Beirut, Skrillex and Beenie Man Play New York

By Ben Fractenberg on August 29, 2012 8:22am 

Wednesday, Aug. 29

As one of the bands responsible for bringing the accordion back into style, Beirut could be a good choice for mourning the end of summer. The bands style has touches of Easter European gypsy folk, French pop, indie rock and other inevitable elements sure to surprise you. Check them out under the stars at Central Park.

Thursday, Aug. 30

British electro band Fujiya and Miyagi have weathered several electronic music hype cycles — remember Electroclash? — and are still around to tell the tale. Their sound is clearly influenced by 1970s Krautrock bands like Can, but a little more danceable and radio friendly. They are at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn.

Also playing: Scottish alternative rock progenitors The Vaselines were a big influence on future rock stars like Kurt Cobain, who covered several of their songs, including "Molly's Lips," "Son of a Gun," and "Jesus Doesn't Want me for a Sunbeam." They are playing at Gowanus, Brooklyn's, The Bell House — an intimate space that makes you feel like you could be in a barn upstate.

Friday, Aug. 31

The big music news of late has been the resurgence of what fans — and record executives with dollar signs in their eyes — have been referring to as EDM (electronic dance music). Electric Zoo at Randall's Island will be a showcase for some of the bigger names in the movement. French house producer and DJ David Guetta is headlining Friday night.

Saturday, Sept. 1

The glow stick waving continues on Saturday with performance by Steve Aoki, Sasha and Axwell at the Electric Zoo festival. 

Also playing: Indie rock guitar hero Doug Martsch's beautiful, wandering live solos can make Built to Spill sometimes sound like a jam band even hipsters could love. With seven full-length albums, they have a large back catalog to trove. Definitely worth the trip to Asbury Park's Lance & Debbies Wonder Bar.

Sunday, Sept. 2

Sunday's Electric Zoo line-up includes some of the bigger EDM names include Tiesto, Skrillex and Dash Berlin.

Also playing: Everybody's favorite 1990s Swedish pop-rock duo Roxette is touring again. Listen to them bring down the house at the Beacon Theater with "Listen to Your Heart."

Monday, Sept. 3

Though sparking controversy in the past with anti-gay lyrics, Beenie Man has since apologized — sort of — and remains one of the longest running reggae artists of all time. He's playing at the Highline Ballroom with Anthony B.  

Tuesday, Sept. 4

Holograms is a punk band with new wave influences from Stockholm, Sweden. And they all work in a factory together. 'Nuff said. At Mercury Lounge.

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