The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 6/30/14


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Monday, 6/30:

Jenny Scheinman
Le Poisson Rouge
6:30 p.m., $20/$25
The jazz-folk violinist-singer-songwriter waxes affectingly autobiographical on her terrific new album, The Littlest Prisoner. Backed by avant-Americana guitarist Bill Frisell and superdrummer Brian Blade, who will appear with her here, and punctuated by instrumental folk interludes, Scheinman unflinchingly explores love, marriage, separation, and her unusual raised-by-hippies childhood in Northern California. — By Richard Gehr

Radioactivity + Bad Sports
Baby’s All Right
8:00 p.m., $12
There’s garage punk and then there’s Texan garage punk. Think Mind Spiders, Bad Sports, VIDEO. Remember when there was the danger that the Marked Men might disband? Phew! Radioactivity flourish in this world, perhaps at the forefront. Here’s why: they’re a supergroup, made up of all the aforementioned bands. Their music often veers into pop-punk territory, so if you’re thinking about converting that emo friend into some quality down south rock ‘n’ roll, look no further. It’s fast, it’s danceable, it’s undeniable. Yeehaw! — By Maria Sherman

Tuesday, 7/1:

Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
7:00 p.m., $59.50
There was a time when Beck would put out three albums over the course of one year. That time was 1994, to be exact, a decade before the release of his latest, Morning Phase, an album that arrived six years after Modern Guilt and the artist’s largest musical break to date. But maybe a few years off was exactly what Beck needed — Morning Phase is a dreamy alt-folk masterpiece best served with 2002’s Sea Change. A hallmark of Beck, however, is his ability to dabble and evolve in ways both weird and unexpected, and given that the release prior to this sunshiny acoustic dream had a more dystopian rock feel, it’s best not to get too cozy with the direction of his current sound. — By Brittany Spanos

Wednesday, 7/2:

Mandingo Ambassadors
10:00 p.m., $10
Guinean guitarist Mamady “Djelike” Kouyate came of age among such legendary 1970s guitarcentric combos as the Horoya Band and Bembeya Jazz, which blended Cuban rumba with traditional balafon-based sounds. Kouyate moved to New York in search of political asylum in 2004 and currently leads this suave weekly dance party featuring some of the city’s sweeter rhythm masters. — By Richard Gehr

Billy Joel
Madison Square Garden
8:00 p.m., $64.50-$124.50
Las Vegas was once the go-to spot for legendary musicians looking to settle down for a residency, but it looks like MSG and Billy Joel have found a way to take that concept home to New York. After playing a New Year’s Eve show at Barclays, the Bronx-born, Long Island-bred performer, who has provided the pop and rock canon with an endless list of iconic, timeless, and modern standards, is preparing a monthly residency at the Garden from now until we’re sick of him. From the first seven sold-out shows, the end of this East Coast franchise isn’t going to arrive for some time — the Piano Man’s got us feeling alright. — By Brittany Spanos

Thursday, 7/3:

Lydia Lunch Retrovirus
5:00 p.m., $10
Lydia Lunch, the glorious jet black haired-flowing, sex-dripping raspy-voiced, red lipstick-smeared, hot-as-fuck punk/no wave/noise/spoken word goddess, eternally reigning royal Queen of the sonic brutarians and undying treasure to the world at large, has been delighting and terrorizing throngs the last several years backed by her sick, ass-tight gang of NYC-based iconoclastic thugs, Retrovirus. Ridiculously legendary and quintessentially “New York,” the delicious Lunch summoned fellow brutarians, Flying Luttenbachers’ Weasel Walter, Tim Dahl of Child Abuse and Sonic Youth/Pussy Galore pummeler Bob Bert to help her burn it clean with a career-spanning live show. And that they do. In the hot-assed summer sun, Lunch and her goons will take on cuts from Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, 8-Eyed Spy, 13.13 and Shotgun Wedding. Faces will surely be ripped. — By Brad Cohan

The Black Lips
House of Vans
7:00 p.m., free w/ RSVP
The Black Lips’ live show is something to behold. It’s a theatrical performance of epic proportions, which often includes rioting, stage diving, vomiting, urination, crowd surfing, and even flaming guitars. While their live show is punk and garage rock to the core, their music has begun to traverse more sounds, their latest release Underneath the Rainbows a prime example of the band’s growth. The album’s focal point “Boys in the Wood” embodies the Black Lips’ Atlanta upbringing, exemplifying a southern rock aesthetic with a hint of blues and soulful brass. The rest of the album varies, from the band’s first use of a prominent synth in “Funny,” to the power pop song “Make You Mine.” Overall, like their live show, the band’s new material is a showcase of how the Black Lips have come to terms with contemporary production techniques, and used it to their advantage. — By Tara Mahadevan

Milk ‘n’ Cookies
Baby’s All Right
8:00 p.m., $10
Let’s take you back to the late ’70s/early 80s, where power pop and Trouser Press reign supreme. These were the original days of skinny jeans, of floppy haircuts, and of impossibly lo-fi guitar fuzz. There are the days before Wild Nothing and Beach Fossils would pick up their pedals, but these are the days that preceded them. No wonder their label, Captured Tracks, has a reissue label now, and most recently have signed Milk ‘N’ Cookies, the mid-70s bratty Long Island band. With songs like “Not Enough Girls In The World” and “Tinkertoy Tomorrow,” you know these gents don’t take themselves too seriously–and sometimes, that’s all you need. — By Maria Sherman

Friday, 7/4:

Nautiluss + John Barera
Bossa Nova Civic Club
10:00 p.m., $10
With releases on Tiga’s Turbo and a recent appearance on Daniel Avery’s Essential Mix, Canadian producer Nautiluss is slowly but surely gaining traction internationally with anthemic, rubbery house. He makes his debut at favored Brooklyn haunt Bossa Nova Civic Club alongside John Barera, an equally rising Bostonian DJ who is one half of production duo B-Tracks and the founder of Supply Records. — By Aaron Gonsher

Danny Tenaglia
10:00 p.m., $20
Danny Tenaglia takes it way back. His beats are basic and groovy in the way many old-school EDM fans yearn for – that syncopated, simple under-beat that drives the sound in the way the original house music did just a few decades ago. Now perhaps considered more tribal or progressive house, his techno roots are undeniable, and despite these labels, he is impressively willing to explore everything from minimalist sounds to full on house. A master and a classic, Danny Tenaglia will bring his audience back to some of dance music’s roots and engulf them with a much-needed trip back in time where the beats are simple and the sound is honest. — By Eleanor Lambert

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