The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 7/6/15


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Monday, 7/6
Bowery Ballroom
8 p.m., $20
Mudhoney, the proto-grunge overlords and original “Loser” poster boys who, along with Nirvana and TAD, formed the unrivaled trifecta that propelled Sub Pop Records to global domination, are hitting the east coast yet again. They’re still basking in the glorious punk rock stench of 2013’s comeback LP, Vanishing Point. The SuperFuzz and Big Muff-stomping goons have been dishing the garage rock goods for over twenty-five years now, outlasting most of their peers while inspiring a slew of young guns to carry the grunge torch. Sure, sneering singer Mark Arm, guitarist Steve Turner, bassist Guy Maddison and drummer Dan Peters have day jobs, wives, and kids, but that hasn’t stopped their post-Stooges debauchery. So get ready to enter the mosh pit and lose your shit to classics like “Touch Me, I’m Sick” and “Suck Me Dry” to recent barn-burners like “Chardonnay” and “I Like It Small.” Self-described “thug-pop” locals Pampers set the stage for these grizzled legends. – Brad Cohan

Tuesday, 7/7
Music Hall of Williamsburg
7 p.m., $13 – $15
There’s something to be said for a duo that can captivate an entire room with one guitar and one bass, but Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad have made a name for themselves as Girlpool doing just that. With bracing harmonies and unapologetic lyrics lambasting the world’s injustices (particularly those related to gender) delivered in raw and refreshing ways, Girlpool have easily cemented a reputation as an immediately arresting live act. In support of their stellar debut record Before the World Was Big, Girlpool play their biggest show in NYC to date at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Rounding out the lineup are fellow lo-fi indie pop purveyors Alex G and Frankie Cosmos, both of whom rose to prominence by posting a prolific amount of material via Bandcamp. The latter secured some legitimacy with the success of her first studio album, Zentropy, last year, while Alex G has recently remastered and re-released two LPs, Rules and Tricks, after the breakout success of 2014’s DSU. – Lindsey Rhoades

Pro Era + Joey Bada$$ + Flatbush Zombies + The Underachievers
Central Park SummerStage
5 p.m., $35 – $40
If Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All taught the rap industry anything, it’s camaraderie: Why play the game solo when you can dominate through a collective? In step with the bravado-blasting, youth-invigorating thunder of OFWGKTA, Brooklyn hip-hop collective Pro Era — fronted by the prodigal wordsmith Joey Bada$$ — are keeping the teen spirit lit. This event is created to honor Capital Steez, the former Pro Era member who passed in the winter of 2012. Though tickets are sold out, check secondary markets for this Pro Era bash. – Silas Valentino

Wednesday, 7/8
Death Grips
Brooklyn Masonic Temple
8 p.m., $29.50
A lot of people have put their faith in Death Grips, buying enough tickets to sell out both Webster Hall and Brooklyn Masonic Temple (though there are some tickets still floating around on the secondary market). The infamous rap-meets-noise trio of drummer Zack Hill, MC Ride, and producer Andy Morin have broken up, gotten back together, and called it quits again, only to release subsequent albums with no announcement, and no label (they were notoriously dropped from Epic after leaking No Love Deep Web back in 2012). In their many attempts to obfuscate their very existence, individual shows and entire tours alike have been cancelled, so the question remains as to whether or not their scheduled appearances in NYC will ever take place. For their fervent fanbase, that’s all part of the fun. – Lindsey Rhoades

The Stepkids
Madison Square Park
7:00 PM
Any band that proudly opens an album with the phrase “Once upon a time… in Connecticut” before seeping into a jazz lounge-ready number that would make Donald Fagen crack a smile is a band you can trust. The Stepkids make soul that would have scorched the scene if released thirty years ago, but we’re lucky to have them around today. They’re signed to the sacred label Stones Throw Records and their 2013 LP Troubadour is a grand achievement for its vintage, velvet-smooth production that marries soul and funk in a contemporary holy union. – Silas Valentino

Thursday, 7/9
Pier 83 Hudson River Park
6 p.m., FREE
There’s no doubt that Katie Crutchfield has come a long way with her lo-fi recording project Waxahatchee; from self-produced debut American Weekend, through widespread critical acclaim for 2013’s Cerulean Salt, to this year’s excellent Ivy Tripp, her Merge Records debut, Crutchfield’s sound has resonated with an audiences that continues to grow. That’s further evidenced by the fact that she headlines the kick-off for Hudson RiverRocks’ 17th season after opening for the Generationals on the same pier just two years ago. Speedy Ortiz, lead by charismatic and verbose Sadie Dupuis, could headline in their own right – after all, the intricate alt-laced indie jams on their latest record, Foil Deer, sure do pack an energetic punch. And in a few more years’ time, we wouldn’t be surprised to see opener Weyes Blood, a/k/a. Brooklyn songstress Natalie Mering, leading a whole different pack of Next Big Things. – Lindsey Rhoades

Balkan Beat Box
Brooklyn Bowl
6 p.m., $17 – $20
A familiar brass horn break arrives about a minute into Balkan Beat Box’s gypsy funk song “Hermetico.” Originally released in 2007 off BBB’s sophomore album Nu Med, this snake-charming riff is the hook on Jason Derulo hit single “Talk Dirty” — and it’s not the only case of earworms when it comes to this Brooklyn-via-Tel Aviv trio. Their Mediterranean-inspired music is a party rumpus full of wind instruments and dance floor gravitations. This is the first of two back-to-back nights at Brooklyn Bowl and their infectious rhythm just might be what it takes to finally bowl that 300. – Silas Valentino

Punch Brothers
Prospect Park Bandshell
7:30 PM, FREE
An instrument like the mandolin is one that sounds fairly casual until you hear a prodigy like Chris Thile strum and pluck it. Upon hearing its potential fully reached, the mandolin quickly becomes a beacon of beauty, and the band that best exhibits this feat today is the Thile-fronted Punch Brothers. Fans of the early Aughts folk revivalist Nickel Creek will surely recognize Thile’s bird-like vocals, but don’t judge this group as some shadow act. Their record The Phosphorescent Blues was released earlier this year, but the blossoming of summer during this Celebrate Brooklyn event is a more ideal setting to bask in its grace. – Silas Valentino

Friday, 7/10
Mates Of State
Bowery Ballroom
8 p.m., $15
Husband and wife team Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner have been making sweet,twee pop tunes for nearly two decades as Mates of State, but for their latest EP You’re Going To Make It, they decided to pull out all the stops and go for anthemic hits, though still built from their trademark meld of drums, synth, and playful vocal harmonies. In support of the release, they hit Bowery Ballroom with another dynamic duo in tow – cello and acoustic guitar sister act Good Graeff, who made a name busking on street corners from their hometown of Sarasota, Florida to Hanoi, Vietnam, where they still have a strong following. Hey Marseilles, a six-piece orchestral folk ensemble from Seattle, are also along for the (likely very crowded) ride. – Lindsey Rhoades

Rainer Maria
Saint Vitus Bar
8 p.m., $15
In the mid-Aughts, Rainer Maria had a practice space at North Six, the venue that would later become Music Hall of Williamsburg. When the band played their last show there in 2006, lead singer Caithlin De Marrais referred to it as “home,” but this time around, after three reunion shows in NYC, Chicago and Philly last year, the indie rock trio have opted to play much more intimate venues. The first of those will be at St. Vitus; traditionally a metal club, it sold out in less than a hour, so a second show at Shea Stadium the following night was added. They seem to be keeping mum about whether there will be another Rainer Maria release (or more extensive tour – the NYC dates are the only ones they’ve announced so far) so treat this as a rare opportunity to catch the energetic ensemble while you can. – Lindsey Rhoades