The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 8/5/13


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Monday, 8/5:

Barclays Center
8pm, $49.50-$254.50
Where better to see Beyoncé’s ongoing Mrs. Carter Show world tour than the arena of which Mr. Carter owns 1/15 of 1 percent? Call it a family affair, but tonight’s show is about the half of that relationship that continues to put out captivating music. While we await her fifth album, let’s reflect on how 2011’s 4 was even better than the first three, a top-to-bottom classic that–with respect to “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”–included her two best singles since “Crazy in Love”: the sweeping “Countdown” and “Love on Top,” whose rolling key changes never fail to impress. Finally, that album gets the arena show it deserves. — By Nick Murray

Tuesday, 8/6:

Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
6pm, free
Only 15 and 18 when they released their debut single, the Burial-influenced 
”Offline Dexterity,” British brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence of Disclosure certainly made for unlikely dance heroes. Now, barely two years later, the duo has not only convinced the hipper DJs, critics, and tastemakers of their prowess, but also the public at large, topping their home country’s album chart with the recently released Settle. They deserve it: The record sits in that irresistible zone between “familiar” and “new” and never gives it up, drawing on house and garage and keeping you on your feet throughout. This evening, make sure to pace yourself, as openers TNGHT and 
Julio Bashmore happily attempt to tire you out. — By Nick Murray

Wiz Khalifa + A$AP Rocky + B.o.B+Trinidad Jame$ + Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era + Berner + Chevy Woods + Smoke DZA
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
6pm, $29.50-$65
Yes, artists like A$AP Rocky and Wiz Khalifa grew up on Bone Thugs, Cash Money, and Dipset, instead of on Rakim and Kane. But still, Rocky was actually named after the former, and Wiz Khalifa is a name that should make any fake Five Percenter smile. As for Trinidad James, wasn’t there gold everywhere in pre-colonial Africa? Didn’t Nas say as much in “I Can”? Maybe James listened and learned. In any case, tempus fugit, old heads. Pass the mic. — By Winston Groman

Enildo Rasua
Jazz Standard
7:30pm & 9:30pm, $20
The Jazz Standard’s Cuban drum series continues with a master percussionist noted for his “third hand” technique involving a supplemental drumstick that comes in especially handy when he plays traps and congas simultaneously. A specialist in traditional rumba who’s also performed in Havana’s Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, Rasua leads a band that includes Jay Rodriguez (saxophone), Ben Winkleman (piano), and Ricky Rodriguez (bass). — By Richard Gehr

Wednesday, 8/7:

Megadeth + Black Label Society + Newsted
Hammerstein Ballroom
7pm, $40-$100
n this age of the indie anti-star, sometimes a festival like the Megadeth-curated Gigantour can be refreshing in part because frontmen like Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine have the hubris to really be frontmen. Tonight, Megadeth are joined by a number of bands who all seem be centered around a seasoned alpha male: sometime Ozzy axman Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society, ex-Disturbed howler Dave Draiman’s Device, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted’s eponymous band, and the Mudvayne-Pantera supergroup Hellyeah. Considering Mustaine had the chutzpah to name his group’s most recent album Super Collider, it’s commendable that he’s followed it up with a tour that’s bursting with personality. With Death Division. — By Kory Grow

Death Grips
Webster Hall
9pm, $20
After last year’s label-defying album release, Death Grips brought upon themselves a level of industry-wide attention that went far beyond the music. If anything, their refusal to play by the rules indicated just how broken the old record label model really is. But now that they’re back on tour fans will have the chance to see their raw noise-hop firsthand and rage against the machine right with them. — By Caitlin White

Ruben Bladés
Lincoln Center Damrosch Park Bandshell
7:30pm, free
The salsa poet turned film actor, Panamanian presidential candidate, and minister of tourism (2004-09) has been an infrequent performer in recent years, so take heed. Blades transformed salsa during the ’70s with neorealist hits such as “Pablo Pueblo” and anticolonial works like “Plantación Adentro.” And Siembra, his 1978 collaboration with Willie Colón, remains the biggest-selling album in salsa history. — By Richard Gehr

Thursday, 8/8:

Angie Stone
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
8pm & 10:30pm, $39.50/$45
In the ’80s as a member of the Sequence, Stone helped pave a way for all-girl rap groups like JJ Fad and Salt-N-Pepa; then she literally helped birth the Neo-Soul movement as musical midwife and babymama to D’Angelo. Since then, she’s released a handful of classy modern soul albums, most notably 2001’s Mahogany Soul, establishing herself as a top-notch solo artist. But fame, fickle creature that it is, has eluded her, making her decision to join the cast of R&B Divas: Atlanta quite understandable: In an era when Urban Reality TV is the only surefire way to cross over into pop stardom, Stone knows that r&b needs more mature, more legitimate artists representing the culture to the masses. — By Winston Groman

Dance Heginbotham w/ the Raymond Scott Orchestrette + Butler, Bernstein and the Hot 9
Lincoln Center Damrosch Park Bandshell
7:30pm, free
In addition to pieces set to the music of Aphex Twin and Daft Punk, Dance Heginbotham will transform Loony Tunes and Merrie Melodies into witty choreography with live accompaniment by the formidable Raymond Scott Orchestrette. The great New Orleans pianist Henry Butler teams up with Millennial Territory Orchestra’s Steven Bernstein and his new Hot 9 for a set of Crescent City-flavored classics by Bessie Smith, Fats Waller, and others. — By Richard Gehr

Friday, 8/9:

Wild Cub
Bowery Ballroom
9pm, $13/$15
As long as there are after-hours lounges, there will be a venue for the spare, sparkly pop Nashville’s Wild Cub ply. A restless nocturnal energy drives Keegan Dewitt and Jeremy Bullock’s artificial, synth-bombed cocktails; they’re like the energy drinks that keep you clubbing hard when common sense insists that it’s time to hit the hay. There are tricky electronics in the stew as well, plus android guitars, and arch vocals with lipstick traces; listeners may be reminded of Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, and early Depeche Mode. — By Raymond Cummings

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