The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 7/28/14

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Monday, 7/28:

Lauryn Hill
Brooklyn Bowl
7:00 p.m., $75
Ms. Lauryn Hill is more than just a singer, she is the very definition of an artist. Her lyrics are gorgeously composed and are even more powerful when delivered in her lovely voice. Clearly, a talent like hers can't be contained by just one classic album. She claims two releases -- hip hop essential The Score with her former group The Fugees and solo effort The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill -- to her esteemed name. Unfortunately for us, Hill hasn't released a full album of new work since that 1998 solo debut, though rumors have been swirling for some time about the possibility of a new collection arriving sooner rather than later. In the interim, Ms. Hill continues to influence new crops of R&B and soul singers, reasserting her relevance with every new voice she inspires. Let's see how many new stars are born after her Homecoming Concert Series in Brooklyn this week. -- By Brittany Spanos

Power Trip + Mammoth Grinder + Razorheads
Saint Vitus
8:00 p.m., $10
You've heard it once and you'll hear it again: Power Trip is metal for punk fans, hardcore for metalheads. Frontman Riley Gale's brash vocal howlers channel a young Lemmy of Motorhead with the ferocity of early SSD Records bands. While their recordings are ace (try listening to "Manifest Decimation" without breaking into head-bangs, we dare ya) their true power is found in their live show. It gets violent; you have been warned. The Dallas genre-bending punks will be joined by Austin heavyweights Mammoth Grinder, New Brunswick's Razorheads and Brooklyn hardcore staples AJAX. If you like it loud, you'll get it loud. -- By Maria Sherman

'MetroStar Talent Challenge'
Metropolitan Room
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

Tuesday, 7/29:

Keyshia Cole
Irving Plaza
7:00 p.m., $30
Despite all the apparent drama that surrounds her life, Oakland's Keyshia Cole has shown herself to be an incredibly shrewd businesswoman and, most importantly, a remarkably consistent artist. Over the course of the last decade, Cole has put out five albums (most notably 2005's The Way It Is and 2007's Just Like You) that range from good-to-great and two reality TV series that all serve to highlight her plucky, resilient nature in the face of a troubled past and an uncertain future. In the process, KC has exposed her fans to the sometimes transcendent highs and immanent lows of the Urban Woman's American Dream with remarkable transparency, pathos, and the kind of charm that only comes from true talent. -- By Winston Groman

Noura Mint Seymali
Joe's Pub
9:30 p.m., $18
The Mauritanian singer has a fine new album, Tzenni, and deploys her impossible-to-ignore voice to explore Moorish poetic themes. The dazzling Jeiche Ouid Chighaly, her husband and exemplary guitarist, weaves fuzzed-out wavelengths around Seymali's ornamented griot wail and harplike ardine, while bass and drums keep everything deep in the pocket. -- By Richard Gehr

Location Info

Brooklyn Bowl

61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Saint Vitus Bar

1120 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Metropolitan Room

34 W. 22nd St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

Joe's Pub

425 Lafayette St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Central Park, Rumsey Playfield

5th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music


45 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Category: Music


85 Ave. A, New York, NY

Category: Music

Nassau Coliseum

1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY

Category: Music

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