The 10 Best Concerts in NYC This Weekend, 7/11/14


If you like going to concerts and aren’t checking our Concert Calendar on the reg, what are you even doing? We update it daily! Here are the 10 best concerts in NYC this weekend. (Go to 4Knots!)

Friday, 7/11:

Guided By Voices
Irving Plaza
7:00 p.m., $35
In 2012, the club re-opened for the mightiest of all fuckin’ mighty–the resurrected 90’s “classic” version of Guided by Voices–and the endless hooks, wasteoid marathon live shows and Bud Light haven’t stopped flowing since. While Bee Thousand (’94) and Alien Lanes (’95) are forever cemented in indie rock lore as underground-defining firestorms of the highest beer-chugging, anthemic and seminal order, the massive and utterly relentless reunion record string GbV overlord Bob Pollard and company have unleashed are dizzying strokes of absolute genius. Fist pumps and leg kicks ’til death. — By Brad Cohan

Romeo Santos
Yankee Stadium
Friday & Saturday, 8:00 p.m., $43.40-$249.50

Romeo Santos is a hero to many kids beyond just the Bronx for his lush, R&B-textured bachata music. Setting out on his grand adventure two decades ago, Santos ventured forth from the shadows of Yankee Stadium on a quest for fame and glory. Working his way into the hearts and car stereo systems of millions, first as the lead-singer of the groundbreaking bachata boy-band Aventura, and now as a solo artist, Santos has come full circle and will headline a two-night stand in Yankee Stadium this Friday and Saturday-the first Latin artist to perform at Yankee Stadium since the Fania All Stars graced the old grounds in 1973. This is a huge boon to his hometown community in NYC, where his two Formula albums have been on heavy bump in the summer heat, cooling hot heads with slices of Quisqueyan breeze. For two nights, Romeo’s claim to be the King of Bachata will be absolutely undisputed. — By Winston Groman

Beyonce & JAY Z
MetLife Stadium
Friday & Saturday, 8:00 p.m., $34.50-$279.50
Beyonce and Jay Z are not your average anything, so why in the world would they have an average tour? The pair have been our “’03 Bonnie & Clyde” and have been both “Crazy in Love” and “Drunk in Love,” and this year, they’re ‘On the Run,’ as the title of their joint tour indicates. Together, the Knowles-Carter pair have been ruling pop, hip-hop and R&B. They’re businesspeople, the creators of their respective independent empires that, when combined, make them probably one of the most powerful couples in the world. Quite honestly, we have been in very dire need of a tour starring these two, and given the game-changing 2013 they had, both together and on their own, especially Bey’s last-minute entry with her surprise, self-titled LP, the timing couldn’t possibly be better. And if the star-studded promotional trailer is any indication, the live show will be an explosive one. — By Brittany Spanos

Crosby, Stills and Nash
Beacon Theatre
8:00 p.m., $46-$156
“Teach your children well. Their father’s hell did slowly go by,” Graham Nash wrote in his pacifying 1970 lyrical anti-war anthem, “Teach Your Children.” Little did he know how prescient he would be that “their children’s hell will slowly go by.” Nor did he realize that he would still be around to sing it to them in three-part harmony. Yet the folksy troubadour trio is still strumming away to the plangent “Guinevere,” “Helplessly Hoping,” and the kaleidoscopic “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” albeit with slightly receding hairlines, though the hirsute Crosby looks more like Gimli from Lord of the Rings than ever. — By Aidan Levy

Randall’s Island
Friday through Sunday, 7:00 p.m., $60
The popular Vermont quartet spend three days here, giving everyone a chance to make themselves at home. Younger fans will lap up every note of these seasoned rock stars of the weird-go-pro ilk. Older aficionados will savor the chutes-and-ladders quality of the group’s post-breakup rebirth. Expect them to develop material from Fuego, their latest and arguably most conservative album. — By Richard Gehr

Saturday, 7/12:

4th Annual 4Knots Festival
South Street Seaport, Pier 16
1:00 p.m., free
There’s nothing quite like a day spent by the water listening to amazing music, and when that music includes live performances by Dinosaur Jr., Mac DeMarco, Speedy Ortiz and Radkey, the experience is even better. This year, the Village Voice hosts its 4th Annual 4Knots Festival at South Street Seaport once more, and the line-up has become even more comprehensive over the years. After an unfortunate dropout due to illness by the Julie Ruin, scuzzy legends Dinosaur Jr. fill those pretty big shoes quite nicely. They are joined by a number of acts that draw inspiration from the veteran band. Afterward, the day-long party continues at Webster Hall with a special performance from Ab-Soul with guests Jarren Benton and YC the Cynic. We’ve got you covered all day and night. — By Brittany Spanos

Alloy Orchestra
Prospect Park Bandshell
7:30 p.m., free
The first complete film produced by MGM, Swedish director Victor Seastrom’s 1924 silent masterpiece He Who Gets Slapped,wowed critics and audiences alike upon its 1924 release. It also made a star of Lon Chaney, who magnificently played its title character, a former scientist who loses both his research and his wife to a sleazy one-percenter and subsequently condemns himself to a life of ritual humiliation as a circus masochist. The Alloy Orchestra – Terry Donahue, Ken Winokur, and Roger Miller – have created another innovative keyboards-and-percussion score for this weird, troubling film that also features future “queen of MGM” Norma Shearer as “Consuelo.” The debonair Django Reinhardt-inspired guitarist Stephan Wrembel entertains at Celebrate Brooklyn! until the sun goes down. — By Richard Gehr

Taylor Ho Bynum + Tomas Fujiwara
The Stone
8:00 p.m., $10
The new Through Foundation is the third album of duets by the cornetist and drummer, who first started playing together in high school. The refinements they’ve made to their creative process makes the action speak in specifics – something often lacking in free jazz duets. There’s a composed vibe to these pieces, and together with their deep rapport, it brings a cogency to the pair’s in-the-moment inventions. — By Jim Macnie

Sunday, 7/13:

King Buzzo of the Melvins + Mary Halvorson
Santos Party House
8:00 p.m., $15/$17
Legendary iconoclast, godhead riffer, purveyor of grunge and leader of the sludgemongers Nirvana craved to be, Buzz Osborne AKA King Buzzo–along with drums titan Dale Crover–have ruled the underground rock roost with avant-metal kings Melvins for the last thirty years. Now, the electric socket-fried-haired and Simpsons fanatic Osborne has traded in his ax for an acoustic on his unplugged debut, This Machine Kills Artists. But for the naysayers thinking Buzzo has mellowed and gone hippie folk all over our asses, think again. Osborne’s Herculean finger-picking ‘n’ strumming Machine still reeks of classic Melvins: it drips with sonic heaviosity, icky guitarrorism, Satanic wails, possessed wordplay and those epic licks that Kurt Cobain wished to the grunge gods he could dish out. — By Brad Cohan

Lea Bertucci
8:00 p.m., $10
One never knows quite what to expect from Lea Bertucci – atonal woodwind drift, tape-manipulated melee, slide-guitar crackle-spackle. Yet her sonic adventures are inevitably worth a third or fifteenth airing, even when the form is elusive, incomprehensible, or suggests a malfunctioning amplifier. Tonight, Bertucci is slated to wild out alone on an amplified bass clarinet; underground icon Bhob Rainey will also perform a solo set, wresting chaos from a soprano saxophone. — By Raymond Cummings

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