The Best Concerts in New York This Week, 8/19/13

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Catch Julianna Barwick at Judson Memorial Church on Tuesday
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Monday, 8/19:

Grupo Chonta
9:30pm, $10
Colombia boasts one of the world's deeper marimba traditions in the currulao music of its southern Pacific coast. Hailing from Guapi, Diego Obregón rocks the Afro-Colombian marimba (a descendent of the West African balafon), which is usually accompanied by three (or more) percussionists playing the cununo drum and guasa shakers, though he was fronting a jazz group at a recent gig here. Either way, it's polyrhythmic trance music with liberationist tendencies. -- By Richard Gehr

Tuesday, 8/20:

The Underachievers + CJ Fly + Dillon Cooper + Danse Daimons
Santos Party House
7:30pm, $15
The handle this New York rap duo go by is the ultimate oxymoron: Hyper-animated and high on youth, AK and Dash pack more verve and color into their individual mixtape cuts than most mainstream MCs put into event-rap albums. There's no better source right now for wild-eyed, yo-yo flows studded with rhymes about third eyes and laconic put-downs. It gets so intense that, honestly, these two might do well to tone it down a bit on their Indigoism follow-up. -- By Raymond Cummings

Julianna Barwick
Judson Memorial Church
7pm, $20
Tripling and quadrupling her voice with the help of a Roland RC-50 Loop Station, singer Julianna Barwick creates her most otherworldly wordless choruses yet on 
Nepenthe, recorded in Reykjavik with Sigur Rós producer Alex Somers. Barwick, who grew up singing in Missouri and Oklahoma churches, brings home those imposing Icelandic chillscapes to the Stanford White-designed Judson Memorial Church, where the antidepressant qualities of the Brooklynite's vocal ambience will work their forgetful magic--probably minus the string ensemble, guitarist, and teenage female choir that pop up on Nepenthe. Barwick released perfectly titled Sanguine in 2007 and its Asthmatic Kitty follow-up, The Magic Place, in 2011. Nepenthe, though, is a billowing musical benzodiazepine of a much higher dosage. -- By Richard Gehr

Location Info



376 9th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Santos Party House

96 Lafayette St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Judson Memorial Church

55 Washington Square S., New York, NY

Category: General

Joe's Pub

425 Lafayette St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY

Category: Music

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