The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 2/8/13
Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this weekend, in no particular order.
Passion Pit+ Matt & Kim Madison Square Garden Friday, 8pm, $42.50 Formed in Cambridge in 2007, Passion Pit is what happens when four Berklee College of Music attendees and one Emerson grad get together with some keyboards, synths, samples, and stamina. After releasing the EP that brought us every hipster party's unlikely dance hit, "Sleepyhead," they put out their first full-length album in 2009 and began shuffling around the television circuit, showing up in everything from ads to sitcoms in testament to their melodic accessibility. Last year's relentlessly catchy and uptempo sophomore effort, Gossamer, proves that they've still got the alt-dance market cornered. -- By Sarah Madges
Lindsey Stirling Webster Hall Saturday, 7:30pm, $22 What Warren Ellis and C. Spencer Yeh represent for experimental rock and Miri Ben-Ari once aspired to be for hip-hop, violinist Lindsay Stirling stands on the precipice of becoming for brostep: a welcome injection of conservatory-chic humanity. Hers is an appeal that extends beyond a series of provocative YouTube videos. As her music proves, manic flurries of scissor-kicking bow slice make for a perfect compliment to sick-ass bass drops. Who knew that America's Got Talent would produce something this good? -- By Raymond Cummings
Screaming Females + Black Wine + Stormshadow + Home Blitz + Shellshag Music Hall of Williamsburg Saturday, 8pm, $13/$15 Founded in 2003, Don Giovanni is approaching a full decade of releasing the finest punk rock ever to emanate from the basements of New Brunswick, New Jersey. Best known as the home of guitar wiz Marissa Paternoster's Screaming Females, the label has grown to include New York City acts like Waxahatchee (which features P.S. Eliot's Katie Crutchfield), Hilly Eye (Titus Andronicus's former guitarist Amy Klein is a member), and anti-folk folk hero Jeffery Lewis, all of whom will play the first day of their sixth annual label showcase. Tonight, however, we get the Screaming Females headlining with openers Black Wine, Stormshadow, Home Blitz, and Shellshag, all playing, as the label's informal slogan goes, "local hits for the drunk-and-alone crowd." -- By Nick Murray
Stephanie Blythe Jazz At Lincoln Center, Allen Room, Time Warner Center Saturday, 8:30pm, $50-$150 If Kate Smith isn't here to sing from her own songbook, then it's unlikely you could find anyone better than this Met diva to do the honors. What? You don't know who Kate Smith was? She's only one of the most famous warblers of the 20th century's first two-thirds, the woman who put Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" on the map. Her signature sign-on was "Hello, everybody!" Will Blythe greet us with her signature sign on, "Hellow, everybody!," for "We'll Meet Again"? Either way, she'll certainly bring all the lusty cheer her predecessor once did. -- By David Finkle
Holopaw + Love As Laughter Knitting Factory Brooklyn Friday, 8pm, $10 With Academy Songs, Volume I, these Florida-born Modest Mouse acolytes go back to class to deliver a concept album that delves deep into the agony and ecstasy of adolescence within the cloistered campus of an all-boys prep school. Alienation, angst, and sexual repression run rampant, but Holopaw mines the type of indelibly etched melancholy that once drove the Smashing Pumpkins to cut to the core of the teen years. Now on their fourth album, the band has found a voice that speaks to millennials, but also has appeal for those of us who are old enough to remember the '90s -- By Aidan Levy
Rakim + Raekwon + 1Fifty1 Stage 48 Friday, 6pm, $38 Rakim is only two years older than Jay-Z yet from another era entirely, a time when raps could get you atop Mount Olympus but not seated next to Charlie Rose atop the Spotted Pig. Meanwhile, opener Raekwon's oeuvre left marks across the current rap diaspora, influencing Action Bronson and "new" New Yorkers as much as ascendant Atlantans like 2 Chainz. Still, the hyperbolic grotesquerie of today's cross-border drug trade renders his recent crime raps less compelling than his new, august love raps. -- By Rajiv Jaswa
The Residents Stage 48 Saturday, 6pm, $27 For Residents fans with an extra $100,000 (cash, not the candy bar), art-rock's most recognizable collective of haut-couture eyeballs are offering up a fridge-encased box set of rarities to celebrate their 40th anniversary. For the rest of us plebs, we get to see the group do what it does best for less than 1/1,000 of the box-set price. Expect a theatrical performance worthy of its midtown beyond-Broadway venue, one that draws from the group's 60-plus LPs of un-commercial slop-pop smears. -- By Kory Grow
Chris Potter Village Vanguard Friday through Sunday, 9 & 11pm, $25 The tenor saxophonist's study of Homer's Odyssey pays off with The Sirens, a new album on which Potter approaches archetypal themes, including romance and homecoming, with a storyteller's patience. Expect epic narratives (including Potter mentor Wayne Shorter's "Penelope") to unfold when the lyrical powerhouse sets sail with Larry Grenadier (bass), Eric Harland (drums), and Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson. -- By Richard Gehr
Yob+Hull+Bezoar Saint Vitus Sunday, 7:30, $15 Lude-loving hippies who played their Ozzy-era Sabbath LPs at a dragging 16 r.p.m. foreshadowed the slow, sludgy, helium-voiced tones of Yob. The effect is even grander live, when vocalist-guitarist-ringleader Mike Scheidt literally moves the air around concertgoers with the full force of his amplifier and endlessly elastic lungpower. It's hypnotic, harrowing and, thanks to the collateral eardrum damage that comes with it, impossible to forget. With Hull and Bezoar. -- By Kory Grow
Frankie Knuckles+Chris Love & AB Logic+Classic Cameo Gallery Friday, 11:59pm, $15/$20 Frankie Knuckles is a New York native, but he truly made his name in Chicago as a resident DJ at clubs like Warehouse and the Power Plant, playing the scuffed and soulful tunes which later served as a template for house music worldwide and earned Knuckles the sobriquet "Godfather of House Music." Now pushing 60, Knuckles shows no signs of slowing down: His remix of Hercules & Love Affair's "Blind" displays a poised efficiency with anthems. The old-guard house heads should be out full force for this intimate gig. -- By Aaron Gonsher
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