The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 8/26/13

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Get next to Emeli Sande during her concert in Central Park on Wednesday
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Monday, 8/26:

Braids + Headaches
The Glasslands Gallery
8:30 p.m., $12
These Canadian art rockers have been shaking walls with their fierce harmonies and intricate synth strains since 2011 debut Native Speaker, and their latest, Flourish // Perish promises to shake things up further. Originally from Calgary, the band is now based out of Montreal and have come off an international tour with new inspirations and bold, experimental sounds. Expect driving rhythms, angelic harmonies, and fuzzed-out instrumental breaks. -- By Caitlin White

Tuesday, 8/27:

Irving Plaza
7 p.m., $34.50
Mexico's Molotov saw the impending apocalypse of late '90s rap-metal without fear simply because they knew the diversity of their music would save them. How else could they sing so cheerfully that "El mundo se va a acabar" on 1999's aptly-titled Apocalypshit? They always matched their American peers' macho juvenilia, but Molotov transcended their purported genre with a sound that took cues from El General's proto-reggaetón, the groovy Latin Rock of Maná, and Mano Negra's multilingual musical mélange as much as from the Beasties, Rage, the Chili Peppers, and Mr. Bungle. No other rap-rock band could write songs as groovily anthemic as "Voto Latino," "Gimme tha Power," or "Frijolero." For this reason, Molotov endures. -- By Winston Groman

Fred Frith & Laurie Anderson
The Stone
8 & 10 p.m., $25
The brilliant British avant-guitar innovator (Henry Cow, Art Bears, etc.) kicks off a six-night residency with a pricier-than-usual improvisatory canoodle with violinist-vocalist Laurie Anderson. Return later in the week, when Frith leads a trio (Wednesday), confronts John Zorn (Thursday at 8), and plays a solo set probably involving table guitar (Thursday at 10). -- By Richard Gehr

Wednesday, 8/28:

Emeli Sande
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
7 p.m., $32/$40
Emeli Sande built a name for herself in the UK by lending her powerhouse vocals to tracks from emerging rappers like Wiley and producer Naughty Boy. After signing with EMI, Sande won a string of awards, moved to London, and released her debut album, Our Version of the Events in early 2012. Still touring off the strength of that release, Sande blends pop, soul, jazz, and blues in a crisp conglomeration that's both easy listening and elegantly constructed. -- By Caitlin White

Mac DeMarco
East River Amphitheater
7 p.m., free
A few days before eclectic rock firecracker Mac DeMarco lights up the Captured Tracks label's CT5 Festival this weekend, he's playing a special free set tonight at East River Park, and seeing him live is always a treat. Although the two critically acclaimed records he released last year ooze shambolic moodiness, his live shows are just shambolic, full of funny in-jokes that he actually lets the audience in on, impromptu jams and covers (at Bonnaroo he had the gall to break into the Beatles' "Blackbird" a day after Paul McCartney played the song) and carefree, spur-of-the-moment dance numbers. The only cliché thing about DeMarco is that his audience should expected the unexpected. -- By Kory Grow

Location Info


The Glasslands Gallery

289 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

The Stone

16 Ave. C, New York, NY

Category: Music

Central Park, Rumsey Playfield

5th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

East River Park Amphitheater

Grand & FDR, New York, NY

Category: General

Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY

Category: Music


158 Ludlow St., New York, NY

Category: Music

The Cutting Room

44 E. 32nd St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Europa Night Club

98-104 Meserole Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

The Mercury Lounge

217 E. Houston St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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