From legend Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys to metal band Dezorah, check out these five summer concerts in the Hudson Valley.
Alela Diane | July 6
While growing up in sage brush-blown Nevada City, California, singer-songwriter Alela Diane was mentored not only by her musician parents, but by her friend and neighbor, Joanna Newsom. Her 2004 official debut, The Pirate's Gospel
, turned many a critical head, and subsequent tours with Iron & Wine, Vashti Bunyan, the Decemberists, and Fleet Foxes upped her freak-folk cred. Diane's fifth and newest full-length, Cusp
, came out last February and finds her inspired by the newer vistas of being a thirtysomething mother of two. This cozy concert in the Beverly
's back room is being presented as part of the bistro's BSP at the Beverly series. Twain opens. (Kimya Dawson drops in July 8.) TIME. $15, $18. Kingston. (845) 514-2570.
Dezorah | July 11
Neo-prog rock quintet Dezorah hails from Texas and pairs the lush, Kate Bush-y voice of singer Danica Salazar with the group's grinding guitars, extravagant arrangements, and math-defying time signatures. The band checks into Pauly's Hotel
this month to give some play to their sophomore release, Creando Azul
, a five-song EP. "Creando Azul
represents the process of healing," says Salazar. "Each song's lyrics hold a moment in the journey of acknowledging pain and beginning to purge from those emotions." Fans of modern progressive metal along the lines of Tool, Coheed and Cambria, and the like will likely revel in Dezorah's epic explorations. Opening acts TBA. (The Ok-Oks rock July 9; Intercourse enters July 13.) 7:30pm. $7. (518) 426-0802.
Paleface | July 21
New York's Paleface was Beck before Beck was Beck; the latter superstar once roomed with Paleface and cribbed much of his shtick from him—but, then again, Paleface was himself directly mentored by Daniel Johnston, so the lo-fi lineage runs deep. Briefly managed by the legendary Danny Fields (the Stooges, MC5, Ramones), Paleface was the Great White Hope of the Lower East Side's burgeoning "anti-folk" scene when he signed with Polygram to release his 1993 debut. But things didn't go well with the majors and he soon found himself back in the underground, where he continues to do his thing, releasing indie albums and playing low-key gigs—like this one at the Kingston Artists Collective and Cafe
. (Fugs founder Ed Sanders reads July 1.) 7pm. $10. Kingston. (845) 399-2491.
The Meditations | July 21
Roots reggae vocal harmony trio the Meditations already had some hits in their native Jamaica by the time they hooked up with Lee "Scratch" Perry and, through him, Bob Marley. Formed in 1974 by singers Ansel Cridland, Laury Webb, and Drayton Chandell, the group, who here skank their way to Colony
, made a splash with their classic 1977 debut Message from the Meditations
before Perry brought them in to do backups on Marley's "Punky Reggae Party," "Blackman Redemption," and "Rastaman Live Up." Their most recent album, 2015's Jah Will Find a Way
, features the playing of reggae legends Sly Dunbar, Ansel Collins, and Dwight Pinkney. With DJ Roar. (Screaming Females shriek July 6; the John Hall Band reunites July 7.) 8pm. $30-$50. Woodstock. (845) 679-7625.
Brian Wilson | July 21
The Beach Boys' reluctant genius songwriter visits UPAC
this month, with his old band mates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin in tow, to give one of his final performances of one of the greatest albums ever made: Pet Sounds
. Upon its release, the 1966 psychedelic pop masterpiece confused audiences and even Wilson's collaborators, who were more used to the band's proven topics of surfing, cars, and teen crushes than the album's themes of loneliness, existentialism, and mind expansion. Pet Sounds
has been cited by some as the first "concept" album and is home to, among other classics, "Wouldn't It Be Nice," God Only Knows," and "Sloop John B." With Beat Root Revival. (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts rock August 4.) 7pm. $65-$139. Kingston. (845) 339-6088.