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
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
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