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The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 3/15/13

Coheed and Cambria take aim at Radio City Music Hall this Saturday night.
Coheed and Cambria take aim at Radio City Music Hall this Saturday night.

Here are the 10 best concerts to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.

Coheed and Cambria + Between the Buried and Me + Russian Circles Radio City Music Hall Saturday, 7pm, $35-$69.50 With seven concept albums that employ big riffs and frontman Claudio Sanchez's high register wail to chronicle a sci-fi epic adapted to comic book as The Amory Wars, Coheed is any emo geek's wet dream. Incorporating elements of Iron Maiden-type metal, Bad Brains-style punk, and Pink Floyd psychedelia, their songs, if a little heavy-handed, scramble today's standard pop-punk formula and inject new life into what some see as a stale genre. -- By Sarah Madges

Knife Party Pacha Friday, 10pm, $25 I'm gonna be real with you: I'm not the biggest fan of every artist Pacha books. Knife Party, though? The cat's meow. That song they did with Swedish House Mafia? I personally have a prior commitment and thus can't make it to the show, but if, no, when they play that, I'll still be dancing. -- By Richie Vincenzo

SF Jazz Collective Jazz Standard Friday - Sunday, 9pm & 10:30pm, $15 The West Coast octet is a talent-heavy bunch that stumps for the power of repertory while also planting a flag for originality. At home last fall, their romp through Corea's hefty book was engrossing enough to maker Easterners jealous. This tour's book stretches from "Space Circus" to "La Fiesta," so there should be plenty room to move, solo-wise. -- By Jim Macnie

DJ /rupture + Very Be Careful + Colin L. Orchestra Littlefield Saturday, 8:30pm, $10-$12 An East Los Angeles quintet led by charismatically debauched singer-accordionist Ricardo Guzman, VBC transforms Colombia and Venezuela's mesmerizing and funky cumbia, vallenato, and parranda grooves into an urgent and hypnotic urban sufferah's sound that grabs your ass and doesn't let go. DJ Rupture (Jace Clayton), who recently wrote finito to his brilliant WFMU radio show, hits three decks with sublime digicumbia and much else. -- By Richard Gehr

Excision + Paper Diamond + Vaski Best Buy Theater Sunday, 9pm, $28.50 But like, think about it: [Hits joint] Skrillex, Jonathan Davis, Excision, Paper Diamond... dubstep is metal. Like, the new nu-metal. Deep right? -- By Chuck Crunkington

 

Talib Kweli comes home to the Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday night.
Talib Kweli comes home to the Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday night.

Talib Kweli Brooklyn Bowl Sunday, 9pm, $15 Before going on tour, the Brooklyn-born rapper comes home for a two-night engagement to promote his forthcoming Prisoner of Conscious. Outside of Black Star, his groundbreaking duo with Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, Kweli has carved a niche for himself by blending socially conscious themes with a pop sensibility and cerebral rhymes, never losing sight of the genre's deep jazz lineage. The pulse of the synth-heavy Prisoner singles like "Upper Echelon" suggests that he remains in top form -- By Aidan Levy

'Strike!' Gleasons Gym Saturday, 8pm, $20 Talk about a ring cycle. The sweet science meets sweet sounds when the International Street Cannibals new music collective teams up with boxers from this fabled Dumbo gym. Short sets of three-minute contemporary and vintage chamber pieces by composers such as Dan "Wotan" Barrett, Gene Pritsker, and Paul Hindemith alternate with three-round boxing matches as the audience wanders from ring to ring. Megan Sipe choreographs the brutal results. -- By Richard Gehr

James Falzone's Klang Ibeam Friday & Saturday, 8:30pm, $10 There was something eerie about the clarinetist's music on last year's Brooklyn Lines...Chicago Spaces, and it wasn't just because vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz lets his instrument's peels linger in the air ominously. Falzone has a knack for offering spooky textures while still letting you feel the physical nature of his music. It's going to be truly impressive in this intimate Gowanus space. -- By Jim Macnie

Brutal Truth + Total Fucking Destruction + Psychic Limb Saint Vitus Saturday, 8pm, $10 The seething, staticky bass, the rattling Morse code drumming, the wounded-wildebeest snarling--the sound of grindcore mainstays Brutal Truth is the sound of Armageddon. Even though two decades have passed since they formed in the din of the Lower East Side, the quartet still manages to expectorate a gloriously abrasive racket that owes an equal debt to Slayer and the squeal of a garbage truck stopping short. Moreover, they smile while doing so. -- By Kory Grow

Mavado Amazura Concert Hall Friday, 10pm, $35/$40 New Yorkers might recognize Mavado's throat-achy posturing from 2009's "So Special"--think Flatbush dollar vans whizzing past and discount fashion chain soundtracks (Rainbow, 4eva. Amirite, ladies?). Dancehall heads, however, have swooned for his slick style and gully rhymes since 2005. Signed to DJ Khaled's We the Best, last year's "Suicidal Thoughts" was his darkly mature debut on the label, suggesting the potential of Gulf Coast/Caribbean cross-pollination. Sup, Maybach Music Jamaica? -- By Alexis Stephens

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