New York’s Finest

1. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

September 28 at Rumsey Playfield

Their first show ever was less than three years ago at Hell’s Kitchen dive Siberia; now David Byrne–ish singer Alec Ounsworth and his quirky cohorts tackle one of the city’s biggest outdoor venues.

2. Secret Machines

October 2 and 3 at Irving Plaza

Since forming in 2000, this outer-borough trio has built a national following on its inimitably epic live shows.

3. The Hold Steady

October 1 at Irving Plaza

At their most recent local show (a free concert at Castle Clinton), the hard-rocking critical darlings played with full horn and string sections; their new album, Boys and Girls in America, showcases a more polished side of the band.

New York’s Finest