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No-Cover Concerts

Here are five local acts to see this week for free.

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The Walkmen.  

The Walkmen
Rumsey Playfield at Central Park; 8/16 at 3 p.m.; 69th St. at Fifth Ave.; 212-360-2756
Following an appearance at the It Came From Brooklyn show at the Guggenheim, local indie-rock favorites the Walkmen will be playing the last Summerstage show of the season with bands Dinosaur Jr. and Saviours.

The Budos Band
City Winery; 8/11 at 5 p.m.; 155 Varick St., at Vandam St.; 212-608-0555
Staten Island ’s instrumental Afro-soul group, the Budos Band, closes out the season at Hudson Square's last free music event in City Winery’s parking lot. Wine, BBQ, and grilled corn on the cob round out the mix.

The Blue Album Group
McCarren Park; 8/12 at 7 p.m.; Bedford Ave. at N. 12th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Prior to a screening of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind hosted by L Magazine, the Brooklyn-based Blue Album Group will do what they do best: play Weezer’s entire Blue album from start to finish.

Yeasayer and Amazing Baby
Hudson River Park Conservancy; 8/13 at 6 p.m.; Pier 54 at 13th St.; 212-533-PARK
Experimental local faves Yeasayer play this outdoor show at Pier 54, with fellow on-the-brink Brooklyn-based group Amazing Baby.

School of Seven Bells
South Street Seaport; 8/14 at 6 p.m.; 19 Fulton St., at South St.; 212-732-8257
Having just finished a six-month-long tour to promote their debut album, Alpinisms, School of Seven Bells will play a free hometown show at the South Street Seaport. The trio – Benjamin Curtis of the Secret Machines and twins Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, formerly of another New York–based band, On! Air! Library! – have a dreamy, pop-y sound that’s easy on the ears.


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