The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 6/10/13

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Paul McCartney doles out his second of two Barclays shows on Monday night
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.

Monday, 6/10:

Paul McCartney
Barclays Center
8pm, $83.10-$349.40
After beginning his career setting a high bar for all pop and rock acts to follow, Macca has remained a cool and steady figure, his sound constantly evolving while his sense of humor stays as strong as ever. Pushing 71, McCartney proves he still knows how to keep setting bars with his live performances and experimentations in sound. -- By Brittany Spanos

Tuesday, 6/11:

Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, Nels Cline, & Shahzad Ismaily
Le Poisson Rouge
6pm & 9:30pm, $30
If your favorite slipstream guitarist reveals your personality, then the two shows Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot, and Nels Cline perform tonight with multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily should offer an improvised musical Rorschach test with a high degree of accuracy. Frisell blends rural folk tropes with tightwire digital manipulations; master effects manipulator Cline helped transform Wilco from garden-variety country rockers into a force to be reckoned with; and Ribot balances exquisite accompanist sympathies (for Waits, Costello, Plant and Krauss, etc.) with the insolent provocations of his group Ceramic Dog. Expect them to goad and seduce one another into all manner of mischief. And it's surely no coincidence that the boys have invited the marvelous harp extremist Zeena Parkins and saxophonist Matana Roberts to open their early and later shows, respectively. -- By Richard Gehr

The New Mastersounds
Pier 81
8pm, $30
Over 14 years and ten albums, this party-powering Leeds quartet has been repurposing vintage American jazz-funk, the tradition embracing Meters, Grant Green, Donald Byrd, etc., with as much gumption and dispatch as their mid-'60s Brit-blues ancestors. Fans of Soulive, the Greyboy All-Stars, and Lettuce will know precisely where they're coming from, and this three-hour concert cruise offers a most scenic way to hop onboard. -- By Richard Gehr

Wednesday, 6/12:

Tig Notaro + Jeff Richmond + Robert Randoloph
The Greene Space at WNYC
7pm, $7
While WNYC's John Schaefer-hosted "Soundcheck" attracts a diverse array of performers to its studio, tonight's ticketed Greene Space confluence of music and comedy is particularly inspired. Previously noteworthy for her hilarious routine about '80s belter Taylor Dayne, Tig Notaro blew the comedy world's collective mind last year with a half-hour set in Los Angeles (released simply as Live) about her recent cancer diagnosis and the insanity of God. Then there's 30 Rock's Jeff Richmond, the producer who also composed the late, lamented show's caffeinated music. And finally, "sacred steel" guitarist Robert Randoloph plays his popularized version of the electrifying gospel sound that emerged from a group of Pentecostal churches--which might not make you laugh but will surely make you happy. -- By Richard Gehr

Devendra Banhart
Town Hall
8pm, $30-$35
Hirsute hippie Devendra Banhart has been the (accidental or otherwise) poster boy of New Weird America for years now, his homemade sound mixing Beatles-tinged psychadelia and whimsical lo-fi melodies with lyrics fit for a Salvador Dali therapy session. After a number of sprawling, genre-jumping albums, Banhart's latest effort shows he's perhaps a little more grown up but no less playful, leaning away from the "freak" part of "freak folk" in favor of immediate, nylon-stringed love songs written with humor and grace. -- By Sarah Madges

Location Info


Barclays Center

620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Le Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Pier 81

W. 41st St. & Twelfth Ave., New York, NY

Category: General

The Greene Space at WNYC

44 Charlton St., New York, NY

Category: General

Town Hall

123 W. 43rd St., New York, NY

Category: General

Saint Vitus Bar

1120 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Central Park, Rumsey Playfield

5th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music


261 Driggs Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Prospect Park Bandshell

9th St. & Prospect Park W., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

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