The 10 Best Concerts in NYC This Weekend, 7/11/14

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Speedy Ortiz perform at 4Knots Music Festival on Saturday at South Street Seaport.
If you like going to concerts and aren't checking our Concert Calendar on the reg, what are you even doing? We update it daily! Here are the 10 best concerts in NYC this weekend. (Go to 4Knots!)

Friday, 7/11:

Guided By Voices
Irving Plaza
7:00 p.m., $35
In 2012, the club re-opened for the mightiest of all fuckin' mighty--the resurrected 90's "classic" version of Guided by Voices--and the endless hooks, wasteoid marathon live shows and Bud Light haven't stopped flowing since. While Bee Thousand ('94) and Alien Lanes ('95) are forever cemented in indie rock lore as underground-defining firestorms of the highest beer-chugging, anthemic and seminal order, the massive and utterly relentless reunion record string GbV overlord Bob Pollard and company have unleashed are dizzying strokes of absolute genius. Fist pumps and leg kicks 'til death. -- By Brad Cohan

Romeo Santos
Yankee Stadium
Friday & Saturday, 8:00 p.m., $43.40-$249.50

Romeo Santos is a hero to many kids beyond just the Bronx for his lush, R&B-textured bachata music. Setting out on his grand adventure two decades ago, Santos ventured forth from the shadows of Yankee Stadium on a quest for fame and glory. Working his way into the hearts and car stereo systems of millions, first as the lead-singer of the groundbreaking bachata boy-band Aventura, and now as a solo artist, Santos has come full circle and will headline a two-night stand in Yankee Stadium this Friday and Saturday-the first Latin artist to perform at Yankee Stadium since the Fania All Stars graced the old grounds in 1973. This is a huge boon to his hometown community in NYC, where his two Formula albums have been on heavy bump in the summer heat, cooling hot heads with slices of Quisqueyan breeze. For two nights, Romeo's claim to be the King of Bachata will be absolutely undisputed. -- By Winston Groman

Beyonce & JAY Z
MetLife Stadium
Friday & Saturday, 8:00 p.m., $34.50-$279.50
Beyonce and Jay Z are not your average anything, so why in the world would they have an average tour? The pair have been our "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" and have been both "Crazy in Love" and "Drunk in Love," and this year, they're 'On the Run,' as the title of their joint tour indicates. Together, the Knowles-Carter pair have been ruling pop, hip-hop and R&B. They're businesspeople, the creators of their respective independent empires that, when combined, make them probably one of the most powerful couples in the world. Quite honestly, we have been in very dire need of a tour starring these two, and given the game-changing 2013 they had, both together and on their own, especially Bey's last-minute entry with her surprise, self-titled LP, the timing couldn't possibly be better. And if the star-studded promotional trailer is any indication, the live show will be an explosive one. -- By Brittany Spanos

Crosby, Stills and Nash
Beacon Theatre
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

Phish
Randall's Island
Friday through Sunday, 7:00 p.m., $60
The popular Vermont quartet spend three days here, giving everyone a chance to make themselves at home. Younger fans will lap up every note of these seasoned rock stars of the weird-go-pro ilk. Older aficionados will savor the chutes-and-ladders quality of the group's post-breakup rebirth. Expect them to develop material from Fuego, their latest and arguably most conservative album. -- By Richard Gehr

Location Info

Map

Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

Yankee Stadium

161st St. & River Ave., Bronx, NY

Category: General

MetLife Stadium

102 MetLife Stadium Road, East Rutherford, NJ

Category: General

Beacon Theatre

2124 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: Music

Randall's Island

Randalls Island, New York, NY

Category: General

South Street Seaport, Pier 17

19 Fulton St., New York, NY

Category: General

Prospect Park Bandshell

9th St. & Prospect Park W., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

The Stone

16 Ave. C, New York, NY

Category: Music

Santos Party House

96 Lafayette St., New York, NY

Category: Music

JACK

505 Waverly Ave., New York, NY

Category: General


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Richard Morales
Richard Morales

How does the Village Voice fail to mention any of the concerts this weekend connected to the Latin American Music Conference? Central Park Summerstage this weekend, Babasonicos and Juana Molina, nuff said.

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