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Barclays Center: Three to see

Brooklyn’s Barclays Center celebrates its birthday with a run of great gigs.

Barclays Center, we tip our hats to you: Your gigs just get better and better. This week, the Brooklyn arena—celebrating its first anniversary—hosts shows from two of our favorite NYC acts and one bona fide megastar. Which will you go to?

Lionel Richie

Yes, this week you get the chance to sing “Tambo liteh sette mo-jah—hey, jambo jambo!” at the top of your lungs (while your buddy looks up karamu and liming on his smartphone). The Commodores singer with a voice like silk made of rose petals comes to town on a tour called—wait for it—All the Hits, All Night Long. Meaning that your every Richie sing-along wish will be granted. Wow.

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Prudential Center Friday August 18 2017 - Saturday August 19 2017

Vampire Weekend

Were you to ask how Vampire Weekend went from being a bunch of dewy college grads with an art project to a globally tantalizing concern in less time than it takes to raise a small child, we would reply, simply: tunes. At this big hometown show, you’ll hear from all three gorgeous, brainy Vamps albums, the latest of which is Modern Vampires of the City.

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Until Fri Sep 20

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Karen O & Co. celebrate their tenth anniversary this week with a show in the band’s borough of origin—back in ye olden days when Williamsburg was but a village with just one coffee shoppe. Now toasting their fourth album, Mosquito, Yeah Yeah Yeahs still put on a crazy, exhilarating live show.

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Until Thu Sep 19