The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 7/20/15


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Monday, 7/20
Jacob Garchik
Joe’s Pub
7:30 p.m., $15
On live gigs supporting 2012’s outstanding The Heavens: The Atheist Gospel Trombone Album, Brooklyn avant-jazz multi-instrumentalist powerhouse Jacob Garchik assembled fellow trombone titans like Josh Roseman, Curtis Fowlkes, and Curtis Hasselbring to realize his vision. For Garchik’s latest titanic undertaking, Ye Olde, he’s traded in the marching-band-esque trombones, tuba, and baritone horn for an all-star guitar shredding unit: Mary Halvorson, Brandon Seabrook, and Jonathan Goldberger. On his forthcoming record (due later this year), Garchik’s trombone-driven, triple-guitar wail proves a helluva distinct beast: razor-sharp medieval jazz/rock with prog-centric and gothic twists and turns. Tonight marks a pre-release show for Ye Olde‘s debut, with the official record celebration tabbed for October 27 at Bowery Electric, so mark your calendar. — Brad Cohan

Raekwon + Ghostface Killah + Dillon Cooper
Irving Plaza
7 p.m., $31.50
Two of Wu-Tang Clans’s more prolific members, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, are set to do what they do best: collaborate with each other to bring the ruckus. And you can expect their Staten Island–inspired hip-hop for two nights in back-to-back performances at Irving Plaza this week. Raekwon is credited with pioneering the style of hardcore hip-hop known as Mafioso, the counter to the West Coast’s G-Funk style from the early Nineties, where he details the scoundrel life of modern organized crime. Ghostface Killah is hot off the heels of his twelfth album, Twelve Reasons to Die II, released last month to a warm reception, and joining these two legends is Dillon Cooper, the rising 22-year-old rapper from Brooklyn. — Silas Valentino

Tuesday, 7/21
Jazz in July
92nd Street Y
8 p.m., $52
Whenever you come across the 92Y’s Jazz in July series touted in print, you’re likely to see the word “exquisite” attached. Artistic director Bill Charlap sculpts his programs and performer lists to stress the kind of grace that he himself brings to the stage when leading his piano trio. As usual, this year he peppers the repertory-slanted schedule with vocalists: Ernie Andrews gives Duke a smooch, Ann Hampton Callaway glides through Sondheim, and Kurt Elling embraces the mighty Frank Sinatra. Each will be bolstered by some of the city’s sagest improvisers. Vets Dick Hyman, Houston Person, and Bucky Pizzarelli are part of an ever-changing cast that includes skilled boomers Matt Wilson, Ken Peplowski, and Marcus Roberts. Mainstream jazz is full of finesse, and as the week-long fest puts its personal spin on history and unpacks the kind of splendor that tickles the button-down crowd, a distinct p.o.v. will emerge. You bet it’s exquisite. — Jim Macnie

Jenny Scheinman
Village Vanguard
8:30/10:30 p.m., $30
Violinist Jenny Scheinman debuts a new quartet in her first appearance in three years at the venerable subterranean Village institution, with longtime collaborators pianist Myra Melford, multi-reedist Doug Wieselman, and drummer Rudy Royston. After last year’s The Littlest Prisoner, a doleful folk-inflected singer-songwriter album, Scheinman returns to her downtown roots as an instrumental improviser, finding pathos in a hybridized style drawing from Appalachian fiddle, klezmer, and the avant-garde that has helped redefine the role of the violin in the jazz diaspora. Scheinman will intersperse premieres written specifically for the run with material from Shalagaster, a 2004 album featuring Melford that hewed toward the folksier side of jazz. Sets nightly, Tuesday through Sunday. — Aidan Levy

Prospect Park Bandshell (Celebrate Brooklyn)
7 p.m., $35
Last year, Interpol released their best record since 2004’s Antics. Their moody, impressive fifth album, El Pintor, had the New York trio summoning sounds evocative of a late-night subway ride home, and recalls that alluringly dark atmosphere that had fans swooning for them back in the early Aughts. Frontman Paul Banks took over bass duties on El Pintor after founding bassist Carlos D officially left the band following their 2010 self-titled effort. And while there’s a noticeable absence in Carlos D’s deep, throbbing rhythm section, this gap allows for the remaining members to fill it in with delightful textural temperament. — Silas Valentino

Wednesday, 7/22
Modest Mouse + Gene Ween
Prospect Park Bandshell (Celebrate Brooklyn)
8 p.m., $42.50
For the majority of the Obama administration, Pacific Northwest ambassadors Modest Mouse remained relatively out of sight. Their solid 2007 record We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank was promising (especially due to the presence of former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, who officially joined the band for the record) but after the dust settled, Modest Mouse retreated into the dark. That is, until this past March, when their sixth album, Strangers to Ourselves, saw daylight and reminded fans why the band is worth the wait. Strangers has Modest Mouse campaigning for nature sustainability (remember: Pacific NW), and leader Isaac Brock continues to brandish that endearing snarl. Let’s just hope there isn’t another eight-year gap before the next album. — Silas Valentino

Marilyn Carino
9 p.m., $10
With vocals that sound like a cross-pollination between Nina Simone’s vigor and Thom Yorke’s experimental tendencies arrives Brooklyn’s Marilyn Carino. Her music is fit for perusing an art gallery (an accurate description, as she is associated with the Bushwick gallery Life on Mars), and the eerie soundscapes found on her recent album Leaves, Sadness, Science can simultaneously delight as well as agitate the mood. The final track on the record, “War and Peace,” features former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills and best exhibits Carino’s dual sensibility. — Silas Valentino

Milky Chance
Central Park SummerStage
6 p.m., $35–$40
Velvety-throated German vocalist Clemens Rehbein forms one half of Milky Chance, the mellow indie pop outfit that layers mellow and palatable melodies over the gently bopping beats of DJ Philipp Dausch. Though their sound has wide appeal, Milky Chance’s signature songs are surprisingly emotive, even forlorn. What their 2013 debut Sadnecessary lacks in variety it makes up for in catchiness and light, melancholic melodies. Opening the show are the Ithaca-based alt-rock band X Ambassadors. — Carena Liptak

Thursday, 7/23
Jon Batiste and Stay Human
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
5:30 p.m., FREE
“Love Riots” is the term Jon Batiste uses to define the stripped-down, intimate shows he and his band Stay Human have perfected. They were trained at the Juilliard School but credit New York’s streets and subway chambers for shaping their delightful sound. Batiste tends to lead by sitting down at his piano and following the tight coordination of saxophone, tuba, drums, and bass. In July of 2014 Batiste and Stay Human performed their cut “Express Yourself” on The Colbert Report (where they ended the song by literally taking it to the streets), and this inspired moment may have been why they were chosen as the house band for the upcoming Late Show With Stephen Colbert. — Silas Valentino

Music Hall of Williamsburg
7 p.m., $35
Scottish electropop band CHVRCHES return this week, not only with a sold-out show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, but with a freshly released track: “Leave a Trace,” from their forthcoming sophomore record, Every Open Eye, out in September. “Leave a Trace” continues the trio’s exploration into catchy synth-hooks-laden songs led by the emotionally captivating singer Lauren Mayberry. She follows a path set forth by the Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde — in the sense that both singers were music journalists prior to fronting excellent pop-rock bands — but Mayberry breaks away via her furious vocal presentation. Even though this show is sold out, refer to secondary markets for tickets. Baio opens. — Silas Valentino