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Madonna, Owl City and Alicia Keys Play New York City

By Ben Fractenberg | September 5, 2012 6:34am

Wednesday, Sept. 5

The first of three Rapture shows at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. After a five year hiatus and a return to their original label, DFA, the band came out with 2011's fine "In the Grace of Your Love." Their mix of post-punk and disco is sure to get even the most too-cool-for-school Brooklyn crowd moving.

Thursday, Sept. 6

At 54, Madonna is still going strong. She'll be at Yankee Stadium in support of her latest album MDNA. During her first show in Philadelphia she dressed as everything from a baton twirler to a leather-clad rocker — in other words, she shows no signs of slowing down.

Also playing: The legendary mod rock, blues band The Yardbirds reformed in 1992 and have been touring on and off again ever since. The band — which spawned legendary guitarists Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page — always has some of the finest musicians in the game playing with them.

Also playing: Indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks are playing a free show at Rockefeller Center as part of Fashion's Night Out.

Friday, Sept. 7

Former Husker Du and Sugar guitarist Bob Mould is playing a free show at Williamsburg Park. He and his band will play Sugar's 1992 album Copper Blue from start to finish and then do a set spanning his entire career.

Also playing: The best way to describe Patrick Watson is that he sounds like Rufus Wainwright meets Andrew Bird. If that sounds appealing to you, check him out with Great Lake Swimmers at The Bowery Ballroom.

Saturday, Sept. 8

Eastern-European-gypsy-punk-band-by-way-of-Greenpoint Gogol Bordello is co-headlining Riot Fest in Williamsburg Park with Southern California punk pioneers the Descendants. Hot Water Music, The Bronx, Screaming Females, The Menzingers and Larry and his Flask round out the lineup.

Also playing: Holy Other is brining their ethereal, minimal electro sound to PS1 for their famed Saturday outdoor party. Rustie, Maria Minerva and Justin Strauss are also playing from 2-9 p.m.

And, Madonna added a second Yankee stadium show, in case you can't get there on Thursday.

Sunday, Sept. 9

Yes, The Offspring, are still around. And maybe if you're lucky they'll play "Keep 'Em Separated" at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park.

Monday, Sept. 10

R&B virtuoso Alicia Keys' new album Girl On Fire is dropping on Nov. 27. Check her out at the 92nd Street Y's Kaufman Concert Hall to get a sneak peak of some of the new cuts.

Tuesday, Sept. 11

Owl City  has been busy, releasing both their new album The Midsummer Station and a single with, yes, "Call Me Maybe" singer Carly Rae Jespen in August. See them maybe at Irving Plaza.