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

Categories: Listings, Live

Wednesday, 6/4:

Irving Plaza
7:00 p.m., $17.50
Jillian Banks is a musician from the San Fernando Valley who creates dark electro-pop influenced R&B as BANKS and is poised to break out as one of this year's biggest stars. She released two initial EPs last year, Fall Over and London, and will to put out her full-length Goddess this September. She has toured with acts like The Weeknd, but where he delves into psychic, chilling layers, Banks remains more accessible and pop-oriented. Expect a set of songs that feel cohesive and emotional, while they easily channel sadness through addicting synths. -- By Caitlin White

Mark McGuire + Marissa Nadler + Delicate Steve
Red Hook Park
7:00 p.m., free
Former Emeralds guitarist Mark McGuire embarked upon a journey of self-actualization involving an architectonic tapestry of droning, looping, and layered sounds. Like a less-affected Joanna Newsom, Marissa Nadler uncovers the epic in the personal, with an occasional country twist. And "Delicate" Steve Marion translates the felicities of West African guitar pop into an inventive instrumental hodgepodge. Nothing overly heavy to ponder, unless you've got a problem with unalloyed joy. -- By Richard Gehr

Billy Hart Quartet
Village Vanguard
Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 p.m & 10:30 p.m. daily, $30
As the veteran drummer's foursome develops, the grace they broker becomes more essential to its personality. Can't say if it's the lithe horn lines of Mark Turner or the well-chosen asides of pianist Ethan Iverson, but the music on the newish One Is The Other has the kind of sweep that connects each passage to the next - it almost seems like one long piece. Of course Hart's mastery at keeping everything fluid has a lot to do with it. On stage they're a bit more tactile - and that physicality can be revelatory. Don't miss. -- By Jim Macnie

Thursday, 6/5:

10:00 p.m., $15-$35
At the ripe ages of 20 and 25, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence introduced the world to Disclosure. Hailing from Surrey, the duo released their first single in 2010, but gained their international success with the release of Settle in 2012. Their sound is mesmerizing, and despite its deep house roots, Disclosure's melodies bubble and pop in a way that has been not only accepted but revered. Their hypnotic vocals present a nostalgic vibe, while their funky beats are energetic and mellow all at once, offering the audience a truly unique live performance. -- By Eleanor Lambert

Friday, 6/6:

Christian McBride & Brad Mehldau
Blue Note
8:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., $35-$55
The Blue Note Jazz Festival continues a tradition of unlikely collaborations with a series of duo performances by bassist Christian McBride and pianist Brad Mehldau, the latter replacing Andre Previn at the last minute. McBride has worked with Sting, Bruce Hornsby, and Renee Fleming; Previn has re-worked a number of classic pop songs ranging from Cole Porter to Radiohead within a career as an excellent bandleader. Outside of his rigorous touring schedule, McBride serves as the associate artistic director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem while Mehldau has been active in both his trio and an experimental duo with drummer Mark Guiliana. -- By Aidan Levy

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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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