The Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 7/5/13


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Friday, 7/5:

Imagine Dragons
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
7am, free
Imagine Dragons hail from a little old dusty, craggy town in Utah, so they know how to take the bleached bones of indie rock, electronica, and pop and transform it into something fit to soundtrack desert nights. Their single “Radioactive” is one of the highest charting songs in the country right now, so even if your hipster Brooklyn friends give you a blank look when you mention its name, most of the country has already been nodding their head to the slow-tempo beats of their 2013 release Night Visions. Helmed by Grammy darling producer Alex Da Kid, the quartet are well on their way to arena fame. — By Caitlin White

Gigawatts Festival
Silent Barn
5pm, $20
This weekend, the Brooklyn-based magazine 1.21 Gigawatts celebrates its first anniversary by throwing its own Gigawatts Festival, a two-day showcase of 20 of the magazine’s favorite up-and-coming artists. Its four homegrown headliners each show off their own subset of the quirky, art-saturated world the publication dwells in: Team Spirit espouses unique poppy garage rock; Total Slacker balance brittle guitars with lush vocals; Heaven’s Gate present a clearer-eyed vision of My Bloody Valentine’s noise swirls; and guitar-driven indie rockers Dead Stars claim all the warmth their spacey namesakes lack. Though the magazine’s name might be inspired by Back to the Future, hoverboards will not be required for entry. — By Kory Grow

Octo Octa + Anthony Naples
Cameo Gallery
11:59pm, $12/$15
Brooklyn-based Michael Boudry-Morrison is the rising purveyor of hushed house who translated experiences with panic attacks and social anxiety into his gorgeous debut LP Between Two Selves, which came out in early July on California-based label 100% Silk. Boudry-Morrison plays live, layering tremulous vocal samples and an ageless palette drawn from rugged house, providing experience is altogether more poignant than is usually expected on the dance floor. The extended jam “Come Closer” has the potential to rule parties all summer, and this show with Mister Saturday Night wunderkind Anthony Naples DJing is not to be missed. — By Aaron Gonsher

Saturday, 7/6:

Control Voltage Block Party
South Street Seaport
3pm, free
The synthesizer has come a long way since Gary Numan pumped out his 1979 hit “Cars.” At today’s Control Voltage Block Party, check out what’s new from 13 synthesizer exhibitors (including Knas, Snazzy FX, and Tip Top Audio) who are cranking up their creations on the streets of the Seaport. Not your average music fair, this River to River Festival event allows partygoers to get in on the action and play their own synth sounds. In the evening, hear music from the pros, including Atlanta-based musician and sound designer Richard Devine, electronic musician Keith Fullerton Whitman, and interdisciplinary artist and performer Lori Napoleon. Fair begins at 3, musical performances at 8, at the Cannon’s Walk. — By Araceli Cruz

MOMA P.S. 1’s Warm Up Series: Chris and Steve Martinez
3pm, $15-$18
Five years ago, a pair of baby-faced teenage brothers from the Bronx played MOMA P.S. 1’s Warm Up series alongside mentor and local House legend Dennis Ferrer. After traveling the world, putting bodies in motion everywhere from Brazil to Ibiza, those brothers, Chris and Steve Martinez, return to Queens as headliners, topping off a lineup of local house all-stars, with Jersey’s DJ Qu, Kim Ann Foxman of Hercules and Love Affair, and Anthony Naples, whose “Mad Disrespect” and “Moscato” were the first and third releases on Mister Saturday Night’s MSN 
label. Get there early, and do the rest of us a favor and wear plenty of deodorant. — By Nick Murray

Mario Pavone Orange Double Tenor Septet
Cornelia Street Cafe
9pm & 10:30pm, $20
The veteran bassist has numerous tricks to make his often agitated outfit sound like a little big band. He likes to have his music fill a space, and the charts he puts in front of his squad, mixed with the rambunctious group demeanor of its participants, never lets the action stop. From jitter grooves to buoyant blare, they’ve always got something compelling to say. — By Jim Macnie

James Chance and the Contortions
Le Poisson Rouge
10pm, $12
Five years shy of the age when most people begin collecting their pensions, musical contrarian James Chance still blurts out strident and sometimes asymmetrical sax phrases as if it were his life source. Tonight, he re-joins his sometime bandmates in the Contortions, the group of contemptuous and funky musical terrorists he led in the late ’70s when they and a few other downtown New York acts started the short-lived No Wave movement, for a special set. With Sal P. (who played with the Contortions’ post-punk peers in Liquid Liquid), R. Stevie Moore, and Endless Boogie. — By Kory Grow

Sunday, 7/7:

Jaclyn Rose
7pm, $8
The Filipino-American California transplant has cut her teeth on the New York jazz scene during the past two years, honing a vocal style that blends the soul inflection of Erykah Badu with funk-laden interpretations of standard repertoire. She wouldn’t be the first to give “A Night in Tunisia” a modern swagger, but she performs with enough conviction to make people feel she’s really there. Maybe it’s because of the Rose Movement, her holistic belief system that harnesses the power of positive thinking. — By Aidan Levy

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