Shark?, Big Ups, Sleepies, Eula and Low Fat Getting High @ Rippers on August 17
Brooklyn's most promising local guitar bands meet up on the boardwalk for a show benefiting post-Sandy relief organization Restore Rockaway. If that's not enough to get you to Queens on a Saturday, then how about the fact that you might never again have the chance to see Fugazi-style punk rock (looking at you Big Ups) in a snack-shack-surfer-hangout (looking at you Rippers) in what may be the weirdest collision of 80s nostalgia you'll ever witness: the DC punk scene set at Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Or something like that.
Out in the Streets @ Onderdonk House on August 17 & 18
Elsewhere in Queens, in the backyard of a colonial Dutch cottage, a crop of 2013's breakthrough bands will mingle with local scene veterans. Spread across two days and two acres of park land, add in on-site art installations and an handful of food trucks, and you've got yourself enough good vibes to get through January.
Lineup includes: Pictureplane, Rush Midnight, Heavenly Beat, Heliotropes, Friend Roulette, Lazyeyes, Grand Resort, Turnip King, Doldrums, Dan Friel, Wild Yaks, Ava Luna and Las Rosas.
Afropunk Fest @ Commodore Barry Park on August 24 & 25
Even with Afropunk Fest organizers annually putting together one of the city's best summer lineup, this year's installment stands out as a force to be reckoned with (that is, a party not to be missed), thanks to the cultural mash of a free-spirited Danny Brown, hardcore thrashers Trash Talk and rapper-cum-performance artist Mykki Blanco performing in a skate park, where yoga and a custom bike show rank among other popular festival activities. It's the type of event that justifies Brooklyn's cool to a million kids in the Midwest wanting to move here.
Check out for full lineup and more info here.
CT5: Captured Tracks Fest @ The Well on August 31 & September 1
Speaking of Brooklyn cool, homegrown record label Captured Tracks is turning 5 and, to celebrate, throwing a two-day mini-fest at a beer garden... because record labels are legally allowed to drink at an early age to ease the pain of growing up in the modern music industry. The lineup—essentially a survey of CT's roster—doubles as a crash course on the state of the Brooklyn music scene. This will be like 100 Glasslands shows rolled into one.
Lineup includes: DIIV, Mac Demarco, Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils, Soft Moon, MINKS, Soft Metals, Blouse, Widowspeak, Chris Cohen, Heavenly Beat, Soft Metals and Alex Calder.
No Age, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, YOSHIMO (of Boredoms), Hisham Bharoocha (of Soft Circle), Ryan Sawyer, More TBA @ Brooklyn Navy Yard on September 6
A self-described "nomadic Happening," Station to Station is the latest event to cross mediums in hopes of connecting "leading figures and underground creators from the worlds of art, music, food, literature and film" in the name of cultural intervention. Why it matters to you is that organizer and artist Doug Aitken did a damn fine job on the music portion. The unlikely pairing of millennial punk stalwarts No Age (whose new album is excellent) with precise French songwriter Charlotte Gainsbourg (in a rare NYC appearance) is just the tip of the iceberg. The gigantic, new glass-encased Duggal Greenhouse at the Navy Yards plays host.
Check out full lineup and more info here.
Alt-J with Lord Huron @ Rumsey Playfield on September 15
Seeing "Central Park Summerstage" revert back to its non-seasonal name may sting a little—like Cinderella morphing back into a commoner come midnight—but the transition to fall promises to be painless as you stand there in your lightest sweater listening the woodsy, vibrant melodies of Lord Huron. (Also, Alt-J, if dub-folk is your thing.) Then it'll dawn on you: Autumn in the city is kinda perfect, actually.