The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 7/29/13

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Catch Best Tweeter and over-the-top Texas rapper RiFF RaFF with friends this Monday at the Highline Ballroom
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.

Monday, 7/29:

RiFF RaFF + Heems + Lakutis + Dirty South Joe
Highline Ballroom
8pm, $15/$18
After James Franco's copycat Spring Breakers performance hit the silver screen, the profile of Texas rapper Jody Christian a/k/a RiFF RaFF became a hot button pop culture topic. A walking, breathing irony, many question whether or not the character is a piece of performance art designed to troll society. Regardless, his diversity at least adds a new element to the musical scene. Tonight, he will be opening for former Das Racist rapper Heems, and don't be surprised if collaborate on something onstage. -- By Caitlin White

Black Prairie + Michael Hurley
City Winery
8pm, $22-$28
When New Yorker writer Jon Mooallem asked his friends in Decemberists-spinoff bluegrass act Black Prairie to write a soundtrack to his book Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America, the group said "Why not?" Mooallem will join the band for its secret-lives-of-animals suite tonight. And don't miss this rare local appearance by Michael Hurley, 71, whose droll wit and dry renderings of secret ür-hippie songwriting hoodoo has no peer in these United States. -- By Richard Gehr

Tuesday, 7/30:

Vijay Iyer, Hprizm, & Matana Roberts
The Stone
8pm & 10pm, $10
Iyer begins a six day run here with the first of as many different lineups. Tonight, the inventive pianist is joined by Hprizm--a/k/a Kyle Austin, a/k/a High Priest of the Antipop Consortium--on electronics and Matana Roberts on sax. Expect fast-paced, improv-oriented sets blending eye-flickering beats with free-blowing sax and Iyer's own pointillist pianistics. -- By Richard Gehr

Beth Orton
Le Poisson Rouge
9pm, $30/$35
England's Beth Orton is another artist that has been combining traditional acoustic and folk sounds with more modern, electronic production. Her spare, intensely personal lyrics are complemented by plinking piano notes and melancholy strings that add a jazzy element to the simple songs. Although she's been around for a while and collaborated with her fair share of musicians--including Ryan Adams and the Chemical Brothers--it's on her own that Orton shines, and 2012's Sugaring Season is fresh and well timed. -- By Caitlin White

People of the North
Death by Audio
7:30pm, $7
Bobby Matador and drummer Kid Million's Oneida side project is devoted to the harsher, more abrasive, less melodic, and more challenging aspects of ritual psychedelia than their primary gig. Sort of a Tony Williams Lifetime on datura, People of the North explores the dark side of Krautrock and other nether regions in untethered, disorienting fashion on their new Sub Contra. Beware of caving walls of sound. -- By Richard Gehr

Location Info


Highline Ballroom

431 W. 16th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

City Winery

155 Varick St., New York, NY

Category: Music

The Stone

16 Ave. C, New York, NY

Category: Music

Le Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Death by Audio - CLOSED

49 S. 2nd St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music


1039 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ

Category: Music


74 Wythe Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music


18 Little W. 12th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Santos Party House

96 Lafayette St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Lincoln Center Damrosch Park Bandshell

62nd St. between Columbus and Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY

Category: General

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