The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 9/2/13


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Monday, 9/2:

Fool’s Gold Day Off NY
Williamsburg Park
2pm, free with RSVP
Captured Tracks isn’t the only Brooklyn-based record label capitalizing on the 
extended Labor Day weekend; Brooklyn-based hip-hop and electronic music label Fool’s Gold is setting up camp at Williamsburg Park on Monday for its annual Fool’s Gold Day Off NY festival. Over the course of eight hours, 11 of the label’s most-likely-to-move-a-crowd artists and some yet-to-be-announced “special guests” perform for free (at least for those who register on the label’s website). Headliners Duck Sauce make music as tasty as their namesake, building heavy-hitting post-disco and house beats that leave just enough space for one of them to shout a non sequitur like “Barbra Streisand!” Other artists include wild-haired rapper Danny Brown, A$AP Mob rapper A$AP Ferg, duo Run the Jewels, 
a DJ set by Unibros, and more. — By Kory Grow

Snarky Puppy
Brooklyn Bowl
8pm, $10
Forged in the jazz labs of Denton, Texas, this hard-touring big band reclaims the ground where sophisticated jazz meets music for dancing. Led by composer-bassist Michael League, Snarky Puppy dazzles without the useless razzle. League keeps things taut yet homey with driving percussion, playfully Polyester analog synth lines, the occasional Brazilian tinge, and solos of refreshing concision. Their recent Amkeni is an afrobeat-gospel spectacle featuring Burundi-born singer Bukuri Celestin. — By Richard Gehr

Tuesday, 9/3:

Webster Hall
8pm, $20
“The Wire” is the most recent single by Haim, a trio of sisters from Los Angeles whose moody power-pop has recently captured the attention of the music world. It follows a string of addictive tracks (“Falling,” “Don’t Save Me”) that have surfaced over the past year, leaving plenty of reason to be excited for Danielle, Este, and Alana’s debut full-length, Days Are Gone, out via Polydor on September 27. In advance of the record, Haim headline Webster Hall. — By Liz Pelly

Dawn of Midi + Mark Dresser
Le Poisson Rouge
10:15pm, $10/$15
One of the year’s best albums is a work of lunatic genius that, though forged in the cauldron of jazz improvisation, in the end contains not a whit of it. A 47-minute through-composed work divided into nine seamless movements, Brooklyn-based piano trio Dawn of Midi’s Dysnomia was recorded twice: once in the semi-improvised manner that characterized their 2010 debut, First, and a year later as the faux-electronic, neominimalist trance vehicle they’ll likely perform in its entirety tonight. Morocco-born Amino Belyamani translates bytes into gestures by performing right-handed figures while muting his piano’s strings with his left, while India-born bassist Aakaash Israni and Pakistani-American drummer Qasim Naqvi add to the looping elliptical orbits signified by the album’s lunar track titles (Dysnomia being our solar system’s farthest moon from the sun). — By Richard Gehr

Wednesday, 9/4:

Eric Revis Quartet
Smalls Jazz Club
Wednesday & Thursday, 9:30pm, $20
The bassist’s last two Clean Feed records have been intriguing affairs reminding us that he’s one of those dudes you ought to follow whether you know where he’s going or not–something gripping invariably happens along the way. This new two-sax foursome with Darius Jones and Bill McHenry up front is enticing. Like the leader, they’re both exemplars of a soulful freebop that’s looking to stir up a little trouble. — By Jim Macnie

Thursday, 9/5:

No Age
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9pm, $15
Neither punk nor garage nor some heavily filtered Instagram approximating college rock, proud weirdo duo No Age have arrived at a partially pasteurized version of all three genres on their latest, An Object. That’s not to say they’ve lost all their sourness; it’s just that An Object finally finds the prickly pair sticking to what many people might call “listenable,” with a few wacky moments of fuzz thrown in for the diehards. It’s a more focused variation on their usual theme, and, as its title suggests, it’s up to the listener–and in tonight’s case, the concertgoer–to parse its meaning. With Ornament and Regal Degal. — By Kory Grow

‘Fixed x Verboten’ w/ Todd Terje + Lindstrom
Brooklyn Masonic Temple
10pm, $25/$30
Many DJs operating at the intersection of electronic music and traditional pop enjoy a certain amount of mainstream visibility, and one can only hope that Norwegian DJ Todd Terje ascends similar heights. His bubbly Italo-disco has an undeniable celebratory energy and humanity that’s all too rare in American EDM, with recognizable reference points to dance eras still popular enough to fill the vast floor at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple in this U.S. live debut with fellow disco tinkerer Lindstrom. — By Aaron Gonsher

Billy Currington
Webster Hall
7pm, $35/$40
The laid-back love jams and life-embracing country songs that Billy Currington crafts are some of the best in the game right now, his Georgia-infused take on the genre relying a little on r&b and a lot on a self-confessional style to deliver a truly engaging slice of modern country rock. Expect a lot of feelings, a few tear-jerkers and plenty of down home vibes. — By Caitlin White

Friday, 9/6:

Passion Pit + Best Coast
Pier 26
7pm, $40
Even though Manners once steamrolled every other dance-friendly indie-pop record on the market, moving to Columbia Records means that–strictly speaking–Passion Pit is now just pop. The wider exposure this brings is well deserved: Last year’s hazy Gossamer weaves its vocals and keyboards together so tenderly only to promptly squish them both with more aggressive percussion, and as such works as well for high-volume dancefloor applications as for intent headphone listening. Good luck doing both at the same time, though. — By Vijith Assar

Depeche Mode + Bat for Lashes
Barclays Center
7:30pm, $49.50-$129.50
The unlikeliness of Depeche Mode’s continuous existence colors their every move. Arguments about how the new gloom moods hold up against the deified ones miss the point: After 33 years, these U.K. synth merchants continue to mine rich worlds of longing, lust, misery, and addiction to create dark, potent hits that probably cost more to produce each than what you paid in rent last year. Savor them. — By Raymond Cummings

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