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The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 11/30/12

The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 11/30/12

Here are 10 concerts to check out this weekend, in no particular order.

Titus Andronicus Madison Square Garden Sunday, 8pm, $20 For their 2010 sophomore album, The Monitor, Jersey punks Titus Andronicus went big, releasing a double LP that mixed existential malaise, frontman Patrick Stickles's recent breakup, and a narrative based on the American Civil War. As the title suggests, follow-up Local Business scaled things back, keeping the band small and the songs relatively short: This time only two exceed six minutes. This all bodes well for tonight's show at Webster Hall, where the band looks to hold on to their reputation as one of the best live acts in the tristate. -- By Nick Murray

Dinosaur Jr. + Kurt Vile and the Violators Terminal 5 Saturday, 8pm, $30/$35 Twenty-five years ago, three misfits from outside Amherst released the record that would change their lives, bringing their music to new audiences and setting the stage for a run of great albums that would extend into the mid '90s. Today, Dinosaur Jr.'s You're Living All Over Me continues reaching new audiences, with generation after generation of new bands continually trying to equal its barrage of noise and distortion and new listeners finding something liberating in J Mascis's proto-grunge self-hate. At this anniversary show, expect special guests, including Kim Gordon and Johnny Marr, to share the stage with them. With Kurt Vile and the Violators. -- By Nick Murray

'Mr. Saturday Night' w/ Tin Man + Justin Carter+Eamon Harkin House of Yes Saturday, 10pm, $15/$20 Tin Man explores the emotional fringes and teeth-grinding possibilities of the 303 in his releases on Absurd Recordings and sublabel Acid Test, reshaping the sinuous lines in wide-eyed ways. Newest album Neo Neo Acid is threatening and pleasant in equal measure, doling out futuristic doses of the iconic sonic signature. -- By Aaron Gonsher

Boys Noize + Spank Rock Roseland Ballroom Friday, 8pm, $40 Compressed crowd-pleasing riffs have made Alex Ridha omnipresent on the American festival circuit, and his most recent release as Boys Noize, Out of the Black, included a guest spot from Snoop Lion amidst the guzzling electro. As part of his first-ever live tour of America, Ridha lords over the comparatively intimate terrain of Roseland Ballroom with support from Spank Rock. -- By Aaron Gonsher

Oneohtrix Point Never MoMA PS1 Sunday, 4pm, $12 To help victims of Hurricane Sandy, music site Pitchfork and contemporary-art museum MOMA P.S.1 have arranged today's benefit concert where all of the proceeds from ticket sales go to hurricane relief. The event's headliner, Oneohtrix Point Never, the Brooklyn-based drone duke Daniel Lopatin who will be presenting a DJ set, falls in line with the museum's experimental ethos, weaving tapestries of staticky warbles and piano pulses in whatever formation suits his mood. His latest release, Replica, contains 10 distinct, escapist tone poems with titles like "Sleep Dealer" and "Child Soldier," the latter of which sounds like he foleyed in lasers from sci-fi flicks. Strawberry-haired San Francisco-based electronic artist Holly Herndon will perform a live set of her own sound experiments, bolstered by her whispery vocals, and Ridgewood, New Jersey's, Ducktails--the event's most traditionally rock-ish artist--will DJ. Best yet, the cost of the ticket includes museum admission. -- By Kory Grow

High on Fire + Goatwhore + Primate + Lo-Pan Bowery Ballroom Friday, 8pm, $20 Earlier this year, stoner metallers High on Fire had to leave behind a prime slot on a mega-metal touring festival alongside Slayer, Motörhead and Slipknot because frontman Matt Pike needed to go to rehab. At the time, they had recently released their stellar sixth LP, De Vermis Mysteriis, which was getting high praise (no pun intended) from critics and fans alike. Now he and his bandmates are making up for their absence, and headlining a show that features a cabal of other heavy head turners, including Goatwhore, Primate and Lo-Pan. -- By Kory Grow

 

The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 11/30/12

Dinosaur Jr. + Kurt Vile and the Violators Terminal 5 Saturday, 8pm, $30/$35 Twenty-five years ago, three misfits from outside Amherst released the record that would change their lives, bringing their music to new audiences and setting the stage for a run of great albums that would extend into the mid '90s. Today, Dinosaur Jr.'s You're Living All Over Me continues reaching new audiences, with generation after generation of new bands continually trying to equal its barrage of noise and distortion and new listeners finding something liberating in J Mascis's proto-grunge self-hate. At this anniversary show, expect special guests, including Kim Gordon and Johnny Marr, to share the stage with them. With Kurt Vile and the Violators. -- By Nick Murray

Balam Acab + Kuhrye-oo + Rimar The Glasslands Gallery Saturday, 8:30pm, $12/$14 More a feeling than a musical genre, witch house lives up to its name only in that, when done well, it evokes an emotion. In the hands of Pennsylvania-based producer Balam Acab (or Alec Koone, as the DMV knows him), it pulls together warm beds of fuzzy synths, echoey whispers, and even a few Kanye-circa-2003 helium-voiced hooks. It adds up to pulsing, breathing mood music, more akin to what Enya would make if she listened to more hip-hop than Celtic music. (Maybe "nü age" is a better descriptor than witch house?) But what it all comes down to, as Koone bathes the stage in blue mood lighting and his face in the light of his Mac, has more to do with what you experience when you surrender your ego and suspend disbelief, and that's when the magic or witchery begins. With Kuhrye-oo and Rimar.-- By Kory Grow

Anat Cohen, Matt Wilson, & Martin Wood Greenwich House Music School Saturday, 8pm, $20 Between clarinet and tenor, Anat Cohen's got a full palette of sound covered, and her natural charisma was made for bringing an unmistakable esprit to the stage. Her trio with this particularly refined rhythm section should breed several variations of interaction. Expect grace and oomph: drummer Wilson doesn't let things go two minutes without some provocation antics. -- By Jim Macnie

Six Organs of Admittance + Blues Control The Mercury Lounge Saturday, 10:30pm, $10/$12 Ben Chasney tears the space-time continuum a fresh one on Ascent, his first Six Organs album with a raging electric band. A two-bass quartet is replacing his Comets on Fire cronies on the road, though, so dine lightly. Russ Waterhouse (guitar, electronics) and Lea Cho (leyboards) are the loudly throbbing, Krautrocking, motorik machine music known as Blues Control. -- By Richard Gehr

TNGHT Music Hall of Williamsburg Friday, 10pm, $25/$30 This summer, when "trap" became dance music's hottest trend and Mad Decent signed every artist who used as little as some hip-hop-infused 808 snares, TNGHT put their peers back to work, both releasing better music and calling the genre's appropriational tendencies into question. On Friday, the duo--Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke, who 
recently contributed to Kanye West's "Mercy" beat, and Canadian Lunice, who was previously best known for his cameo in Azealia Banks's "212" video and finally lives up to his prodigious 
talent here--brings the Music Hall of Williamsburg what should be its best dance party since Mad Decent head honcho Diplo brought his Major Lazer to the venue four months back. -- By Nick Murray

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