The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 7/22/13
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fun. and Tegan and Sara will get you dancing at Pier 26 on both Monday and Tuesday
The lead single off straight-ahead heavy-metal group Huntress' latest, Starbound Beast, is what frontwoman Jill Janus calls a love song, written by Motörhead's resident snaggletooth Lemmy Kilmister, titled "I Want to Fuck You to Death." Quaint, no? Tonight, the oft scantily clad Janus, a self-described witch, will cast a spell to make that a bit morsel a bit more palatable. With Battlecross and River of Nihil. -- By Kory Grow
fun. + Tegan and Sara
Monday & Tuesday, 6pm, $42.50
With a military drumbeat and a story that's equal parts Billy Joel and Paul Simon about getting "higher than the Empire State," NYC indie-pop group fun. began one of the most infectious earworms of 2012. That anthem, "We Are Young," went on to win a Grammy, go quintuple-platinum, and hit No. 1 in at least 12 countries. Since then, they've released two more hit singles, and their album Some Nights has attained the increasingly rare achievement of platinum status. Tonight and tomorrow, they return to their hometown for a pair of gigs on Pier 26, overlooking the Hudson River. Joining them are the equally indie-pop minded duo Tegan and Sara, whose latest album, Heartthrob, found the twin sisters diving into catchy synth backdrops. Wear dancing shoes. -- By Kory Grow
New Order + Holy Ghost!
After more than 20 years of soundtracking all-night dance parties, New Order finally come to Williamsburg, playing the neighborhood's renovated waterfront for an evening show with local (DFA-signed) synth-pop duo Holy Ghost!. Formed by the members of post-Ian Curtis Joy Division, the band released some of the seminal albums of the '80s and have recently reunited with all but one original member. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes: While their live shows once tended to be short and sweet, word is that they're now playing full sets. -- By Nick Murray
'Red Hot + Fela Live!'
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
This promising live gathering precedes the release of Red Hot + Fela, the Red Hot AIDS relief organization's second compilation devoted to the music of Fela Kuti, who died of AIDS-caused Kaposi's sarcoma in 1997. Superhuman Happiness (which includes members of Antibalas, Tuneyards, and Iron + Wine) anchors the event, which includes appearances by afrobeat co-creator and drummer Tony Allen, TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone, the Kronos Quartet, Congolese singer Baloji, and Sudanese singer Sinkane. -- By Richard Gehr
Rustie + Cashmere Cat
Many have attempted the sound of Rustie's 2011 Glass Swords, a dance music masterpiece on which the drums draw from hip-hop, the synths twinkle and glisten, and the bass grabs your body and refuses to let go. While his peer Hudson Mohawke has worked with Kanye West and pushed the sound forward, Rustie's BBC Essential Mix was one of the year's essential records, and his recent "Triadzz"/"Slasher" single is equal compelling. Tonight, he plays Output with Cashmere Cat, the Norwegian upstart who has been nodding heads with his bass-heavy reworkings of popular tunes by artists like 2 Chainz and Jeremih. -- By Nick Murray