The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 6/2/14

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Courtesy of Atlantic Records // Credit: Marc Baptiste
Catch Janelle Monae for free in Brooklyn this week
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Monday, 6/2:

Webster Hall
8:00 p.m., $19.94
Believe it or not, the '90s have ended. In fact, it's been three decades since Soundgarden formed and two decades since they released their most iconic album, the blistering Superunknown. This summer they plan to hit the road with Nine Inch Nails, who are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough album, The Downward Spiral. Tonight, however, Soundgarden wallow in the bygone decade at their own album anniversary show, with tickets priced at the reasonable but not accidentally cheesy amount of $19.94. Yes, the '90s have ended, but did we ever want them to? -- By Brittany Spanos

Tuesday, 6/3:

Best Buy Theater
8:00 p.m., $30-$35
Just as the human body is always naked under its clothes, the human voice is always bare, even when covered in thick layers of rasp and Auto-Tune. Taking cues from the rapper-turned-singer pantheon of T-Pain, Kanye, Wayne, Drake, and Akon, ATL's Future often raps and sings "At the Same Damn Time," in an cadence that turns the old field holler of the African-American South into a syrupy shout from the heart of the turn-up generation. Ballad- bangers like "Turn on the Lights" from 2012's Pluto show exactly how Future can automate his voice without making it seem less human by using the pitch correction to emphasize the wide spectrum of emotion that resides in the gaps between pitch and timbre. This year's Honest further highlights the timber of Future's voice by dialing back on the Auto-Tune and trusting in the formula that says: a unique voice + slamming beats = hit music. For a rapper in 2014, that's about as honest as you can get. -- By Winston Groman

'Dance of Death Book Release Party' w/ Glenn Jones
Ace Hotel
8:00 p.m., free
Kindred spirits will join forces this evening when two monolithic champions from the music and literary orb celebrate the Godfather of steel string geetar wizardry, John Fahey. Rolling Stone scribe royalty David Fricke will introduce longtime New York scene staple, Swingset Magazine co-founder, VDSQ record label head and ultimate Fahey obsessive Steve Lowenthal reading from the his just-released biographical sprawl of the experimental iconoclast called Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, American Guitarist. For his exhaustive tome, Lowenthal embarked on a nomadic, years-long mission, heroically researching the trials, tribulations and life of the elusive and vastly influential Fahey. No better cohort for an evening of Fahey worship is Glenn Jones, who embodies the late legend's folk and blues finger-picking mastery, even collaborating with the guitarist back in 1997 as a member of Cul De Sac. Not to be missed. -- By Brad Cohan

Wednesday, 6/4:

Janelle Monáe
Prospect Park Bandshell
6:00 p.m., free
Celebrate Brooklyn! is lucky to have such a fabulous Q.U.E.E.N. to open its 36th season. Janelle Monáe, one of music's most compelling rising stars, hit refresh on 2013 with the release of her second album, The Electric Lady, an electric and star-studded android manifesto with guest spots from Solange, Miguel, Erykah Badu, and Prince. It's a credit to Monáe that she has managed to keep her performances and personal style just as lively and individual as her unique music. She has all the makings of a superstar and is fixed squarely on the path to icon status. Expect to be dazzled. -- By Brittany Spanos

Megan Hilty
Cafe Carlyle
Tuesday through Friday, 8:45 p.m. daily, $50-$120
When they were getting Bombshell ready for Broadway on the two seasons of NBC's Smash, wasn't the idea that an actual production would ultimately show up on the actual Broadway? If so, mightn't this in-the-flesh bombshell, who played Ivy Lynn, be the one impersonating Marilyn Monroe? Unfortunately, it wasn't to be, but here's the consolation prize. At her first outing in this swanky uptown boite, she'll sing some of the series songs, most of them written by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, as well as other hot numbers. -- By David Finkle

Location Info


Webster Hall

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

Category: Music

Best Buy Theater

1515 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: General

Ace Hotel

20 W. 29th St., New York, NY

Category: General

Prospect Park Bandshell

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

Category: Music

Cafe Carlyle

35 E. 76th St., New York, NY

Category: General

Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

Red Hook Park

intersection of Otsego Bay, Hicks, Lorraine Court and Halleck Streets, Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Village Vanguard

178 Seventh Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music


74 Wythe Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Blue Note

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

Category: Music

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