The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 8/23/13
Goodie Mob reunites at Brooklyn Bowl this Sunday
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.WAVs cruise: Ladytron
Who knew that Lonely Island's "I'm on a Boat" wasn't just a mildly funny parody rap, but also a statement on the future of New York City nightlife? OK, boat parties aren't quite that, but where on land are you gonna find a lineup as strong as on the .WAVs cruise? (Don't say the Boiler Room.) Ladytron headlines, capping the night with some Liverpool new-new wave. Sinden readies the crowd with progressive London house and Afrika Bambaataa does global funk--past, present, and future. Grandtheft and Lauren Flax open, but don't sleep on Swizzymack, the Philly DJ whose quick, manic take on Baltimore Club is called "party music" for a reason. -- By Nick Murray
Eric Copeland + Regal Degal + Greatest Hits
285 Kent Ave
As the core member of Black Dice, Eric Copeland is responsible for an notorious musical and visual aesthetic: thick collages of distorted noise and hyperkinetic cut-and-paste album art that makes you want to wash your eyes with Clorox. Copeland's newest solo album on DFA, Joke In A Hole, is woozy, uncompromising, and full of psychedelic joy. This album release party is supported by Regal Degal and Greatest Hits. -- By Aaron Gonsher
'Charlie Parker Jazz Festival'
Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater
He may play in the roaring language of Coltrane, but if there's a currently-active alto player who brings Bird's verve and animation to the table, it's Kenny Garrett. He's part of the newly extended Parker Fest, which this year stretches to five days, boasting film presentations (The Girls In The Band), family concerts (Matt Wilson at the New School) and multi-artist weekend shows. Friday night at Marcus Garvey Park, Jimmy Heath leads his big band in a nod to the master. The next day at the same spot Garrett shares a bill with fellow saxphonist Jaleel Shaw, as well as hot-singer-of-the-moment Cécile McLorin Savant, and drummer Kim Thompson. Sunday's show at Tompkins Square Park features veteran alto innovator Lee Konitz, who had his own way with Parkerspeak. Vocalist Sheila Jordan, trumpeter Christian Scott, and pianist Aaron Diehl round out the action. -- By Jim Macnie
The Gramercy Theatre
Under the moniker of Passenger, Mike Rosenberg has been making instrumental-driven folk-pop that blows its indie-level competitors out of the water. With hosts of strings backing his British accent inflections, Rosenberg has gone through a number of different band configurations with the collective, but on his latest release All the Little Lights, his sound is simple, spare, and touching. -- By Caitlin White
Billy Hart Quartet
8:30pm & 11:30pm, $30-$40
After several years of playing with younger improvisers, the drummer Hart has come up with a signature sound : Austerity and poise simmer with passion, and introversion takes on some kind of measured gregariousness. It has a lot to do with the grace that he brings to his unusual percussion choices, and the Iverson/Street/Turner squad he leads makes plenty of hay while following suit. -- By Jim Macnie