The Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 7/5/13
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"It's Time" to wake up early and see Imagine Dragons for FREE in Central Park this Friday
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
Imagine Dragons hail from a little old dusty, craggy town in Utah, so they know how to take the bleached bones of indie rock, electronica, and pop and transform it into something fit to soundtrack desert nights. Their single "Radioactive" is one of the highest charting songs in the country right now, so even if your hipster Brooklyn friends give you a blank look when you mention its name, most of the country has already been nodding their head to the slow-tempo beats of their 2013 release Night Visions. Helmed by Grammy darling producer Alex Da Kid, the quartet are well on their way to arena fame. -- By Caitlin White
This weekend, the Brooklyn-based magazine 1.21 Gigawatts celebrates its first anniversary by throwing its own Gigawatts Festival, a two-day showcase of 20 of the magazine's favorite up-and-coming artists. Its four homegrown headliners each show off their own subset of the quirky, art-saturated world the publication dwells in: Team Spirit espouses unique poppy garage rock; Total Slacker balance brittle guitars with lush vocals; Heaven's Gate present a clearer-eyed vision of My Bloody Valentine's noise swirls; and guitar-driven indie rockers Dead Stars claim all the warmth their spacey namesakes lack. Though the magazine's name might be inspired by Back to the Future, hoverboards will not be required for entry. -- By Kory Grow
Octo Octa + Anthony Naples
Brooklyn-based Michael Boudry-Morrison is the rising purveyor of hushed house who translated experiences with panic attacks and social anxiety into his gorgeous debut LP Between Two Selves, which came out in early July on California-based label 100% Silk. Boudry-Morrison plays live, layering tremulous vocal samples and an ageless palette drawn from rugged house, providing experience is altogether more poignant than is usually expected on the dance floor. The extended jam "Come Closer" has the potential to rule parties all summer, and this show with Mister Saturday Night wunderkind Anthony Naples DJing is not to be missed. -- By Aaron Gonsher