Catch The Shins in Williamsburg Park Sunday afternoon. If you need even more shows to choose from, be sure to check out our updated New York Concert Calendar. These are the 10 best this weekend.
The Shins + Man Man
Sunday, 5:30pm, $45
“This song will change your life,” said Natalie Portman’s Sam to Zach Braff’s Andrew as she played “New Slang” for him in 2004’s quintessential indie classic Garden State. A more accurate statement would’ve been that Sam and Andrew would change the Shins’ lives, as a spot on the Grammy-award winning soundtrack helped catapult the dreamy indie group into mainstream success and scored a now-classic movie scene. After a five year break from making music, the Shins released Port of Morrow, worth a listen while we all wait to see what bands are going to get a Zach Braff seal of approval and career kickstart in his next project.
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
Friday, 7am, free
Is it that Mariah Carey’s abnormally lucky, or that she’s got a career mojo that just won’t quit? Neither, I’d argue: Her career longevity is directly connected to her collaborative savvy, ability to nimbly surf pop trends, and the best cosmologists and stylists Daydream royalties can buy. Even with her trademark melisma succumbing to something huskier, Mimi’s still capable of convincingly co-selling a dewy summer trifle like “#Beautiful,” with Miguel. Here’s hoping she flounces and chirps eternally. Part of the Good Morning America summer concert series.
Robert Fripp and the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists
St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery
Sunday, 4pm, $25
And you thought Amanda Palmer was ambitious. Guitarists versed in meditation and the Fripp’s Guitar Craft technique will pay $1000 for the privilege of training with and performing alongside the King Crimson leader during a few East Coast gigs. The fee includes room, board, transportation, and Alexander technique sessions. Fripp says the shows will reflect “a specialized study in the self-organizing properties of complex wholes.” Sounds like audiences are getting off easy.
Ends Sunday, 8pm daily, $10
The wise keyboardist is also an inviting composer–the variety of groups he’s led in the past three decades have all arrived with hip charts in front of them. This East Coast residency finds him grooming a throng of improvisers from his Seattle stomping ground, the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble, and their YouTube calling cards suggest that they’re able to make moments of melody and mania hold hands. Also slated for this stint: a brass quartet, an evening of duets (a Horvitz forte), and the maestro’s octet, Sweeter Than The Day.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Saturday & Sunday, 8pm, $54-$130
You know who Tom Petty is. What you might not know is that he made appearances on both The Simpsons and King of the Hill. Having penned and performed countless breakthrough singles, Petty could have called it quits a long time ago if it weren’t for his dedication to proving rock & roll’s staying power. Catch the rock veteran and his Heartbreakers at Beacon Theatre for a dose of old school covers and long-loved hits. —
So So Glos | Crystal Stilts
Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Sunday, 7:30pm, $5-$12
Punk rockers, Shea Stadium-proprietors, and men about town the So So Glos have made Bay Ridge proud. Tonight, the band that toured with post-hardcore heroes . . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead in Europe and like-minded New Jersey natives Titus Andronicus in the U.S. comes across town to Williamsburg’s Knitting Factory to open for Brooklyn transplants Crystal Stilts. Though the Stilts might be best known for their former singer/guitarist Frankie Rose, the remaining crew sounds as good as ever, placing deep, reverberating vocals within deep, retromaniacal guitar lines.
B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill
Sunday, 8pm, $30/$35
Girl groups have always had a lot to live up to because the Shirelles set the bar very high very early on. With massive, Carole King-penned hit “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” which has since been covered by the songwriter and the late-Amy Winehouse to equally unique perfection, the group has become immortal in the eyes of many. Over the years, the ladies have gained an answer to their beatifully posed question: yes we do still love them and will continue to do so for many tomorrows to come.
Skream + Mala + Plastician + Hatcha
Friday, 10pm, $15
Before Skrillex, Justin Bieber, and Taylor Swift, before HARD Fest in L.A., Electric Zoo in New York, and Electric Daisy in Las Vegas, there were artists like Skream, Mala, Plastician, and Hatcha midwifing the genre that would be called dubstep in small clubs in South London’s Croydon neighborhood. Tonight, those four artists unite for No Sleep Till Croydon, an event meant to showcase the genre’s roots, offering old heads and new poseurs a breath of fresh air–and the wobble of heavy bass–in this trying time of mainstream acceptance. That said, tonight’s event, presented by the Red Bull Music Academy, is a dance party, not a museum exhibition, so expect fresh tunes from all involved.
‘Oh! You Pretty Things’ w/ Alison Clancy + Hypernova + Michael T. and the Vanities + This Ambitious Orchestra
Le Poisson Rouge
Sunday, 9pm, $15/$20
Now in its third year, the New Romantic Ball is one of the best excuses in town to get glammed up. Tonight’s party, hosted by Chi Chi Valenti, features live performances by the 22-piece ensemble This Ambitious Orchestra, downtown hip boy Michael T and the Vanities, live sets by Hypernova and Alison Clancy, and burlesque by Delysia Lachatte and Scooter Pie. Dress code is strictly “Blitz Kids Realness, Victorian Dandy, Retro-Futurists, Peacock Punk, and all Siouxsie looks,” so be creative. Prizes go to the best costume.
B.A.L.L. + The Upper Crust + Lord Classic + New York Junk
Saturday, 7:30pm, $10
As surreal and potentially volatile a reunion as you’ll stumble upon this year, B.A.L.L. was the troubled and troubling late ’80s slop-rock assemblage of the Velvet Monkey’s Don Fleming and Jay Spiegal, Shimmy Disc proprietor-bassist Kramer, and Bongwater drummer David Licht. Original Sonic Youth drummer Bob Bert fills in for the quartet’s first show in 25 years.