The 6 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 7/18/14

Categories: Weekend

Credit: Marcello Ambriz
Catch 311 at Pier 97 this Saturday
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Friday, 7/18:

Terminal 5
8:00 p.m., $25/$30
Flume's brand of house pop is stutter-speed retro - funked fireworks staggered into a head-rung swagger. Vocal samples - all at once familiar, alien, and impossibly close - moonwalk through cuts on this Australian's self-titled 2013 debut as though each song is a themed space at a massive rave. While Flume's acid-dance grooves recall the salad days of Big Beat bounce, this new pollution is decidedly more user-friendly, hemorrhaging hooks and never quite shifting into face-melting warp drive. This could get really popular, or maybe it already is: his trio of shows are sold out. -- By Raymond Cummings

Matthew Sweet
City Winery
8:00 p.m., $45-$55
This '90s alt-rock demigod was one of the first navel-gazing singer-songwriters to come up with more than amplified lint, enlisting iconoclastic guitarists Robert Quine and Richard Lloyd to channel the bone-dry cynicism of breakout album Girlfriend, galvanizing a generation looking for a viable alternative to whatever else was out there. In preparation for his first album of original material in four years, Sweet and his regular touring band will perform choice tracks from his extensive catalogue, up through 2011 release Modern Art. For die-hard Sweet fans, the forthcoming project's as-yet-unfunded Kickstarter offers a $10,000 live house concert and a limited edition bronze casted cat sculpture. With Tommy Keene. -- By Aidan Levy

OOIOO + Lichens + Ryan Sawyer
Rough Trade NYC
9:00 p.m., $18
It was probably inevitable that some bright experimentalist would appropriate the rich and colorful-sounding metallophones and gongs of Indonesia to gnarlier ends. Which is precisely the case with OOIOO's brilliant new Gamel, a kaleidoscopic blend of Javanese gamelan, brain-searing acid-rock guitar, and Japanese girl pop. Led by Boredoms co-founder (and Flaming Lips muse) Yoshimi P-We, OOIOO oscillates between slow, stately rhythms and ringing climaxes in a series of transcendent permutations. Their music is modular and cyclical, surprising yet repititious in the best possible way. American minimalism's roots may lie in gamelan, but Yoshimi's maximalist take suggests an altogether more euphoric variation. OOIOO is bringing two gamelan players along on this rare American tour which continues with a Sunday-night appearance at Le Poisson Rouge. -- By Richard Gehr

Location Info


Terminal 5

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

Category: Music

City Winery

155 Varick St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Rough Trade NYC

64 N. 9th St., Brooklyn, NY

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JBL Live at Pier 97

Hudson River Park at W 55th St, New York, NY

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Union Pool

484 Union Ave., Brooklyn, NY

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Cameo Gallery

93 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

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