The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 6/7/13

Categories: Weekend

Cause a disturbance with Erykah Badu at BAM this Saturday & Sunday
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Erykah Badu
BAM, Peter Jay Sharp Building
Saturday & Sunday, 7:30pm, $35
Neo-soul was no longer neo when Erykah Badu released her 2008 album, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), but its expansive sound and softly sung narratives made the whole world sound fresh. This weekend, its long-haired auteur takes the record to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where she worked with local composer Ted Hearne to create "You're Causing Quite a Disturbance," a program that pairs some of the album's best tunes with new original orchestration. Opener Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) has cancelled, but that doesn't mean you should: Badu will offer a performance powerful enough to stand on its own. -- By Nick Murray

Governors Ball
Randall's Island
Friday through Sunday, 11am, $95
Just because New York City is a permanent music festival doesn't mean it can't also host the sort of weekend megafest more often found in the sticks of Tennessee or SoCal. Hence we have the Governors Ball, the three-year-old gathering that this weekend brings, for starters, Kings of Leon, Guns N' Roses, Animal Collective, Pretty Lights, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Erykah Badu, Best Coast, Icona Pop, and Azealia Banks to Randall's Island. Today, arrive early for sets from rap traditionalist Freddie Gibbs and rockers HAIM, and stick around for headliner Kanye West, he who recently tore up the SNL stage with new tunes "Black Skinhead" and "New Slaves." -- By Nick Murray

Kiran Ahluwalia
Joe's Pub
Saturday, 7:30pm, $20-$25
The Indo-Canadian's latest album, Aam Zameen: Common Ground, reaches out to the Islamic qawwali music of Pakistan with the help of a couple of North African desert blues groups and complements her gorgeous ghazals beautifully. Tonight's band includes Nitin Mitta (tabla), Will Holshouser (accordion), Mamadou Ba (bass), and Rez Abassi, a restless guitarist who adds a sci-fi dimension to his wife's singing. -- By Richard Gehr

Sea Wolf
Bowery Ballroom
Saturday, 9pm, $15
"Old World Romance" is the perfect name for Sea Wolf's most recent album, as their sound has a classic feel that's as epic as the Jack London title that inspired the name. Led by Alex Brown Church, Sea Wolf creates wavy, charming melodies that draw from all the edges of folk but never stray from their quintessentially indie sound. The band provides a warm comfort, and that's nothing short of romantic. -- By Brittany Spanos

John Zorn/Bill Laswell/Milford Graves Trio
Le Poisson Rouge
Saturday, 6:30pm, $30
When John Zorn and Bill Laswell meet, all hell breaks loose. Both consummate improvisers, Zorn, a saxophonist, experimental composer and impresario, has built a reputation as a driving force behind the downtown scene, while Laswell, a prolific bassist and producer who has appeared on more than 3,000 recordings, knows how to explore the downtown region of the fretboard. They are joined by free jazz drummer Milford Graves. Presented as part of the Zorn at 60 celebration, commemorating Zorn's sixtieth birthday year, the evening promises to show that despite his age, the avant-garde progenitor remains the enfant terrible he has always been. -- By Aidan Levy

Location Info


The Duplex

61 Christopher St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Rubin Museum of Art

150 W. 17th St., New York, NY

Category: General


204 Varick St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Barclays Center

620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Le Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Joe's Pub

425 Lafayette St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Randall's Island

Randalls Island, New York, NY

Category: General

BAM Café

30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

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