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8/2 Sufjan Stevens
The super-prolific Sufjan Stevens has a reputation for putting on quite the dazzling (sometimes bewildering) live performance. Lately his aesthetic theme has been something along the lines of neon-tinted futurism, so we’re guessing whatever he does for this show will be full of exciting, bright stimuli and techno-tronic dance moves. Then again, that could be totally wrong. Watch him show up with naught but a banjo.
Prospect Park Bandshell, 6pm, $35.

8/10 Bon Iver
Bon Iver’s new self-titled album comes out in late June, and this’ll probably be the first time any of us on the East Coast get to hear it live. According to NPR, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon is more into auto-tune than ever before on the new album, but it works out well. Either way, a brand new album and a big ol’ outdoor show for the debut? We see you shiver with anticipation...
Prospect Park Bandshell, 6:30pm, $37.50, $40 at the door.

8/11 Deer Tick
Not to be confused with Deervana, the Nirvana cover band that also happens to feature all the same people, Deer Tick is of course the Providence, Rhode Island-based band led by John McCauley, a remarkably gifted songwriter who works in the country/folk tradition, with a touch of gritty blues thrown in for good measure. Their live show has been known to win them some converts, too.
Hudson River Park, 6pm, FREE.

8/12 Sonic Youth, Wild Flag
Ok, so forget what we said about Animal Collective earlier: this could wind up being the biggest show of the summer. Or it should, anyway, since headliners Sonic Youth are, you know, sort of a big deal, and openers Wild Flag, featuring Mary Timony of Helium fame, as well as members of Sleater Kinney and the Minders, are one of the most exciting bands anywhere right now. Say what you will about 90s nostalgia taking hold, but there won’t be a single person on this stage tonight that ever stopped making great music, regardless of the decade.
Williamsburg Waterfront, 7pm, $32.50.

8/25 Wavves
Well, by this point in the sumer, you’ve probably been to more outdoor shows than you can count, and gotten drunk outside more times than you’d care to admit. Well go ahead and do it one more time, for Wavves, who, despite having earned a reputation as a sloppy stoners, have actually grown into a fairly lethal live band, playing impossibly tight pop-punk. It’ll be a fitting end to the season, we think, since basically all their songs are about being fucked up in the sun.
East River Ampitheater, 7pm, FREE.

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