The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 8/9/13
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Catch Shaggy at Prospect Park Bandshell this Friday night for free
Shaggy + TK Wonder
Prospect Park Bandshell
No matter what genre it comes from, the novelty song remains a gift and a curse, bestowing on an artist the sort of fickle exposure that comes from VH1 talking heads. And so it was for Shaggy, the New York transplant whose voice blasted from Flatbush Avenue soundsystems for nearly eight years (since 1993's "Oh Carolina," at least) before "It Wasn't Me" brought him to Times Square. It's a fun tune, yes, but you don't have to be a real head to know that its counterpart, "Angel," is the album's best. And if you are a real head, you're probably loving his new Sly & Robbie-produced, Beres Hammond- featuring roots reggae throwback "Fight This Feeling," which exchanges the novel for the tried and true. -- By Nick Murray
As long as there are after-hours lounges, there will be a venue for the spare, sparkly pop Nashville's Wild Cub ply. A restless nocturnal energy drives Keegan Dewitt and Jeremy Bullock's artificial, synth-bombed cocktails; they're like the energy drinks that keep you clubbing hard when common sense insists that it's time to hit the hay. There are tricky electronics in the stew as well, plus android guitars, and arch vocals with lipstick traces; listeners may be reminded of Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, and early Depeche Mode. -- By Raymond Cummings
Hyetal + Braille + Jim-e Stack + DJ True Panther
The Glasslands Gallery
Hyetal is David Corney, a Bristol-based producer with a predilection for kaleidoscopic atmospheres and luminous pop, and Braille is Praveen Sharma, one half of Brooklyn duo Sepalcure and a deft hand at skippy house. Together the two will celebrate Hyetal's recent album Modern Worship, which is every bit as diverse and blissful as the genuflecting title suggests. -- By Aaron Gonsher
'Mad Decent Block Party'
Last time the Mad Decent Block Party rolled through Brooklyn, the indie label behind it brought Riff Raff, Lunice, Bonde Do Role, a kid named Baauer, and, of course, Major Lazor, the rave-dancehall trio led by CEO Diplo, to a rainy lot near the East River. In the year since, Baauer's "Harlem Shake" gave the label their first chart-topper, and they've expanded the festival accordingly, sending it across the country and, for the first time ever, charging for tickets. Still, another strong lineup makes the price seem like a bargain: party-starters Matt & Kim, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, DJ Sliink, 3Ball MTY (a Mexican crew that will surely convert a few locals), and, yes, Major Lazer highlight a long, diverse day of dancing. Here's hoping the rain holds off. -- By Nick Murray
They Might Be Giants + Moon Hooch
Prospect Park Bandshell
They Might Be Giants' two Johns--Liddell and Flansburgh--raise the white flag to our cultural ADD epidemic on their recent Nanobots, an album of very short songs (remember Morgan Fisher's classic Miniatures?) set to elaborate pop arrangements. Moon Hooch is a primordial-groove trio consisting of saxophonists Mike Wilbur and Wenzi McGowan and drummer James Muschler, whose sound is loud, proud, and deliriously unrefined. -- By Richard Gehr
62nd St. between Columbus and Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY