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You are now allowed to hyperventilate. The program of Fashion's Night Out events has been released, and the list of participating stores goes on and on. To help you decide your itinerary for the evening of September 8, we've pulled together a series of Top Ten lists. First up: The Top Ten Musical Performances.

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This year's roster of live music runs the gamut from boy bands to indie rock, and from DJs to gypsy jazz. The cast of Glee won't be performing—at least not outside of YouTube—but the night still features some serious divas, from '60s superstar Ronnie Spector to Gossip frontwoman Beth Ditto.

10. The Pierces and Penguin Prison at AllSaints
The British import has a history of partnering with musicians, including Florence + the Machine, The Black Keys, and Kings of Leon. For FNO, they're giving us two options: Folkie sisters The Pierces will be playing at the Soho store, while one-man electro pop band Penguin Prison will perform in the Meatpacking District. 512 Broadway and 415 West 13th Street, both 7pm.

9. Samantha Ronson at Macy's
The celebrity DJ will be playing a dance party for Gucci Guilty for Men in the department store's Fragrance Arcade. Every time we've ever seen a Ronson, there's been at least one more Ronson nearby, so look out for appearances from twin sister Charlotte and older brother Mark. 151 West 34th Street, 6pm.

8. Joss Stone and Kelly Rowland at Macy
We're declaring number eight a tie between two other Macy's performances: Soul singer hippie child Joss Stone and onetime Destiny's Child Kelly Rowland. Take your pick: Joss will play the Tommy Hilfiger party outside the store while Kelly will perform in the dress department. 151 West 34th Street, both 7pm.

7. Joe Jonas with Simon Spurr at Saks
All together now: "Eeeeeeeee!!!" Teen sensation Joe Jonas will perform for a crowd of screaming girls at Saks Fifth Avenue. Then, if nobody's trampled him, he'll sign special-edition t-shirts with designer Simon Spurr. 611 Fifth Avenue, 7pm.

6. School of Seven Bells at Treasure and Bond
The trance-y indie rock band will play a special acoustic concert at Nordstrom's new charity concept shop after a trunk show from Nicholas K and Bijules. 350 West Broadway, 6pm.

5. James Murphy, VPL block party
LCD Soundsystem might have retired, but that doesn't mean the man behind the beloved indie dance band is no longer playing music. See him live at an outdoor party hosted by VPL, 3x1, Agnès B, and Nike. 5 Mercer Street, 6pm.

4. Ronnie Spector live in the windows at Bergdorf
The "Be My Baby" singer performs in Bergdorf's "Live Window Revue" with drag queen Lypsinka and singer Wynter Gordon, not to mention a magician, a puppeteer, and other entertainers. 745 Fifth Avenue, 6:45pm.

3. Foster the People at Lacoste
This LA band is best known for their insanely catchy song "Pumped Up Kicks," but they're more than just a one-hit wonder. We hear you can catch them at Lacoste's just made-over Fifth Avenue flagship, although the FNO website doesn't have a time listed. 608 Fifth Avenue.

2. Best Coast at Helmut Lang
What better way to enjoy low-fi stoner surf rock than with a lobster roll and a cocktail? Luke's Lobster will be serving food and the bartenders from East Village's Death & Company will be serving drinks at this party celebrating the launch of Helmut Lang's ecommerce site, 93 Mercer Street, 5pm 6pm.

1. Beth Ditto at M.A.C.
The fashion industry occasionally gets accused of tokenism for its obsession with plus-sized musical powerhouse Beth Ditto, but if you've ever seen her live, you know it's impossible not to find her mesmerizing. She's only playing a three-song set at M.A.C., but that might be all you need. 109 Spring Street, 8pm.


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