The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 7/7/14
These are the best concerts of the week, according to the meticulous research of a staff made of music experts. For more shows, check out our Concert Calendar, which is updated daily and is also the best.
Photo courtesy Rogers & Cowan Watch Romeo Santos watch you at Yankee Stadium this week.
9:00 p.m., $13/$15
Glass Animals only released their album debut Zaba earlier this month, but one look at the album cover--shadowy illustration of a purple anteater and wild jungle creatures lurking amidst an exotic wilderness backdrop--gives the viewer a pretty detailed indication of the Oxford hypnotronic band's plush, rich, velvety sound. Echoes of Nina Simone, Portishead, and, fittingly, UK electronic dance band Jungle, create the experience of floating on The African Queen, or of listening to Heart of Darkness if the novel were an album instead. Despite half of their lyrics floating in a viscous puddle of literary references or unintelligible terms of endearment, the grooves are smooth and Zaba is one of this year's most striking debuts. Their live performance should be a hypnotizing adventure too, even if it is through a man-made wilderness. -- By Erin Manning
The Glasslands Gallery
8:30 p.m., $10.
The darker subtleties of the most recent album by Beach Fossils - 2013's Clash The Truth -- showed a more tense and post-punk-inspired side to the Brooklyn band's breezy dream pop, revealing singer/guitarist Dustin Payseur's roots in punk and hardcore bands. It's hard to say for sure whether those creative impulses surface in Payseur's new band Laced (who played their first show in March and have no recordings just yet), but the line-up of Ian Judd (of Couple Skate Records) on bass and vocals, and Ryan Naideau (of Nude Beach) on drums seems very promising regardless. Find out for yourself on Monday, when the trio plays Glasslands with Friend, EZTV, Greenfield, DJs Katie Garcia & Pam Garavano of Captured Tracks, and a comedy set by Matt Kallman of Real Estate. -- By Liz Pelly
'MetroStar Talent Challenge'
7:00 p.m., $20-$115.
For the seventh year running the room has made a July-August point of ferreting out up-and-coming cabaret talent. Sometimes you wonder why anyone would want to make a career doing this. It's that difficult and often only intermittently rewarding. But still they come, the gifted and the not so gifted, to vie for a chance at a week's engagement in the venue if they win and some guaranteed performances if they finish in second or third place. There's a panel of judges who know what's what or should, and the audience gets to vote, too. So go pick a winner. -- By David Finkle
Crosby, Stills and Nash
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 8:00 p.m., $46-$156
"Teach your children well. Their father's hell did slowly go by," Graham Nash wrote in his pacifying 1970 lyrical anti-war anthem, "Teach Your Children." Little did he know how prescient he would be that "their children's hell will slowly go by." Nor did he realize that he would still be around to sing it to them in three-part harmony. Yet the folksy troubadour trio is still strumming away to the plangent "Guinevere," "Helplessly Hoping," and the kaleidoscopic "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," albeit with slightly receding hairlines, though the hirsute Crosby looks more like Gimli from Lord of the Rings than ever. -- By Aidan Levy
Ryan Keberle & Catharsis
7:00 p.m., $10
There's a mess of bobbing and weaving in the trombonist's foursome, and at its most aggressive, it can have an edge-of-your-seat vibe. The jabs Keberle and trumpeter Mike Rodriguez throw at each other on the new Music Is Emotion remind that, on some level , jazz is about dazzling interplay. Factor in the cagey swing of the rhythm section and you've got a quartet resolute in its restlessness. Pretty damn tight, too - but you'll hear that instantly in this cozy Park Slope bar. -- By Richard Gehr
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