The five best concerts in NYC this weekend

Time Out New York has your picks for the best live music events in NYC this weekend



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José González

José González Photograph: Fredrik Egerstrand

José González + yMusic

  • Free

Swedish guitarist José González, accompanied by contemporary-classical ensemble yMusic, performs new chamber-orchestra versions of his work, arranged by yMusic's Rob Moose.

  1. Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center W 62nd St, between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves
  2. Thu Jul 31
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Joe Bataan

Joe Bataan Photograph: Photoperception

Joe Bataan

  • Critics choice
  • Free

"Afro-Filipino / Average sort of guy / That's what I am," crooned Joe Bataan on 1968's "Ordinary Guy," which served as a handy introduction to both his mixed ethnic background and his self-dubbed "salsoul" musical blend. The Spanish Harlem veteran plays two free outdoor gigs this week: July 31 in Staten Island with Boogaloo Assassins and DJ Turmix, and Aug 6 on the LES as part of the Mobile Mondays series.

  1. East River Park FDR Dr, between Montgomery and E 12th Sts
  2. Thu Jul 31 - Wed Aug 6
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Henry Threadgill

Henry Threadgill Photograph: Robert Wright

Henry Threadgill Zooid

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Henry Threadgill never tires of hatching new concepts, but Zooid—his nimble, sinuous unit with guitarist Liberty Ellman, cellist Christopher Hoffman, tuba player Jose Davila and drummer Elliot Kavee—has proven to be an unusually durable vehicle. Revel in the group's obliquely funky flow, as the band finally plays a proper NYC club run—at the Village's premier jazz haunt, no less.

  1. Village Vanguard 178 Seventh Ave South, at 11th St
  2. Thu Jul 31 - Sun Aug 3
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United Nations

United Nations Photograph: Jesanne Rechsteiner

United Nations + Frameworks + Descender + Primitive Weapons

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Geoff Rickly, ex-frontman of post-hardcore faves Thursday, gets his grindcore jollies in United Nations, a blisteringly intense, blackly satirical "art project." Here, the group supports its heady latest, The Next Four Years.

  1. Saint Vitus 1120 Manhattan Ave, between Box and Clay Sts, 11222
  2. Sat Aug 2
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Boris Photograph: Miki Matsushima


  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The Boris discography contains something for everyone. Well, maybe not everyone, but open-minded listeners will feel right at home with the veteran Japanese shape-shifters, whose 20-year career encompasses arty metal, sludge rock, crust punk and more. The band’s hitting town for two shows this week—a conventional gig at Bowery Ballroom Aug 3 followed by a “drumless drone set” at Saint Vitus Aug 4—in support of the new Noise, which summarizes the group’s portfolio of interests.

  1. Saint Vitus 1120 Manhattan Ave, between Box and Clay Sts, 11222
  2. Sun Aug 3 - Mon Aug 4
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