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The Whigs

Rough Trade NYC : 9:00 p.m. September 3

With a gift for infectious melodies and solid rock'n'roll sensibility, it's hard not to like The Whigs, at least a little bit—which probably explains their frequent appearances on late night TV. Formed in Athens, Georgia in the early aughts, the trio has five albums of palatable,... More >>

Brooklyn Rock


Webster Hall : 8:00 p.m. September 4

What happens after your band releases a string of infectious and inescapable singles? Why, you attempt world domination with yet another band! Jack Antonoff, the multi-instrumentalist of Fun. and main man in Lena Dunham’s life, has headed up a side project called Bleachers, a band whose... More >>

East Village Alternative

Ches Smith Trio

Greenwich House Music School : 8:00 p.m. September 4

A percussionist who creates music with the architectural sense of a designer, Smith is usually in the process of fulfilling on elaborate notions. History implies that this trio with violinist Mat Maneri and keyboardist Craig Taborn would be expert at aggressive textural fantasias with more than... More >>

West Village Jazz

Michael Blake Group

Smalls Jazz Club : 9:30 p.m. September 4

Warmth and invention spills from the saxophonist’s horn on a regular basis. That makes him part of a lineage that begins with tenor maestro Lester Young, to whom Blake’s new Tiddy Boom is dedicated. It’s all about mucho lyricism, oodles of frolic, and the kind of swing you... More >>

Greenwich Village Jazz


Rockefeller Center : 6:00 a.m. September 5

In anticipation of the R&B king's forthcoming studio album, Usher recently released two new singles: "She Came to Give It to You," featuring Nicki Minaj, which the pair performed at the MTV VMAs while engaging in a bit of bass- and ass-slapping, as well as the sultry, bump-and-grind,... More >>

East 40s R&B

Social Distortion+The Whigs+Jonny Two Bags

The Paramount : 8:00 p.m. September 5

Mike Ness might just be the most punk rock out of all his peers. As the only remaining original member of punk rockers and rockabilly heros Social Distortion, Ness has clocked more than three decades as frontman of the group, refusing to back down after years of loss, abuse, law troubles and... More >>

Long Island Punk

Kid 'n' Play+Full Force

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill : 7:30 p.m. September 6

The halcyon pop-rap of Kid 'n' Play -- that's Christopher Reid and Christopher Martin to their mothers, and maybe yours, too -- hearkens back to a gentler, more innocent period in hip-hop history, when balling meant macking on girls, getting fly, or one-upping your homies with boasts the whole... More >>

West 40s Hip-Hop

Fucked Up+Speedy Ortiz

Irving Plaza : 8:00 p.m. September 6

About as audacious as their name, Fucked Up maintain media appearances with the occasional outspoken fit when they're not busy creating lyrically dense songs propelled by lead singer Damian Abraham's throaty scream and metronomic but metallic guitar chugs. While some “experimental”... More >>

East Village Alternative

Sir Richard Bishop+Tashi Dorji

Issue Project Room : 8:00 p.m. September 6

Bishop released his first solo-guitar album on John Fahey's Revenant label in 1998, and the '60s legacy of experimental traditionalists like Fahey, Robbie Basho, and Peter Walker flows through his veins. He's also a wanton internationalist, as befits a former Sun City Girl and co-founder of the... More >>

Brooklyn Experimental

Evian Christ+Sophie+Nguzunguzu

88 Palace : 11:00 p.m. September 6

If you're looking for some peaceful beats after a weekend of maximalism at Electric Zoo, stay away from Dark Disco. The three headliners here operate in distinct fields, but a lack of subtlety is one of their shared characteristics. Evian Christ graduated from uploading Youtube videos in 2011... More >>

East Village Dance


Webster Hall : 8:00 p.m. September 7

Sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady -- aka CocoRosie -- mesh folky guitar, piano and harp with electronic instruments, and even tease music out of children’s toys. Their basic premise of “freak folk” has been in place since the 2004 debut La maison de mon rêve, but despite... More >>

East Village Pop

Die Antwoord

Irving Plaza : 7:00 p.m. September 8

Die Antwoord brought zef to the United States, a South African counterculture that simultaneously embraces and rejects luxury. If that doesn't make any sense to you, then perhaps seeing a live performance by Die Antwoord — comprised of emcees Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and DJ Hi-Tek... More >>

East Village Alternative

Bombay Rickey

Joe's Pub : 9:30 p.m. September 8

This Brooklyn quintet plays a delightful amalgam of surf rock, exotica, mambo, Bollywood, and light opera – which is to say kitsch of the highest quality. The focus is on Kamala Sankaram, a coloratura soprano who evokes Yma Sumac in "Taki Rari," Asha Bhosle in Bollywood megahit "Dum Maro... More >>

East Village Alternative

Die Antwoord

Terminal 5 : 8:00 p.m. September 9

Die Antwoord brought zef to the United States, a South African counterculture that simultaneously embraces and rejects luxury. If that doesn't make any sense to you, then perhaps seeing a live performance by Die Antwoord — comprised of emcees Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and DJ Hi-Tek... More >>

West 50s Alternative

Evan Parker

The Stone : 8:00 p.m. September 9

Evan Parker has hit New York for shows before — Gotham will always open its doors to revered global kingpins of free improvisation — but his extended stays at the Stone featuring round-robin guest groupings of Euro and domestic superheroes is still a somewhat novel scenario that... More >>

East Village Jazz

Shannon & the Clams

Union Pool : 9:00 p.m. September 9

Summer is almost over but Bay Area boobies Shannon and the Clams are still on their never-ending hunk hunt, winking their way to the Big Creepy Apple for three nights of terrorizing greasy retro rock. Channeling the Shangri-Las and surfy psych rock, the crusty Clams whoop and ooga booga in the... More >>

Brooklyn Alternative

'John Zorn's Masada - Angels'

Village Vanguard : 8:30 p.m. daily until September 7

If saxophonist and composer John Zorn is the kabbalistic sage of the downtown scene, his mystical masterpiece, Masada, the foundation of his Radical Jewish Culture aesthetic, is its Zohar. This week-long festival presents Zorn alongside 11 ensembles in the orbit of his Tzadik label. Groups led... More >>

West Village Avant-Garde

DJ Shadow

Irving Plaza : 8:00 p.m. September 4; 8:00 p.m. September 5

DJ, producer, and master record collector DJ Shadow is an instrumental hip hop legend. The Bay Area native released his first full length album in the mid-nineties and continued to thrive by producing beats and crafting sample based music. This summer, nearly two decades since his first... More >>

East Village DJ

Louis St. Louis

54 Below : 7:00 p.m. September 9; 7:00 p.m. September 10

By this time he’s done everything based on his songwriting, performing, conducting and arranging prowess. Perhaps he’s best known for his work on the Grease flicks, but that’s only by people who haven’t been exposed to his propulsive playing, singing and writing. To... More >>

West 50s Cabaret

Philip Glass Ensemble+Steve Reich

Howard Gilman Opera House : 7:30 p.m. daily from September 9 until September 11

The fathers of minimalism go big with this three-day retrospective, their first double bill in decades. For the opening night, five seminal pieces that changed the way we perceive western classical are performed: Reich's pressure-cooker "Four Organs," which erupted into chaos in its 1973... More >>

Brooklyn Ambient, Classical

Karen O.

McKittrick Hotel : 11:00 p.m. daily from September 9 until September 11

Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman, Karen O will release her full-length solo debut, Crush Songs, on September 9, the same day she begins a three night run at the McKittrick Hotel. It's a small space for a star of her stature, but Karen has specifically chosen more intimate venues to showcase an album... More >>

Garment District Rock

White Denim

Music Hall of Williamsburg : 9:00 p.m. September 10; 9:00 p.m. September 11; 9:00 p.m. September 12

Gripping virtuosity on the edge of anarchy is a compelling rockist strategy, and that’s what you get with White Denim. The Texas-based retro-futurist prog-boogie quartet kick off an unusual (for this venue) three-show run tonight. Jeff Tweedy lent a hand with Denim’s most recent... More >>

Brooklyn Rock
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The Mystic Circus Side Show

Metropolitan Room : 11:30 p.m. first Wed. of every month; 11:30 p.m. third Wed. of every month

Flatiron Cabaret

Jim Caruso & Billy Stritch

Bemelmans Bar : 9:00 p.m. every Sun.

Two of the town’s most sophisticated goofballs sing, play and generally throw a party not exactly like the one the pair of them toss at Birdland on Monday nights but just as much fun. They’ve got something of that old Bob Hope-Bing Crosby chemistry going for them, which ain’t... More >>

East 70s Lounge

Mandingo Ambassadors

Barbes : 10:00 p.m. every Wed.

Guinean guitarist Mamady "Djelike" Kouyate came of age among such legendary 1970s guitarcentric combos as the Horoya Band and Bembeya Jazz, which blended Cuban rumba with traditional balafon-based sounds. Kouyate moved to New York in search of political asylum in 2004 and currently leads this... More >>

Park Slope African
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