This Week's Best Shows and a Spotify Playlist of the Bands
Thursday, June 26
L.A. band Warpaint, currently celebrating 10 years together, partner with the Yellowbirds for a double bill in Prospect Park Bandshell’s Celebrate Brooklyn concert series. For their latest single, the drum-machine driven "Disco // Very," Warpaint partnered with director (and former pro skater) Laban Pheidias, who included professional skateboarder Justin Eldridge in the shoot. From 7:30 p.m. Prospect Park Bandshell, 62 West Drive, Prospect Park. Free.
Friday, June 27
American punk rock icon Jello Biafra’s current band, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School Of Medicine, was formed to play at his 50th birthday, inspired by Iggy Pop’s 60th birthday gig in San Francisco. The founding member of the Dead Kennedys has released two albums with his new band, with 2013's “White People and the Damage Done” being the most recent album. 6:30 p.m., Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th St, Chelsea. $17 in advance, $20 day of show.
Saturday, June 28
Los Angeles power pop and glam-influenced rockers The Singles are touring behind the recent release of their album “Look How Fast A Heart Can Break.” 8:30 p.m. tonight at The Delancey, 168 Delancey St., Lower East Side. $6. Friday night at The Rock Shop, 249 4th Ave., Brooklyn. $8.
Sunday, June 29
The English Beat formed in Birmingham in 1978, during a period of high unemployment and social upheaval. Although the band racked up more than a dozen UK hits, including "Tears of a Clown," "Mirror in the Bathroom," "Stand Down Margaret" and "Save it for Later," outside the British Isles, the band was relatively marginalized. Combining ska, pop, soul, reggae and punk rock, the The English Beat was at the forefront of the 2 Tone Ska revival alongside The Specials and Madness. After their 1983 breakup, bassist Andy Cox and guitarist David Steele formed the Fine Young Cannibals with Roland Gift, finally conquering the US with two consecutive number one singles, "She Drives Me Crazy" and "Good Thing" in 1989. At City Winery, 155 Varick St, TriBeca. $40/$60.
Monday, June 30
Beck is playing two big shows this week, Hammerstein Ballroom tonight and Central Park’s Summerstage Tuesday. His latest album, “Morning Phase” was designed as a "companion piece" to his acoustic textured 2002 album Sea Change. Beck’s father, the composer and arranger David Campbell, contributed orchestral elements to the album, which was Beck’s first full-length release in six years. The Summerstage concert is sold out, tickets to tonight’s show at Hammerstein Ballroom are available from $80 at Ticketmaster. 311 West 34th Street, Midtown. 8 p.m.
Tuesday, July 1
The Encores! Off-Center series sees the New York City Center celebrate landmark off-Broadway musicals that pushed creative boundaries when they were first produced. In the latest instalment, iconic American composer Randy Newman plays the devil in the return of his 1995 musical Faust. 7:30 p.m., 131 West 55th St, Midtown. $25/$110.