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Between 1988 and 1996, seminal shoegaze outfit Ride released four albums, all now classics of the genre, and then broke up during Britpop's ascendency (which the band foreshadowed with a pop sensibility many of its peers lacked). The band reunited for a tour in 2015, and this year it's coming stateside again with more good news: A new release is in the works. Ride's first album in nearly two decades, Weather Diaries, is due out June 16 and if the initial singles, "Charm Assault" and "Home is a Feeling," are any indication, the foursome hasn't missed a beat.
Singer, songwriter, bandleader and label chief Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk and sundry others) hits Prospect Park behind his latest full-length, Salutations. The album finds him revisiting his preceding effort, 2016's solitary Ruminations, this time with a full band in tow. As usual, Oberst isn’t pushing any limits with his quavery-voiced indie folk, but his plainspoken-troubadour style will sound just right in this open-air gig.
Stand up and musical dynamo Ikechukwu Ufomadu takes over Joe's Pub for a night of dry and witty sets, charming songs and special guests. After crushing it at UCB, Ars Nova and Under the Radar Fest, Ike is on a roll, and you don't want to miss him before he becomes a household name. His droll, murmuring delivery—delivered with a confidence as big as all outdoors—leaves audiences in a haze of laughter.
Derek Smith and Jack Raymond's scrappy, queer-angled monthly event begins as a variety show, then morphs into an open-mic piano bar and karaoke night. The July 20 edition, a fundraiser for Buffalo Bailey’s Ranch for Gay Horses, Troubled Teen Girls & Other (hence this month's $10 suggested donation), features multiple special guests, including Time Out favorites Erin Markey and Peter Smith.
Lite FM radio hosts a showcase of actors from the hottest on-and-off Broadway shows playing their hits in the park. Sing and dance along to tunes from classics like Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and Avenue Q, as well as relative newcomers like Kinky Boots, Waitress and Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. For full details, check out our Broadway in Bryant Park guide.