The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 9/6/13


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Friday, 9/6:

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

Charlene Kaye + Emmy Wildwood + TalkFine
Cameo Gallery
8:30pm, $8-$10
From folky singer-songwriter to someone who embraced her inner glam rock goddess, Charlene Kaye is a surprising assortment of genres and styles who flows between them seamlessly. After an exciting year touring with Alexz Johnson and opening for Darren Criss at a few of his East Coast tour dates, Kaye is ready to debut a more electronic sound and bring herself into a new era. Joined by Tiger Blanket Records & Vintage Boutique owner and rising indie pop star Emmy Wildwood and synth-pop duo TalkFine, Kaye is not only delivering a proper debut for her new material but a veritable Williamsburg dance party. — By Brittany Spanos

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

Frankie Knuckles
Cameo Gallery
11:59pm, $17-$20
One week after Electric Zoo brings the biggest names in contemporary house music–Avicii, Sebastian Ingrosso, Hardwell, etc.–to Randall’s Island, fans looking to dig deeper into the genre can pack into a much smaller venue, Williamsburg’s Cameo Gallery, hidden speakeasy-style on the other side of the Lovin’ Cup Café, to hear the genre’s godfather go to work. Long story short, after DJing around New York with his childhood friend Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles moved west to spin his take on disco and r&b at Chicago club the Warehouse, the venue from which the music takes its name. Tonight, he comes home to play alongside Chris Love & AB Logic of the Sullivan Room’s underground-leaning SOUP party. — By Nick Murray

Saturday, 9/7:

The Allman Brothers Band + Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7pm, $25-$99.50
With guitars curling around the beat like whips around posts, the Allmans stitch musical textures that rival even Pink Floyd. Add to that a groove as hypnotic as early Santana and a bluesy home-cooked charm seasoned by over 40 years of tragedy and triumph, and you have a world-class live act. Greg Allman, Dickey Betts, and company have gone down into the realm of Hades more times than Odysseus–that original Ramblin’ Man–and they always return to the world with their undying songs that seem able to weave and unweave the very fabric of time. — By Winston Groman

Saturday, 9/7:

Cher Lloyd
Best Buy Theater
7pm, $25
Not all reality show winners are created equal, and often, it’s the runners up who land on top. So was the case with the U.K.’s Cher Lloyd, she who finished fourth on the British version of Simon Cowell’s The X Factor. Expect a colorful, swaggering pop show that breathes new life into mainstream pop with the help of a few hip-hop leaning collaborations. — By Caitlin White

Fall Out Boy
Barclays Center
7:30pm, $35-$45
Like so many other great acts who got their start entertaining kids too young to drive to the record store, Fall Out Boy was never expected to last. Here we are though: It’s 2013, 10 years after their pop-punk debut, and the Illinois foursome, reunited behind the second chart-topping album of their career, are about to headline the Barclays Center, the same arena where Justin Timberlake recently accepted his VMA lifetime achievement award. That chart-topper, meanwhile, sold all those records for a reason: “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” is a stomping rocker big enough to compete with festival-ready EDM and ambitious enough to beat Fun., another band on Fueled by Ramen, at their own game. — By Nick Murray

Mohsen Namjoo
Asia Society
8pm, $35
In 2009, this important Iranian singer-songwriter was sentenced to a five-year jail term in absentia for allegedly ridiculing the Quran in his song “Shams.” Namjoo’s apology was not accepted, and he currently resides in California. His most recent album, 13/8, is a brilliant hybrid of classical improvisation, Sufi poetics, and surprisingly effective jazz-rock accompaniment. — By Richard Gehr

Sunday, 9/8:

The Gaslight Anthem
The Paramount
8pm, $25-$65
The Gaslight Anthem disproves the general maxim that consistent, dependable guys finish last. Since 2006 they’ve churned out album after album of heartland punk and classic rock, the kind where Springsteen-style lonely guitar and reverberating, charismatic vocals swell into larger-than-life choruses. Brian Fallon’s reportedly been scribbling new songs in the back of the tour bus, channeling some Neil Young and Led Zeppelin into the mix, so expect a solid show. — By Sarah Madges

‘Spy Music Festival’
7pm, $10
The usually unusual lineups that have graced the annual Spy Music Festival often range from the discordant to the dysplastic. This year’s is no exception: Saturday night’s headliner, Charles Gayle, plays fluid and amorphous jazz sax pieces that can be both free and frightening. Sunday night will feature Aa (or “Big A, Little a,” if you must talk about them), who regularly construct fraught collages of yelps, keyboard beeps, and augmented beats. Joining them over two days are Mystical Weapons (Sean Lennon and Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier), sometime Thurston Moore collaborator Loren Connors, Suzanne Langile, and eight other sonic head-trips. — By Kory Grow

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