The weekend's must-see concerts
Fri Aug 19 2011
Photograph: Alberte Karrebaek
Beyonc at Roseland Ballroom
On her latest triumph, 4, Beyonc stays in her own lane, choosing not to channel other personalities like Sasha Fierce or go full Gaga, and it works gloriously. The tickets to these shows sold out in, oh, less than a minute (seriously), so you might be headed to StubHub or Craigslist.
Pearls and Brass at Saint Vitus
Pearls and Brass went on hiatus in '08 after issuing one monolithic doom-metal effort, and tonight the band makes good on its gloriously sludgy promise with a reunion gig at a Greenpoint metal hot spot.
Mirah + Tara Jane O'Neill + Noveller at Dead Herring
Singer-songwriter Mirah headlines an off-the-beaten-path showcase that also features fellow indie-rock storyteller Tara Jane O'Neil and electric-guitar soundscaper Sarah Lipstate, a.k.a. Noveller.
The War on Drugs at Cameo
Philly's the War on Drugs is a strong outfit built around the songwriting of Adam Granduciel, with a colorful dreaminess reminiscent of former-memeber Kurt Vile's solo work.
Steve Coleman Duos and Trios at The Stone
Steve Coleman, a seminal alto saxophonist, bandleader and conceptualist whose recognition has long flagged too far behind his achievement, appears at the Stone tonight and Sunday as part of a two-week stretch curated by Pi Recordings.
Ke$ha at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Glitter-basted pop strumpet Ke$ha brings her enjoyably tawdry live romp to Long Island. Check out our interview the tooth-collecting (yes, you read right) pop star here.
The Rapture at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Rambunctious postpunk revivalists the Rapture headline a show in their hometown tonight in support of their long-awaited, DFA-produced fourth album, In the Grace of Your Love.
Iceage at Cake Shop
At the risk of overstating the obvious, the Danish youngsters of Iceage live up to the early hype on their debut LP, New Brigade, a dark, soaring thrash of a record.
Quiet Evenings + Xiphiidae at Avant Bored
Quiet Evenings is a marriage of equals, Rachel Evan's gentle coo floating weightless against an amniotic sway of guitars and synths. Xiphiidae—Florida performer Jeffry Astin—can offer soothing guitar fillips, aquatic ambiences or mystery noises, and often all of the above. Have a look at our preview here.
Los Rakas at Central Park SummerStage
Los Rakas' "Panabay" sound is a border-defying conversation between hip-hop, dancehall, R&B and folkloric music from their native Panama. Read our interview with the duo here.
Pentagram at Le Poisson Rouge
After 40 years of grinding underground obscurity, Pentagram finally has some heat right now, appearing in Spin, sharing bills with Pelican. and now hitting New York on a Stereogum-sponsored tour. Check out our preview here.
Power 105.1 presents Power Live at Governors Island
This year's edition of Power Live features local firebrand Fabolous, D.C. career-reviving rapper Wale, hook maniac J. Cole, Kelly Rowland, Rick Ross cohort Meek Mill and gritty, brave Florida rapper Ace Hood.
Chicago at the Beacon Theatre
Seventies heroes Chicago rock uptown for a nostalgia-soaked celebration of warmer, friendlier times, with a Latin-accented opening set.
Jenny Scheinman: Mischief & Mystery at the Village Vanguard
Jenny Scheinman is a stellar violinist, a keen improviser, a sharp composer and an appealing singer. Catch the last night of a Vanguard run in which she's leading an exceptional group.
Susana Baca at City Winery
This splendid Peruvian singer—and now Peru's minister of culture—makes a rare local appearance to share songs from her latest effort, Afrodiaspora.