a little old dusty, craggy town in Utah, so they know how to take the bleached bones of indie rock, electronica, and pop and transform it into something fit to soundtrack desert nights. Their single “Radioactive” is one of the highest charting songs in the country right now, so even if your hipster Brooklyn friends give you a blank look when you mention its name, most of the country has already been nodding their head to the slow-tempo beats of their 2013 release Night Visions. Helmed by Grammy darling producer Alex Da Kid, the quartet are well on their way to arena fame. — By Caitlin White

Octo Octa + Anthony Naples
Cameo Gallery
11:59pm, $12/$15
Brooklyn-based Michael Boudry-Morrison is the rising purveyor of hushed house who translated experiences with panic attacks and social anxiety into his gorgeous debut LP Between Two Selves, which came out in early July on California-based label 100% Silk. Boudry-Morrison plays live, layering tremulous vocal samples and an ageless palette drawn from rugged house, providing experience is altogether more poignant than is usually expected on the dance floor. The extended jam “Come Closer” has the potential to rule parties all summer, and this show with Mister Saturday Night wunderkind Anthony Naples DJing is not to be missed. — By Aaron Gonsher

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