The weekend's must-see concerts

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Friday

They Might Be Giants at the Williamsburg Waterfront
It's a kick to hear that after nearly 30 years of spirited dabbling, They Might Be Giants' appetite for variety remains unsatisfied. Check out our preview for this free show here.

Weezer + The Flaming Lips at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Rock icons Weezer and the Flaming Lips join up for this outdoor fiesta in Long Island.

Black Lips at Bowery Ballroom
Expect nosebleed-inducing antics from the Black Lips' notoriously outrageous live shows. You can also catch them Saturday and Maxwell's.

Billy Bragg at City Winery
Bragg is most famous for his Woody Guthrie collaborations with Wilco, but his massive folk-punk protest-song catalog is one to delve deeply into.

Laurel Halo at Tammany Hall
Celebrating a recent EP and cassette, Halo is a fast-rising electronic artist whose music has ranged from hypnagogic electropop to muzzy, blissed out analog reverie.

Saturday

The Ponderosa Stomp: She's Got the Power! at Damrosch Park
The Ponderosa Stomp, a venerated movable feast of American roots music in all varieties, celebrates the girl-group tradition of the 1960s in a star-studded bill featuring Ronnie Spector, Lala Brooks, Lesley Gore and more. Check out the complete line-up here.

Anvil at Bowery Ballroom
Trailblazing Canadian thrash-metal trio Anvil continues its extended victory lap with a tour celebrating the release of its respectably heavy new CD.

Dr. John and the Lower 911 + Chuck Brown at Celebrate Brooklyn
Veteran R&B piano man and Big Easy icon Dr. John brings a taste of New Orleans to town, with a boogaloo stride and spiritual growl that'll put any bag of bones in motion.

Tim Berne Trio at Cornelia Street Caf
Tim Berne, a consistently edgy saxist-composer who recently earned a spot on TONY's list of essential NYC jazz icons, breaks in a new three-piece.

Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival at World Financial Center Plaza
Wrapping up this all-new blues and roots celebration, the plaza will be jumping with first-rate talent all afternoon.

Sunday

New Kids on the Block + Backstreet Boys at Nassau Coliseum
It's hard to tell at which generation this ostensible "dream bill" is aimed: children of the '80s with fond memories of the headliners, or '90s brats who favored the Backstreet Boys?

The Raveonettes at Maxwell's
The Raveonettes make a gloriously one-note racket that places bad-seed attitude ahead of everything else.

Wild Yaks at Cake Shop
It's pretty much impossible to attend one of this Brooklyn outfit's sweaty, impassioned gigs and not come away a convert.

Paul Motian Septet at the Village Vanguard
The revered drummer shows off his talent as a composer with a heavy seven-piece that affords him an especially rich palette.

Yemen Blues + Watcha Clan + Shabate + Awesome Tapes from Africa at Central Park SummerStage
Genre-spanning Israeli outfit Yemen Blues heads up this globetrotting event in Central Park.

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