This Week's Best Shows and a Spotify Playlist of the Bands
Thursday, August 21
New Zealand's post-punk heroes The Clean touch down for a rare NYC performance. Forming in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1978, The Clean, alongside Flying Nun Records label mates The Chills and The Bats created a lasting lo-fi psychedelic pop aesthetic that has proven as enduring as it is influential, with Stephen Malkmus of Pavement and members of Yo La Tengo, Guided By Voices and Sonic Youth all fans. A 4xLP anthology of The Clean has just been released by Merge Records. 8 p.m., Rough Trade NYC, 64 North 9th Street, Williamsburg. $18.
Chicago hip hop mashup production duo The Hood Internet hit Le Poisson Rouge tonight for a late show. 10 p.m. 158 Bleecker St., Greenwich Village.
Friday, August 22
Canadian art rockers Arcade Fire start a run of three shows (with shows on Saturday and Sunday night) at Barclays Center in support of their fourth album, “Reflektor.” An ambitious double album, “Reflektor” was influenced by a trip that both vocalist Win Butler and multi-instrumentalist Régine Chassagne took to her family's home country of Haiti. The album was recorded in Louisiana and Jamaica, and also benefitted from the input of former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, with the band producing their most upbeat and danceable album so far. Supporting acts include The Unicorns and Dan Deacon each night, with legends Television added to the bill on Sunday. 620 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn.
Saturday, August 23
Immerse yourself in the “transcendental black metal” of Brooklyn natives Liturgy this afternoon as part of the Issue Project Room Summer Series This all-day indoor/outdoor show covers metal, noise and experimental electronics and includes Californian post-metal duo Wreck and Reference, Brooklyn extreme-noise group White Suns, and noise/electronic artist Kyle Eyre Clyd, alias Penny Royale. From 3 p.m., at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St., Red Hook. $15.
The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival kicks off today in Marcus Garvey Park featuring trumpeter Wallace Roney, guitarist Lionel Loueke, and pianist Kris Bowers. From 3 p.m. at Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt Morris Park West, Harlem. Free.
DFA Records presents a summer soirée featuring the NYC debut of LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney’s new band, Museum of Love alongside DJ sets by Sinkane, Nancy Whang and Holy Ghost! From 9 p.m. until very late at The Wick, 260 Meserole St, Brooklyn.
Sunday, August 24
The Afropunk Fest celebrates eclectic artists who combine contemporary urban culture with alternative music. Included in the massive lineup of this free, two day genre-free festival are D’Angelo, British folk-soul singer Lianna La Havas, Ice-T’s metal band Body Count, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Trash Talk, Shabazz Palaces, SZA, Clipping, the Internet, Fishbone, Meshell Ndegeocello, Cold Specks and Cakes Da Killa with DJ sets by DJ Slink, THEEsatisfaction, and A Tribe Called Red. From 12 p.m. until 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park. Free, though donations are encouraged.
First wave LA punk rockers X near the end of a short residency tonight at City Winery. Over four nights, X will be replaying their influential early '80s albums beginning on Thursday with their 1980 debut album, “Los Angeles.” Friday is “Wild Gift,” Saturday, “Under the Big Black Sun,” and tonight “More Fun in the New World.” From 8 p.m., City Winery, 155 Varick St., TriBeca. $45/$55.
Monday, August 25
Join Reverend Vince Anderson & The Love Choir at Union Pool for their weekly celebration of love and life over two sets: 10:30 p.m. and midnight. 484 Union Ave., Brooklyn, Free with a $15 suggested donation.
Tuesday, August 26
The masters of symphonic choral rock, Tim DeLaughter's The Polyphonic Spree fill the stage at Brooklyn Bowl tonight. Doors 6 p.m., 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg. $18.
Wednesday, August 27
Brooklyn’s 9-piece power funk army Turkuaz play Brooklyn Bowl tonight. Doors 6 p.m., 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg. $12.