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This Week's Best Shows and a Spotify Playlist of the Bands

By Ben Fractenberg | August 6, 2014 7:53pm
  St. Vincent, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Modest Mouse all play New York City Aug. 7 through Aug. 13. 
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Thursday, Aug. 7

Michael Quatllebaum is a poet, actor, performance artist and rapper who performs as Mykki Blanco. Blanco’s aggressive beats and kinetic performance make for great live shows. She's playing a free show at the East River Park Ampitheater from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

The piano man continues his run at Madison Square Garden. Singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw will open.

Friday, Aug. 8

If you want to party on the beach with thousands of other people while DJs and musicians perform without having to travel to Goa check out the Full Moon festival on Governors Island. This year’s lineup includes electro band Delorean, layered production of Son Lux and party DJ Claptone.

Tickets are $50. The festival goes from 4 p.m. until midnight. Ferry service will be provided at the Governors Island Ferry Terminal, near the Staten Island Ferry.

British mod rock band The Zombies were already broken up when their legendary psychedelic-era album “Odessey and Oracle” was released in 1968. One single from the album “Time of the Season” was released as a single in 1969 and became a smash hit. The band briefly reunited and cut a few tracks but quickly disbanded again.

The current lineup includes original members Colin Blunstone on lead vocals and Rod Argent on vocals and organ. They will be at B.B. King’s Blues Club. Doors are at 6 p.m. 

Saturday, Aug. 9

The recently refurbished Forest Hills Stadium continues to attract big name bands with indie rockers Modest Mouse set to perform at 6:30 p.m. Long Island band Brand New will open.

St. Vincent’s eponymous fourth record was released in February to critical acclaim. She hasn’t sacrificed her complex arraignments for a more commercial sound and has still managed to grow her fan base. The show is free at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Doors are at 6:30 p.m. and it’s advisable to get there early.

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash is playing a free show at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park Bandshell. With The Lone Bellow, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale. Show goes from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.  

Sunday, Aug. 10

Texas’ most famous Jewish country music star, Kinky Friedman, will bring his guitar and irreverent lyrics to B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill. Friedman focuses most of his energies now on writing and occasionally running for political office in Texas, so it’s somewhat of a rare treat to see him live. Doors are at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 11

Hip-hop legends Bone Thugs-n-Harmony are known for their fast-paced rapping and beautiful harmonizing. Check them out at S.O.B.’s. Doors are at 8 p.m. and show starts at 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 12

Tori Amos is still going strong, releasing her 14th studio album “Unrepentant Geraldines” in May, which many critics saw as a strong return to her 90s alternative piano-driven sound. She’s playing two shows at the Beacon Theater with special guests Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou Tuesday and Wednesday.

Wednesday, Aug. 13

Vince Johnson and the Plantation Allstars play some of the best harmonica-driven Blues around. They will play two shows at B.B. King’s at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.