The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 8/30/13

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Bat for Lashes plays Webster Hall just days before opening for Depeche Mode at Barclays this Friday
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which is updated daily.

Friday, 8/30:

Bat for Lashes + Barbarian
Webster Hall
8pm, $30
A few days before Natasha Khan, the woman behind Bat for Lashes' temperamental and touching electro-pop, opens for Depeche Mode at the Barclays Center, she's making a rare headlining performance. Her latest record, The Haunted Man, was one of the best of 2012, thanks in part to melancholy, PJ Harveyish piano ruminations like "Laura" and the single "All Your Gold," both of which seem to transcend the concept of a pop single. This show will be extra special, too, since it won't be soundtracked by Depeche Mode fans finding their seats. With Barbarian. -- By Kory Grow

Electric Zoo
Randall's Island
Friday through Sunday, 11am daily, $139
Can a festival lineup ever become overwhelmingly strong? If so, this is it, as tonight's Electric Zoo lineup features not only Avicii, Baauer, Knife Party, Skrillex & Boys Noize, and Danny Tenaglia, but all of them playing at the same time. That madness runs from about 9 to 11, but the good stuff starts as early as 2:45, when French turntablist trio Birdy Nam Nam and British garage whiz Joy Orbison take over two of the smaller stages. Also of note: dubstep early adopter Skream, "Hello" crossover star Martin Solveig, "Satisfaction" house populist Benny Benassi, and plenty more. But don't go too hard--this thing lasts two more days. -- By Nick Murray

YACHT
Music Hall of Williamsburg
9pm, $16/$18
Jona Bechtolt is more of an all-around artist than strictly a musician. After forming the Blow with Khaela Maricich, Bechtolt struck off on his own to form YACHT, a largely instrumental and experimental project. Now, Bechtolt is involved with several other groups and art-based collectives, YACHT has become a duo with the addition of vocalist Claire L. Evan. Expect arty pop and weird riffs that hit all the right nerves. -- By Caitlin White

Diarrhea Planet + The So So Glos
The Mercury Lounge
10:30pm, $12
Trapped between the moon and New York City, Diarrhea Planet will slide into Manhattan to try to convince people that their take on scuzzy, fuzzy indie rock is better than (or at least as good as) their name. But judging from the buzz around the band--much more buzz than any excretorily named band deserves (as opposed to, say, Bathtub Shitter and the Shitty Beatles)--they might be able to pull it off and score a royal flush. OK, we're done. -- By Kory Grow

Fred Frith
The Stone
Friday & Saturday, 8pm & 10pm daily, $10
It doesn't happen often these days. The revered British string improviser's visits to town are few and far between, so this stretch of dates, along with a mid-September hit at Roulette, are genuine events. His vocabulary for solo recitals is some of the most engaging guitar-speak around, and he's trying out a handful of trios and duets as well. Of course, the high-vis pow wows with John Zorn and Laurie Anderson are the marquee gigs this week. -- By Jim Macnie


Location Info

Map

Webster Hall

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

Category: Music

Randall's Island

Randalls Island, New York, NY

Category: General

Music Hall of Williamsburg

66 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

The Mercury Lounge

217 E. Houston St., New York, NY

Category: Music

The Stone

16 Ave. C, New York, NY

Category: Music

Pioneer Works

159 Pioneer St., New York, NY

Category: General

The Wick

272 Meserole St., New York, NY

Category: General

Output

74 Wythe Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Village Vanguard

178 Seventh Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music


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