Wilco, OK Go and Hot Chip Play New York City
Wednesday, July 18
Expect to hear the hits from 1990s alt-rock survivors Everclear, ("Santa Monica," "Father Of Mine") Sugar Ray, ("Fly," "Every Morning") Gin Blossoms ("Hey Jealousy") and Marcy Playground ("Sex And Candy") at Roseland Ballroom. Let the late-'90s resurgence begin!
Thursday, July 19
Chicago-bred, but LA-based indie-rockers OK Go have built their quirky reputation by creating incredibly catchy and elaborately choreographed music videos. The 2006 video for "Here It Goes Again," in which the band performed a complex routine with the aid of motorized treadmills, has received more than 60 million plays on YouTube. That video, along with many of OK Go's other groundbreaking videos, were made by frontman Damian Kulash's sister, Trish Sie. Her most recent video for the band is "Skyscrapers," which she stars in, as well as directs. At Williamsburg Park, Brooklyn.
Also tonight: Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt's excellent Lotus Plaza project headlines tonight at the Knitting Factory, and the bill also includes eerie synth-poppers out of Brooklyn, Warm Ghost.
Friday, July 20
"Here But I'm Gone" is a 70th birthday tribute to late soul singer Curtis Mayfield, featuring his former vocal group The Impressions, which Curtis sang with from 1958 to 1970. Honoring the legend is a super-soulful collection of some of the finest vocalists in the world: Aloe Blacc, Bilal, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Inyang Bassey, Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio), Mavis Staples, Meshell Ndegeocello, The Roots, Ryan Montbleau, Sinéad O’Connor, and William Bell. This performance is part of the Lincoln Center Festival at Avery Fisher Hall.
Also tonight: Hot Chip's fifth album, the just-released "In Our Heads," is their first album to crack the U.S. Billboard Top 100 — and deservedly so. The Londoners are one of the finest synth-pop bands you'll hear today. Check out the video for "Night & Day" (starring supermodel Lara Stone, British actor Terence Stamp and beatboxing comic Reggie Watt) from the album here. At Terminal 5.
Saturday, July 21
While his name may not be that familiar, Dick Dale's sound has reverberated around the world for over 50 years. King of the surf guitar, Dale is at Brooklyn Bowl tonight. Remember the opening sounds of Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction"? Well, that was Dick Dale and his Del Tones. Check it out again here.
Also tonight: Bebel Gilberto weaves her bossanova magic at Central Park and a Matthew Dear DJ set gets things rolling at Moma PS1's Warm Up series of summer Saturday afternoon concerts.
Sunday, July 22
Do you like your punks with plenty of youthful exuberance? Then Danish rockers Iceage fit the bill. Formed in 2008 with one classic album under their belt (2011's "New Brigade"), Iceage have a great reputation for letting it rip. Pitchfork described their music as "mixing the black atmosphere of goth, the wild-limbed whoosh of hardcore, and the clangor of post-punk." At Le Poisson Rouge.
Monday, July 23
Dream-pop duo Beach House formed in 2004 in Baltimore and are the creative union of Maryland native Alex Scally and French singer Victoria Legrand. Their fourth album, "Bloom," has proven to be a breakthrough release, reaching both the U.S. and U.K. Top 20. The group's influences include This Mortal Coil, The Zombies, Brian Wilson, Françoise Hardy and Neil Young and will provide the perfect soundtrack to a languid summer evening at Central Park's Summerstage.
Also tonight: Wilco play the Prospect Park Bandshell and '70s easy-listening icon Kenny Loggins is at City Winery.
Tuesday, July 24
Wilco have evolved into an American institution since forming in Chicago in 1994 out of the ashes of alt-country band Uncle Tupelo. Led by singer-songwriter Jeff Tweedy, their most recent album, 2011's "The Whole Love," was rated by various critics as one of the best of the year. It was also their first album on their own label, dBpm. Rolling Stone magazine has described Wilco as "one of America's most consistently interesting bands" and "America's foremost rock impressionists." At the Prospect Park Bandshell.