The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 7/22/13

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Don't cry for her, New York City - Patti Lupone plays 54 Below for the second half of the week

Thursday, 7/25:

Imagine Dragons
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7:30pm, $39.50-$49.50
Imagine Dragons hail from a little old dusty, craggy town in Utah, so they know how to take the bleached bones of indie rock, electronica, and pop and transform it into something fit to soundtrack desert nights. Their single "Radioactive" is one of the highest charting songs in the country right now, so even if your hipster Brooklyn friends give you a blank look when you mention its name, most of the country has already been nodding their head to the slow-tempo beats of their 2013 release Night Visions. Helmed by Grammy darling producer Alex Da Kid, the quartet are well on their way to arena fame. -- By Caitlin White

Fred Hersch Trio w/ Joe Lovano
Village Vanguard
Tuesday through Friday, 8pm & 10:30pm daily, $30
Beautiful pairing. The pianist's working band is refreshingly limber, allowing for the kind of instantaneous whimsy that keeps the music perpetually crackling. Balance that with Hersch's natural romanticism and you've got a group that can gives lyricism its due while stretching in all sorts of ways. Hmm...doesn't that sound like the M.O. of saxophonist Lovano, a man who's found several ways to make a blustery squall wear its heart on its sleeve? Get those tickets early. -- By Jim Macnie

Friday, 7/26:

Patti Lupone
54 Below
Wednesday, 7pm; Thursday, 7pm & 9:30pm; Friday, 8:30pm, $85-$95
LuPone is calling her latest show "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda...(Played That Part)," and you better believe that if she didn't, it wasn't for lack of trying. So here she's making up for lost opportunities with, among others, something or another from "Funny Girl." -- By David Finkle

Sinéad O'Connor
Alice Tully Hall
8pm, $50-$120
Irish anti-Pope, pro-pop musician Sinéad O'Connor is more than just controversy, a symbolically shaved head, and one amazing Prince cover--she's, at the very least, about nine emotionally raw and melodically compelling albums more. Her bluesy, harrowing voice carries songs over waves of somber piano chords or and acoustic strums. Whether you're turned off by her lack of a censor and the largely public deterioration of her psyche, there's no denying that her songs can command a room. -- By Sarah Madges

Trampled by Turtles + The Devil Makes Three + Brown Bird
Prospect Park Bandshell
7pm, free
Bluegrass is alive and well in 2013, and one of the primary purveyors of the classic genre is Minnesota's Trampled By Turtles. Originally started as a side project, the group has grown to become one of the only "bluegrass" acts that the mainstream even acknowledges. Frontman Dave Simonett's country-warmed voice delivers rebellious, whirling folk that fiddled and fought its way into existence, so expect plenty of love-lost stories and fierce fiddle solos that seem almost impossible in their speed. -- By Caitlin White

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Location Info

Saint Vitus Bar

1120 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Pier 26

Hudson River & Laight, New York, NY

Category: General

Williamsburg Park

Kent Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY

Category: General


74 Wythe Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY

Category: Music

Village Vanguard

178 Seventh Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

54 Below

254 W. 54th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Alice Tully Hall

1941 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: General

Prospect Park Bandshell

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

Category: Music

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