Foster the People
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After flitting among several successful side ventures—the Raconteurs, the Dead Weather, recording with Wanda Jackson—Jack White III goes it alone, paying behind a phenomenal solo debut album, Blunderbuss. In the process, he encourages music critics to use words like coruscating, which we haven’t since the days of the White Stripes.Read more
Hip-hop’s Prince Charming hits town for two arena-sized screamfests. Last time we talked to the star, he told us that he has a special box where he keeps the bras thrown at him onstage; toss him your own, if you must. Heat-seeking rappers J. Cole, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill and 2 Chainz lend support.Read more
Having recently returned to action with a pair of instantly sold-out club dates, Fiona Apple commandeers the second day (June 24) of this outdoor fest (June 24) to properly celebrate the release of her new album, which, naturally has a 23-word title. Beck, Modest Mouse and Explosions in the Sky share that bill; the day before, you can catch Passion Pit, Duck Sauce, Chromeo and Special Disco Version. VIP tickets $165, two-day pass $180, VIP $300.Read more
It once seemed unthinkable that we’d ever hear from these arty Swedish hardcore types again, but what’s this? Yes, folks, it’s the third local show in three months by Refused, a band that (like so many others) accrued a serious cult following after breaking up in the late ’90s. What makes this gig extra enticing is that it’s among the first performances at a snazzy new outdoor venue at the former Williamsburg Waterfront locale. ticketmaster.com. $35.
It’s easy to see why L.A. indie-rockers Foster the People are making major inroads in the Top 40—with their dashing good looks, danceable hooks and cute, clipped beats, these three boys are naturals for a pop takeover. “Pumped Up Kicks,” a radio-friendly hit delivered partly from the perspective of a disgruntled teen wannabe-shooter, emerged as last summer’s indisputable anthem—and based on this sold-out Central Park run, it’s still got legs.Read more