The Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 8/22/14

Categories: Weekend

Credit: Timothy Norris
Arcade Fire will be joined by Dan Deacon, The Unicorns, and Television this weekend at Barclays
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Friday, 8/22:

Arcade Fire
Barclays Center
Friday through Sunday, 7:30 p.m. daily, $35-$85
Arcade Fire is a band that has managed to preserve the concept of "indie rock," even while they are playing massive arenas like the Barclays Center, as they are tonight. This carefully-constructed image and ethos is reliant on their ever-evolving style and peculiar band dynamics. They've never given in to the draw of radio-ready beats or riffs, instead moving further away from accessibility, even as their fame grows. Last year's Reflektor was perhaps their weirdest and most critically acclaimed album yet. Another marker of their eccentricity is the opening act of their show--the iconic New York band Television. In a rockist's world, Television opening for Arcade Fire is a marvelous mishap that is almost an affront to Television's legacy. But then again, it's also an indication that Arcade Fire is mindful of the past and producing music that's valid enough to warrant pairings like this. The Unicorns are also on the bill, so all bets are completely off. -- By Caitlin White

Dead Gaze
South Street Seaport
6:00 p.m., free
Dead Gaze's Cole Furlow's is a one-man noise-pop wrecking crew, pinching off distorted gems that lodge in memory as easily as they defy categorization. In his hands, abrupt punk melodies churn and roil under geysers of feedback and effects, but his effortlessly direct, bitter voice slices through the din. It's as if the songs are skirmishes in an ongoing emotional war that Furlow is perpetually at grave risk of losing. -- By Raymond Cummings

Location Info


Barclays Center

620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

South Street Seaport

19 Fulton St., New York, NY

Category: Music

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

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

Category: Music


315 W. 44th St., New York, NY

Category: Music


74 Wythe Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Commodore Barry Park

Navy St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

City Winery

155 Varick St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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