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These are the best, last summer concerts of the year

Andrew Frisicano

The summer concert season has started its long, slow winding down. Case in point, Celebrate Brooklyn! already closed its 2015 season with gigs by Tune-Yards and Willie Nelson. But there's still a few chances to celebrate the warm weather—hell, some of these series extend well into September. These are the remaining summery gigs you won't want to miss.

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Summer’s End Music Festival; Sat 29–Tue 1
What it is: This DIY fest, organized by NYU sophomore Ben Locke, aims to close out summer break (or regular summer for the rest of us) with music from up-and-coming indie acts at four venues.
Who to see: Ricky Eat Acid; Studio at Webster Hall; Tue 1
Have one more hazy night with Baltimore one-man-band Sam Ray, who concocts a mesmerizing mix of ethereal soundscapes peppered with the occasional dancey outburst.

Central Park SummerStage; through Sept 2
What it is: Familiar to every self-respecting NYC showgoer, this city staple ends its 2015 programming with one last free gig (though paid “benefit” shows continue at the venue through October 3).
Who to see: Lake Street Dive; Sept 2
The Boston quartet has blown up on the strength of its plucky 2014 debut, Bad Self Portraits. Come for the classic soul-inspired pop songs, but stay for singer Rachael Price’s timeless, rich voice.

Warm Up at MoMA PS1; through Sept 5
What it is: Every summer Saturday, the PS1 courtyard turns up with its superbly curated daylong party series ricocheting an eclectic range of dance sounds between its modernist cement walls.
Who to see: Matias Aguayo; Sat 29
Jump on the penultimate installment to catch this Chilean-German producer whose psychedelic sets combine minimal house and techno with Afrobeat grooves, Latin rhythms and live vocals.

Verboten: StageONE at 50 Kent; through Sept 19
What it is:
 Verboten's series of huge outdoor parties—just down the street from its lovely indoor home—caps an outstanding run that's already featured such heatseeking spinners as Jamie xx and Maya Jane Coles.
Who to see: Audion; Sept 19
Don't miss Audion, the dark alter-ego of DJ Matthew Dear, who spins alongside a "hand-picked selection of globally revered techno legends."

Forest Hills Stadium; through Sept 19
What it is: The breezy outdoor arena wraps up its second full season since returning from obsolescence in 2013 with one final upcoming show headlined by powerhouse blues act Alabama Shakes.
Who to see: Drive-By Truckers; Sept 19
Make sure to show up in time for these Southern-rockers opening the night. The troupe is going on 20 years, and, wouldn’t you know it, frontman Patterson Hood’s whiskey-soaked warble has only gotten better with age.

Riis Beach Bazaar; through Sept 27
What it is: When the Brooklyn Night Bazaar took its act to the beach, we were a bit skeptical (the sand gets in our toes), but the seaside venue has proven to be an essential haven for midday tunes.
Who to see: So So Glos; Sept 27
These anthemic local fuzz-punks are just the kind of scuzzy, sun-soaked dudes you want headlining your last trip to the beach. Forecast: sunny with a chance of rock. Just don’t forget the sunscreen.


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