The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 6/30/14

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Lydia Lunch Retrovirus host a BBQ at Trans-Pecos this Wednesday
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Monday, 6/30:

Jenny Scheinman
Le Poisson Rouge
6:30 p.m., $20/$25
The jazz-folk violinist-singer-songwriter waxes affectingly autobiographical on her terrific new album, The Littlest Prisoner. Backed by avant-Americana guitarist Bill Frisell and superdrummer Brian Blade, who will appear with her here, and punctuated by instrumental folk interludes, Scheinman unflinchingly explores love, marriage, separation, and her unusual raised-by-hippies childhood in Northern California. -- By Richard Gehr

Radioactivity + Bad Sports
Baby's All Right
8:00 p.m., $12
There's garage punk and then there's Texan garage punk. Think Mind Spiders, Bad Sports, VIDEO. Remember when there was the danger that the Marked Men might disband? Phew! Radioactivity flourish in this world, perhaps at the forefront. Here's why: they're a supergroup, made up of all the aforementioned bands. Their music often veers into pop-punk territory, so if you're thinking about converting that emo friend into some quality down south rock 'n' roll, look no further. It's fast, it's danceable, it's undeniable. Yeehaw! -- By Maria Sherman

Tuesday, 7/1:

Beck
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
7:00 p.m., $59.50
There was a time when Beck would put out three albums over the course of one year. That time was 1994, to be exact, a decade before the release of his latest, Morning Phase, an album that arrived six years after Modern Guilt and the artist's largest musical break to date. But maybe a few years off was exactly what Beck needed -- Morning Phase is a dreamy alt-folk masterpiece best served with 2002's Sea Change. A hallmark of Beck, however, is his ability to dabble and evolve in ways both weird and unexpected, and given that the release prior to this sunshiny acoustic dream had a more dystopian rock feel, it's best not to get too cozy with the direction of his current sound. -- By Brittany Spanos

Wednesday, 7/2:

Mandingo Ambassadors
Barbes
10:00 p.m., $10
Guinean guitarist Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate came of age among such legendary 1970s guitarcentric combos as the Horoya Band and Bembeya Jazz, which blended Cuban rumba with traditional balafon-based sounds. Kouyate moved to New York in search of political asylum in 2004 and currently leads this suave weekly dance party featuring some of the city's sweeter rhythm masters. -- By Richard Gehr

Billy Joel
Madison Square Garden
8:00 p.m., $64.50-$124.50
Las Vegas was once the go-to spot for legendary musicians looking to settle down for a residency, but it looks like MSG and Billy Joel have found a way to take that concept home to New York. After playing a New Year's Eve show at Barclays, the Bronx-born, Long Island-bred performer, who has provided the pop and rock canon with an endless list of iconic, timeless, and modern standards, is preparing a monthly residency at the Garden from now until we're sick of him. From the first seven sold-out shows, the end of this East Coast franchise isn't going to arrive for some time -- the Piano Man's got us feeling alright. -- By Brittany Spanos

Location Info

Map

Le Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Baby's All Right

146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Central Park, Rumsey Playfield

5th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Barbes

376 9th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Madison Square Garden

Seventh Ave. & 32nd St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Trans-Pecos

915 Wyckoff Ave., Queens, NY

Category: Music

House of Vans

25 Franklin St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Baby's All Right

146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Bossa Nova Civic Club

1271 Myrtle Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Output

74 Wythe Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

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Alex Toombs
Alex Toombs

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