The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 8/5/13

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Disclosure play a free show in Central Park this Tuesday
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Monday, 8/5:

Barclays Center
8pm, $49.50-$254.50
Where better to see Beyoncé's ongoing Mrs. Carter Show world tour than the arena of which Mr. Carter owns 1/15 of 1 percent? Call it a family affair, but tonight's show is about the half of that relationship that continues to put out captivating music. While we await her fifth album, let's reflect on how 2011's 4 was even better than the first three, a top-to-bottom classic that--with respect to "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"--included her two best singles since "Crazy in Love": the sweeping "Countdown" and "Love on Top," whose rolling key changes never fail to impress. Finally, that album gets the arena show it deserves. -- By Nick Murray

Tuesday, 8/6:

Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
6pm, free
Only 15 and 18 when they released their debut single, the Burial-influenced 
"Offline Dexterity," British brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence of Disclosure certainly made for unlikely dance heroes. Now, barely two years later, the duo has not only convinced the hipper DJs, critics, and tastemakers of their prowess, but also the public at large, topping their home country's album chart with the recently released Settle. They deserve it: The record sits in that irresistible zone between "familiar" and "new" and never gives it up, drawing on house and garage and keeping you on your feet throughout. This evening, make sure to pace yourself, as openers TNGHT and 
Julio Bashmore happily attempt to tire you out. -- By Nick Murray

Wiz Khalifa + A$AP Rocky + B.o.B+Trinidad Jame$ + Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era + Berner + Chevy Woods + Smoke DZA
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
6pm, $29.50-$65
Yes, artists like A$AP Rocky and Wiz Khalifa grew up on Bone Thugs, Cash Money, and Dipset, instead of on Rakim and Kane. But still, Rocky was actually named after the former, and Wiz Khalifa is a name that should make any fake Five Percenter smile. As for Trinidad James, wasn't there gold everywhere in pre-colonial Africa? Didn't Nas say as much in "I Can"? Maybe James listened and learned. In any case, tempus fugit, old heads. Pass the mic. -- By Winston Groman

Enildo Rasua
Jazz Standard
7:30pm & 9:30pm, $20
The Jazz Standard's Cuban drum series continues with a master percussionist noted for his "third hand" technique involving a supplemental drumstick that comes in especially handy when he plays traps and congas simultaneously. A specialist in traditional rumba who's also performed in Havana's Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, Rasua leads a band that includes Jay Rodriguez (saxophone), Ben Winkleman (piano), and Ricky Rodriguez (bass). -- By Richard Gehr

Location Info


Barclays Center

620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Central Park, Rumsey Playfield

5th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY

Category: Music

Jazz Standard

116 E. 27th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Hammerstein Ballroom

311 W. 34th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Webster Hall

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

Category: Music

Lincoln Center Damrosch Park Bandshell

62nd St. between Columbus and Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY

Category: General

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

237 W. 42nd St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Bowery Ballroom

6 Delancey St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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