The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 5/3/13
RiRi and A$AP play Barclays this weekend
Each of these 10 shows shine bright ... like a diamond ... in the sky.
Rihanna + A$AP Rocky Barclays Center Saturday & Sunday, 8pm, $39.50-$150 Seventeen when she released "Pon de Replay," 19 for "Umbrella," Rihanna accomplished more in her first two decades than many do in a lifetime. Now 25, the Barbados-born pop star is touring the world in support of "Diamonds," the ethereal lead single that spent three weeks at No. 1 on the charts, "Pour It Up," the Mike Will-produced banger that's currently No. 1 in the clubs, and Unapolgetic, the diverse, complicated, uncompromising album that might be her best ever. She's maturing in front of our eyes, but not in the way that anyone had expected. Catch her tonight with Harlem's own A$AP Rocky. -- By Nick Murray [UPDATE: Rihanna's Barclays show has been pushed back to Tuesday due to game seven between the Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls.]
Brooklyn Flea Record Fair Williamsburg Waterfront Saturday, 11am, free In what is becoming a nice complement to Record Store Day at the city's music shops each April, the semiannual Brooklyn Flea Record Fair returns today with a diverse array of vendors and exclusive releases for music obsessives. Labels like Fatcat and Warp sell rare items, like a cassette from indie rockers Paws that isn't available in stores, and "super limited box sets" from Aphex Twin, Brian Eno, Autechre, and more. The fair also hosts booths run by collectors, local stores like Other Music, and nearly 30 indie record labels including DFA and Merge, as well as a soundtrack provided by guest DJs like James Pants and Veronica Vasicka of Minimal Wave. -- By Kory Grow
Michael Musto's '70's Disco Extravaganza 54 Below Saturday, 11am, $20 After the huge success of Michael Musto's '70s Disco Extravaganza in the basement of Studio 54 a few months ago, we knew no one would let him get away without an encore performance. And sure enough, he's back tonight with fabulous sidekicks Snooky and Tish and the groovy sounds of the Elektrik Company. Special guests include Sarah Dash of '70s girl group Labelle performing their hit tune, "Lady Marmalade," with Tony nominee Orfeh and gorgeous Joey Arias. -- By Angela Ashman
Kronos Quartet Carnegie Hall Friday, 9pm, $54-$64 For the past four decades, San Francisco's Kronos Quartet has highlighted works by contemporary classical composers. Tonight, as part of Carnegie Hall's My Time, My Music program, it's performing the world premiere of You Know Me From Here, a piece by Brooklyn composer Missy Mazzoli, who has been creating lush, dramatic, and vibrant works for the past decade or so. The evening will also contain the New York premieres of Ukrainian composer Silvestrov's "String Quartet No. 3" and Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov's Babylon, Our Own, as well as a performance of rock experimenter Laurie Anderson's "Flow." -- By Kory Grow
Krishna Bhatt & Anindo Chatterjee Peter Norton Symphony Space Sunday, 7pm, $30 A longtime student of the late Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akhbar Khan, sitarist Krishna Bhatt is a brilliant virtuoso of Hindustani music who blends the gayaki (vocal) and tantrakari (instrumental) styles. He has also appeared on crossover albums with saxophonist George Brooks and keyboardist-composer Terry Riley. Anindo Chatterjee is equally renowned for his impeccable tabla technique. Expect extreme raga conditions. -- By Richard Gehr
Catch the lovely talent of Sonia M'barek in action on Friday night
Sonia M'barek French Institute Alliance Francaise Friday, 8pm, $35 This magnificent Tunisian singer performs the Tunisian court music known as mulaf, Arabic classical music, and songs based on the poetry of Tunisia's Aboulkacem Chebbi, Spain's Gabriel Garcia Lorca, Turkey's Nâzim Hikmet, and France's Jacques Prévert. Philadelphia's Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture ensemble will accompany M'barek, whose appearance kicks off the French Institute Alliance Française's World Nomads Tunisia festival. -- By Richard Gehr
'The Bunker' Public Assembly Saturday, 10pm, $20 Amid the avalanche of shows brought by Red Bull Music Academy and their generous tentacles of corporate sponsorship, the Bunker stands out for programming a night that traverses the electronic music spectrum from severe to whimsical. Andy Stott and Objekt handle the dark stuff without surrendering to austerity, with desiccated soundscapes and whiplash sub-bass. Meanwhile, the durable German producer Atom TM will highlight cuts from his newest album HD, a record as luminous and immersive as the title suggests. -- By Aaron Gonsher
Barbara Cook 54 Below Friday & Saturday, 8:30pm, $65-$75 Her voice may be a darkened silver now that she's comfortably in her eighties, but her acting chops haven't faltered: If anything, Cook is better than ever. Having lost her last home, Feinstein's at Loews Regency, she brings one of Broadway's brightest resumés to the room tagged "Broadway's Nightclub," though expect her to sing tunes that have reached far beyond New Yorks' most famous street. -- By David Finkle
Afuken + Modesty TBA Brooklyn Saturday, 10pm, $10/$20 Brooklyn positioned themselves as jokesters from the outset, with a venue name that comments directly on independent electronic promoters' tendency to withhold venue information until the day of show. TBA, meanwhile, remains on an burgeoning stretch of Wythe Avenue, and despite the confusion the name might cause, they've been booking top-tier talent. Montreal's Akufen is no different. A pioneer of the short-lived blog boon "microhouse," Marc Leclair has a knack for recycling, slicing and welding an inordinate amount of disparate sample sources to form a surprisingly danceable whole. -- By Aaron Gonsher
'Que Bajo?!' w/ Uproot Andy + Geko Jones + Niña Dioz + Los Master Plus Le Poisson Rouge Saturday, 11pm, $10 On Saturday, our friends at Mex in the City along with DJs Uproot Andy and Geko Jones of Que Bajo? present the Cinco de Gallo party with Chingo Bling and Sonora. Bring good dancing shoes!
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