MGMT @ Mann Center, Philly 8/15/10 | Photo © Eric Tsurumoto

This week in NYC shows kicks off with a few repeats from last week’s list that are sticking around town: Blind Pilot @ Music Hall and the Drums @ the Bowery. We’ve also got some bigger shows of note this week, including the big hip-hop double bill of Jay-Z & Kanye West for two nights at MSG (Mon and Tues), and Foo Fighters with Social Distortion and The Joy Formidable on Sunday night, also at the Garden.

For something a little smaller on Tuesday, I’d suggest hitting the Sea and Cake at The Bowery Ballroom. I was impressed with their opening slot for Broken Social Scene last September, and anything with John McEntire (Tortoise) on drums is bound to be pretty solid in my opinion…

But for me, Thursday is really the killer night for shows this week. Fitz & The Tantrums brings their retro soul and funk to Terminal 5…

And if that’s not electronic enough for your dancing shoes, then there’s also Future Rock at the Gramercy. This electro-rock duo from Chi-town always throw a damn good party.

Of course, the hot ticket of the week is MGMT doing two nights at the Guggenheim for some artsy special event that’s bound to be weird, psychedelic and generally pretty rad.

Friday night, a little NOLA flavor comes to the Big Apple, when Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue takes the stage at Terminal 5. Always a stellar live performer…

This weekend, the Brooklyn Electronical Music Festival kicks off at various venues in the hippest of NYC Burroughs. Lots of good DJ sets and electro to get your ass moving. See below or hit their main site for all the gory details.

If you’d prefer something more punk rock for the weekend, then I’d suggest hitting Cloud Nothings @ Glasslands Gallery. I really dig their last album. Just short, punchy pop-punk goodness

For a similar low-fi approach, but much more old-school and classic “indie,” there’s also Sebadoh at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

And if Sunday night, you’re not really down with the arena rock Foo Fighters show at MSG, there’s also a solid lineup out at the beautiful Wellmont Theatre with Manchester Orchestra, White Denim, and The Dear Hunter.

Of course, if those concert recs don’t properly whet your live music appetite, then keep on reading for a bunch of other solid options…

Interesting shows from this week’s NYC concert calendar:

Blind Pilot with Gregory Alan Isakov @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Crosby, Stills & Nash @ Beacon Theatre
The Drums @ The Bowery Ballroom
Jay-Z and Kanye West @ Madison Square Garden

Chick Corea @ Blue Note Jazz Club
Jay-Z and Kanye West @ Madison Square Garden
The Sea And Cake with Brokeback @ The Bowery Ballroom

Chick Corea @ Blue Note Jazz Club
Charlie Hunter @ Sycamore (Ditmas Park, Brooklyn)

Dub Trio @ Mercury Lounge
Fitz & The Tantrums @ Terminal 5
Furthur @ Madison Square Garden
Future Rock @ Gramercy Theater
MGMT @ The Guggenheim Museum

Chick Corea @ Blue Note Jazz Club
Kurt Vile & the Violators w/ Widowspeak, The Young @ Webster Hall
MGMT @ The Guggenheim Museum
Mimosa @ Webster Hall
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Bonerama @ Terminal 5

Brooklyn Electronical Music festival:
Fischerpooner DJ set w/ Casey Spooner, Diamond Rings, Cubic Zirconia, Party Supplies, DECADES, Doldrums @ MUsic Hall of Williamsburg
Hudson Mohawke, Michna, Nick Hook @ The Cove
Matthew Dear, Spinoza, Jacques Renault, and Donor @ Public Assembly
Reggie Watts, Eclectic Method, Babe Rainbow, Beacon, Dominique Keegan @ Cameo
Schlachthofbronx, Dubble Dutch, Dre Skull, Shawn Reynaldo, Matt Shadetek, NIKKO @ Zablosky’s

Chick Corea @ Blue Note Jazz Club
Cloud Nothings @ Glasslands Gallery
Free Magic @ Santos Party House
The Meters Experience featuring Leo Nocentelli @ Brooklyn Bowl
Sebadoh @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Trevor Garrod of Tea Leaf Green @ Rockwood Music Hall

Brooklyn Electronical Music festival :
Daedelus W/ Tittsworth, Stretch Armstrong @ Brooklyn Bowl
Four Tet (DJ Set), Thugfucker, JDH and more @ Public Assembly Back Room
Girl Unit, Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, Total Freedom, Dan Wender, Blacky II @ Public Assembly Front Room
Tim Sweeney, Jackmaster, Braille, Heathered Pearls, Treehouse DJ’s, Messkid @ Zablosky’s

Foo Fighters w/ Social Distortion and The Joy Formidable @ Madison Square Garden
Manchester Orchestra w/ White Denim, The Dear Hunter @ the Wellmont Theatre (Montclair, NJ)
The 37th Anniversary of Hip-Hop & The 38th Anniversary of the Universal Zulu Nation @ SOB’s: Afrika Bambaataa Doug E Fresh, Grand Master Melle Mel, DMC, Cold Crush Brothers & More DJs: Q-Tip, Kid Capri, Jazzy Joyce, Lady Love, & More