The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 9/1 - 9/5

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Danny Brown is back at this year's Fool's Gold Day Off at 50 Kent
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Monday, 9/1:

'Fool's Gold Day Off'
50 Kent
2:00 p.m., $15-$30
If you can't make it out of town for Labor Day, local hip-hop/electronic label Fool's Gold can always be counted on to make sure you have a wicked end to your three-day weekend. This year, its Day Off party has expanded beyond BK, and is now hosting a five-city, ticketed mini tour of sorts which hits Toronto, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Miami. As usual, the lineup is heavy and features Danny Brown, French Montana, AraabMuzik, Brenmar, and Fool's Gold co-founder Nick Catchdubs. The event promises special guests, and its insane history of headliners could be a perfect starting list of contenders, like A$AP Rocky or Juicy J, who could make the afternoon party an even wilder experience. Fool's Gold has become an important purveyor of the newest game changers, so prepare to spend your day off working hard to keep up. -- By Brittany Spanos

Tuesday, 9/2:

Eric Harland
Highline Ballroom
8:00 p.m., $20-$50
At 36, prolific drummer Eric Harland has appeared as a sideman on nearly 200 recordings, bridging the rhythmic gap between Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, John Mayer, and Mariah Carey. He finally released Vipassana, his sophomore album as a leader. The eponymous style of meditation that lifts the veil of perception is apropos for an artist so attuned to the hidden pulse of all things, and he moves beyond category with Voyager, his band of genre-bending yogis he met along way. Guitarist Julian Lage, saxophonist Walter Smith III, and bassist Mark Kelley (of the Roots) make this Ayurvedic jazz hip-hop for the soul. -- By Aidan Levy

John Zorn
Village Vanguard
Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., $25-$30
John Zorn was beaming at the Newport Jazz Festival in August. The far-flung ensembles of his Masada family were together for a two and a half hour mix 'n' match confab that stretched from chamber music gentility to red-zone dissonance that he proudly declared "sick" with one of his Zornian grins. The throughline was obvious all day: Each of the participating ensembles was radically tight, and the performances couldn't have been more eloquent. It's wise to expect something similar at the Village Vanguard this week, when many of the same participants -- including Jamie Saft's piano trio and Cyro Baptista's Banquet of the Spirits -- leap into Zorn's Book Of Angels pieces, a collection of discrete works that flies under the flag of "mixing Ornette Coleman and Jewish scales." The week's ultimate mitzvah? The Saturday-night arrival of the maestro's original Masada quartet, with Dave Douglas, Greg Cohen and Joey Baron. They will destroy the place with beauty. -- By Jim Macnie

Wednesday, 9/3:

The Whigs
Rough Trade NYC
9:00 p.m., $15
With a gift for infectious melodies and solid rock'n'roll sensibility, it's hard not to like The Whigs, at least a little bit--which probably explains their frequent appearances on late night TV. Formed in Athens, Georgia in the early aughts, the trio has five albums of palatable, loudly-produced garage rock. It doesn't hurt that the lead vocalist-guitarist Parker Gisbert has a voice like Paul Rudd's stubble--there's enough roughness to register as manly--or in this case "rockly," but it's mostly manicured to good effect. -- By Sarah Madges

Thursday, 9/4:

Bleachers
Webster Hall
8:00 p.m., $26
What happens after your band releases a string of infectious and inescapable singles? Why, you attempt world domination with another band! Jack Antonoff, the multi-instrumentalist of Fun. and main man of Lena Dunham's life, has headed up a side project called Bleachers, a band whose biggest competition in the indie pop department is every other project of Antonoff's. The world was introduced to Bleachers through "I Wanna Get Better," the absurdly catchy first single off of their July debut album Strange Desire. With its '80s new wave-life sound, Bleachers has given us a breezy soundtrack to the summer in the same way Fun.'s Some Nights was in 2012 (and 2013). Let's see which of Antonoff's projects will keep us smiling and be stuck in our heads come 2015. -- By Brittany Spanos

Location Info

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Webster Hall

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

Category: Music

50 Kent

50 Kent, Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Highline Ballroom

431 W. 16th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Village Vanguard

178 Seventh Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Rough Trade NYC

64 N. 9th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

Greenwich House Music School

46 Barrow St., New York, NY

Category: General

Smalls Jazz Club

183 W. 10th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Irving Plaza

17 Irving Place, New York, NY

Category: Music

Rockefeller Center

30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY

Category: General

The Paramount

370 New York Ave., Huntington, NY

Category: Music

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