The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 6/28/2013

Categories: Weekend

Eleanor Friedberger will fire up Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.

Friday, 6/28:

Eleanor Friedberger + Teen + Cassandra Jenkins
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9pm, $15/$17
Two summers ago, Eleanor Friedberger's Last Summer was practically a revelation. Previously known only as half of the Fiery Furnaces, a reliable, brother-sister indie rock duo hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, Last Summer saw Friedberger writing personal, accessible tunes filled with both hooks and detail. This summer, her "Stare at the Sun," on her new album, Personal Record, is the sort of effortless warm-weather jam that her old band continuously attempted but could never quite nail. This time, the details--turning off the cab TV, books on phone--fit into a story about a would-be ex who she knows will return. Who wouldn't? With TEEN and Cassandra Jenkins. -- By Nick Murray

Jimmy Webb
The Cutting Room
8pm, $40/$45
The songwriting scuttlebutt is that he wrote his first top 10 click, "Didn't We?" when he was 17 or 19 or 20. However old he was, he has had the chops to turn out idiosyncratic hits maybe since the cradle: After all, he's the guy composed "Wichita Lineman" and then turned around towrite "MacArthur Park." And though Richard Harris might have sung the latter up to the top of the charts and Glen Campbell might have taken the former to the same peak, Jimmy Webb remains the best Jimmy Webb interpreter going. -- By David Finkle

Unknown Mortal Orchestra + Bass Drum of Death
South Street Seaport, Pier 17
7pm, free
UMO haven't been around for that long, but Ruban Nielson has managed to make their presence known. Years back, quitting music and leaving New Zealand ended up being the right move for the frontman, who took a day job and began to record lo-fi psychedelic basement jams for fun. Now, Nielson, bassist Jake Portrait and drummer Riley Geare have produced two critically acclaimed albums of noisey, twiggy jams designed to grow with repeated listens. -- By Caitlin White

Wayne Shorter
Town Hall
8pm, $47-$152
The jazz giant turns 80 in August, a milestone he's marking early with an all-star birthday concert featuring collaborators past and present. This comes on the heels of Without a Net, a recently released live album that combines various incarnations of Shorter: the acoustic, the electric, the great improviser, and the nonpareil composer. Shorter has made a career of flying by nets, cutting his teeth with Art Blakey and Miles Davis, forecasting future sounds with Weather Report, and penning more contemporary jazz standards than anyone short of Thelonious Monk. With Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Dave Douglas, and other jazz luminaries. -- By Aidan Levy

Old 97's
Brooklyn Bowl
Friday & Saturday, 8pm, $15
Rhett Miller has been rollerskating around the edge of fame for approximately two decades now, and the Old 97s are all the better for it. Creating albums too diverse, uncategorizable, and earnest to enumerate or to ever break through into the mainstream, Miller and his band have been quietly making alt-country rock that walks down the same roads as artists like John Prine. Relentlessly prolific in both his solo career and with this band, Rhett and the Old 97s deliver story songs with swing, twang, and restlessness rolled into a their own down-home gospel. -- By Caitlin White

Location Info



The Cutting Room

44 E. 32nd St., New York, NY

Category: General

South Street Seaport, Pier 17

19 Fulton St., New York, NY

Category: General

Town Hall

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

Category: General

Brooklyn Bowl

61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Public Assembly

70 N. 6th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

285 Kent Ave

285 Kent Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Central Park, Rumsey Playfield

5th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

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