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Wednesday, 5 June
The National formed in Brooklyn in 1999 and released their self-titled debut in 2001. Music magazine “No Depression” declared that “the delicate line between polished roots-oriented pop and alt-country has rarely been walked so deliberately with the payoff so favorable.” It’s a line The National is still walking, and have mastered on the acclaimed new album “Trouble Will Find Me.” For an insider's perspective on the steady rise of The National to bona-fide rock stars check out “Mistaken For Strangers,” a documentary shot by singer Matt Berninger’s brother Tom who went on tour with The National as a roadie. With Youth Lagoon at Barclays Center.
Also tonight: Join Patti Smith and Friends at The Bowery celebrating Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca, born on this day in 1898. Lorca was killed during the Spanish Civil War.
And: Aussie indie dance rockers World's End Press recently wrapped up recording their debut album with Tim Goldsworthy (UNKLE, DFA). They're on tour with fellow countrymen Cut Copy (see The Governors Ball Music Festival). Tonight they play Mercury Lounge with Selebrities.
Thursday, 6 June
Ariel Pink is LA-based recording artist Ariel Marcus Rosenberg. He started writing songs as a pre-teen and, inspired by eccentric cassette DIY producer R. Stevie Moore, has recorded over 500 songs on hundreds of cassette tapes since 1996. The Ariel Pink aesthetic embraces the sounds of '60s and '70s pop and rock and filters them through the fuzzy transmissions of AM radio broadcasts. His most accomplished album, 2012‘s “Mature Themes,” was released by English label 4AD. The closing track from the album is a cover of the Donnie and Joe Emerson song "Baby." At Irving Plaza.
Friday, 7 June
The Governors Ball Music Festival kicks off at noon today at Randall’s Island. Highlights include the stadium rock of Kings of Leon, the solid hip hop inspired grooves of Pretty Lights, the hypnotic indie sounds of Beach House & Feist, the electric noise and pop of Crystal Castles, the smart indie rock of Best Coast, grungy post-punk legends Dinosaur Jr., indie dance pop of Holy Ghost! and the bold and soulful grooves of Erykah Badu & The Cannabinoids. Don’t forget your sunscreen and hat.
Also tonight: Entering its 11th summer, the Seaport Music Festival continues to build upon its renowned reputation of presenting great bands, free of charge, on it's riverfront stage on Pier 17 in the heart of Lower Manhattan.
Throughout its 11-year history, the Seaport Music Festival has presented Animal Collective, the New York Dolls, Deerhunter, Suicide, The xx, Hot Chip and The National, among many others. Celebrate the launch of this summer's program tonight from 7pm with Memphis's garage rockers Oblivians — returning with their first new album in 16 years — and psychedelic post-punks Ex-Cult.
Saturday, 8 June
In his first New York appearance since last year's 12-12-12 benefit and continuing a tradition of legendary NYC area Paul McCartney concerts (including 2011's Yankee Stadium doubleheader, 2009's inaugural Citi Field three-play, and stretching all the way back to The Beatles' 1965 christening of Shea Stadium) this is McCartney’s first show at Barclays Center. The "Out There" tour is an all new production featuring hours of material from songs spanning his entire career, as a solo artist, member of Wings and, of course, The Beatles. Also Monday.
Also today: Wordless Music presents an evening of powerful drumming by America's premiere modern percussion ensemble So Percussion and John Colpitts's experimental drum project Man Forever. So Percussion brings its adventurous spirit to The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Met to explore the DIY and experimental components of punk (this concert is being held in conjunction with the exhibition PUNK: Chaos to Couture). John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions) is a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist, composer and writer who is perhaps best known as the drummer for Oneida. Man Forever is his vehicle for exploring the outer limits of drum experimentation and performance.
And: The Governors Ball Music Festival continues at Randall’s Island. Highlights include '80s hard rock legends Guns N’ Roses, one of New Yorks most important rap voices Nas, indie-improv wizards Animal Collective, Compton, California’s current king Kendrick Lamar and Aussie indie dance trio Cut Copy.
And: Fuzzy, melodic rockers Crocodiles play Union Pool in Brooklyn.
Sunday, 9 June
The Governors Ball Music Festival continues at Randall’s Island. Todays highlights include the epic sounds of Kanye West, the cool guitars and hushed vocals of The XX, the inspired roots sound of The Avett Brothers, indie royalty Grizzly Bear, English post-punk inspired Bloc Party, the worldly eclectic Beirut and Brooklyn’s genre-benders Yeasayer.
Monday, 10 June
Tonight the Apollo will be swinging with a special concert celebrating the induction of '70s (with Rufus) and '80s soul diva Chaka Khan into the Apollo Hall of Fame. Alongside Chaka will be Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige and Patti LaBelle.
Tuesday, 11 June
Tonight the indie pop music mag and blog that Belle & Sebastien wrote a song for — Chickfactor — is kicking off another edition of its annual summer music festival and their 21st birthday at the Bell House. Featuring Kurt Heasley’s Lilys, Australian indie stars The Cannanes, Merge Record’s NYC rockers Versus! and Vancouver’s underground pop legend Rose Melberg. Continues on Wednesday and Thursday.
Also tonight: Sinatra In The Park starring John Legend, Andrew Bird, Marc Cohn, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, Aimee Mann & Ted Leo, Allen Toussaint, Suzanne Vega and Loudon Wainwright III at SummerStage in Central Park.