The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 7/25/14


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Friday, 7/25:

Veruca Salt + Battleme
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9:00 p.m., $25
Since 2010, we’ve been deep in a ’90s nostalgia explosion in which numerous hit makers from the decade have reunited in their original lineups, released new albums, and sold out tours across the world that are typically attended by people in flannel shirts and choker necklaces preserved for just these specific occasions. Veruca Salt is next up to bat, having announced upcoming new music and a concert tour last year. Tonight Louise Post, Nina Gordon, Jim Shapiro and Steve Lack are finally together again for the first time in over a decade, playing those fuzzy post-grunge jams that made them iconic, like ’94’s massive “Seether,” and reminding us that as much as we complain about ’90s nostalgia we’re still very much in love with it. — By Brittany Spanos

Webster Hall
10:00 p.m., $15
Rustie is a Glaswegian DJ whose productions are a sonic embodiment of rave excess, blaring garish melody lines and sub-rattling bass alongside hyperactive rhythms indebted to hip-hop and trap. His first LP Glass Swords was a maximalist business card Rustie hasn’t failed to live up to yet, and the latest, Green Language, features guest verses from the likes of Danny Brown that are sure to drive Webster Hall wild. — By Aaron Gonsher

The Haden Triplets
The Bell House
9:00 p.m., $15
The Haden Triplets, daughters of late jazz bass legend Charlie Haden, recently released their self-titled debut on Jack White’s Third Man Records. The Americana collection’s rootsy harmonies endow old chestnuts from brothers Stanley and Louvin, Bill Monroe, and the Carter Family with a heartfelt intimacy and resonant timbre born of the same womb. Despite their father’s longtime association with Carla Bley, Ornette Coleman, and Kenny Barron, the apples don’t fall far from the tree; after a bout with polio at 15 prematurely ended his singing career with the Haden Family Band, the Iowa-born jazz master began honing his folk-infused style on bass fiddle. The dirge-like “Will You Miss Me” is a timeless farewell. — By Aidan Levy

Saturday, 7/26:

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds + Devendra Banhart + Nicole Atkins
Prospect Park Bandshell
7:00 p.m., $59.50
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are back in America after last year’s extremely successful tour. The mostly Australian group sold out every show on their North American stint last year, and in the wake of that triumph, they play Celebrate Brooklyn tonight. For a band that’s been making music for over thirty years, Nick Cave and his revolving cast of musicians have achieved a certain level of consistency on most of their releases. But their latest album, last year’s Push The Sky Away, was considered to be a return to good form after some mid-career missteps. Characterized as noir rock by Cave’s unexpected deployment of sexuality and lust at such an advanced age, the record was a critical success. At tonight’s outdoor show, audiences can expect a gloomy yet raucous performance of their goth-tinged rock. Devendra Banhart and Nicole Atkins open. — By Caitlin White

Brooklyn Bowl
Friday & Saturday, 8:00 p.m., $20
Hailing from New Orleans, the band originally called Galactic Prophylactic started out as a pretty traditional funk band. Other the years, they have developed their sound to include hip-hop, electronica, jazz, rock and blues. Galactic–which pairs guitar and drums with a Hammond organ and saxophone–has performed with many notable emcees, like Chali 2na and Boots Riley, and New Orleans bands, like The Neville Brothers and Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Galactic is known for their live performances and frequent tours and there are very few musical styles this funk fusion band can’t fuse together. — By Tara Mahadevan

A Sunny Day in Glasgow
Baby’s All Right
8:00 p.m., $10/$12
With its band members scattered across three cities on two continents (none of them in Scotland), a Sunny Day in Glasgow were forced to put together their new album, Sea When Absent, by emailing back and forth. The result is far more together than you might expect. Dreamy vocals evoke the Cocteau Twins and guide disjointed melodies over clattering percussion and crashing guitars. It all seems on the verge of falling apart before crystallizing into joyously sweet harmonies that make this sublime record one of the best of the summer. — By Karen Gardiner

Sunday, 7/27:

Ms. Lauryn Hill
Brooklyn Bowl
7:00 p.m., $75
Ms. Lauryn Hill is more than just a singer, she is the very definition of an artist. Her lyrics are gorgeously composed and are even more powerful when delivered in her lovely voice. Clearly, a talent like hers can’t be contained by just one classic album. She claims two releases — hip hop essential The Score with her former group The Fugees and solo effort The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill — to her esteemed name. Unfortunately for us, Hill hasn’t released a full album of new work since that 1998 solo debut, though rumors have been swirling for some time about the possibility of a new collection arriving sooner rather than later. In the interim, Ms. Hill continues to influence new crops of R&B and soul singers, reasserting her relevance with every new voice she inspires. Let’s see how many new stars are born after her Homecoming Concert Series in Brooklyn this week. — By Brittany Spanos

Lincoln Center, Broadway Plaza
1:00 p.m., free
It may not be a small world after all, but it’s definitely a musical one. New York’s intrepid globalFEST co-produces this daylong, multi-site celebration of music without borders. The focus, naturally, will be on live sounds with performances by Brooklyn banda experts Banda de los Muertos, dubwise Afro-Colombianists M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, brassy bhangra bangers Red Baraat, Haitian songstress Emeline Michel, and self-described New Orleans “Russian mafia band” Debauche. Three excellent documentaries — Brasslands, The Last Song Before the War, and Journey to Jah — are screened. And Lincoln Center’s Jaffe Drive Toll porte-cochère is transformed into a cross-cultural global-bass maelstrom with DJ Ushka, Baiana Play Som, DJ Ripley, and Charanjit Singh (of 10 Ragas to a Disco Beat fame). — By Richard Gehr

Lady Antebellum + Billy Currington + Joe Nichols
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7:00 p.m., $31-$56.75
You probably best know Lady Antebellum from the group’s ubiquitous 2009 smash “Need You Now” — you know, the one identifiable by the piano-pounding intro and the somber, too-much-to-drink regret. The Nashville country trio of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood have kept plenty busy since that Grammy-winning single, churning out a number of other memorable hits including “Just a Kiss,” “We Owned the Night” and the summer-perfect funkified “Downtown.” For this stop on the band’s Take Me Downtown tour, Lady A is bringing out Billy Currington and Joe Nichols for a good ol’ fashioned summertime party — which nobody does better than country music fans. — By Jill Menze

Allen Toussaint
Joe’s Pub
12:00 p.m., $30
The debonair New Orleans pianist-songwriter-producer reprises his bittersweet post-Katrina brunch stint here with another series of Sunday noontime performances. Toussaint is an elegantly laid-back pianist in the Crescent City mode, and his repertoire of originals – which includes “From a Whisper to a Scream,” “Working in the Coal Mine,” and “Southern Nights” – runs as deep as any of his peers’. — By Richard Gehr

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