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

By Daniel Jumpertz | August 27, 2014 8:09pm
 A host of eclectic music festivals hit NYC this week.
This Week's Best Shows and a Spotify Playlist of the Bands
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Thursday, August 28
American music producer Hal Willner is curating the week’s happenings at downtown underground and experimental music venue The Stone. Willner was the music supervisor of "Saturday Night Live" for a decade, and has also produced albums for Marianne Faithfull, Lou Reed and Allen Ginsberg. The residency that runs through Sunday, Aug. 31 continues Thursday night from 8 p.m. with "The Return of 'Whoops I’m An Indian'" a slapstick Three Stooges comedy. The Stone, Avenue C at 2nd St., Lower East Side. $18.

In the Museum of Modern Art’s open-air sculpture garden, take in the ambient country sounds of Widowspeak as part of the MOMA Nights summer festival. 11 West 53rd St., Midtown. Set begins at 6:30 p.m. Free with museum entry.

Friday, August 29
Electric Zoo takes over Randall's Island Friday night and throughout the weekend, with some of dance music’s biggest names, including David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nicky Romero, Nervo, Bonobo, Paul van Dyk and Alesso performing. Tickets start at $139 for a day pass. From 1 p.m. until 11 p.m., daily Randall's Island.

Saturday, August 30
Head to Union Pool on Saturday for the final installment in the free weekend outdoor concert series Summer Thunder, co-curated by East Village record store, Other Music. Headlining is J Mascis’s (Dinosaur Jr.) stoner rock ensemble Heavy Blanket. From 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Union Pool, 484 Union Ave, Williamsburg. 

The LOT LIC Music & Film Series is a eight week series of film screenings (Thursday nights) and music performances (Saturday nights) held in Long Island City, concluding on Sept. 20. On Saturday night, catch soulful New Zealand duo Fredericks Brown, Silver featuring Eddie Henderson and DJ Nickodemus. 43-29 Crescent St., Long Island City. 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Live music showtimes start 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Free, all ages.

Sunday, August 31
1972’s compilation album “Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968” documented a time when American pop music was twisted and wild. Compiled by Elektra Record's Jac Holzman, and Lenny Kaye, who would later be lead guitarist for the Patti Smith Group, the Nuggets compilation proved highly influential to music’s next generation of punks and garage rockers. Sunday night, in the last of the series of Summer Of Nuggets performances, catch guests including Patti Smith, Joan Wasser, John Ford (The Strawbs) and Jesse Malin alongside Lenny Kaye, recreating the original Nuggets vibe in concert. From 8 p.m., City Winery, 155 Varick St, TriBeca. $35/$45

Monday, September 1
Every Labor Day, Fool’s Gold, the Brooklyn indie label founded by DJs A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs present Day Off, a one day festival of hip-hop and dance music trailblazers culled from the label's roster and extended family of artists. Monday’s lineup includes Danny Brown, French Montana, AraabMuzik, The LOX, Benmar and many more. From 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. at 50 Kent Ave, Williamsburg. Tickets are $20.

Tuesday, September 2
Communion began in 2006 as a regular night at London’s Notting Hill Arts Club and evolved into a record label in 2009. Founded by Ben Lovett (Mumford and Sons), Kevin Jones (Bear’s Den), and producer Ian Grimble, the Communion brand is gaining a toehold in New York with the Communion NYC live music night, happening Tuesday night at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2. Catch pianist/singer/songwriter Diane Birch, current members of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Crash Dang Doodle and London duo the Smoke Fairies. 6:30 p.m., Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, 196 Allen St., Lower East Side. $16.

Wednesday, September 3
Sun Araw, a band from former Magic Lantern founding member Cameron Stallones, merges psychedelic drone and afrobeat. Baby's All Right, 146 Broadway, Williamsburg. $10.