This Week's Best Shows and a Spotify Playlist of the Bands
Thursday, July 3
VCDMNY is the DJ project of two English electro-pop veterans, Vince Clarke and Daniel Miller. As a founding member of Depeche Mode, Clarke wrote their breakthrough hit “Just Can’t Get Enough” in 1981, before departing shortly after to create synth-pop duo Yaz (Yazoo in the UK) with singer Alison Moyet. Next with singer Andy Bell, he created Erasure, scoring 24 consecutive Top 40 hits in the U.K. between 1986 to 2007. Daniel Miller formed his post-punk persona The Normal in 1978, scoring a surprise UK hit with “Warm Leatherette,” then moving behind the scenes, establishing the influential U.K. record label Mute. From 8:30 p.m, with Alex English at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N. 6th St., Williamsburg. $25.
Friday, July 4
Brooklyn-born DJ Danny Tenaglia’s first gigs were in early '80s New York City roller discos. Over the years he’s remixed Madonna, Janet Jackson and Grace Jones, and plays an extended length set tonight at Output from 10 p.m., 74 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg. $20/$30.
Saturday, July 5
Florida band Hundred Waters combines otherworldly vocals and experimental industrial textures. Recently signed to Skrillex’s OWSLA label, their most recent album, “The Moon Rang Like A Bell,” is a restrained collection of cavernous down-tempo pop. They'll perform with the ecstatic, techno-influenced pop outfit Mas Ysa, the project of Woodstock-based Thomas Arsenault. At Glasslands, 289 Kent Ave., Williamsburg. $14
Sunday, July 6
James "Mr. Superharp" Cotton has shared the stage with B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters since he left the cotton fields of Mississippi in the early 1950s to play with his hero Sonny Boy Williamson II. He wraps up a run of sizzling blues shows at The Jazz Standard with two sets tonight, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. 116 E. 27th St., Midtown. $35
Monday, July 7
Utah’s Neon Trees create relentlessly catchy dance pop. They broke through in 2010 with the top 20 track “Animal” and scored their first top 10 single with “Everybody Talks.” Their current album, “Pop Psychology,” is the cathartic product of lead singer Tyler Glenn’s therapy sessions. They'll perform with the Smallpools, Nightmare and the Cat on the Summerstage at Central Park. 69th Street at Fifth Avenue entrance, Rumsey Playfield, $47.
Tuesday, July 8
Eclectic Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird teams up with visual artist-turned-musician Luke Temple for a free show at Central Park’s SummerStage this evening. First in, first seated. 69th Street at Fifth Avenue entrance, Rumsey Field, Central Park, from 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9
Frank Zappa’s son Dweezil hits Brooklyn Bowl tonight with a bunch of virtuoso musicians for a performance of his Zappa Plays Zappa project — playing a long, ambitious set of Frank Zappa favorites and obscure gems. Dweezil Zappa formed Zappa Plays Zappa in 2006, winning a Grammy the following year for Best Instrumental Performance for his version of the Frank Zappa classic “Peaches En Regalia.” 61 Wythe St., Williamsburg. $30.