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Wednesday, 24 July 2013
New wave legends New Order rose from the ashes of Joy Division following the death of Ian Curtis. After their melancholic debut album "Movement" in 1981, the band transformed their sound following a visit to New York City in 1981 where the band were introduced to post-disco, Latin freestyle and electro. A string of hugely influential singles and albums followed throughout the '80s, including the biggest selling 12 inch record of all time, "Blue Monday." The band has broken up twice - 2003 and 2007 — and recently released their ninth studio album "Lost Sirens." On the Williamsburg Waterfront. In support, Holy Ghost!.
Also tonight: Experience the world premier of "Red Hot + Fela Live!" at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The defiant spirit and groove-heavy music of Nigerian firebrand Fela Anikulapo Kuti lives on as Afrobeat icon and Fela’s master drummer Tony Allen teams up with the cinematic dance rockers of Superhuman Happiness (which unites members of Antibalas, tUnE-yArDs, and Iron and Wine) and stars of the next generation of Afrofuturist innovators.
Thursday, 25 July 2013
Cutting edge Brooklyn venue Glasslands is celebrating its 7th anniversary tonight with the promise of an excellent party. The atmospheric synth rock of Bear In Heaven is just one of the flavors on the lineup which also includes DJs and Quinn Walker.
Also tonight: With MoMA Nights see MoMA’s collection, visit the summer exhibitions and enjoy live music in the Sculpture Garden. Tonight; Ducktails, the solo side project of Matthew Mondanile (Real Estate). Regular Museum admission applies. Sets begin at 6:30 p.m.
Be transported this evening by the sweet sounds of singing legend Smokey Robinson (The Miracles) tonight at the excellent Seaside Summer Concert Series at Coney Island from 7:30 p.m. Hear "I Second That Emotion," "The Tears of a Clown" and "Being With You." At West 21st Street & Surf Avenue.
Foxygen is playing a free gig this evening at Hudson River Park’s River Rocks, Pier 84. Cross at West 44th St.
The Modfather Paul Weller (The Jam, Style Council) plays the iconic Harlem venue the Apollo Theater.
Friday, 26 July 2013
Sinéad O’Connor is playing a set of her favourite gospel and religious songs. "Each song is a song I've chosen and been in love with all my life" she said in a recent interview in the Wall Street Journal. Alice Tully Hall as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. Also Saturday.
Also tonight: Shapeshifting eternal boy Beck is in town for an impromptu acoustic set tonight at Le Poisson Rouge. Beck is currently working on two new studio albums, an acoustic disc and another described as a proper follow-up to 2008's Modern Guilt. Both albums are being released independently and two singles have already emerged, the electro ballad "Defriended" and the chorus-heavy "I Won't Be Long".
King of the surf guitar Dick Dale fills the Brooklyn Bowl tonight with the glorious sounds of his huge twangin' guitar. Also tomorrow night.
Saturday, 27 July 2013
Robert Plant presents The Sensational Space Shifters is the latest chapter in acclaimed singer (Led Zepplin) Plant's long and fruitful musical story. Expect a few Zepplin tunes in tonight's set, including the classic "Black Dog." At Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Bandshell.
Also tonight: Best known as the frontman of the band Booker T. & the M.G.'s. Booker T. Jones is a legendary multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer and arranger. His tenth studio album "Sound the Alarm" features guest appearances from Gary Clark, Jr., Estelle, Anthony Hamilton and Vintage Trouble and marks Jones' return to Stax Records, since his first album "Green Onions" in 1960. At City Winery.
From noon until 11pm today meet the friendly folk from Bushwick at their 4th annual Bushwick Block Party. Featuring multiple stages of entertainment, the event's headliner is cool hip hopper Action Bronson.
Sunday, 28 July 2013
Kronos Quartet celebrates its 40th anniversary by premiering new works by electronic vanguardists Dan Deacon and Jherek Bischoff while Asphalt Orchestra rearranges an alt-rock classic, The Pixies: Surfer Rosa at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Also tonight: Former Lead Singer of '60s Canadian bluesy rockers The Guess Who, Burton Cummings, plays the City Winery. Also Tuesday night.
Monday, 29 July 2013
Bonnie "Prince" Billy recently teamed up with past collaborator Dawn McCarthy (Faun Fables) for an album of Everly Brothers covers, "What the Brothers Sang," which is out now on Drag City. Check out the video for the track "Omaha" here. At The Town Hall.
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Breathe in the cool Saharan blues of Bombino at Brooklyn Bowl. Bombino and his band traveled to Nashville to record their latest album "Nomad" in Dan Auerbach's (The Black Keys) Easy Eye Sound in Nashville.