The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 6/17/13

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The Roots will be joined by Jim James for their Tuesday night performance in Prospect Park
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.

Tuesday, 6/18:

The Roots + Jim James
Prospect Park Bandshell
7pm, $41
Jim James dialed down My Morning Jacket's top-notch arena rockery for the more modest one-man-band sketches heard on the intriguingly odd (if portentously titled) Regions of Light and the Sound of God. Will the Roots let him get away with thinking "he's really bein' sincere"? Find out during what's being billed as "State of the Union: An Evening of Collaborative Performances." -- By Richard Gehr

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Laurie Anderson
Rockefeller Park
Tuesday & Wednesday, 7pm, free
Anderson devotes June 18 to stories and June 19 to songs, celebrating her 1983 landmark opera United States, a song cycle that challenges the status quo through a series of multimedia vignettes--some spoken word, some sung in her inimitable style. Joining her are fellow avant-garde luminaries guitarist Gerry Leonard, multireedist Doug Wieselman, violist Eyvind Kang and keyboardist Yuka Honda, as well as other special guests. -- By Aidan Levy

Wednesday, 6/19:

David Murray Infinite Quartet
Subculture
Wednesday & Thurday, 7:30pm & 10pm daily, $35
"Be my Hannibal Lecter/Take a hot piece out of me," rasps tonight's featured vocalist, a distressed and vampiric Macy Gray, in the Ishmael Reed-penned title track of the tenor titan's debut album with his new Infinity Quartet. Marc Cary (piano), Jaribu Shahid (bass), and Nasheet Waits (drums) fill out a formidable lineup that explores gospel, r&b, and postbop modes with strength and verve. -- By Richard Gehr

The B-52s + The Go-Go's
Roseland Ballroom
7pm, $50-$75
High camp, New Wave, and rank psychosexuality sushi-rolled into a pop institution, the B-52s persist, working the oldies circuits, teasing new material, and dipping toes into outside projects. Title track aside, 2008 comeback bid Funplex was no great strokes, but that's no excuse to sit this show out: Like the Stones, Bob Dylan, or Public Enemy, these Athens, GA weirdos will leave the road behind, and you'll wish you'd queued up. -- By Raymond Cummings

Ben Wolfe Quartet
Jazz Standard
7:30 & 9:30pm, $20
The bassist is one of those cats who make everything fit together. Oddball time signatures? He swings it into place. Investment in silence? A crucial part of the soundscape. His new From Here I See concentrates on ballads and their inherent lyricism, putting the romance up front while seizing the opportunity to bend melodies myriad ways. The particular foursome he leads tonight knows plenty about messing around, too. -- By Jim Macnie


Location Info

Venue

Map

Prospect Park Bandshell

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

Category: Music

Rockefeller Park

Battery Park City, New York, NY

Category: General

Subculture

45 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Roseland Ballroom

239 W. 52nd St., New York, NY

Category: General

Jazz Standard

116 E. 27th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

S.O.B.'s

204 Varick St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Webster Hall

125 E. 11th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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