August may be the end of summer but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of good music choices in the city. For the first week of August, Vans House Party is still going strong while some veteran acts make their way to New York. Here are our picks for the week (Aug. 4 to Aug. 10).
Naturally we’ll update the list with acts to check out since we are not perfect.
August 04 to August 10
08/02 – Simian Mobile Disco @ MOMA/PS1
08/02 – Dick Dale @ Brooklyn Bowl
08/02 – Jurassic 5 @ Best Buy
08/05 – Haim/Sleigh Bells @ Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park
08/07 – Future Islands @ Vans House Party
08/07 – Temples, Here We Go Magic and Spires @ River Rocks (Pier 84)
08/09 – Mad Decent Block Party @ Coney Island
08/09 – Modest Mouse and Brand New @ Forest Hills
08/09 – St. Vincent @ Celebrate Brooklyn
08/10 – Bauuer/Boys Noize @ Governors Island
August is an odd month as there are plenty of decent acts and a lot to see during the first week of the month and the last week of the month. There are a few free options although RSVP lists are closed for HAIM in Brooklyn and Future Islands at Vans House Party. For fans who got tickets for either show, get there early as there will be quite the line. I’m looking forward to the Vans show as Future Islands put on a great show and their new album is fantastic. Add in Omar Souleyman and Operators, Dan Boeckner’s (Divine Fits, Handsome Furs, Wolf Parade) new project, and it’s a great night out. The last River Rocks concert of the summer is also on Thursday with Temples, Here We Go Magic and Spires.
Modest Mouse is on tour, with a new album hopefully on the way, and they have several dates in the NYC area. For me, their show with Brand New at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium on Aug. 9 may seem a bit strange but definitely worth checking out. Saturday has perhaps the best free show of the month with St. Vincent at Prospect Park. It will be mobbed, so get there really early! Saturday also features the Mad Decent Block Party with Big Gigantic, Dillon Francis, Diplo and plenty more.