The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 8/4/14

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One Direction bring their latest tour to NJ for a pair of dates at MetLife this Monday and Tuesday.
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Monday, 8/4:

One Direction + 5 Seconds of Summer
MetLife Stadium
Monday & Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., $39.50-$99.50
One Direction aren't quite the Beatles, nor are they anything like *NSYNC. In fact, it's hard to categorize them in the Great Boy Band Sphere at all, but that doesn't make them any less lovable. Over the course of the reality show stint that brought them together in the first place and the three subsequent albums that chronicled their evolution from bubblegum to big star power pop with infusions of stomping folk and hair metal, One Direction is still a boy band well aware of its status as a boy band and unafraid to be so in a way that veers a hard left from the path of previous Top 40 acts. Maybe that's why they're one of the biggest in the world right now. It also doesn't hurt that they're cute as a button, each and every one of 'em. -- By Brittany Spanos

Old Crow Medicine Show
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
5:30 p.m., $35
Fifteen years and eight albums into their career, Tennessee string band Old Crow Medicine Show still play with the wide-eyed charisma of a pack of buskers. Like any good roots outfit, they're best experienced live. Old Crow's seven members look and act like a party onstage--a party brimming with banjos, mandolins, and bluegrass soul. With singalong-style performances and a charming sincerity that hasn't wavered through the many lineup changes they've seen over the past few years, this group continues to light up stages wherever the road takes them. -- By Carena Liptak

Ratking
S.O.B.'s
9:00 p.m., $15
After releasing their first EP Wiki93 in 2012, Ratking took an almost-two-year hiatus to work on and release their 2014 debut album So It Goes. Comprised of members Wiki, Hak and Sporting Life, the New York natives have perfected their balance of raw energy, grimy beats and golden era hip-hop. Their debut album paints a vivid picture of the trio's view of New York and how they mourn the changing city. But amidst Ratking's palpable sorrow -- something that could very well turn a listener off -- the group's youthful spirit shines through and pulls you right back in. You should expect a unbridled, high energy show where Ratking will probably have you at more than just nodding along. -- By Tara Mahadevan

The Offspring + Bad Religion + Pennywise + The Vandals
Terminal 5
Monday & Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., $45/$50
If you spent middle-school carving "EPITAPH4EVA" into desks or arms, this tour may be in your wheelhouse. The Offspring's jacked-up antipathy fueled fluke 1994 smash Smash, and the Orange County quartet never ceased dining out on variations on that theme. Whether you consider Bad Religion the thinking punker's choice or the soundtrack to undergraduate societal discontent , it's impossible to fault the band for encouraging considered dissent, sponsoring an annual college scholarship, or giving "21st Century Digital Boy" to a crumbling world that's emphatically tuned it's three-chord broadsides out (and there have been so, so many) since Day One. Along for the ride because, why not: pre-millennial punk weed carriers-equivalents Pennywise and The Vandals. -- By Raymond Cummings

Tuesday, 8/5:

John Fogerty + Jackson Browne
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7:30 p.m., $39.50-$150
Between the two of them, co-headliners John Fogerty and Jackson Browne cover some serious musical acreage. In the late '70s and early '80s, Fogerty's Creedence Clearwater Revival appealed to nearly everyone; country and rock audiences alike have long flocked to the group's anthemic folk style. Browne's songwriting straddles genre, epitomizing the fusion of poetics and big-arena catchiness--a combination that's earned him a spot in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Both performers have an appeal that's built to last as well as a knack for bottling rock and roll and making magic happen, over and over again. -- By Carena Liptak

Location Info

Map

MetLife Stadium

102 MetLife Stadium Road, East Rutherford, NJ

Category: General

Central Park, Rumsey Playfield

5th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

S.O.B.'s

204 Varick St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Terminal 5

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

Category: Music

Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY

Category: Music

Madison Square Garden

Seventh Ave. & 32nd St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Webster Hall

125 E. 11th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Jazz Standard

116 E. 27th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

The Acheron

57 Waterbury St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music


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