The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 8/1/14


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Friday, 8/1:

Miley Cyrus + Lily Allen
Nassau Coliseum
7:00 p.m., $20-$89.50
Miley Cyrus is bringing her tongue-waggling, twerking and bear-centric show to town, and despite the backlash, it’s almost guaranteed to be an impeccable turn up function. Sure, she’s the most talked about pop star of last year, but listening to her Pharrell-assisted album Bangerz reveals moments of ballad and beats bliss. — By Caitlin White

Nine Inch Nails + Soundgarden
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7:00 p.m., $35-$595
Nostalgia is a dish best served loud, and even sans Death Grips’ noise-rap maelstrom, this tour’s marquee acts are beasts. In the late 1980s and early 1990s Soundgarden helped invent grunge idolatry, and can guarantee a snoutful of sludgy, telescoping guitars. At the same time and for some years thereafter (and recently), Nine Inch Nails auteur Trent Reznor made industrial pop angst a bankable concept. Expect gratuitous headbanging, tinnitus, and bruise-inducing fist-bumps galore – plus considerably inevitable confusion, among the target market, over the musical stylings of opener Oneohtrix Point Never. — By Raymond Cummings

Charanjit Singh
Body Actualized Center
9:00 p.m., $15-$25
In 1982, Charanjit Singh released 10 Ragas To A Disco Beat, combining traditional Indian melodic structures with the then-new Roland TB-303 synthesizer that later became the basis for acid house. Now 73 and with a extensive career in Bollywood behind him, Singh has been recast as an electronic icon after an acclaimed re-release of the LP in 2010. Challenging the traditional view of Chicago as ground zero for the hugely influential acid house genre, Singh has since been taking the album on the road. At Body Actualized Center, a yoga studio that moonlights as an experimental venue, Singh will use entirely hardware, including his original 303, when he plays the album in full. — By Aaron Gonsher

Blake Shelton + The Band Perry + Dan + Shay + Neal McCoy
Madison Square Garden
7:00 p.m., $49-$89
Count on Blake Shelton to bring his signature good ol’ country jams to Madison Square Garden this evening. Miranda Lambert’s husband — The Voice coach and the four-time CMA “Male Vocalist of the Year” winner — will take the stage as part of the “Ten Times Crazier Tour.” Featuring openers like the sibling trio of The Band Perry, rising country duo Dan & Shay and fellow country boy Neal McCoy, the night promises to be full of songs about the heartland, loving and leaving, and definitely a few tunes about drinking. Shelton’s superstar wife is currently on tour as well, but she’ll be plying the Oregon Jamboree tonight, so sadly there’s little chance of her joining him onstage. But Shelton is doing fine on his own, just off his fifteenth No. 1 single “Mine Would Be You.” He’s sure to be in top form for this big city show. — By Caitlin White

Rebirth Brass Band
11:00 p.m., $39.50-$55
This eight-piece, three-decades-old metal outfit makes a big brassy noise that blasts asunder the borders separating funk, jazz, gospel, and R&B, all in the name of second-line celebration. Their new Move Your Body is as disciplined and hard-grooving as ever, although I’m still a little nostalgic for the 2001 rap album that introduced “Rockin’ on Your Stinkin’ Ass” and “Pop That Pussy.” — By Richard Gehr

Saturday, 8/2:

Jurassic 5
Best Buy Theater
8:00 p.m., $42.50-$50
The six-piece hip-hop outfit takes it back to the concrete streets, their “playground tactics” eternally youthful as the group coasts effortlessly into middle age. After disbanding in 2006, Jurassic 5 has reunited for a world tour. In May, they released their first single in eight years, “The Way We Do It,” a low-key confection produced by Heavy D, seemingly from the grave. They always pack a syncopated punch, but The Good Life Cafe, the group’s pacifistic South Central birthplace, skirted the ’90s coastal turf wars, and their whimsically positive rhymes, the self-proclaimed lyrical equivalent of calamine lotion, have defined J5 as hip-hop’s Pollyannas. With Dilated Peoples and Beat Junkies. — By Aidan Levy

Patti Lupone
54 Below
Friday, 8:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 p.m., $85-$155
If anyone can be said to own this John Lee Beatty-designed room, she’s it. The beloved diva opened it two years ago to acclaim and has now signed a contract to appear twice yearly for two weeks a go. She concludes the summer run, a reprise of her Carnegie Hall concert, “The Lady With the Torch.” The material is by the best of the best, and there are no worries about the impassioned, knock-your-socks-and-knickers-off delivery. Scott Wittman directs. — By David Finkle

Camille A. Brown and Dancers + Stew & the Negro Problem
Damrosch Park
7:00 p.m., free
Two excellent artists who know from race and roles apply their talents to the subject during this inspired double bill. Choreographer Camille A. Brown and troupe’s Mr. TOL E. RAncE, a look at humor and minstrelsy, will be followed by a dialogue with the audience. The increasingly improvisatory Stew, of Passing Strange fame, is likely to perform amazing music from his two forthcoming musicals, The Total Bent and Family Album. — By Richard Gehr

Sunday, 8/3:

Cuddle Magic + Cassandra Jenkins + Relatives
Baby’s All Right
8:00 p.m., $8/$10
The Brooklyn-based chamber pop ensemble weaves a kaleidoscopic tapestry of uncanny soundscapes, unconventional instrumentation, and dense note clusters on their recent self-titled album, Cuddle Magic and Phyllis Chen, a collaboration with the toy piano virtuoso. Chen’s miniature keyboard creates potent textures, and it’s no gimmick–John Cage employed the child’s plaything starting in 1948–and it adds an unfiltered sense of wonder and restless spirit to the beguiling lyrics, some of which come from Edna St. Vincent Millay. Refracted through a fun house mirror, this is what avant-pop sounds like in the mirror stage before the id gets checked by the ego of commercialism. — By Aidan Levy

Henry Threadgill’s Zooid
Village Vanguard
Friday through Sunday, 8:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., $30
If you hear some heavy percolation in the West Village this week, fear not – it will be the esteemed composer’s strings-brass-rhythm-reeds outfit riding the idiosyncrasies of his oddly fetching groove. When Zooid raises the roof, the solos are important, but its the crazed propulsion that bounces around yr head on the way home. The song titles too. It isn’t everyone who names a tune “Ambient Pressure Thereby.” — By Jim Macnie

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