The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 8/4/14


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Monday, 8/4:

One Direction + 5 Seconds of Summer
MetLife Stadium
Monday & Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., $39.50-$99.50
One Direction aren’t quite the Beatles, nor are they anything like *NSYNC. In fact, it’s hard to categorize them in the Great Boy Band Sphere at all, but that doesn’t make them any less lovable. Over the course of the reality show stint that brought them together in the first place and the three subsequent albums that chronicled their evolution from bubblegum to big star power pop with infusions of stomping folk and hair metal, One Direction is still a boy band well aware of its status as a boy band and unafraid to be so in a way that veers a hard left from the path of previous Top 40 acts. Maybe that’s why they’re one of the biggest in the world right now. It also doesn’t hurt that they’re cute as a button, each and every one of ’em. — By Brittany Spanos

Old Crow Medicine Show
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
5:30 p.m., $35
Fifteen years and eight albums into their career, Tennessee string band Old Crow Medicine Show still play with the wide-eyed charisma of a pack of buskers. Like any good roots outfit, they’re best experienced live. Old Crow’s seven members look and act like a party onstage–a party brimming with banjos, mandolins, and bluegrass soul. With singalong-style performances and a charming sincerity that hasn’t wavered through the many lineup changes they’ve seen over the past few years, this group continues to light up stages wherever the road takes them. — By Carena Liptak

9:00 p.m., $15
After releasing their first EP Wiki93 in 2012, Ratking took an almost-two-year hiatus to work on and release their 2014 debut album So It Goes. Comprised of members Wiki, Hak and Sporting Life, the New York natives have perfected their balance of raw energy, grimy beats and golden era hip-hop. Their debut album paints a vivid picture of the trio’s view of New York and how they mourn the changing city. But amidst Ratking’s palpable sorrow — something that could very well turn a listener off — the group’s youthful spirit shines through and pulls you right back in. You should expect a unbridled, high energy show where Ratking will probably have you at more than just nodding along. — By Tara Mahadevan

The Offspring + Bad Religion + Pennywise + The Vandals
Terminal 5
Monday & Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., $45/$50
If you spent middle-school carving “EPITAPH4EVA” into desks or arms, this tour may be in your wheelhouse. The Offspring’s jacked-up antipathy fueled fluke 1994 smash Smash, and the Orange County quartet never ceased dining out on variations on that theme. Whether you consider Bad Religion the thinking punker’s choice or the soundtrack to undergraduate societal discontent , it’s impossible to fault the band for encouraging considered dissent, sponsoring an annual college scholarship, or giving “21st Century Digital Boy” to a crumbling world that’s emphatically tuned it’s three-chord broadsides out (and there have been so, so many) since Day One. Along for the ride because, why not: pre-millennial punk weed carriers-equivalents Pennywise and The Vandals. — By Raymond Cummings

Tuesday, 8/5:

John Fogerty + Jackson Browne
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7:30 p.m., $39.50-$150
Between the two of them, co-headliners John Fogerty and Jackson Browne cover some serious musical acreage. In the late ’70s and early ’80s, Fogerty’s Creedence Clearwater Revival appealed to nearly everyone; country and rock audiences alike have long flocked to the group’s anthemic folk style. Browne’s songwriting straddles genre, epitomizing the fusion of poetics and big-arena catchiness–a combination that’s earned him a spot in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Both performers have an appeal that’s built to last as well as a knack for bottling rock and roll and making magic happen, over and over again. — By Carena Liptak

Tuesday, 8/5:

Panic! At the Disco
Madison Square Garden
7:30 p.m., $45
Like the theater-kid little cousin to pop-punkers Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco made waves in the mid-aughts’ emo-punk scene with theatrics and catchy hits like “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” Over the years, the group has matured their sound, gone through a number of lineup changes and experienced an on-and-off-again relationship with its signature exclamation mark (for the record, it currently remains in tact), but the band has kept going full force. For its current The Gospel Tour, Panic! is bringing paint-splatterers Walk the Moon and the dance-friendly Magic Man to round out the bill. Expect a spectacle. — By Jill Menze

Lil Debbie
Webster Hall
8:00 p.m., $12
Like a pan of burnt brownies tossed in the trash, gone are the days of Kreayshawn collaborations and White Girl Mob drama, clearing the smoke for the Bay Area baker Lil Debbie to pursue her solo career. Between Riff Raff duets and colorful music videos on singles like “Bake a Cake,” “Slot Machine,” and “Ratchets,” Lil Debbie has proven she’s more than just a party persona, but a cake baking, gambling, and drug-taking fashionista and lifestyle influencer. She added fitness guru to the list most recently after releasing “Work the Middle,” the lead single off her upcoming EP California Sweetheart Pt. 2, which is slated for release on August 5th. The single itself has a much spicier hook than typical LD tracks and an all around fuller sound. If it’s any indication of the rest of her new shit, it’s gonna be so hot you’ll need an oven mitt. — By Erin Manning

Wednesday, 8/6:

FKA Twigs
Webster Hall
8:00 p.m., $20
Few artists are more worthy of the acclaim and buzz they receive than FKA Twigs. The British musician has become an undeniable presence in both fashion and music thanks to her creative baby hair game and hauntingly intimate sound, respectively. Last year, her simply titled EP2 gave us lushly layered and sexy tracks that were compellingly smooth, and her new single “Two Weeks” promises an even more dynamic step in this direction. The new single’s video is just as gilded as her music and only intensifies the status of her upcoming full-length debut LP1, out on August 12 via Young Turks — one of this year’s most anticipated albums. Tonight, nary a week before its release, the Londoner brings her silk to Webster Hall. Given her fashion sense and dance career, expect visuals as stunning as her songs. — By Brittany Spanos

Thursday, 8/7:

Mingus Big Band
Jazz Standard
Thursday & Friday, 9:30 p.m., $25-30
The legacy of mercurial bassist, composer, mystic and all around multi-hyphenate Charles Mingus lives on at the Jazz Standard, where the 14-piece Mingus Big Band, led by his widow, Sue, has maintained a perennial Monday night residency. Like Sun Ra, Mingus himself lives on, too; this year, he celebrates the 35th anniversary of his death with the unveiling of a newly discovered composition, “Noonlight,” which had been collecting dust in Canadian professor Andrew Homzy’s house for the past 30 years until he unearthed it, reconstructed it, and recently premiered it in New York. It’s the jazz equivalent of a lost Mozart. — By Aidan Levy

Friday, 8/8:

‘Latino Punk Fest’
The Acheron
7:00 p.m., $15
The first (and hopefully annual) Latino Punk Fest will hit New York City this weekend, kicking off at the Acheron on Friday evening. Fans of spanish-language hardcore and d-beat will be able to check out local latino acts including NYC’s own Rebuschaos and Anasazi (of Sacred Bones fame) as well as New Jersey’s Gusano. The ferocious Eske hail from Chicago and Pura Mania are traveling all the way from Vancouver. LA’s Generacion Suicida headline and you might remember them from the April festival Burnouts En Baja Volume One, Coachella’s much more talented and angry sister. Latino Punk fest is for those who are sick of the heteronormative, sexist, fascist and racist themes that can sometimes rear its ugly head into heavy music. Fuck that, go to this. — By Maria Sherman

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