The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 8/18/14

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Drake vs. Lil Wayne hits Forest Hills Stadium this Tuesday
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Monday, 8/18:

Linkin Park + 30 Seconds to Mars + AFI
PNC Banks Arts Center
7:00 p.m., $39.75-$281
The newest album's deliberate moves toward punk rock feel contrived coming from a band with this history of overproduction, but it does at least feature one song with a killer odd-time riff. That stuff is the point now, really: all the tiny weird flourishes have become considerably weirder, sometimes compellingly; the swirling spoken-word collage halfway through A Thousand Suns might have been a tipping point. Punching bag or not, Hybrid Theory has actually aged quite well as an artifact of its era, a pristine embalmed facepalm which reminds us that we once decided a nü-metal boy band deserved ubiquity for "In The End." But hey, it'd still make a better Song of the Summer than fucking "Fancy." -- By Vijith Assar

Tuesday, 8/19:

Drake vs. Lil Wayne
Forest Hills Stadium
7:00 p.m., $69-$400
Very few students have surpassed their teachers quite like Drake has with Lil Wayne, but luckily for the man who discovered Drake as a post-Degrassi rap prodigy, he's still very much a god in the rap universe. It's been nearly 10 years since Wayne began the Young Money record label, and beyond Drake, he's championed a number of successful young acts like Tyga, Lil Twist, Austin Mahone, and rap queen Nicki Minaj. Drake vs. Lil Wayne, the massive tour which began almost immediately after Drake's annual Ovo Fest in Toronto, is a nice way to celebrate the success each has wrought. Though the "vs." in their tour's title makes it sound like the pair are ready to battle one another, both have made it clear that they continue to have nothing but love for each other's career ventures. They're just lucky they didn't choose to include "vs. Nicki Minaj" because both would have been forced to relinquish their crowns. -- By Brittany Spanos

Frontier Ruckus
The Mercury Lounge
9:30 p.m., $10
Frontier Ruckus performs with a fresh-faced, thrilled-to-be-there glow, though they're hardly a rookie act: the Detroit folk group has released three studio albums since 2008, and is preparing to launch a fourth, appropriately titled 4th LP, in November. Effervescent and sweetly sincere, frontman Michael Milia and vocalist Anna Burch harmonize their way through each song, strumming commensurately heartfelt melodies that benefit from a bevy of acoustic instruments. Guitars, banjos and dobros are just the beginning for Frontier Ruckus--multi-instrumentalist Zach Nichols keeps 'em coming with horns, melodica and the saw. The band's most striking feature, maybe, is its intimate performing style. -- By Carena Liptak

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
Highline Ballroom
8:00 p.m., $25-$45
Led by singer-songwriter Reuben Koroma, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars have evolved into road-seasoned ambassadors of peace through music since coming together in a Guinean refugee camp toward the end of their homeland's decade-long civil war. They blend Guinea-Bissau's zouk-influenced gumbe rhythm, palm-wine guitars, gentle folk melodies, Congolese soukous, the lilting baskeda drum sound reminiscent of Jamaica's nyabinghi drummers, and reggae redemption songs. Also: Morning Sun & the Essentials. -- By Richard Gehr

Eric Comstock
Pangea
8:00 p.m., $20
Here's a piano man who not only knows every song ever written and included in the Great American Songbook. He also knows the story behind every song and is more than likely to tell you what he knows before he warbles. He'll also be amiably witty about it. He's frequently seen around town(s) singing with wife Barbara Fasano, and perhaps she'll be on hand to sing a ditty or two with him or on her own. Easy, affable entertainment. -- By David Finkle

Location Info

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PNC Bank Arts Center

Exit 116 Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, NJ

Category: Music

Forest Hills Stadium

1 Tennis Place, Forest Hills, NY

Category: Music

The Mercury Lounge

217 E. Houston St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Highline Ballroom

431 W. 16th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Pangea

178 2nd Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

JBL Live at Pier 97

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

Category: Music

Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY

Category: Music

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music

The Mercury Lounge

217 E. Houston St., New York, NY

Category: Music

South Street Seaport

19 Fulton St., New York, NY

Category: Music


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