The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 8/3/15


Monday, 8/3

City Winery
8 p.m., $45

Prototype punks X set early-Eighties Los Angeles ablaze with their bone-crushing riffs and lyrical tomfoolery, with “Johnny Hit and Run Paulene” and “The World’s a Mess, It’s in My Kiss” serving as prime examples of their power. Operating in the same vein as the Cramps and the Damned, X distinguished themselves largely by way of their dual, sneering vocalists, Exene Cervenka and John Doe. Not since 1993’s Hey Zeus! have X released a full batch of new songs (though 2009 did see the release of a two-track EP, Merry Xmas from X), indicating that their current tour is focused on that past prime. — Silas Valentino

Dillinger Escape Plan
Saint Vitus Bar
8 p.m., $20

As heavy as they are calculated, Dillinger Escape Plan approach metal with a knack for playful innovation thanks to lead singer Greg Puciato’s relentless lyrics and the band’s obscure, poppy moments (see “Milk Lizard”). Dillinger Escape Plan’s 2013 album, One of Us Is the Killer, takes its name from the title track’s chorus: “One of us must die, but the killer won’t survive” — revealing Puciato’s apparently rather intense approach toward romantic relationships. Though this show is currently sold out, check secondary markets for a chance to buzz your eardrums and bang your head. — Silas Valentino

Tuesday, 8/4

Sessions at the Circle
Time Warner Center
6 p.m., FREE

Lasting through September 1, the free music series Sessions at the Circle — which runs each Tuesday night at six — offers live performances from premier musicians on a weekly basis. Taking place on the second floor of the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, the program is a co-presentation between Jazz at Lincoln Center and DoNYC. The slate of performers includes the Christopher Brothers (7/28), Benny Benack (8/4), Shenel Johns (8/11), Vuyo Sotashe (8/18), Jazzmeia Horn (8/25), and the International Chamber Orchestra of America (9/1). — Danny King

Brandon Flowers
Terminal 5
8 p.m., $35

When he’s not fronting the Killers, Brandon Flowers continues his exploration into synthpop, where the keyboard reigns supreme (and the guitar falls to the back). Big choruses match his even bigger vocals; the recent The Desired Effect had the new-wave revivalist sounding his most confident to date in the solo setting. Opening is the New York City crooner Donald Cumming, who used to front the garage rockers the Virgins but now opts for delicate love songs backed by precision pop arrangements. His debut solo release, Out Calls Only from earlier this year, was an achievement for its tender sensibilities. — Silas Valentino

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Prospect Park Bandshell (Celebrate Brooklyn)
8 p.m., $39.50

There are enough members in Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros to support a bustling Laurel Canyon commune — the kind with plenty of jolly, upbeat music and festive attitude. Since emerging in 2010 with their debut, Up From Below (boosted by the breakout single “Home”), Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros have perfected the soulful-hippie persona by commemorating life’s simple highs. Sometimes comprising as many as ten musicians, the band skip along to the beat of their own chamber-pop and cordially invites you to join in their whimsical fun. — Silas Valentino

Wednesday, 8/5

Ratking + Bishop Nehru
East River Amphitheater
7:00 p.m., FREE

The mythical 8:1 rat:human ratio in NYC has been debunked, but the city’s very own aggressive hip-hop trio Ratking deserve to be the regent of all those rodents for their braggadocious lyrical flow, a manner befitting the subway trenches. Ratking are a product of the city, and their youth has them going off in a rush-hour sprint. Fellow New York young-gun MC Bishop Nehru is hot off the heels of a successful Governors Ball appearance, and together both acts sound as if they’re ready to claim the town as their own. — Silas Valentino

Dither + Lee Ranaldo + Yo La Tengo + Mark Stewart + Matmos
Lincoln Center/Damrosch Park Bandshell
7:30 p.m., FREE

The true party for this show will take place in the guitar tech and roadie section of backstage, because all five acts are notorious for their unique approaches to the guitar — either in the way they reinvented the noise that can be transmitted via six strings (like Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo) or mastered the instrument via deep experimentation, as heard in the quartet Dither. The ax is the headliner for the night and will be celebrated through multiple interpretations that reveal its multifaceted beauty. New Jersey’s Yo La Tengo anchor the evening. — Silas Valentino

Thursday, 8/6

East River Park Amphitheater
7:00 p.m., FREE

Last year’s Our Love was what it took to position Canada’s Caribou as one of today’s more vibrant electronic producers. Matching lovely harmonies to a heavy beat-driven arrangement, Dan Snaith sounds his most matured over Our Love’s ten-song sprawl. Both hip-hop and r&b influences shine through here, and their glowing combination is a feat earned by Snaith’s expert experimentation. Sinkane will open the show — the London producer’s the perfect foil, as he likewise challenges the genre to expand and progress. — Silas Valentino

U.S. Girls + Yuck
Pier 84 (Hudson River Park)
6:00 p.m., FREE

U.S. Girls (or Meg Remy) likes to toy around with her music, and we’re lucky enough to get to hear the outcome. This Toronto-based/American-born artist has been releasing a string of lo-fi creations since 2009. Her last release, 2012’s GEM, has her at her most realized and confident. The English Nineties revivalists Yuck kick off the jams with their fuzzy drone attacks. Their most recent release was 2014’s Southern Skies EP, whose title track is a beaut based around a tasty looped guitar riff. — Silas Valentino

Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building
5 p.m., FREE

SummerStage in Harlem continues with this r&b-themed night, the highlight of which is a live performance from the entertaining and uproarious Avery*Sunshine. She’s currently touring around the world (tonight’s appearance arrives between stops in Tennessee and Maryland), though few settings are likely to be as perfect for her style — a candid mix of raw comedy and gospel-level pipes — as this one. — Danny King

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