The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 7/12/13
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Catch precocious boybanders Mindless Behavior this Saturday at the Beacon
Hair Police + Pharmakon + Alberich
285 Kent Ave
Reconstituted after a five-year absence, the pathogen-infested noise of Kentucky's Hair Police (hear: new album Mercurial Rites, on Type) feels more potent and idiosyncratic than ever. Where they once cast foreboding shadows, the trio's hauntings now come with actual teeth attached. Somehow they've figured out how to channel their quirks--scary-movie atmospheres, skin-crawling vocals--artfully and effectively into compelling pissed-shorts dread. -- By Raymond Cummings
Mindless Behavior + OMG Girlz + Coco Jones + Young Marqus
"They say we dance like the Jacksons, all we missing is Tito," sing boyband Mindless Behavior on a glitchy r&b banger that strikes my grown ears as more Chris Brown than Motown. Breakout hit "My Girl," on the other hand, is pure teenpop, a middle school love song that grabs the rolling synths from Young Money's "Bedrock" and updates MJ's ABC's to include a more modern alphabet, with one of the four boys suggesting that his sweetie hit him back "with the less-than symbol, number three." They certainly won't need to explain what they mean to rap trio OMG Girlz, who open the show. -- By Nick Murray
'Vans Warped Tour'
What happens when an annual music festival becomes older that its average attendee? If the Warped Tour is any indication, not much. Now in its 18th year, the event returns to--where else?--Long Island with more punk, pop-punk, emo-punk, hardcore-punk, and electro-punk bands than I care to count. Of note: "Ohio is for Lovers" dudes Hawthorne Heights, Canadian tear-jerkers Silverstein, Ke$ha collaborators 3OH!3, "melodic metalcore" screamers We Came as Romans, and Reel Big Fish, the Cali ska band that played the first-ever Warped Tour back in '96. Hey, Mom and Dad have to listen to something. -- By Nick Murray
Spicy Rizzaks + Coastal Drag
The Mercury Lounge
In the early 2000s, garage rockers Spicy Rizzaks paraded their scuzzy, shambolic mix of Cramps-like howls, blues-rawk guitar licks lifted from any number of Nuggets tracks and some euphoric call-and-response backup vocals around the Lower East Side. Although they broke up in 2004, they played enough gigs to have a turkey-bacon-cheddar concoction named after them at L.E.S. lunch mainstay Tiny's Giant Sandwich Shop. Tonight, they reunite in part to celebrate the posthumous release of their sole LP, Endgame. -- By Kory Grow
'Dracula' w/ Philip Glass + Kishi Bashi
Prospect Park Bandshell
The last time Celebrate Brooklyn! programmed a screening of Tod Browning's minimalist 1931 talkie Dracula, with the Kronos Quartet performing Philip Glass's 1998 provided score in person, a torrential thunderstorm drove the audience out of Prospect Park after only 15 minutes. Seven years later, the Philip Glass Ensemble, with the composer on keyboards, will take another stab at Bela Lugosi's surprisingly low-key man in black. Where Browning's original score contains only pieces of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and Wagner's Die Meistersinger, Glass has filled in another hour's worth of music with trademarked three-note arpeggios and repeated motifs, which should at the very least limit outdoor audiences from talking during Browning's iconic journey through Transylvanian tropes. Violinist-singer Kishi Bashi revs things up with his one-man collection of loops and beats. -- By Richard Gehr