The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 6/9/14

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Credit: Jason Bergman
Sharon Van Etten plays the first of her two upcoming shows at Bowery Ballroom this Friday
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Monday, 6/9:

'National Jazz Museum in Harlem 2014 benefit concert'
Hunter College
7:30 p.m., $35-$55
Dee Dee Bridgewater has been at this for a while. The jazz singer (and U.N. ambassador) has been performing in New York since 1970, and now she's got Grammy awards to show for it. But it's her ability to interpret the flavor of her surroundings that makes this saucy Tennessee songstress really feel like our own, and her collaborations with the great musicians of our time -- like Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, and Dexter Gordon, among many others -- make her the perfect headliner for the 2014 Benefit Concert for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem tonight. Bridgewater performs alongside rising star and director-at-large Jonathan Batiste. Lisa Staiano-Coico, president of City College, and pianist McCoy Tyner are honored at this year's awards ceremony. At Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. -- By Heather Baysa

Tuesday, 6/10:

First Aid Kit
Rough Trade NYC
7:00 p.m., free w/ purchase
Is there anything Sweden can't do? Folk duo First Aid Kit have been around for almost a decade now and in that time have only released two full-length records. Basically their art is meticulous and slow moving, shaved down until intimate enough to share with the world. The pair will play at Rough Trade June 9th, the day before the release of their third album Stay Gold. It was produced by Bright Eyes' Mike Mogis and is the band's first on a major label so basically, expect bigger sounds and all the feels. -- By Maria Sherman

Die Antwoord
Irving Plaza
7:00 p.m., $29.50
As a group, Die Antwoord challenge both visually and sonically accepted perceptions of what is considered beautiful music. Yolandi Vissir, Ninja, and their DJ, DJ Hi-Tek all hail from South Africa, and incorporate much of the South African hip-hop scene into their very singular rap-rave sound and vibe. Driven heavily by shock value, Die Antwoord will undoubtedly put on a show that is reminiscent of their overall vibe, and their live performance will quite literally vibrate with all their one-of-a-kind passion and amazement. -- By Eleanor Lambert

Willie Nelson + Alison Krauss and Union Station + Jerry Douglas + Kacey Musgraves
Radio City Music Hall
8:00 p.m., $65-$130
In this intergenerational gathering of country royalty, the 81-year-old philosopher king of troubadours and the high priestess of bluegrass symbolically pass the torch to Kacey Musgraves, the newest initiate to a club whose membership requires multiple Grammys and the life lessons that earned their stripes. Nelson and Family have never appeared alongside Alison Krauss and Union Station, her band for three decades, including dobro master Jerry Douglas. Musgraves, a Dolly Parton devotee, has got a lot of living to do before she inherits that mantle. Times have changed since the red-headed stranger penned "Willingly" in 1961, but telling it like it is hasn't. -- By Aidan Levy

Ringo Deathstarr + Heaven
Baby's All Right
8:00 p.m., $10
There are a lot of terrible band names out there. Of these bands, many suffer from a pressure to be cleverer-than-thou and that usually results in some really, really bad puns. The only way to overcome this is to be in a really fucking good band. Austin shoegaze noise punks Ringo Deathstarr must know this, and they're better because of it. They've toured with the Smashing Pumpkins and are known for putting on an oppressively loud live show a la Nothing. You might not want to tell your friends the name of the band you're seeing, but you're definitely going to want them to come along. -- By Maria Sherman

Location Info


Hunter College

695 Park Ave., New York, NY

Category: General

Rough Trade NYC

64 N. 9th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

Baby's All Right

146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Music Hall of Williamsburg

66 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

54 Below

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

Category: Music

Prospect Park Bandshell

9th St. & Prospect Park W., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

House of Vans

25 Franklin St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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