Al Green, Nas and Alanis Morissette Play New York

By Ben Fractenberg on August 22, 2012 7:23am 

Wednesday, Aug. 22

The Reverend Al Green is a soul legend turned preacher. Hearing him sing classics like "Let's Stay Together" could very well feel like religious experience. Check him out at the Beacon Theater.

Also playing: Sebadoh was one of the first indie bands to eschew slick productions for a purposely lo-fi sound. Their sounds vacillates nicely between sweet, lovelorn pop and frenzied, distorted rock. The intimate Bowery Ballroom is a perfect spot to see them.

Thursday, Aug. 23

Albanian-American rapper Action Bronson was a successful chef before turning into an MC. That foodie influence is never far away with his frequent references to good eats and drink. Check him out at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, where there's no dearth of great restaurants if you feel so inspired after the show.

Friday, Aug. 24

The Juan MacLean is the electronic music project of former Six Finger Satellite guitarist John MacLean. His sound is similar to LCD Soundsytem with a bit more of a house influence. MacLean is sure to put on a good dance party when he DJs at the Cameo Gallery.

Also playing: Rap legend Nas is still going strong, perhaps proving himself wrong when he sang "Hip Hop is Dead." You can enter to win free tickets to the show at the iHeartRadio Facebook page

Saturday, Aug. 25

The mother of all train-wreck indie bands The Brian Jonestown Massacre, is somehow still going strong. They manage to blend '60s psych, folk, shoe-gaze, rock and whatever else front man Anton Newcombe may be into at the time. Check them out at the Webster Hall, but be careful not to get too close to the stage.

Also playing: Disco revivalists Escort are playing a free show for the concert series Ecstatic Summer at the World Financial Center.

Sunday, Aug. 26

The annual Afro-Punk Festival is taking place at Commodore Barry Park over the weekend. Swing by Sunday to hear TV on the Radio, Toro Y Moi and Bad Rabbits.

Monday, Aug. 27

Influential old-school rapper Masta Ace is performing with human beatbox Rahzel at the Highline Ballroom. If you're lucky, the former Roots member will show off his impressive skill of beatboxing and singing at the same time.

Tuesday, Aug. 28

Believe it or not, it's been close to 20 years since the release of Alanis Morissette's hit album "Jagged Little Pill." Make you feel old? Enter to win tickets for her iHeartRadio Theater show to join other aging Gen Xers in singing along to "You Oughta Know."

Neighborhood Sponsors

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement