More must-see summer concerts in New York City

Discover additional can’t-miss summer concerts by such names as Devendra Banhart and Maja S.K. Ratkje.

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    Devendra Banhart

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    Black Flag

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    Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Dawn McCarthy

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Devendra Banhart

As if your calendar for summer concerts wasn’t packed to the brim already, we’ve compiled even more shows you have to catch. Get revved for sure-to-be-great sets by folkies Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Dawn McCarthy, punk icons Black Flag, surf-rock titan Dick Dale and others.


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Devendra Banhart

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

A decade after his first album dropped, Devendra Banhart is no less wonderful nor weird. (The irresistible lead single from his new album, Mala, is inspired by Hildegard von Bingen, the 12th-century nun, mystic and composer.) After a stint in California, Banhart has moved back to New York, so you can consider this show a homecoming of sorts. Hurrah! $30, $35.

  1. The Town Hall 123 W 43rd St, between Sixth Ave and Broadway
  2. Wed Jun 12 2013 at 8pm
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Black Flag

  • Price band: 2/4

After years of dormancy, the Black Flag legacy received a dramatic jolt in January when news spread of two quasi-reunions: one involving founding frontman Keith Morris, and the other centering on guitarist and band mastermind Greg Ginn. The latter incarnation, which retains the rights to the Black Flag name and immortal four-bars logo, is the band you’ll hear at Warsaw. Given that Ginn has focused almost exclusively on jammy instrumental music in recent years, no one knows quite what to expect, but that only makes us more curious. $35, advance $32.

  1. Warsaw at the Polish National Home 261 Driggs Ave, between Eckford and Leonard Sts
  2. Fri Jun 14–Sat Jun 15 at 7pm
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Maja S.K. Ratkje

  • Free

The stunning Norwegian vocalist, composer and improviser presents two installation-performances in collaboration with Original Music Workshop, an up-and-coming experimental-music hotbed in Williamsburg. Each gig will feature a quadraphonic mix tailored specifically to its yet-to-be-determined site. Visit rivertorivernyc.com for details. Free.

  1. Location TBA
  2. Sun Jul 7, Wed Jul 10; Times TBA

Dick Dale

Surf-rock godfather Dick Dale is the man behind the 1962 smash “Misirlou” and other genre classics. This July, the 76-year-old teetotaler vegetarian brings his glorious rock & roll to Williamsburg retro haven Brooklyn Bowl. If you like summer, music and summer music, be there. 718-963-3369, brooklynbowl.com. $20.

  1. Brooklyn Bowl
  2. Fri Jul 26, Sat Jul 27 at 8pm
Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Dawn McCarthy

Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Dawn McCarthy

On this year’s What the Brothers Sang, indie-folk heavyweight Will Oldham and frequent collaborator McCarthy cooked up a covers album of deep cuts by the Everly Brothers. It’s lovely, warm and, of course, beautifully harmonized—and perfect fare for the Town Hall’s ace acoustics. 212-840-2824, the-townhall-nyc.org. July 29 at 8pm; $35.

  1. The Town Hall
  2. Mon Jul 29 at 8pm


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