The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 7/29/13


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Monday, 7/29:

RiFF RaFF + Heems + Lakutis + Dirty South Joe
Highline Ballroom
8pm, $15/$18
After James Franco’s copycat Spring Breakers performance hit the silver screen, the profile of Texas rapper Jody Christian a/k/a RiFF RaFF became a hot button pop culture topic. A walking, breathing irony, many question whether or not the character is a piece of performance art designed to troll society. Regardless, his diversity at least adds a new element to the musical scene. Tonight, he will be opening for former Das Racist rapper Heems, and don’t be surprised if collaborate on something onstage. — By Caitlin White

Black Prairie + Michael Hurley
City Winery
8pm, $22-$28
When New Yorker writer Jon Mooallem asked his friends in Decemberists-spinoff bluegrass act Black Prairie to write a soundtrack to his book Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America, the group said “Why not?” Mooallem will join the band for its secret-lives-of-animals suite tonight. And don’t miss this rare local appearance by Michael Hurley, 71, whose droll wit and dry renderings of secret ür-hippie songwriting hoodoo has no peer in these United States. — By Richard Gehr

Tuesday, 7/30:

Vijay Iyer, Hprizm, & Matana Roberts
The Stone
8pm & 10pm, $10
Iyer begins a six day run here with the first of as many different lineups. Tonight, the inventive pianist is joined by Hprizm–a/k/a Kyle Austin, a/k/a High Priest of the Antipop Consortium–on electronics and Matana Roberts on sax. Expect fast-paced, improv-oriented sets blending eye-flickering beats with free-blowing sax and Iyer’s own pointillist pianistics. — By Richard Gehr

Beth Orton
Le Poisson Rouge
9pm, $30/$35
England’s Beth Orton is another artist that has been combining traditional acoustic and folk sounds with more modern, electronic production. Her spare, intensely personal lyrics are complemented by plinking piano notes and melancholy strings that add a jazzy element to the simple songs. Although she’s been around for a while and collaborated with her fair share of musicians–including Ryan Adams and the Chemical Brothers–it’s on her own that Orton shines, and 2012’s Sugaring Season is fresh and well timed. — By Caitlin White

People of the North
Death by Audio
7:30pm, $7
Bobby Matador and drummer Kid Million’s Oneida side project is devoted to the harsher, more abrasive, less melodic, and more challenging aspects of ritual psychedelia than their primary gig. Sort of a Tony Williams Lifetime on datura, People of the North explores the dark side of Krautrock and other nether regions in untethered, disorienting fashion on their new Sub Contra. Beware of caving walls of sound. — By Richard Gehr

Wednesday, 7/31:

Last Night at Maxwell’s
After 35 years of shows, Hoboken’s Maxwell’s–named for the coffee factory that was once a block away–ends poetically, with Richard Barone’s “a,” the band whose backroom rehearsals provided the restaurant with its first taste of live music, coming back to say good-bye. Why is such a storied venue closing? Booker and co-owner Todd Abramson cites the familiar culprits–rising rents and a changing nightlife culture where high-def TVs are valued over live rock ‘n’ roll. So tonight, turn off the tube and take the PATH to Hoboken’s most storied venue. The closing block party begins at 4, show at 8.– By Nick Murray

Thursday, 8/1:

SBTRKT + Nick Hook
10pm, $15-$35
The intentionally masked musings of electronic producer SBTRKT hit back in 2008 when neither electronic music’s resurgence nor anonymity were in vogue–in a way his career paved the way for the mystery of Rhye and the popularity of Disclosure. Pairing his house-heavy and dubstep-soul sounds with vocalists like Little Dragon and Jessie Ware, it was his frequent collaborator Sampha that really stuck. The sonic landscape now contains a number of acts like SBTRKT, but he was one of this electronic era’s pioneers and remains at the forefront of the movement. — By Caitlin White

Juan Atkins + Juan Maclean
It’s a tale of two Juans for this night at Meatpacking mainstay Cielo, but beyond first names these DJs share very little. Atkins was one of the “Belleville 3,” the trio whose mythology precedes them as the founders of American techno in Detroit way back when the city was solvent, while Maclean is a member of the DFA Records family experiencing a career renaissance as a deep house DJ, turning in his first BBC Essential Mix earlier this spring. The party is hosted by Rinsed, a nascent nightly that has so far boasted an admirably diverse slate of bookings. — By Aaron Gonsher

Jakwob + Little Daylight + Strange Talk + ASTR
Santos Party House
9pm, $10/$15
Little Daylight are a New York based synth pop trio on the verge of break-out. Their debut single “Overdose” was passed around the indie blogs like a shiny new toy, and the group quickly became a buzz band on the local scene. Releasing their debut EP, “Tunnel Vision,” on August 6 and performing at their first headlining show a few days before are big steps for the band right now, but they’ll soon be out in the superstar stratosphere, so catch them on the way up. — By Caitlin White

Friday, 8/2:

Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante and Nation Beat + Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles
Lincoln Center Damrosch Park Bandshell
7pm, free
In the northeastern state of Pernambuco, Brazil, maracatu groups fill the streets with up to a hundred drummers, call-and-response crowds, and fabulously dressed dancers. Carnival legend Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante (“Bright Star Maracatu Nation”) makes its US debut tonight in collaboration with Scott Kendrick’s local Nation Beat ensemble. The latter adds a southern tinge to its maracatu, including the fabulous Mardi Gras Indian music of former Wild Magnolias member Big Chief Monk Boudreaux. — By Richard Gehr

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