The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 7/8/13


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Monday, 7/8:

Katie Got Bandz
Public Assembly
7pm, $12-$20
Chief Keef got the $6 million deal and Chance the Rapper has the best received mixtape of the year, but don’t sleep on Katie Got Bandz, another Chicago kid with a lot to say and loud beats to say it over. Tonight, for whatever reason, she plays the–don’t forget the hashtag–#BrooklynOnDeck2 party at Williamsburg’s Public Assembly, joining a lineup of unknowns before a crowd of the city’s most passionate rap fans. Years ago, an out-of-towner like Katie would have gotten booed back to Port Authority; tonight, she’ll get the hero’s welcome she deserves. — By Nick Murray

Tuesday, 7/9:

Bass Drum of Death + The So So Glos + Baked
The Glasslands Gallery
8:30pm, $10
For the blues-loving American public, Oxford, Mississippi is the gift that keeps on giving. Its latest product, Bass Drum of Death, feels organic and natural amidst a sea of steel and electronic musical peers. A little bit DIY garage rock and a little bit lo-fi, Bass Drum was the one man project of John Barrett until he went out on tour and added members. A collaboration with an Odd Future affiliate, MellowHype, and a sophomore release on the trendy LA art label Innovative Leisure have assured that the wailing harmonies and rambunctious guitars of this band will soon be ubiquitous. — By Caitlin White

The Mowgli’s
Bowery Ballroom
9pm, $15
They just released Waiting for the Dawn, but a quick listen to this peppy southern California band might misplace them among ’90s-era alternative rock circa 1997, when TRL seemed to have a strict no worrying policy. Maybe these Jungle Book-loving rockers didn’t get the memo about the pity party that followed, but it’s refreshing to hear crackling pop with a love conquers all aesthetic and a propulsive beat. “San Francisco,” with its “can you feel the love” mantra in the chorus, is a decent entry in contention for song of the summer. — By Aidan Levi

The Polyphonic Spree
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9pm, $18/$20
The spirit of over-the-top ’70s vocal groups like the Fifth Dimension persists in Tim DeLaughter’s Dallas-based, 22-member sunshine-pop chorus. The resilient Spree pummels its underminers with vintage pep on the new Yes, It’s True. Let’s hope the great Bones Howe gets a chance to work his production magic on these pups someday. With Harper Simon and AVAVA. — By Richard Gehr

Calixto Oviedo and Calixto’s Way
Jazz Standard
7:30 & 9:30pm, $20
The Standard’s “New Dimensions in Latin Jazz” launches a Cuban-drummers series with the US debut of a master percussionist steeped in virtually every island style. The former trapster with timba creators NG La Banda leads an all-Cuban quintet that includes Carlos Averhoff Jr. (saxophone), Gustavo Ramirez (piano), Armando Gola (bass), and Mauricio Herrera (percussion). — By Richard Gehr

Wednesday, 7/10:

Cyndi Lauper + Hunter Valentine
Beacon Theatre
8pm, $35-$100
Cyndi Lauper has never stopped being quite so unusual: Thirty years after the release of her debut album set a high bar for quirky ’80s pop, Lauper has moved to Broadway, where Kinky Boots, which she scored, recently took home the Tony for best musical. But Cyndi never quite forgets how it all began, and that’s why she’s celebrating that aforementioned anniversary with a tour featuring her playing She’s So Unusual in its entirety. There’s nothing unusual about that. — By Brittany Spanos

Anna von Hausswolff
The Glasslands Gallery
8:30pm, $10
When Anna von Hausswolff makes her North America debut tonight, she probably won’t be accompanied by the mighty and majestic pipe organ of Gothenburg, Sweden’s Annedals church, which she plays throughout her deeply moving second album, Ceremony. A beautiful, elegiac song cycle inspired by the death of her grandfather, Ceremony alternates long instrumental interludes, sometimes evoking Pink Floyd and Ennio Morricone, with vocals reminiscent of Kate Bush and PJ Harvey. She studies architecture at Copenhagen’s Royal Academy of Art, and there’s an architectonic quality to tracks like “Liturgy of Light” and “Epitaph of Theodor.” The daughter of conceptual artist and sonic experimentalist Carl Michael von Hausswolff, she bends the borders of Nordic pop throughout. — By Richard Gehr

Thursday, 7/11:

Webster Hall
7:30pm, $18
Although London post-punk agitators Savages have moments where they seethe with primal urgency, they’re anything but savages. Hell, the cover of their debut full-length,Silence Yourself, bears a sort of call-to-arms to “recompose ourselves” and at least one concert, they posted a sign that asked fans to “silence your phones,” both of which are hardly anarchic. But what we can’t argue with is their vivid interpretation of Siouxie-cum-Patti wails and jangly Killing Joke riffs, both of which sound more sincere than most of the early 2000s Brooklyn post-punk bands who ripped the same influences. — By Kory Grow

Generationals + Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside + Waxahatchee
Pier 83
5pm, free
Although New Orleans isn’t necessarily known for its indie pop acts, the Generationals might be catchy and psychedelic enough to change that. Mixing longer, jammy guitar lines with catchy pop hooks and lo-fi production, their ability to channel Brit-pop, ’50s California vibes, and even doo-wop speaks to both their eclectic tastes and skillful blending abilities. What at first sounds like fairly standard lo-fi fare will sneak up on you.– By Caitlin White

Friday, 7/12:

Hair Police + Pharmakon + Alberich
285 Kent Ave
8pm, $10/$12
Reconstituted after a five-year absence, the pathogen-infested noise of Kentucky’s Hair Police (hear: new album Mercurial Rites, on Type) feels more potent and idiosyncratic than ever. Where they once cast foreboding shadows, the trio’s hauntings now come with actual teeth attached. Somehow they’ve figured out how to channel their quirks–scary-movie atmospheres, skin-crawling vocals–artfully and effectively into compelling pissed-shorts dread. — By Raymond Cummings

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