The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 8/8/14

Categories: Weekend

Credit: Loren Wohl
Watch St. Vincent shred for free at Prospect Park Bandshell this Saturday
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Friday, 8/8:

Cassandra Wilson + Campbell Brothers
Damrosch Bandshell
7:00 p.m., free
Jazz digs roots as Lincoln Center Out of Doors' ambitious inaugural Americanafest NYC continues with "A Sacred Steel Love Supreme," wherein the Campbell Brothers apply their superb gospel-steel-guitar skills to John Coltrane's most exalted opus. And expect jazz singer Cassandra Wilson to lean toward the blues and folk standards heard on 2012's Another Country. -- By Richard Gehr

'Latino Punk Fest'
The Acheron (and multiple other locations)
Friday through Sunday, 2:00 p.m., $15
The first (and hopefully annual) Latino Punk Fest will hit New York City this weekend, kicking off at the Acheron on Friday evening. Fans of spanish-language hardcore and d-beat will be able to check out local latino acts including NYC's own Rebuschaos and Anasazi (of Sacred Bones fame) as well as New Jersey's Gusano. The ferocious Eske hail from Chicago and Pura Mania are traveling all the way from Vancouver. LA's Generacion Suicida headline and you might remember them from the April festival Burnouts En Baja Volume One, Coachella's much more talented and angry sister. Latino Punk fest is for those who are sick of the heteronormative, sexist, fascist and racist themes that can sometimes rear its ugly head into heavy music. Fuck that, go to this. -- By Maria Sherman

Amanda X + Two Inch Astronaut + Wing Dam + Cousin Brian
Death by Audio
8:00 p.m., $8
An ascending wave of Riot Grrl-y fresh blood and vet action is currently ruling the indie milieu, led by coed outfits and gals alike as Speedy Ortiz, Hospitality, Frankie Cosmos, Ex Hex and A Sunny Day In Glasgow prove crucial underground favorites. With its grungy, yet sweet as pie, melodic cruncher Amnesia (via the legendary Siltbreeze label), Philly post-punk trio Amanda X joins that impressive list as next big thing. From the get-go, Amnesia busts out with beefy and striking hooks, lo-fi goodness and husky vocals that melt the pogoing energy of Sleater-Kinney and Beat Happening's playful simplicity with The Raincoats' poppy experimentalism and make it Amanda X's own. Rounding out this stacked bill of popcentrics are fellow Philadelphians Cousin Brian, Baltimore's Wing Dam and DC's Two Inch Astronaut. -- By Brad Cohan

'Full Moon Fest'
Governors Island
8:00 p.m., $30-$50
A full moon occurs every 29 days, but the Full Moon Festival on Governors Island only happens once a year. Inspired by monthly, all-night full-moon parties in Thailand, the NYC version is an annual end-of-summer celebration featuring a diverse line-up of artists of all varieties celebrating the cosmic qualities of the new moon. This year's headliners include Delorean, the Knocks, Claptone, Son Lux and many more. Produced by Matte Projects, Full Moon Fest is now in its fourth year as the must-attend August beach party, selling out each go-around. This year is no different thanks to the great collection of fun and dance-y artists soundtracking the evening, so act fast and come ready to howl. -- By Brittany Spanos

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