The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 8/10/15


Monday, 8/10

Sticky Fingers
Baby’s All Right
8:30 p.m., $10-$12

Emerging from the Land Down Under is the reggae fusion group Sticky Fingers (and no, not a Rolling Stones tribute act). This Australian fivesome float along to the strong melodic bass grooves of Paddy Cornwall and hit peaks during the soaring vocals of bandleader Dylan Frost. His tone is reminiscent of the Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, yet more subdued, as if it’s been dipped into the gooiest of hash oils. Sticky Fingers burn through their numbers and rip through their joints in a fashion fit for a sunny afternoon where the comedown is a long day away. — Silas Valentino

Vince Staples
The Shop
7 p.m., $3

Long Beach rapper Vince Staples initially grabbed ears in 2010 via his malicious verse on Earl Sweatshirt’s “epaR,” but the abrasive wordsmith solidified his marquee status on his recent debut LP, Summertime ’06. Heavily produced by No I.D. (whose dank beats have appeared on Kanye West, Jay Z, and Nas cuts), Summertime ’06 is a bold introduction to the twisted world of Staples — where Jeffrey Dahmer lookalikes drive for Uber and the community is suppressed like crabs in a bucket. Staples sounds riled up, and we’re fortunate enough to hear the outcry. — Silas Valentino

Tuesday, 8/11

Saint Vitus Bar
8 p.m., $15

Pioneers of “weed-metal,” the mangily bearded and heavily tatted Weedeater return once again to their home away from home, Saint Vitus, to spread sludge-oozing badassery. Over the course of a nearly two-decade campaign of heavier-than-hell destruction, “Dixie” Dave Collins, Dave “Shep” Shepherd, and Travis “T-Boogie” Owen have soldiered on in the face of some hard-assed slogging — ever since their 2001 debut, in fact, the amazingly titled And Justice for Y’All. And this Southern institution has emerged better than ever. With over fifteen years of popping off the ickiest, loudest riffage and most bloodcurdling wails under their collective belt, these Jack Daniel’s-guzzling, Lynyrd Skynyrd-covering metalists are in nonstop touring mode in support of the still-fresh and massive Goliathan, their first record since 2011’s Jason…the Dragon. Ears will bleed. With Kings Destroy, Blackout, and Black Black Black. — Brad Cohan

Summer Moon
Baby’s All Right
8 p.m., $10-$12

Just before the year 2014 expired, Tennessee Thomas — formerly the drummer for the L.A. rock band Like — debuted her new band on Baby’s All Right’s cushy stage during her birthday celebration. Joining her were the Strokes’ Nikolai Fraiture, Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Spring, and Lewis Lazar, and together they formed Summer Moon, indie’s newest supergroup. Fraiture takes over on vocals, and their track “With You Tonight” is a Caribbean-inflected pop nugget with a bouncy rhythm and a hook that recalls Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody).” The band is fresh to the scene, with only a few songs released, and this return to Baby’s All Right is the right time to catch the nascent act. — Silas Valentino

Rakim + DJ Tedsmooth
Marcus Garvey Park
7 p.m., FREE

After a decade-long absence, New York’s Rakim returned with The Seventh Seal in 2009. The influential MC is always topping hip-hop rankings, either through his solo capabilities or alongside Eighties partner Eric B. (their 1987 magnum opus Paid in Full is a staple of golden-age hip-hop), so with a six-year gap between Seventh Seal and today, it begs the question: Can we expect new material with this summer night show? He’ll be teaming up with “The Remix King,” Harlem’s DJ Tedsmooth, and with or without dipping into classic cuts like “I Ain’t No Joke” or “Eric B. Is President,” Rakim will be able to dazzle and impress. — Silas Valentino

ShapeShifter Lab
7 p.m., $10

The amoebic dance-rock group diNMachine stuffs an improbable amount of styles into its repertoire: jazz, Afropop, postpunk, salsa, Sixties lounge, and more, all rendered cohesive due to an underlying no-wave spirit. Comparisons to Sonic Youth, Talking Heads, and others can’t help but surface, but the band juggles so many different elements that a single explanatory label won’t do. Hearing it in person is a revelatory experience. — Danny King

Wednesday, 8/12

Cherry Glazerr
Baby’s All Right
8 p.m., $10-$12

Led by the captivating singer-guitarist Clementine Creevy, L.A.’s Cherry Glazerr tear into their garage punk rock with what sounds like a healthy diet of tacos, cheap canned beer, and youthful angst that can effortlessly switch from happy-go-lucky frolicking to brutal power-chord demolition. Cherry Glazerr’s 2014 record, Haxel Princess, is an uptempo fiesta where their surf-rock influences and lo-fi recordings meet in the middle of songs that detail a hunger for tasty snacks (“Grilled Cheese”) or creep into spooky territory, as heard in the album opener: “White’s Not My Color This Evening.” Honduras and Haybaby open this 21+ show. — Silas Valentino

Willie Nelson
Prospect Park Bandshell
6 p.m., $52.50

There are a few major expectations for a Willie Nelson show: His trustee guitar sidekick, Trigger, will be pulled and blasted, a red bandana will keep the sweat from blinding his 82-year-old eyes, and once the opening notes to classics like “Whiskey River” or “The Redheaded Stranger” begin to appear, a blanket of bliss will be cast upon the crowd. While it’s factors such as these that help define a Nelson show, it’s the unexpected that spark a high. What deep cut might he wrest from his bottomless bag? Who might appear beside him to help carry the tune? Old Crow Medicine Show serve as openers. — Silas Valentino

Saint Vitus Bar
8 p.m., $20

After the Smashing Pumpkins reached critical success, many bands fell for the bait and copied their formula: guitar rock carried by emotive lyrics toggling between heavy distort and soft rapture. But Champaign, Illinois alternative-rockers Hum didn’t just snatch and grab from Billy Corgan; rather, they improved and fine-tuned mid-Nineties rock. Their 1995 opus You’d Prefer an Astronaut is an achievement for its spacey pre-emo rock with shoegaze tendencies. While the single “Stars” earned them some solid radio play, it’s moments like “Little Dipper” and “The Very Old Man” that prove their worth and capability. Hum are currently touring in support of fellow Nineties rock rejects Failure (the two bands play Webster Hall on Thursday), but this Saint Vitus appearance is entirely and deservingly their own. — Silas Valentino

Thursday, 8/13

10 p.m., $15

The apocalyptic soundscape produced by Vessel (a/k/a Sebastian Gainsborough) is that of a cryptic aural beauty. Functioning within the dark universe of Tri Angle Records, Vessel expands the limits of record sampling by stretching ambient sounds that cast hypnotic spells upon audiences. It’s electronic music for a horror film. A venue such as Output will more than suffice; its expert sound system can elevate and enhance these joyfully creepy moments. It’s a late show — with ITAL, Aurora Halal, Earthen Sea, and Damon Eliza Palmero serving as openers — but it’s during the dead of night when Vessel sounds the most effective. — Silas Valentino

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