The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 8/23/13


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Friday, 8/23:

.WAVs cruise: Ladytron
Pier 83
9pm, $25
Who knew that Lonely Island’s “I’m on a Boat” wasn’t just a mildly funny parody rap, but also a statement on the future of New York City nightlife? OK, boat parties aren’t quite that, but where on land are you gonna find a lineup as strong as on the .WAVs cruise? (Don’t say the Boiler Room.) Ladytron headlines, capping the night with some Liverpool new-new wave. Sinden readies the crowd with progressive London house and Afrika Bambaataa does global funk–past, present, and future. Grandtheft and Lauren Flax open, but don’t sleep on Swizzymack, the Philly DJ whose quick, manic take on Baltimore Club is called “party music” for a reason. — By Nick Murray

Eric Copeland + Regal Degal + Greatest Hits
285 Kent Ave
9pm, $20
As the core member of Black Dice, Eric Copeland is responsible for an notorious musical and visual aesthetic: thick collages of distorted noise and hyperkinetic cut-and-paste album art that makes you want to wash your eyes with Clorox. Copeland’s newest solo album on DFA, Joke In A Hole, is woozy, uncompromising, and full of psychedelic joy. This album release party is supported by Regal Degal and Greatest Hits. — By Aaron Gonsher

‘Charlie Parker Jazz Festival’
Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater
7pm, free
He may play in the roaring language of Coltrane, but if there’s a currently-active alto player who brings Bird’s verve and animation to the table, it’s Kenny Garrett. He’s part of the newly extended Parker Fest, which this year stretches to five days, boasting film presentations (The Girls In The Band), family concerts (Matt Wilson at the New School) and multi-artist weekend shows. Friday night at Marcus Garvey Park, Jimmy Heath leads his big band in a nod to the master. The next day at the same spot Garrett shares a bill with fellow saxphonist Jaleel Shaw, as well as hot-singer-of-the-moment Cécile McLorin Savant, and drummer Kim Thompson. Sunday’s show at Tompkins Square Park features veteran alto innovator Lee Konitz, who had his own way with Parkerspeak. Vocalist Sheila Jordan, trumpeter Christian Scott, and pianist Aaron Diehl round out the action. — By Jim Macnie

The Gramercy Theatre
7pm, $13
Under the moniker of Passenger, Mike Rosenberg has been making instrumental-driven folk-pop that blows its indie-level competitors out of the water. With hosts of strings backing his British accent inflections, Rosenberg has gone through a number of different band configurations with the collective, but on his latest release All the Little Lights, his sound is simple, spare, and touching. — By Caitlin White

Billy Hart Quartet
8:30pm & 11:30pm, $30-$40
After several years of playing with younger improvisers, the drummer Hart has come up with a signature sound : Austerity and poise simmer with passion, and introversion takes on some kind of measured gregariousness. It has a lot to do with the grace that he brings to his unusual percussion choices, and the Iverson/Street/Turner squad he leads makes plenty of hay while following suit. — By Jim Macnie

Saturday, 8/24:

Swedish House Mafia
Resorts World Casino
9pm, $25
Dance music doesn’t die–it just gets recycled. Note, for instance, that reigning world-crossing pop-charting kings of Euro schlock, Swedish House Mafia, have incorporated two of tonight’s “Decades of Dance” headliners into their own music, grabbing Deborah Cox to belt their “Leave the World Behind” hook and retouching Robin S’s “Show Me Love” for Until One. Tonight, though, is all about the originals, with Cox and S joined by C+C Music Factory (“Everybody Dance Now”), Crystal Waters (“Gypsy Woman”), Aubry, and Giorgio. Best do as C+C says. — By Nick Murray

Dru Hill
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
8pm, $30/$35
For every triumph like “How Deep is Your Love” or the “Thong Song,” Dru Hill has faced self-inflicted setbacks like 2002’s Dru World Order or having public fisticuffs provoked by longtime member Woody quitting the group during a radio appearance that was actually staged in order to announce what would have been the group’s reunion. Fortunately, Sisqó, Nokio, and company have slowly crept back onto the stage, with 2010’s InDRUpendence Day and appearances on Keith Sweat’s reality series Platinum House reestablishing themselves as a viable act on the late ’90s urban music circuit. And quite rightly, since no one this side of Jodeci knows how to string together tighter harmonies than the Baltimore quartet. — By Winston Groman

Wolf Eyes
Issue Project Room 110 Livingston
2pm, $15
A rare beast indeed, Wolf Eyes manage to play the weirdest avant-garde “out” free-music as well as the occasional aggressive quasi-metal banger and still get props from noise-loving hipsters. They’ve released so many records that even Andrew W.K. appeared on one or two of them, and yet they still find ways to sound fresh, such as the shimmering drones of “Chattering Lead,” off their latest album, No Answer: Lower Floors. Because of their versatility, they’re headlining the Issue Project Room’s showcase of lo-fi head trips, which also features post-punks the Men, echo-clad singer-songwriter Amen Dunes, and family-unfriendly scuzz rockers PC Worship. — By Kory Grow

Caribou + Museum of Love + Stellar OM Source + Pional + Empress Of + Terreke
P.S. 1
3pm, $15/$18
Another summer Saturday, another blowout in Long Island City. This year’s Warm-Up series have skewed toward fringe dance music, and today’s lineup is no different, featuring the tribal jazz stylings of Caribou under his Daphni DJ alias, the debut performance of Museum of Love with former LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney on lead vocals, and Stellar Om Source of RVNG Intl playing live. — By Aaron Gonsher

Sunday, 8/25:

Goodie Mob
Brooklyn Bowl
10pm, $50
Just so we’re on the same page, let’s make note of the fact that CeeLo’s cultural reputation was cemented long before he started picking winners on The Voice, saying “eff you” over Motown instrumentals, or using the name Gnarls Barkley to record the song of the year. Goodie Mob–the Atlanta rap group that CeeLo formed with Khujo, T-Mo, and Big Gipp–might not have reached as many homes as those more recent projects, but the ones it did reach it changed forever. Both street and spiritual, hard and wise, their debut, Soul Food, literally coined the phrase “Dirty South.” Tonight, all four members head north to reunite at Brooklyn Bowl. — By Nick Murray

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