8/4: Robyn, Arcade Fire…

…and Top Chef Masters’ Marcus Samuelsson cooks for you

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BLONDE AMBITION: Swedish teenybopper-turned-electro star Robyn is—despite those last two descriptives—unpindownable. Yes, her new album Body Talk Pt 1 sees her collab’ing with fellow Nords Rőyskopp, but have you heard her gorgeously spare cover of Kelly Carkson’s Since U Been Gone? Needless to say, you have to see this shapeshifter live as part of her All Hearts tour (with Kelis opening) at Webster Hall tonight or tomorrow. 6PM.

FUSION: Join hottie Swedish-Ethiopian (Swethiopian?) Top Cheffer Marcus Samuelsson at the newly refurbished bar at Bleecker Street’s August for a tasting of small plates based on his creations for Top Chef Masters. No reservations taken—just sidle up to the front bar during regular dinner hours, 5:30PM to 11PM.

FIRE DOWN BELOW: The roar of the crowd at Madison Square Garden’s Arcade Fire show tonight should be almost as deafening as the buzz surrounding the Canucks’ new album, The Suburbs, which dropped yesterday. Special guests Spoon, of a more Southernly provenance, will open. 8PM, also on Thursday (when director Terry Gilliam will direct a YouTube broadcast.

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