Concerts & Festivals to Attend This Week: Karen O, St. Vincent, Interpol + More

Thursday, September 4

Hopscotch Festival kicks off at various sequels around Raleigh, North Carolina. The three day event’s headliners include Spoon, St. Vincent, and De La Soul as well as other heavy hitters like Thurston Moore, Jamie xx, How To Dress Well, White Lung and Mapei. If we could, we’d teleport down for tonight’s showcase featuring Museum Mouth, Guerrilla Toss, and Diarrhea Planet.

Following their triumphant release show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Temple of Dendur earlier this week, Interpol continue to celebrate the release of new record El Pintor. Tonight, the sharp-suited NYC icons play another intimate hometown show at Bowery Ballroom with Luke Temple. 8pm, 6 Delancey Street, New York, NY.

Soul-shaking British indie pop outfit Money makes its New York debut at Mercury Lounge. If you’ve ever found something so beautiful that it turns a little bit evil, this is a band you should be listening to. If you miss out tonight, they’ll be hitting Glasslands in Brooklyn tomorrow. 6:30pm, 217 E. Houston Street, New York, NY.

Friday, September 5

The first of three days of Boston Calling gets off to a good start. Headlined by Lorde, the National, and Nas, the festival also features Neutral Milk Hotel, Sky Ferreira, Girl Talk, Spoon, and more. City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA.

It’s a denim jacket kind of night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, where local favorites Total Slacker are joined by Glasgow’s finest pop-punks PAWS. The latter’s latest album Youth Culture Forever has been on heavy rotation for months, and that’s not about to change anytime soon. 8pm, 66 N 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY.

Nicolas Jaar’s label Other People hosts a night of chill vibes at Brooklyn’s Trans-Pecos. Sway gently to the sounds of Visuals, High Water, and more. 11pm, 915 Wyckoff Ave, Ridgewood, NY.

Kick it with Shlohmo and R&B’s literal bros inc. at the Observatory. 8pm, 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, CA.

Saturday, September 6

Jpop-inspired producer Sophie has been rising fast, thanks to popsicle-bright jams like “Hey QT” and “Lemonade.” After he and Evian Christ play MoMA PS1 earlier in the day, they’ll hit 88 Palace with Nguzunguzu and the Deep for an all night dance party. 11pm, 88 E. Broadway, New York, New York.

Feel some emotions and shred forever with Buzzcocks and Titus Andronicus at Webster Hall. 8pm, 125 E 11th Street, New York, NY.

Monday, September 8

It’s been a long time coming, but Death From Above 1979 are finally back. The Toronto dance-punk duo’s finally releasing new album The Physical World, and you can sink into its mind-melting powers at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade the day before its release. 8pm, 64 N 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY.

It’s after Labor Day, but Fort Lean can still take you on a “Beach Holiday”–for free. The wistful quintet will be joined by fellow Brooklyn indie rockers Mainland and more at Brooklyn Bowl. 6pm, 61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY.

Get freaky at Irving Plaza with Die Antwoord, the only South African rappers you know. 7pm, 17 Irving Place, New York, NY.

Tuesday, September 9

Dance in the dark as LA diva Banks lets you into her world. Grab a copy of her debut album Goddess to get into this intimate show at Rough Trade in Brooklyn. 6:30pm, , 64 N 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY.

Karen O (does “of Yeah Yeah Yeahs fame” even need to be said?) kicks off a residency at the McKittrick Hotel to accompany the release of her solo album Crush Songs. It’s not part of Sleep No More, but you might be up past your bedtime. 11pm, 530 W 27th Street, New York, NY.

Wednesday, September 10

Fresh from the release of their new album They Want My Soul, indie rock veterans Spoon are headed for the great outdoors of Central Park. Despite their status as American heroes, anyone should be worried about having to follow a high-energy set from dance-funk-punk outfit !!! and the raw, emotionally gripping powers of Dan Boeckner, whose new synth-rock band Operators just released its first EP. 6pm, Central Park Rumsey Playfield, New York, NY.

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