The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 8/12/13
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El P and Killer Mike Run the Jewels at Webster Hall this week.
Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Vocalist Nai Palm, who wields an Ibanez Artstar guitar and often appears garlanded with most of a midtown notions store's contents, fronts Melbourne quartet Hiatus Kaiyote. Despite the vintage punk-rock moniker, her voice is all cool, honeyed soul, and there's a whole lot of everything going on around her. Kaiyote's economical debut, Tawk Tomahawk, opens with "Mobius Streak," a six-minute sonic travelogue embracing interlocked West African rhythms, heady Los Angeles glitch-psych, interstellar space rock, and bubbly Jaco-jazz. Half the album's tracks, however, clock in at less than two minutes; these brief gems evoke still other Eno-esque green worlds, colonized by "future soul" chanteuses like Cocorosie and Erykah Badu. Equally ambitious and accessible, Hiatus Kaiyote deserve the accolades they've been receiving from nearly everywhere, and if you miss tonight's show, you're going to wish you'd seen them here. -- By Richard Gehr
High Pop + Strange Mangers + Speak Memory
Connecticut's High Pop worship at the altar of lightweight pogo-punk boomeranged through cellars of effects pedals. There's the throwaway melodic snap of early Wavves, the eager wonkiness of early Atlas Sound, plus some Japanther thrown in too. Combing through the group's trio of self-releases, you'll keep expecting duds, but they're curiously hard to come by. Great things--greater things, really--are expected, and soon. -- By Raymond Cummings
Backstreet Boys + Jesse McCartney + DJ Pauly D
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Celebrating their 20th anniversary together, Backstreet Boys have jumped
the shark back into the forefront of pop culture consciousness with a high profile movie cameo and a fall cruise to look forward to. And with a new album on the horizon, Nick, Brian, Howie, A.J., and Kevin are back in the game with hopefully better outfits and hair than they had much earlier in their 20 year career. Joined by "Beautiful Soul"-lover and now all grown up former tween pop dreamboat Jesse McCartney and the former Jersey Shore resident with the gravity-defying hair DJ Pauly D, fans will get a chance to rock their body right. Backstreet's back, alright? -- By Brittany Spanos
Baroness + Royal Thunder
Although the burly rockers in Baroness toured some in support of their critical fave third LP, Yellow & Green, they weren't truly able to reap the praise they deserved due to a near-fatal bus accident in Europe that sidelined the group for nearly a year. So even though they were opening for Melvins in Brooklyn a few weeks ago, this is really their moment of glory, a chance to celebrate how a band can reform its sludge-metal past in lieu of catchy hard rock and keep on truckin', even with a slightly tweaked lineup. -- By Kory Grow
Run the Jewels + Despot + Kool A.D.
Unlikely pairing that they seem, Run the Jewels proved to be a match made in Gangsta's Paradise. Oozing with confidence after last month's stellar self-titled, Killer Mike and EL-P unite to tag-team the mic with a distinctive blend of tough talk, geeky humor, and lyrical skill unheard of in today's hardcore rap. El-P's beats are raw, splitting the difference between Crunk and the Bomb Squad, and the pair's rhymes cover a dazzling thematic range that reveals the group's chemistry to be the result a mutual dedication to cerebral, well-informed thuggery. Run the Jewels are unabashed intelligent hoodlums in an era where street knowledge trumps book learning, and the music is so refreshing because its mix of street smarts and brains reflects the very essence of hip-hop. -- By Winston Groman