13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend

13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend

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Jack White tops the bill Friday night at the weekend-long Governors Ball Music Festival on Randalls Island.CreditAndrew Lipovsky/NBC, via Getty Images

Our guide to pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz happening this weekend and in the week ahead.

Pop & Rock

AMADOU & MARIAM at Brooklyn Steel (June 6, 9 p.m.). A couple onstage and off, this duo first met in the 1970s in the orchestra at the Institute for Young Blind People in Bamako, Mali. Since then they have become among the country’s most prominent musical ambassadors, bringing their signature blend of traditional Malian music with Western rock and pop everywhere from Damon Albarn’s studio to stadiums far and wide as openers for U2 and Coldplay. But before last year they hadn’t released an album since 2012, when music was banned in Mali by the Islamic militants who then controlled the country. The musicians won, and despite the ongoing conflict in Amadou & Mariam’s home country, on their latest, called “La Confusion,” the two sound as effervescent as ever.
888-929-7849, bowerypresents.com/venues/brooklyn-steel

BURNA BOY at Gramercy Theater (June 2, 7 p.m.). Drake’s 2017 “More Life” mixtape celebrates London via the sound of its nightclubs: grime, house, dance hall and Afrobeats. Fans of the latter might have noticed a familiar voice at the end of “Get It Together,” at which point the megastar samples a song called “More Life” by the Nigerian singer Burna Boy, whose airy, danceable pop is already beloved in West Africa and Britain. He is embarking on his second-ever stateside tour in support of his new album, “Outside.” With appearances from Lily Allen, grime rapper J Hus and Euro pop singer Mabel, it’s Burna Boy’s most globally oriented release to date.
212-614-6932, mercuryeastpresents.com/thegramercytheatre

DERADOORIAN at Union Pool (June 2, 2 p.m.). Angel Deradoorian’s music is proof that some of pop’s most exciting experiments are happening at the intersection of acoustic and electronic instruments. The Dirty Projectors alumna, who performs under her last name, creates haunting pop and experimental music built on a combination of different instruments — most of which she plays herself — and looping pedals. Her voice, which can be heard on records by artists including Flying Lotus and U2, ties it all together. Her show on Saturday at Union Pool is free.
718-609-0484, union-pool.com

THE GOVERNORS BALL MUSIC FESTIVAL at Randalls Island Park (June 1-3). This festival, like many that have become a mainstay for promoters nationwide, has something for everyone. If you’re looking for artists currently dominating radio, you can check out Travis Scott, Post Malone, Khalid and Halsey. But you can also find plenty of acts who, comparatively speaking, qualify as legacies: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Eminem, N.E.R.D. and even Third Eye Blind are among the more than 60 performers on the bill. Jack White, in the midst of his first tour since 2015, is headlining on Friday night. Saturday and Sunday single-day passes are sold out, but tickets for Friday as well as the three-day passes are still available.
512-674-9300, governorsballmusicfestival.com

NORTHSIDE FESTIVAL at various locations (June 7-10). A slew of bars and clubs in the Williamsburg and Bushwick neighborhoods in Brooklyn will be opening their doors to Northside Festival badge holders for three nights starting on Thursday. Liz Phair’s first New York show in two years is featured in the first evening’s lineup at National Sawdust (the buzzy singer-songwriter Soccer Mommy opens), but there’s plenty of opportunities for music discovery across the festival’s 18 venues. On Thursday, try some punk with Pissed Jeans at Rough Trade, introspective folk-rock with Lou Barlow at the Knitting Factory, off-the-wall hip-hop with Milo at Brooklyn Bowl or Township Rebellion NYC — self-described as the city’s “only queer tribute to Rage Against the Machine” — at El Cortez. Tickets to individual shows are available for those without badges.
northsidefestival.com

PRIMUS AND MASTODON at Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk (June 3, 7 p.m.). Primus and Mastodon are both bands that come from the world of heavy metal but resist categorization: The former blends it with prog rock and funk; the latter skews toward thrash and hard core. Even those are oversimplifications for what Primus’s frontman, bassist and co-founder Les Claypool refers to as “goblin rock” — but regardless of what you call it, both are perfect for listeners seeking musically sophisticated, virtuosically performed catharsis. Mr. Claypool has said that this will be his 34-year-old band’s last tour “for a bit,” giving the show extra weight.
718-954-9933, fordamphitheaterconeyisland.com

21 SAVAGE at Terminal 5 (June 1, 8 p.m.). In just four and a half years, this rapper has gone from getting shot six times on his 21st birthday to performing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” His rapid ascent can be credited to the marriage of radio-friendly hooks and streetwise perspective best illustrated by his melancholy, minimalist hit “Bank Account,” which reached No. 12 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart last summer: What starts as a crowd-pleasing chorus about counting one’s millions (and keeping them at an FDIC-insured institution) turns into a refrain about the number of “shooters ready to gun you down — not for real, dawg.”
212-582-6600, terminal5nyc.com

NATALIE WEINER

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Melissa Aldana, here with Sullivan Fortner, will play “Visions,” her response to the artwork of Frida Kahlo, at the Jazz Gallery on Friday and Saturday.CreditMichelle V. Agins/The New York Times

Jazz

MELISSA ALDANA at the Jazz Gallery (June 1-2, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). Ms. Aldana — a tenor saxophonist with a vast improviser’s vocabulary and a cool, even tone — has become one of the most in-demand young musicians in post-bop. This weekend, she presents the debut of “Visions,” a suite she wrote in response to the art of Frida Kahlo, on a commission from the Jazz Gallery. She’ll play in a septet featuring Philip Dizack on trumpet, Jure Pukl on alto saxophone, Joel Ross on vibraphone, Micah Thomas on piano, Rick Rosato on bass and Jeremy Dutton on drums.
646-494-3625, jazzgallery.nyc

JOEY ALEXANDER TRIO at Jazz Standard (June 5, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). At just 14, Mr. Alexander is already well on his way toward transcending the classic problem of jazz prodigies: He’s not just remarkably capable for his age; he’s a deeply thoughtful soloist and a lush chordal colorist, period. His most recent album, “Eclipse,” is his best yet. He’ll perform material from that disc here with the bassist Rueben Rogers (who appears on the album) and the drummer Kendrick Scott.
212-576-2232, jazzstandard.com

THE BAD PLUS at the Blue Note (through June 3, 8 and 10:30 p.m.). Since the turn of the millennium, the Bad Plus have been one of the sturdiest institutions in improvised music — a combustible trio with a book of finely orchestrated, catchy original tunes, and a knack for radically reconstituted pop covers. But at the start of this year the Bad Plus went through a big shake-up: Its founding pianist, Ethan Iverson, left the group and was replaced by Orrin Evans, a Philadelphia musician with his own devil-may-care approach, a few steps closer to mainline post-bop. This run at the Blue Note marks the Bad Plus’s first New York City shows featuring Mr. Evans.
212-475-8592, bluenote.net

DAVID BRYANT AND TRISMIC at Mezzrow (June 1-2, 8 and 9:30 p.m.). A young and flexible pianist, Mr. Bryant is comfortable playing savvy rearrangements of jazz standards in the basement at Smalls, or filling a featured role in an ensemble led by the experimental composer Henry Threadgill. For these concerts at Mezzrow, he’s put together a trio called Trismic, featuring two other versatile young talents: the bassist Linda Oh and the drummer Kush Abadey.
646-476-4346, mezzrow.com

EDDIE DANIELS, TED NASH AND HARLEM QUARTET at Jazz at Lincoln Center (June 1-2, 7 and 9:30 p.m.). Since the 1960s, Mr. Daniels has subtly pushed past the accepted boundaries of what’s expected from a jazz clarinetist. Partly that’s due to the straightforward virtuosity of his playing, and partly to his compulsion to transcend and blend styles. His most recent album, “Heart of Brazil: A Tribute to Egberto Gismonti,” honors a composer whose music is as multivariate as Brazil’s culture. At these concerts, Mr. Daniels is joined by Mr. Nash, a saxophonist and member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, who arranged some tunes on “Heart of Brazil.” Backed by a jazz combo and Harlem Quartet, a chamber group, they will also play selections from Mr. Nash’s impressive songbook.
212-721-6500, jazz.org

GREGORY PORTER AND VICTORY at Rumsey Playfield (June 2, 7 p.m.). The plush-toned Mr. Porter is contemporary jazz’s pre-eminent male vocalist, and one of its more prolific songwriters. But on his most recent album, he chose to cover a collection of pieces associated with Nat King Cole, his hero and in many senses his closest forebear. He plays on a double bill here with Victory Boyd, a vocalist and guitarist on the rise with a powerful and soothing voice. Ms. Boyd may feel quite at home at this concert, part of Central Park’s SummerStage series: She and members of her family had been performing daily in Central Park for years before Jay-Z discovered her and signed her to Roc Nation.
cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage

GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO

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