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The Best NYC Shows This Week: Laurel


Halo, Kendrick Lamar, Burger Records
by ZO BEERY
JU LY 17, 20 17

Laurel Halo plays Issue Project Room on Friday. JAMES PEROLLS


It was harder than usual to pick the best shows happening today through Sunday, but
nevertheless, the Voice persisted. is week is an eclectic one, ranging from rap to noise
to rock to experimental Americana, and an international one, too, with artists from
Bangladesh, Japan, England, Germany, and Poland all represented. A few include some
travel specically, to Red Hook or Coney Island but theyre worth the trip, and
with such nice weather, nows the perfect time to hop on your bike or that damn ferry
the mayor wont shut up about. Happy listening!

7/18
Anik Khan
Rough Trade
8 p.m., $12$15

Fresh o his late-April mixtape,Kites, rising Queens-via-Bangladesh rapper Anik Khan


headlines in Brooklyn with his multicultural beats. Blending r&b, rap, and traditional
South Asian sounds, his smooth and relaxed ow tells stories about being a kid in New
York with an immigrant background, or about his eorts to balance his family and
personal life while he strives to make it big. Along with a few other South Asian Queens
performers, like Swet Shop Boys, Khan is changing the sound of his genre to reect New
Yorks most diverse borough. As he told the Voice last year, It takes people a little
longer to digest because theyve never heard a tabla be the lead drum in a hip-hop
song.My shit has always been a slow burn. A bright one, too.

7/19
Fushitsusha
Pioneer Works
8 p.m., $20

Since the late Eighties, Keiji Haino has made aggressive, psych-inuenced experimental
rock with a rotating cast of collaborators as Fushitsusha. Agnostic to format or
amplitude, Haino often shifts through multiple lenses for his guitar work over the course
of a single album Krautrock, post-rock, metal, noise remaining through each a
careful, intense composer prone to improvisation and meandering. To see him live in
the United States is rare enough in itself, but to see him in Pioneer Works massive main
hall, under a revival tent thats part of the currentGrand Ole Opera installation, is an
opportunity that will never come again. Also 7/20.

7/20
Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, D.R.A.M.
Barclays Center
7:30 p.m., \_( )_/

e price of this show is a shrug emoji because tickets sold out instantly (as they did for
the added 7/23 show) and are running a very large price gamut on StubHub. But there is
functionally no limit to what seeing Kendrick Lamar is worth, so here he is on the Voice
best shows list for the week. On paper, Lamar is the best rapper of his generation, and on
tape hes many more things: producer, composer, free-jazz enthusiast, beat poet,
academic, jack-of-many-trades and master of basically all of them, including performer,
a skill that selling out stadiums has only amplied for him. ese shows support his
latest album,DAMN., a record that reinforces his long-held title as Americas nest hip-
hop storyteller and eortless-est spitter.

Ride, Froth
Brooklyn Steel
8 p.m., $40

Be as cynical as you must about bands reuniting, but dont let it keep you from seeing
British shoegaze pioneers Ride. While their rst album in twenty years, Junes Weather
Diaries, got mixed reviews, their live shows have not: Nearly every performance since
their 2015 return has inspired serious praise, particularly for their willingness to expand
their already-expansive, driving sound into long (but never boring) freak-out
experimentations. Another reason to go to this show is that it was moved to the newly
opened Brooklyn Steel, which is lovely for such a large-capacity venue, from Terminal 5,
which is so awful that Bowery Presents should honestly just close it and only use
Brooklyn Steel from now on since its there and isnt terrible.

7/21
Laurel Halo, omas Brinkmann, Derek Piotr
Issue Project Room
8 p.m., $20

A rare presentation of club-ruling artists in a formal setting, this evening sees one-os
and premieres from a handful of stellar electronic performers. Laurel Halo, who grew up
in Michigan but now lives (and commands huge rooms) in Berlin, plays selections from
her latest album,Dust, a strange marvel of a record whose genre sort of resembles house
but is too full of electronica, r&b, backmasking, hand-drum samples, and weird sci-
bleep-bloops to be simplied into a describable sound (other than wonderful).
Germanys omas Brinkmann oers the U.S. premiere of 2000s Klick, a mesmerizing
dub record whose drum samples Brinkmann made by dragging knives across vinyl
albums, playing them back, and chopping the results up into beats. Opening is Derek
Piotr, a young Polish drumnbass producer based in New England, playing a live rework
of last years Drono.

Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Show Me the Body, Sur ort, Suicide Slide
Pioneer Works
8 p.m., $15

Do you think punk is dead? You have not heard Hand Wood and the Hammerheads. At
rst, the New York natives sound is classic, lo-, raw guitar chugging-and-screams
loudness. But then comes highly focused feedback, cowbell, and spacey keyboard
samples. And, of course, shirts-o, pure-love abandon that keeps the band getting back
together every time it breaks up (which has happened several times). Another Best Show
at Pioneer Works? Yeah, theyre that good, so just go, OK? But if you dont want to go to
Red Hook, Hank is also playing the next night at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, which is not
nearly as good of a venue but is much more convenient.

7/22
Burger Records Beach Bash
Coney Art Walls
Noon, $15$20

L.A.s Burger Records is the John Waters of music: a home for endearingly crass weirdos
with trashy Sixties-inuenced style. In other words, the label of choice for ecstatic,
irreverent surf and garage rock. For the second year in a row, its bringing part of its
endlessly entertaining roster (and a few friends) to Coney Island, the Burger Records of
NYC, for a beach party. MCing is Village People cowboy Randy Jones, and the lineup
includes Chula Vista punk pioneers the Zeros, NYCs own Sunower Bean, leporid
nudist Nobunny, and a heaping handful of other loud, charming freaks.

Buck Gooter, Eartheater, the Dreebs, Sunk Heaven


Silent Barn
8 p.m, $10

Buck Gooter are a banner band of weird Appalachia, a Virginia duo with a multiple-
decade age gap who met working in a restaurant kitchen and started making noisy,
trend-resisting, theremin-heavy Americana that is so intense and sincere itll make your
ears and heart both bleed. Eartheater, a/k/a performance artist Alexandra Drewchin,
uses her blonde-bombshell appearance to subvert, challenge, and weaponize femininity,
drawing her audience into her ritualistic noise sets with intense oor-level
choreography. e Dreebs, a Voice favorite, are a sort of side project of local stars PC
Worship, making spacey, proggish no wave out of guitar, drums, and electric violin.

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