Thursday, June 12
Northside Festival, Brooklyn’s annual festival presenting the best emerging music, film and innovation, begins today and while music badges are sold out, tickets are still available for many individual shows, including Saturday’s McCarren Park daytime event featuring Thee Oh Sees and tonight’s Warsaw performance featuring Titus Andronicus with Eagulls. In addition to the McCarren Park shows, The War on Drugs (Friday) and Beirut (Saturday) play the open air 50 Kent space. Participating venues include Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl, Glasslands, Shea Stadium, Knitting Factory, Baby’s All Right, Cameo, Rough Trade, Saint Vitus, Brooklyn Bazaar and Muchmore’s.
Friday, June 13
Brookfield Place Winter Garden has assembled a line up of diverse international sounds for their The Global Beat Festival, which begins today and ends on June 17. Tonight’s highlights include France’s Mélanie Pain (Nouvelle Vague) in her first New York City appearance and Paris-based, Haitian-Canadian singer-songwriter Mélissa Laveaux. 7:30 p.m. Brookfield Place New York Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street, Financial District. Free.
It makes sense that Kelis's latest album (produced by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek) is called “Food” — she’s a qualified chef and has presented the “Saucy & Sweet” program for the Cooking Channel. See her tonight at Webster Hall, 125 East 11th St, East Village.
Saturday, June 14
America's Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin is in town for the Blue Note Jazz Festival, playing Radio City Music Hall. In 1987, Franklin became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and she has enjoyed 45 Top 40 hits on the Billboard charts. Expect to hear some of those classics — "Respect," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Think," "I Say a Little Prayer" — as well as some cuts from her most recent album "Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love" which was released in 2011. 7 p.m., Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, Midtown. $70 - $175
Saturday’s free Northside Festival show featuring psych-garage rockers Thee Oh Sees kicks off this afternoon from 1 p.m. Opening bands include The Blind Shake, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, plus one special guest yet to be announced. From 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., McCarren Park, North 12th and Bedford Ave, Williamsburg. Register for tickets here.
Monday, June 16
Two DJ/artist/producer/label owner legends team up to round out the bill at Cielo tonight. English producer Adrian Sherwood formed the influential dub label On-U Sound Records in 1979, and brought his deep bass sensibility to Depeche Mode, Primal Scream and Sinéad O'Connor in inspired remixes. Francois K (Kevorkian), the NYC-based French producer, is considered as one of the forefathers of house music. During the 1980s he mixed albums for Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode and worked with artists like The Smiths, Pet Shop Boys and more recently Coldplay and LCD Soundsystem. Cielo, 18 Little West 12th Street (between Washington Street and Greenwich Street), West Village. Free entry before 11pm.
Rolling Stone magazine recently called dakhabrakha the best kept secret at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The Ukraine quartet perform free this evening at The Global Beat Festival. Also on the bill is Poor Rich Boy, an indie art rock band from Lahore, Pakistan, where they are known for their subversive and frenetic live shows. 7:30 p.m. Brookfield Place New York Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street, Financial District. Free.
Tuesday, June 17
Blues and roots-influenced Australian band the John Butler Trio play Summerstage 2014. Born in California and of mixed Australian, Greek and Bulgarian ancestry, John Butler released his first album in 1996 and has topped the Australian charts many times. 5:30 p.m., Central Park Summerstage, 69th Street at 5th Ave Entrance, Rumsey Field, Central Park. $35/$40.
Wednesday, June 18
Tonight, Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater swings the spotlight on soul singers and features a special guest: former member of English band Floetry, Marsha Ambrosius. From 7:30 p.m., 253 West 125th St, Harlem, $32/$26/$20.