The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 7/26/13


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Friday, 7/26:

Mother Feather + Taurus
The Glasslands Gallery
8:30pm, $10
So what exactly is “pop cock-rock”? The best way to find out is by catching Mother Feather, the self-professed purveyors of the genre, live. In the meantime, their self-titled EP has a collection of raw rock ‘n’ roll tracks that yield the glitz of ’70s glam, the punch of ’80s hair metal, and a punky grit that only New York bands can pull off, and it’s all tied together in a pretty fashionable package. Their Glasslands show also serves as a release party for two songs from their upcoming Living/Breathing EP on 7″ vinyl in a limited run of only 200 copies released from their new home Tiger Blanket Records. It will be a party not worth missing. — By Brittany Spanos

Sinéad O’Connor
Alice Tully Hall
Friday & Saturday, 8pm, $50-$120
Irish anti-Pope, pro-pop musician Sinéad O’Connor is more than just controversy, a symbolically shaved head, and one amazing Prince cover–she’s, at the very least, about nine emotionally raw and melodically compelling albums more. Her bluesy, harrowing voice carries songs over waves of somber piano chords or and acoustic strums. Whether you’re turned off by her lack of a censor and the largely public deterioration of her psyche, there’s no denying that her songs can command a room. — By Sarah Madges

.WAVs Hudson River Tour
Pier 81
7pm, $30
Just ask Little Big Town: Nothing says summer like making waves and catching rays during an evening cruise. Of course, it’s unlikely that you’ll hear any Little Big Town on tonight’s .WAVs Hudson River Tour, but with a lineup that includes Switch (who produced tracks for M.I.A. and, once upon a time, Major Lazer), Neon Indian (the early chillwaver who will be trying his hand at DJing), and Grandmaster Flash (the early DJ who better not try his hand at chillwave), it’s also unlikely that you’ll voice any complaints. Even openers like Octo Octa and Cousin Cole should kill it–back on land, the latter’s Tambourine Dream mixtape has soundtracked many late-night roof hangs. — By Nick Murray

Kristin Hersh
Rubin Museum of Art
7pm, $30/$35
As part of the Rubin Museum’s “Naked Soul” series–designed to allow fans to “hear artists as they really sound”–alt-rock icon Kristin Hersh will perform an all-acoustic set of her particular brand of mind-bending (and occasionally sanity-challenging) rock. It’s a notable show in part because the sometime Throwing Muses and 50 Foot Wave musician since she performs a lot less frequently in recent years, likely due to the fact that, as her Twitter bio states, she’s a “musician, writer, mother of four boys.” — By Kory Grow

Trampled by Turtles + The Devil Makes Three + Brown Bird
Prospect Park Bandshell
7pm, free
Bluegrass is alive and well in 2013, and one of the primary purveyors of the classic genre is Minnesota’s Trampled By Turtles. Originally started as a side project, the group has grown to become one of the only “bluegrass” acts that the mainstream even acknowledges. Frontman Dave Simonett’s country-warmed voice delivers rebellious, whirling folk that fiddled and fought its way into existence, so expect plenty of love-lost stories and fierce fiddle solos that seem almost impossible in their speed. — By Caitlin White

Saturday, 7/27:

Bob Dylan + Wilco + Beck + Ryan Bingham
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
5:30pm, $39.50-$89.50
Over the past 25 years, Bob Dylan has played more than 2,500 concerts of his craggily voiced classics on what has anecdotally been dubbed a Never Ending Tour. Tonight, the septuagenarian’s journey continues for the Americanarama Festival of Music, a fitting title for Dylan, as the last 50 years have seen him traverse mostly American-born styles like country, blues, gospel, and, of course, folk and rock. Joining him at Jones Beach are three artists who each owe some debt to Dylan’s Americana: experimental indie-folk sextet Wilco, alt-rocker Beck, and the young ‘un of the group, 32-year-old roots rocker Ryan Bingham. It’s a diverse enough cast of characters to make for a good Dylan song. — By Kory Grow

Bushwick Block Party
Multiple venues
12pm, free
With every condo that goes up in Williamsburg, it’s nice to know there’s a less-developed Brooklyn neighborhood that still stands for good values like tasty pizza and awesome music. The Bushwick Block Party, now in its fourth year, plans to take it up a few notches this go-round with an unprecedented amount of good vibes. In a one-block radius, organizers are throwing a massive pizza party, presented by Roberta’s, and other delectables from Crif Dogs, Red Hook Lobster, and more. Vans hosts a skate demo and gives out free T-shirts. Action Bronson serves as headliner, with other performances by Picture Plane, Jamaican Queens, and Tiki Disco. — By Araceli Cruz

Sunday, 7/28:

The Gaslight Anthem + The Hold Steady
Pier 26
5pm, $35
The Gaslight Anthem disproves the general maxim that consistent, dependable guys finish last. Since 2006 they’ve churned out album after album of heartland punk and classic rock, the kind where Springsteen-style lonely guitar and reverberating, charismatic vocals swell into larger-than-life choruses. Brian Fallon’s reportedly been scribbling new songs in the back of the tour bus, channeling some Neil Young and Led Zeppelin into the mix, so expect a solid show. — By Sarah Madges

The Asphalt Orchestra plays the Pixies
Lincoln Center Damrosch Park Bandshell
6:30pm, free
The Kronos Quartet turns 40 and the Pixies’ Surfer Rosa turns 25 this year. Emerging from that coincidence is the world premiere of the 12-piece Asphalt Orchestra marching band’s instrumental rendition of the Pixies’ grunge-launching debut album, with choreography by Jordana Che Toback, during a celebration of America’s most accessible experimental string quartet. With its big beats and memorable melodies, Surfer Rosa turns out to be a regular Tusk of its decade. Tonight’s grand finale of this week’s Kronos at 40 programs also includes newly commissioned works by Jherek Bischoff, Amon Tobin, the National’s Bryce Dessner, and Dan Deacon, whose Four Faces of Conflict will be illuminated with the help of fans and a mobile app. Don’t miss the pre-concert plaza sets by the Asphalts and Jacob Garchik’s nine-trombone group, the Heavens. — By Richard Gehr

‘All Day I Dream’ w/ Lee Burrdige
The Well
3pm, $30
All Day I Dream parties began on a baking Brooklyn rooftop and have since become an international concern, spurred on by Lee Burridge and his DJ partner Matthew Dekay’s signature technicolor emotionalism, the sort that’s all too rare in New York, where the dominant scenes of the moment emphasize degradation and willful distortion. Burridge is a fine DJ who typically plays for the full length of the ADID parties, and the crowd is made up of wayward Burning Man devotees and plenty of others willing to temporarily indulge in dress-up and enjoy tacos with the tunes floating in the open air. — By Aaron Gonsher

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