The 10 Best Concerts in NYC This Week, 7/14/2014

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Bruno Mars + Pharrell Williams
Madison Square Garden
Monday & Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., $54.50-$155.
Live, via satellite, or pounding through your earbuds, Bruno Mars is unarguably the hardest working man in show business right now - a twenty-something with a 1950s-tinged stage presence and 1980s pop-compounding hits. The impish, dimpled star is joined for this two-night stand by Pharrell Williams, an A-List producer enjoying an unlikely comeback as a kind of R&B classicist. In tandem, the pair's unique versions of bouncy, saccharine uplift will either buoy your spirits or rot out your molars, depending on your disposition. -- By Raymond Cummings

King Buzzo of the Melvins
The Wick
8:00 p.m., $15.
Legendary iconoclast, godhead riffer, purveyor of grunge and leader of the sludgemongers Nirvana craved to be, Buzz Osborne AKA King Buzzo--along with drums titan Dale Crover--have ruled the underground rock roost with avant-metal kings Melvins for the last thirty years. Now, the electric socket-fried-haired and Simpsons fanatic Osborne has traded in his ax for an acoustic on his unplugged debut, This Machine Kills Artists. But for the naysayers thinking Buzzo has mellowed and gone hippie folk all over our asses, think again. Osborne's Herculean finger-picking 'n' strumming Machine still reeks of classic Melvins: it drips with sonic heaviosity, icky guitarrorism, Satanic wails, possessed wordplay and those epic licks that Kurt Cobain wished to the grunge gods he could dish out. -- By Brad Cohan

Tuesday, 7/15:

Camera Obscura
Le Poisson Rouge
9:00 p.m., $25/$27
If irony is the currency of American indie pop, last summer's Desire Lines, Glaswegian outfit Camera Obscura's lithe fifth album, trades in its more wistful Scottish equivalent, Byronic nostalgia, cultivating a mid-career freshness steeped in the ennui and disillusionment typified by the angst-ridden poet and quintessential anti-hero Lord Byron. "I seek not to be grand nor witty, but I am half a Scot by birth, and bred a whole one, and my heart flies to my head," he wrote. An image of Byron opens "William's Heart," the album's most arresting track, hitting the saturation point for lilting literalized metaphors till the cup runneth over with single malt. With Laura Cantrell. -- By Aidan Levy

Eyal Maoz's Crazy Slavic Band
The Stone
8:00 p.m., $10-$15.
Expect bold music from the outer brasslands when this Israeli prog-jazz experimentalist kicks off his six-night, 10-act Stone residency this evening with a horn-heavy septet that includes Frank London (trumpet) and Briggin Krauss (saxophone) playing tunes inspired by contemporary Slavic composers. The early set (separate admission, kids) features X, Maoz's vehicle for guitar-plus-string-quartet compositions. -- By Richard Gehr

Ben Allison Group
Birdland
Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 p.m. & 11:00 p.m. daily, $40
One of the most intriguing bandleaders in town, the bassist is always recalibrating his ensembles to fit whatever he's hearing in his head. Often it's swirl of crosshatched ideas articulated with precision and elan - even at their most agitated, there's a streak of grace running through Allison's intricate tunes. This particular band is a who's-who of local heavyweights - Cardenas, Royston, Pelt and Nash. Bet they kill. -- By Jim Macnie

Location Info

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Madison Square Garden

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

Category: Music

The Wick

272 Meserole St., New York, NY

Category: General

Le Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Music

The Stone

16 Ave. C, New York, NY

Category: Music

Birdland

315 W. 44th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Verboten

54 N 11th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

Terminal 5

610 W. 56th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

11 W. 53rd St., New York, NY

Category: General

City Winery

155 Varick St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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Jeff Hodak
Jeff Hodak

good list - also shout out to Jon Hopkins @ LPR Thursday

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