The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 6/16/14

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Goat headlines Webster Hall this Wednesday with Holy Wave
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Tuesday, 6/17:

Sam Smith
Apollo Theater
8:00 p.m., $35-$43
Sam Smith is the real deal. Something about the way he belts lyrics that sound like his deepest, darkest secrets makes his music simultaneously painful and cathartic. Since appearing on Disclosure's breakthrough single, "Latch" in 2012, 22-year-old Smith has been rising on his own, seeing his career skyrocket with the release of his debut EP, Nirvana, a bewitching sampler of what would come on his follow-up full-length album, In the Lonely Hour, released in May. With a bite like Amy Winehouse and a knack for perfectly capturing the many facets of love and heartbreak à la Adele, Smith keeps British soul alive in a way that makes you want to curl up inside the walls of his vocal range. -- By Brittany Spanos

Courtney Barnett + Benjamin Booker
Bowery Ballroom
8:00 p.m., $15
Melbourne-based guitarist and singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett has a gift for turning workaday situations into captivating anecdotes--one of several clever qualities her music has become known for since 2012, when she started her own record label, Milk! Records and subsequently put out her first EP, I've Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris. Barnett draws from folk, country and '60s psychedelia, writing earnest, wordy songs that woozily drip with sarcasm and witty commentary. "It's a Monday; it's so mundane. What exciting things'll happen today?" she asks in "Avant Gardener," before going on to detail what she plans to plant in her garden as a way of keeping her mind off of things she should actually be thinking about. But escaping humdrum life is essentially the same thing as learning to carve a carrot into a rose, and Barnett seems to know how to do both beautifully. -- By Erin Manning

Everclear + Soul Asylum + Eve 6 + Spacehog
Irving Plaza
6:30 p.m., $35
Sometimes life bites. There are seasons, allergies, and boring jobs, which when coupled with the selfitis of today's youth, the future may seem pretty bleak. During times like these, close your eyes and imagine yourself a "Runaway Train," headed straight to Arcadian "Santa Monica" where avuncular 90s rockers with bleached hair will whisper "I Will Buy You a New Life" into your yearning ear. Here, life is lived "Inside Out," that is, with emotions on sleeves, and non-stop Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog music shimmers in the air. Know that this world will come to be. Trust that the 90s will return triumphant. "In the Meantime," go to this year's Summerland Tour, the last bastion of 90s alt-rock nostalgia and a harbinger of the Utopia to come. -- By Winston Groman

Mercan Dede & Istanbul Tribe + The Secret Trio
Brookfield Place Plaza
7:30 p.m., free
Making his first local appearance in a decade, Dede (AKA DJ Arkin Allen) is a popular Turkish progressive who fronts a traditional ensemble on turntables, electronics, and occasional ney flute. The concept behind his 2013 double-CD album _Dunya_ is environmental apocalypse. The Secret Trio - Tamer Pinarbasi (kanun zither), Ismail Lumanovski (clarinet), and Ara Dinkjian (ud lute) - play mesmerizing originals and traditional music from Turkey, Armenia, and Macedonian Roma. -- By Richard Gehr

Danilo Pérez + John Patitucci + Brian Blade Trio
Blue Note
Tuesday through Friday, 8:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. daily, $20-$35
As the acclaimed rhythm section for the Wayne Shorter Quartet, this trio generates a sonic psychodrama each time the living legend hits the stage. Long story short, they're responsible for some of the most engaging improv being made these days. On their own, Danilo Peréz, John Patitucci and Brian Blade are all about the creative recalibration of melodic motifs and rhythmic events - there's not a second in their work where anything stays still. Keep an eye out for the deep buoyancy - go ahead, call it swing - that will the music's secret weapon. -- By Jim Macnie


Location Info

Map

Apollo Theater

253 W. 125th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

Brookfield Place Plaza

200 Vesey St., New York, NY

Category: General

Blue Note

131 W. 3rd St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Webster Hall

125 E. 11th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

54 Below

254 W. 54th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

House of Vans

25 Franklin St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Highline Ballroom

431 W. 16th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

The Glasslands Gallery

289 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General


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You missed Trouble last night at Saint Vitus...:-)

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