The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 7/13


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Monday, 7/13
Jonah Parzen-Johnson
Silent Barn
8 p.m., $5
Like Diamond Terrifier/Zs mastermind Sam Hilmer and Arcade Fire touring member Colin Stetson, sax and synth-wielding virtuoso Jonah Parzen-Johnson weaves and wails a beautiful electro-jazz fusion. He calls his unique craft “lo-fi experimental folk music.” With his recently released second LP, Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow, Parzen-Johnson — with remix help from Hilmer, Adam Schatz of local popcentric crew Landlady and the War on Drugs’ Anthony LaMarca — proves he’s a poetic horn-smith and master manipulator of melodic sounds, much like his former teacher Matana Roberts. Tonight, Parzen-Johnson presents the third installment of his Single: Solo Series where he will be joined by ubiquitous free-improv bass ace Brandon Lopez, Cuddle Magic vocalist Kristen Slipp and trombonist Josh Roseman. – Brad Cohan

Sea of Bees
Baby’s All Right
1:30 p.m., $8-$10
Sea of Bees represents the charming side of Sacramento, the Californian capital that’s generally a landlocked black hole for music. With her falsetto vocals backed by a coffeehouse-ready music accompaniment, Julie Ann Baenziger needs only a few verses to be able to commandeer your attention. The adorable track “Willis” from her 2010 album, Songs for the Ravens, begins with Baenziger exuding an exasperated groan before launching into a John Hughesian movie moment. – Silas Valentino

Tuesday, 7/14
Chris Robinson Brotherhood
The Stone Pony
7 p.m., $18
The initial irony behind the Chris Robinson Brotherhood is the absence of the leader and singer’s biological brother Rich – who cofounded the sibling’s hugely successful group The Black Crowes – but it irony stops there. Rock ‘n’ roll has worn a variety of jackets, but when Chris Robinson howls, its threads seem to gleam. Brother Chris began CRB in 2011 in between breaks with the Crowes, and their third record, the Southern rock-infused Phosphorescent Harvest, was released last year. It was announced in January of 2015 that the Black Crowes are no more, so the Brotherhood receives all of Robinson’s musical attention — and it shows. – Silas Valentino

Anderson East
Mercury Lounge
6:30 p.m., $10
Not much is said about Athens, Alabama in terms of music (its Georgian counterpart gets all the attention), but this sleepy town near the border of Tennessee has given birth to voices that demand to be heard thanks to Alabama Shakes and now Anderson East. East’s music straddles that line between Southern gospel and Music Row-ready songwriting. Songs such as “Find ‘Em, Fool ‘Em, And Forget ‘Em” rumble and tumble with soul-rock momentum and it peaks with the crooner “Satisfy Me,” a track layered in a way that would make all of Muscle Shoals look northward. – Silas Valentino

Wednesday, 7/15
Foo Fighters
Citi Field
7 p.m., $45 – $75
Even after a recent stage tumble left him with a seriously broken leg, Dave Grohl refuses to let rock ‘n’ roll die. Though Foo Fighters did have to cancel a few dates following the injury (including a headlining slot at Glastonbury), the group is back for the North American leg of their Sonic Highways Tour. Injury be damned, the show will go on. Grohl will just be sitting. In a cast. Which fans could virtually sign online. For the Foo’s two nights at Citi Field, British rock duo Royal Blood opens. While the July 16 date is sold out, tickets are available on the secondary market; seats for July 15 are still available. – Jill Menze

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Queensbridge Park
5:00 p.m., FREE
The Mothership will land in Queens. Fitting, for George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic are funk royalty, and five decades of their regal sound calls for a party in the park. After a tumultuous time period enduring drug addiction and financial woes, George Clinton today is as sharp and stunning as ever, choosing to don crisp suits in lieu of his classic intergalactic apparel. This show will be the first of two free P-Funk delights in one week (the other is on 7/16 at the MetroTech Commons), so revel in the fact that by the time you hear the next pop, the funk shall be within you. – Silas Valentino

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Webster Hall
7:30 p.m., $27.50
A Nineties without the Mighty Mighty Bosstones is a decade without one of its quirkiest bands. When else could a ska-core band of eight from Boston make it big with two impressive and timeless tracks like “The Impression That I Get” and “Someday I Suppose”? Dicky Barrett can still, to this day, belt out a tune with his signature gut-rattling call. Their ninth and most recent record was 2011’s The Magic of Youth, so MMB fanatics should expect lots of old hits and potentially some new tricks at this Webster Hall appearance. – Silas Valentino

Hall & Oates
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8 p.m., $25 – $149.50
A few constants connect our world: Breathing, the search for meaning, and a universal appreciation for Hall & Oates. Hear someone say otherwise and you’ll hear someone limiting their potential for enjoying life through a three-minute pop song. There’s no need to start a #TeamHall or #TeamOates campaign – this Eighties-defining duo bat for the same squad and their success can be heard on “Rich Girl,” “You Make My Dreams,” and “Maneater.” The only question here is which melody of those three classics did you start humming to yourself first? – Silas Valentino

Thursday, 7/16
Large Professor
Queensbridge Park
7:00 p.m., FREE
The Mount Rushmore of golden Nineties hip-hop is the cover of A Tribe Called Quest’s iconic 1993 album Midnight Marauders, and featured amid the polka-dotted faces is none other than Harlem’s Large Professor. With a voice that’s reminiscent of Nas (a fellow Queens-born MC), Large Professor distances himself from the hip-hop status quo during his 1996 hit “Ijustwannachill,” wherein he boasts “I don’t wanna ill/I just wanna chill/And keep my hand around a hundred-dollar bill.” More sage than braggart, Large Professor is set to drop a new album, RE: Living Legend, this fall. So far, he’s given us a taste with the Nas-inspired track “In the Scrolls,” in which he confirms that Queensbridge is where stars are born. – Silas Valentino

Toons + Purples + Gladshot + Robot Princess
Cake Shop
8 p.m., $8
Garage rock when done by a single group is perfectly fine, but throw in a lineup of four and you have hours of head-banging, thrashing joy. Toons headline this Thursday evening affair and the Brooklyn foursome sound like they did their Dinosaur Jr. homework. Scratching dual guitars and rambunctious outbreaks help coddle their songs detailing strips club blues or the old candy favorite Bazooka Joe. It’s been a minute since alt. country produced a worthy contender for Gram Parsons’ throne, and Philly’s Purple seem like they’re ready to take a shot with their slide-guitar-riddled track “LD.” Exchanging rock for more pop sensibilities is the NYC duo Gladshot and opening the set are noise rockers with a taste for melody Robot Princess. Even though it’s on a Thursday night, the weekend starts at Cake Shop. – Silas Valentino