The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 8/30/13


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Friday, 8/30:

Bat for Lashes + Barbarian
Webster Hall
8pm, $30
A few days before Natasha Khan, the woman behind Bat for Lashes’ temperamental and touching electro-pop, opens for Depeche Mode at the Barclays Center, she’s making a rare headlining performance. Her latest record, The Haunted Man, was one of the best of 2012, thanks in part to melancholy, PJ Harveyish piano ruminations like “Laura” and the single “All Your Gold,” both of which seem to transcend the concept of a pop single. This show will be extra special, too, since it won’t be soundtracked by Depeche Mode fans finding their seats. With Barbarian. — By Kory Grow

Electric Zoo
Randall’s Island
Friday through Sunday, 11am daily, $139
Can a festival lineup ever become overwhelmingly strong? If so, this is it, as tonight’s Electric Zoo lineup features not only Avicii, Baauer, Knife Party, Skrillex & Boys Noize, and Danny Tenaglia, but all of them playing at the same time. That madness runs from about 9 to 11, but the good stuff starts as early as 2:45, when French turntablist trio Birdy Nam Nam and British garage whiz Joy Orbison take over two of the smaller stages. Also of note: dubstep early adopter Skream, “Hello” crossover star Martin Solveig, “Satisfaction” house populist Benny Benassi, and plenty more. But don’t go too hard–this thing lasts two more days. — By Nick Murray

Music Hall of Williamsburg
9pm, $16/$18
Jona Bechtolt is more of an all-around artist than strictly a musician. After forming the Blow with Khaela Maricich, Bechtolt struck off on his own to form YACHT, a largely instrumental and experimental project. Now, Bechtolt is involved with several other groups and art-based collectives, YACHT has become a duo with the addition of vocalist Claire L. Evan. Expect arty pop and weird riffs that hit all the right nerves. — By Caitlin White

Diarrhea Planet + The So So Glos
The Mercury Lounge
10:30pm, $12
Trapped between the moon and New York City, Diarrhea Planet will slide into Manhattan to try to convince people that their take on scuzzy, fuzzy indie rock is better than (or at least as good as) their name. But judging from the buzz around the band–much more buzz than any excretorily named band deserves (as opposed to, say, Bathtub Shitter and the Shitty Beatles)–they might be able to pull it off and score a royal flush. OK, we’re done. — By Kory Grow

Fred Frith
The Stone
Friday & Saturday, 8pm & 10pm daily, $10
It doesn’t happen often these days. The revered British string improviser’s visits to town are few and far between, so this stretch of dates, along with a mid-September hit at Roulette, are genuine events. His vocabulary for solo recitals is some of the most engaging guitar-speak around, and he’s trying out a handful of trios and duets as well. Of course, the high-vis pow wows with John Zorn and Laurie Anderson are the marquee gigs this week. — By Jim Macnie

Saturday, 8/31:

Omar Souleyman + Bobb Trimble + 75 Dollar Bill + Steve Gunn
Pioneer Works
4pm, $15
Omar Souleyman is a legendary Syrain folk singer, fusing breakneck tempos of modern electronic pop with vocals that wouldn’t be out of place at a traditional wedding. It’s celebratory music set to reach an even wider audience when his Four Tet-produced new album is released this fall, but for now revel in this rare U.S. appearance at Pioneer Works to kick off the anniversary of the Issue Project Room, which for 10 years has been a bastion of thoughtful experimentation across multiple artistic disciplines. — By Aaron Gonsher

CT5 Festival
The Wick
Saturday & Sunday, 4pm, $30 each day, $55 for both
Over the past five years, the Brooklyn-based independent record label Captured Tracks has given a platform to a creative roster of artists who are redefining postmodern music. This weekend, the label celebrates its half-decade of decadence by spotlighting a wide range of its forward-thinking acts at its own two-day CT5 Festival at Brooklyn’s beer-centric venue the Wick. Saturday headliner 
DIIV creates beautifully blurry soundscapes that seem like some missing glue connecting Joy Division with that band’s new-wave progeny, while direct support Mac DeMarco records beautiful, plinky guitar music that comes alive at his often hilarious live shows. Sunday headliner Wild Nothing released one of last year’s most buzzed-about records, the upbeat, modern alt-rock touchstone Nocturne, while their direct support, Beach Fossils, play unapologetically vintage-tinged 
college rock. Other Saturday artists include the Soft Moon, Minks, Chris Cohen, and Heavenly Beat, while Sunday features Widowspeak, Blouse, Soft Metals, and Alex Calder. — By Kory Grow

Dixon + Joey Anderson + Francis Harris
10pm, $30
When he plays at Electric Zoo, the Berlin-based DJ and founder of Innervisions label Dixon is practically an afterthought, shunted to a side stage and given barely an hour to play. At Output’s afterparty, however, he’s the marquee attraction, with ample time and comparative intimacy to highlight his slow burn take on psychedelic house. Support comes from Jersey native and cerebral techno jock Joey Anderson plus Scissor & Thread label head Francis Harris. — By Aaron Gonsher

Sunday, 9/1:

Machel Montano + Mavado + Konshens
Webster Hall
10pm, $40-$75
You already know how hype the West 
Indian American Day Parade on Labor Day gets, starting on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway and looping down Flatbush 
Avenue, but if you’re looking for some 
pre-parade after-hours fun, Webster Hall’s annual 5 Alarm Blaze party is going to be tough to beat. Where last year the venue hosted the respective kings of soca and dancehall, Machel Montano and Beenie Man, this year’s celebration teams up Montano with Mavado, he whose “So 
Special” ruled 2008, and Konshens, whose “Gal a Bubble” will be heard throughout the weekend. Other options? Hot 97’s 
annual On Da Reggae Tip, which, on Friday, brings everybody who’s anybody to Hammerstein, and the Barclays Center’s Caribbean Fever festival, which features legends like Bunji Garlin, Damian Marley, and Shabba Ranks all weekend. — By Nick Murray

Tootie Heath, Ethan Iverson, & Ben Street
Village Vanguard
Ends Sunday, 8:30pm & 10:30pm, $30
The members of this inter-generational trio milk each other’s fortes on the new Tootie’s Tempo, meaning swing and swagger overlap, yesterday high fives tomorrow, and poignancy nibbles on the ear of playfulness. There’s plenty of breathing room when the Bad Plus pianist connects with 78-year-old drum legend, and along with bassist Street’s signature agility, they make flapper anthems, Mancini melodramas, and Paul Motian fever dreams sound like birds of a feather. — By Jim Macnie

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