The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 6/24/13
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Lita Ford will rock Iridium with the Les Paul Trio Monday night
Lita Ford and the Les Paul Trio
This party isn't on a Saturday night, but hopefully you'll get more out of this Les Paul Monday than knowing that you like dancing with Lita. After a stint with the Runaways and a successful solo career that solidified her place in not just metal but rock 'n' roll, Ford has remained a powerhouse musician while holding on to her signature edge and bite. With her latest solo album, Living Like a Runaway, having been released last year, Ford proves she's still capable of being a rough and tough guitar hero, and catching that live is something rock fans shouldn't miss. -- By Brittany Spanos
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers w/ Edie Brickell
Martin shouldn't quit his day job--who else would you cast for the affable, somewhat awkward father--but he shouldn't quit his night one either.
Rufus and Martha Wainwright
Howard Gilman Opera
In 2010, folk singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle passed away from clear-cell sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. Her children, singer-songwriters Rufus and Martha Wainwright, have held various events to keep their mother's name alive and raise awareness about sarcoma. Last week, they released Sing Me the Songs, a double-disc CD containing highlights from their tribute concerts to her, and tonight, they're holding another one, under the name Kate's Kids, to raise money for the Kate McGarrigle Foundation, which aides sarcoma research. Joining the Wainwrights at the show will be a star-studded list of their friends, including Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris, Mark Ronson, and Kate's sister Jane, among others. -- By Kory Grow
Courtney Love + Starred
Of all the tongue-in-cheek things Courtney Love has ever done, the most audacious might have been titling her 2004 solo album America's Sweetheart. Even as a daughter of the irony-addled '90s, Love is America's sweetheart in only the kitschiest way, since the musician's other job titles include provocateur, instigator, and lightning rod. The fact that she put out classic albums like Hole's 1994 mopey masterpiece Live Through This and later scored Top 10 radio singles with "Celebrity Skin" and "Malibu" in the latter part of the decade seem almost as important as her reckless persona. But it's in that meta-artistic realm where she might just be America's sweetheart: an unpredictable, moving danger zone, staging occasionally shambolic, occasionally inspiring moments of performance art. So her return as a solo artist, after a short-lived Hole reunion, could be sweet indeed, depending on the day. -- By Kory Grow
Luxury Infinity Yacht
Once the youngest ever winner of the Caribbean Song Festival, the Eurovision of the West Indies, Machel Montano is now 38, the biggest soca star of his lifetime, and as hot as ever: This year, he won the International Groovy Soca Monarch, the Mercury Prize of Trinidad, for his EDM-infused "The Fog," and last year, he took home the same title for his EDM-spirited, completely irresistible "Mr. Fete." Tonight, as part of S.O.B.'s Summer Splash series, he cools off with an evening cruise on the Hudson river. Though it may be tempting, we advise you not to jump overboard for a relaxing swim after he raises the BPMs with some sweaty, percussive power soca. -- By Nick Murray