This Week's Best Shows and a Spotify Playlist of the Bands
Thursday, July 10
1972’s groundbreaking compilation album “Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968” documented a time when American pop music was twisted and wild. Compiled by Jac Holzman, founder of Elektra Records, and Lenny Kaye, who would later be lead guitarist for the Patti Smith Group, the Nuggets compilation proved highly influential to music’s next generation of punks, post-punks and garage rockers. Tonight, at the first in a series of Summer Of Nuggets performances, hear Symphony For The Devils, a band featuring Lenny Kaye. 8 p.m., City Winery, 155 Varick St, TriBeca. $35/$45
Friday, July 11
Montreal quartet Ought’s earnest post-punk sound is captured well on their Constellation Records debut “More Than Any Other Day.” Tonight, catch them alongside LA duo Dub Thompson at Baby’s All Right from 8 p.m., 146 Broadway, Williamsburg. $10.
The Seaport Music Festival, a free weekly summer festival kicking off this evening, features indie rockers on the rise. This evening, catch austere Detroit rockers Protomartyr and reverb-drenched, bittersweet Canadians Alvvays. Seaport Music Festival, every Friday 7 p.m., through August 29 at South Street Seaport. Free.
Saturday, July 12
Village Voice’s annual 4Knots Music Festival kicks off today at 1 p.m. with an indie-focused lineup starring Mac DeMarco, Those Darlins, Radkey, Viet Cong, Nude Beach, Re-Tros and Dead Stars. Highlights include Dinosaur Jr., the alt-rock giants who have released three albums since re-forming in 2005, Uruguayan singer songwriter Juan Wauters (formerly of The Beets), whose debut album “NAP: North American Poetry” was released this year on the Captured Tracks label and Massachusett's grunge-influenced rockers Speedy Ortiz. 1 - 8 p.m., South Street Seaport, Fulton and South Streets, Pier 17, Free.
Colorful Japanese-born, New York City-based duo Cibo Matto are back after an extended break. Their latest album "Hotel Valentine" was released by old friend and collaborator Sean Lennon on his Chimera Music label. Cibo Matto will perform as a part of Warm Up 2014 at MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue, Long Island City. $18/$20.
The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival is underway, celebrating how the genre has been a tool for social change and community building. Tonight catch Raekwon, Jay Electronica and CyHi the Prynce at 50 Kent Ave, Williamsburg. Tickets are $5/$75.
Sunday, July 13
Hitting Central Park’s Summerstage tonight is Bonobo. Chill out to their gentle fusion of '60s French film themes and instrumental hiphop. First in, first seated. 69th Street at Fifth Avenue entrance, Rumsey Field, Central Park, from 6 p.m.
Monday, July 14
Bruno Mars and special guest Pharrell Williams play Madison Square Garden tonight and tomorrow night as part of Mars’ Moonshine Jungle tour, which began in June 2013. From 7:30 p.m., 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, Midtown, $70/$185.
Tuesday, July 15
Scotland’s gentle indie rockers Camera Obscura play Poisson Rouge. Their fifth album, 2013’s “Desire Lines,” was recorded in Portland, Oregon and features a guest appearance from Neko Case. 8 p.m., 158 Bleecker St, Greenwich Village. $27
Wednesday, July 16
Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival, a free two-night event at Brookfield Place Plaza, kicks off this evening with Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings headlining. Free tickets for seating will be distributed two per person, starting at 3 p.m today at the venue, Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place. From 6 p.m.