The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 8/16/13

Categories: Weekend

Laura Jane Grace sings the Transgender Dysphoria Blues at KFBK this Friday
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Friday, 8/16:

Laura Jane Grace
Bowery Ballroom
9pm, $15
As the trans lead singer of the folk-punk outfit Against Me!, Grace has brought to light both an issue that is often overlooked and the biases of a punk community thought to be more progressive than it actually turned out to be. After the cancellation of the band's spring tour, the singer will sing the blues--the "The Transgender Dysphoria Blues," per the title of her band's upcoming LP--and continue to tell a story that needs to be heard. -- By Brittany Spanos

Webster Hall
10pm, $15
In what may be the musical equivalent to the nerd pride of a show like The Big Bang Theory, New York-area electro experimentalists Anamanaguchi make music not just with guitars, bass, and drums, but with old-school Nintendo stations and Game Boys. In the past, they've scored the soundtrack for the video game version of the graphic novel Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and their latest album, Endless Fantasy, finds them playing 22 short, video gamey numbers full of the sort of sweet, laser-like synths that usually unfold in the dreamlike worlds of Mario and Luigi. But perhaps the most curious thing about Anamanaguchi is that the inspiration for the band came when the group's songwriter-guitarist, Peter Berkman, read an interview in Wired with Sex Pistols mastermind Malcolm McLaren in which he mentioned a group of Swedish Game Boy-music pioneers. Maybe this is the new punk rock. Fittingly, they're performing tonight as the headliners of Webster Hall's regular electronic-music-focused Girls & Boys party with Alex English and rekLES. -- By Kory Grow

Michael Formanek's Resonator
Cornelia Street Cafe
9pm & 10:30pm, $20
The bassist's small group work is always meaty--lines spill and splash, rhythms churn, and activity is front and center. This is true even when the mood is on the reflective side, as part of Formanek's eloquence is juxtaposing emotions in surprising ways. This new band puts two reeds up front and brings the mighty Tyshawn Sorey to the drum chair. Expect lots of precision and lots of explosion. -- By Jim Macnie

The Gramercy Theatre
6pm, $14
At the cusp of the new millennium, the sound of alt-rock may have been changing but Wheatus proved that teen angst will always remain the same. "Teenage Dirtbag," the band's breakout hit, began its reign as one of the most perfect high school anthems with a music video starring Jason Biggs and Mena Suvari, and 13 years later, One Direction's live covers have brought it to a new generation of ears. At the release show for their forthcoming Valentine, celebrate the band's new tunes and relive those wonder years because they're still teenage dirtbags, like you. -- By Brittany Spanos

Location Info


Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Webster Hall

125 E. 11th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Cornelia Street Café

29 Cornelia St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

The Gramercy Theatre

127 E. 23rd St., New York, NY

Category: Music


22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY

Category: General

285 Kent Ave

285 Kent Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance

558 Fulton St., New York, NY

Category: General

The Mercury Lounge

217 E. Houston St., New York, NY

Category: Music

The Glasslands Gallery

289 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Knitting Factory Brooklyn

361 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

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