The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 6/9/14


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Monday, 6/9:

‘National Jazz Museum in Harlem 2014 benefit concert’
Hunter College
7:30 p.m., $35-$55
Dee Dee Bridgewater has been at this for a while. The jazz singer (and U.N. ambassador) has been performing in New York since 1970, and now she’s got Grammy awards to show for it. But it’s her ability to interpret the flavor of her surroundings that makes this saucy Tennessee songstress really feel like our own, and her collaborations with the great musicians of our time — like Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, and Dexter Gordon, among many others — make her the perfect headliner for the 2014 Benefit Concert for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem tonight. Bridgewater performs alongside rising star and director-at-large Jonathan Batiste. Lisa Staiano-Coico, president of City College, and pianist McCoy Tyner are honored at this year’s awards ceremony. At Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. — By Heather Baysa

Tuesday, 6/10:

First Aid Kit
Rough Trade NYC
7:00 p.m., free w/ purchase
Is there anything Sweden can’t do? Folk duo First Aid Kit have been around for almost a decade now and in that time have only released two full-length records. Basically their art is meticulous and slow moving, shaved down until intimate enough to share with the world. The pair will play at Rough Trade June 9th, the day before the release of their third album Stay Gold. It was produced by Bright Eyes’ Mike Mogis and is the band’s first on a major label so basically, expect bigger sounds and all the feels. — By Maria Sherman

Die Antwoord
Irving Plaza
7:00 p.m., $29.50
As a group, Die Antwoord challenge both visually and sonically accepted perceptions of what is considered beautiful music. Yolandi Vissir, Ninja, and their DJ, DJ Hi-Tek all hail from South Africa, and incorporate much of the South African hip-hop scene into their very singular rap-rave sound and vibe. Driven heavily by shock value, Die Antwoord will undoubtedly put on a show that is reminiscent of their overall vibe, and their live performance will quite literally vibrate with all their one-of-a-kind passion and amazement. — By Eleanor Lambert

Willie Nelson + Alison Krauss and Union Station + Jerry Douglas + Kacey Musgraves
Radio City Music Hall
8:00 p.m., $65-$130
In this intergenerational gathering of country royalty, the 81-year-old philosopher king of troubadours and the high priestess of bluegrass symbolically pass the torch to Kacey Musgraves, the newest initiate to a club whose membership requires multiple Grammys and the life lessons that earned their stripes. Nelson and Family have never appeared alongside Alison Krauss and Union Station, her band for three decades, including dobro master Jerry Douglas. Musgraves, a Dolly Parton devotee, has got a lot of living to do before she inherits that mantle. Times have changed since the red-headed stranger penned “Willingly” in 1961, but telling it like it is hasn’t. — By Aidan Levy

Ringo Deathstarr + Heaven
Baby’s All Right
8:00 p.m., $10
There are a lot of terrible band names out there. Of these bands, many suffer from a pressure to be cleverer-than-thou and that usually results in some really, really bad puns. The only way to overcome this is to be in a really fucking good band. Austin shoegaze noise punks Ringo Deathstarr must know this, and they’re better because of it. They’ve toured with the Smashing Pumpkins and are known for putting on an oppressively loud live show a la Nothing. You might not want to tell your friends the name of the band you’re seeing, but you’re definitely going to want them to come along. — By Maria Sherman

Wednesday, 6/11:

La Roux
Music Hall of Williamsburg
8:00 p.m., $25-$30
La Roux, aka Elly Jackson, has returned after a five-year absence with an album fittingly titled Trouble in Paradise. Since her self-titled debut in 2009 gave rise to breakthrough singles “In for the Kill” (which exploded in popularity largely thanks to dubstep king Skream’s haunting remix) and dancefloor workout “Bulletproof,” Jackson split with her musical partner, Jack Langmaid, and suffered crippling panic attacks that extinguished her singing voice. “Let Me Down Gently,” the first listen off her second record, ushers in the return of her signature clear, confident vibrato with saxophone licks and a minimal backbeat. — By Harley Oliver Brown

Steve Ross & Karen Oberlin
54 Below
7:00 p.m., $30-$55
Ginger Rogers didn’t like it when her Stage Door co-star Katharine Hepburn repeated her line about Fred Astaire giving Rogers class, while she gave him sex appeal. But Hepburn was astute on the subject of moviedom’s most famous dancing couple. The songs they sang in the 10 flicks they made together should get the velvet glove treatment when these two dip and sway in ‘Astaire and Rogers: Cheek to Cheek with Steve Ross & Karen Oberlin.’ Look and listen for this classy, sexy duo to radiate the attributes the great Kate mentioned and then even more. — By David Finkle

Thursday, 6/12:

‘Celebrate Ornette: The Music of Ornette Coleman Featuring Denardo Coleman’
Prospect Park Bandshell
7:00 p.m., free
Jazz’s most elegantly expressive outsider gets the tribute treatment with a band led by his son, drummer, and longtime music director. Coleman regulars Al Macdowell (bass), Tony Falanga (bass), and Charles Ellerbe (guitar) hold down the fort with tenor saxophonist Antoine Roney, while an eclectic crew of guests – including Bill Laswell, Bruce Hornsby, Flea, David Murray, Geri Allen, Henry Threadgill, James Blood Ulmer, Joe Lovano, Laurie Anderson, Patti Smith, and Thurston Moore – pay harmolodic homage. — By Richard Gehr

Charles Bradley + Mac DeMarco + Benjamin Booker
House of Vans
7:00 p.m., free w/ RSVP
You can hear the sweat in Charles Bradley’s voice, but seeing the perspiration live in a dank warehouse at the first Vans House Party of the season will convince any disbelievers that the 62-year-old Daptone crooner is the lounge singer with the voice of God from the mythic Spike Lee version of Bed-Stuy that never actually existed. Canadian transplant Mac DeMarco is a habitué of Bradley’s childhood stomping ground, and harnesses the neighborhood’s gritty soul on his recent lo-fi release, Salad Days. With New Orleans native Benjamin Booker, it’s like modern-day incarnations of James Brown, Townes Van Zandt, and Arthur Lee gathering for a laid-back summer jam in Greenpoint. — By Aidan Levy

Friday, 6/13:

Sharon Van Etten
Bowery Ballroom
9:00 p.m., $20
In our age of internet terribleness of trying to stay cool and ahead of the trends, it’s easy for us to cast quick judgement on singer-songwriters for being “harpy” or #emo, but Sharon Van Etten breaks the mold. Her latest album Are We There is one of honesty and frustration–a beautifully tragic portrait of the heartbreaking challenges we face every day within our relationships. She understands the essence of being human–what that means, and how we can deal with that. Being a human being is really hard sometimes. She gets it. And it’s okay. — By Eric Sundermann

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