This Week's Best Shows and a Spotify Playlist of the Bands

By Ben Fractenberg on July 30, 2014 7:47pm 

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  Dr. John, Jurassic 5 and John Legend are all playing the city this week.
Gigs of the Week, July 31
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Thursday, July 31

Swedish folk singer José González is premiering new arrangements of his music with chamber ensemble yMusic during an free outdoor concert at Lincoln Center’s Damrosh Park Bandshell at 7:30 p.m. The classical sextet has also collaborated The National, St. Vincent and Dirty Projectors.

The Temper Trap broke out in 2009 with the big, emotive single “Sweet Disposition” from their debut album, "Conditions." The band is set to release their third album this year. Check out the new material when they play the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show is sold out, but there are still lots of tickets available on StubHub.

 

Friday, Aug. 1

Country pop star and The Voice judge Blake Shelton’s 2013 album “Based on a True Story” is back at No. 1 on the country music charts. He’ll be headlining Madison Square Garden with The Band Perry, Dan & Shay and Neal McCoy on Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets are still available between $49 and $89.

If you still have some pent up 90s angst, you might be able to release it all when Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden play Jones Beach at 7 p.m. tonight. Tickets start at $35.

Brooklyn indie pop group Snowmine is playing a free show as part of the Seaport Music Festival. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the South Street Seaport. The Casket Girls open. It's an all-ages show.

Saturday, Aug. 2

Indie hip-hop darlings Jurassic 5 reunited this year and released a new song “The Way We Do It.” They will be at the Best Buy Theater with Dilated Peoples and Beat Junkies. Doors are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $42.50 to $50.

New Orleans jazz-funk (and blues, rock ‘n’ rock, zydeco…) legend Dr. John is playing a free outdoor show at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield. His latest album “Locked Down” was produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. With Hurray for Riff Raff. Doors are at 2 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 3

R&B singer and Maroon 5 keyboardist — and Grammy nominee — PJ Morton will be at the Cutting Room with The Como Brothers Band. Doors are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $35.

Monday, Aug. 4

If you need some inspiration for your latest zine, '90s punk bands The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise and The Vandals are playing Terminal 5. The Offspring will perform their classic album “Smash,” which became the biggest selling album ever released on an independent label, featuring songs like “Come Out and Play.” Doors are at 7:30 p.m. They will play a second show at Terminal 5 on Tuesday. Tickets are $45 beforehand and $50 on the day of the show.

Tuesday, Aug. 5

Former White Girl Mob member, and Miley Cyrus hater, Lil Debbie, will be at Webster Hall with opening acts Chi City, Chase Compton and Buckwheat Groats. Doors are at 7 p.m. and tickets are a reasonable $12.

Wednesday, Aug. 6

Multiple Grammy winner John Legend is bringing his “intimate” acoustic tour to the Barclays Center. Nosebleed seats start at $49.90, according to the Barclays website. The show is at 8 p.m.

Glam arena rock of the 70s and 80s will join forces when Kiss and Def Leppard play Jones Beach. A dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to several wounded warrior organizations. Doors are at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $55.

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