The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 7/12/13


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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

Saturday, 7/13:

Mindless Behavior + OMG Girlz + Coco Jones + Young Marqus
Beacon Theatre
8pm, $50-$60
“They say we dance like the Jacksons, all we missing is Tito,” sing boyband Mindless Behavior on a glitchy r&b banger that strikes my grown ears as more Chris Brown than Motown. Breakout hit “My Girl,” on the other hand, is pure teenpop, a middle school love song that grabs the rolling synths from Young Money’s “Bedrock” and updates MJ’s ABC’s to include a more modern alphabet, with one of the four boys suggesting that his sweetie hit him back “with the less-than symbol, number three.” They certainly won’t need to explain what they mean to rap trio OMG Girlz, who open the show. — By Nick Murray

‘Vans Warped Tour’
Nassau Coliseum
What happens when an annual music festival becomes older that its average attendee? If the Warped Tour is any indication, not much. Now in its 18th year, the event returns to–where else?–Long Island with more punk, pop-punk, emo-punk, hardcore-punk, and electro-punk bands than I care to count. Of note: “Ohio is for Lovers” dudes Hawthorne Heights, Canadian tear-jerkers Silverstein, Ke$ha collaborators 3OH!3, “melodic metalcore” screamers We Came as Romans, and Reel Big Fish, the Cali ska band that played the first-ever Warped Tour back in ’96. Hey, Mom and Dad have to listen to something. — By Nick Murray

Spicy Rizzaks + Coastal Drag
The Mercury Lounge
7:30pm, free
In the early 2000s, garage rockers Spicy Rizzaks paraded their scuzzy, shambolic mix of Cramps-like howls, blues-rawk guitar licks lifted from any number of Nuggets tracks and some euphoric call-and-response backup vocals around the Lower East Side. Although they broke up in 2004, they played enough gigs to have a turkey-bacon-cheddar concoction named after them at L.E.S. lunch mainstay Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop. Tonight, they reunite in part to celebrate the posthumous release of their sole LP, Endgame. — By Kory Grow

‘Dracula’ w/ Philip Glass + Kishi Bashi
Prospect Park Bandshell
7:30pm, free
The last time Celebrate Brooklyn! programmed a screening of Tod Browning’s minimalist 1931 talkie Dracula, with the Kronos Quartet performing Philip Glass’s 1998 provided score in person, a torrential thunderstorm drove the audience out of Prospect Park after only 15 minutes. Seven years later, the Philip Glass Ensemble, with the composer on keyboards, will take another stab at Bela Lugosi’s surprisingly low-key man in black. Where Browning’s original score contains only pieces of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger, Glass has filled in another hour’s worth of music with trademarked three-note arpeggios and repeated motifs, which should at the very least limit outdoor audiences from talking during Browning’s iconic journey through Transylvanian tropes. Violinist-singer Kishi Bashi revs things up with his one-man collection of loops and beats. — By Richard Gehr

Sunday, 7/14:

Matthew Morrison
54 Below
Saturday, 11pm; Sunday, 3pm & 7pm, $65-$75
Long before he was Mr. Schuester on Glee, he was a B’way regular playing roles like South Pacific‘s Lieutenant Cable. Hence, of course, the Where It All Began title he’s given the new CD introed during this gig. Suave as can be and down to earth, he’ll undoubtedly be back on The Great White Way once the series takes it final bow. In the meantime, here he is, crooning sexily and moving fluidly to standards first heard in the show-bizzy neighborhood. — By David Finkle

Latin Alternative Music Conference
Multiple Venues
Friday through Sunday, various prices
Each year we attend the Latin Alternative Music Conference with one major goal in mind: to discover as much new music as possible. This year, a lot of our favorites are returning to the annual music party, including Mexican songstress Julieta Venegas, alternative cutie Natalia Lafourcade, and Barcelona’s electro-rockers the Pinker Tones, who are not to be missed. However, keep an eye out for LAMC newcomers such as Mexican indie pop-rock band Torreblanca, Caracas rockers Viniloversus, and Chilean electro-pop band Astro. And tonight, catch the free Summerstage showcase in Central Park with three captivating female singer-songwriters: Lila Downs, Natalia Clavier, and Pamela Rodriguez. Through Sunday, for a full lineup, panel schedule, locations, and admission, visit — By Araceli Cruz

Chris Schlarb
Cameo Gallery
8pm, $10
On Psychic Temple II, Schlarb’s terrific new album of boundary-dissolving jazz-pop, members of Xiu Xiu, the Mars Volta, and Cynic help the guitarist mix bucolic Amerijazzicana and hep soul-jazz pastiches with beautiful and ingenious rethinks of Zappa’s “Sofa No. 2,” Brian Wilson’s “‘Til I Die,” and even Joe Jackson’s “Steppin’ Out.” It’s all very thoughtful and very good. With Aaron Roche, Jeremiah Cymerman, The Flag. — By Richard Gehr

Fanfare Ciocarlia + Red Baraat
Central Park
3pm, free
Formed in 1996 when a German producer visiting a small Romanian town convinced several talented locals to band together, Fanfare Ciocarlia (meaning “skylark brass band”) has since become the world’s best-known Balkan/Romani band of its horn-driven ilk. The twelve-piece plays fast, exciting music that punctuates Turkish, Serbian, and Macedonian numbers with Bollywood and Western covers. Sunny Jain, whose double-headed dhol drum gives it its heartbeat, leads thunderous local drums-and-brass ensemble Red Baraat — By Richard Gehr

inc. + Kelela + Total Freedom
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9pm, $12/$15
The growing infatuation with electronica r&b seems to have reached its peak this year, and inc. have mastered that sound with uncanny ease. Although they debuted in 2010, it wasn’t until the release of their full-length No World that the brothers really gained critical attention. Drawing on lush ’80s beats and the dreamy sadness of modern electric projects, the brothers Aged round out their sound with soulful vocal lines that will have you swooning, sobbing, or both. — By Caitlin White

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