BLOOD, SWEAT, AND CHEERS
Forward-thinking metalheads return just for the hell of it
Known for sweaty concerts, warp-speed tempos, and overdriven volumes, Converge has been peddling its mix of thrash metal, hardcore punk, and noise rock for close to two decades. In that time, the Boston-based quartet have found themselves the elder statesmen of a dying scene more than once, but, determined to do things on their own terms, they've never forsworn any of their ferocity or indie dogma along the way. Despite the fact that they haven't released anything new since 2006's No Heroes, the DIY stalwarts—who continue to inspire countless feedback mongers and (incoherent) basement-concert poets—are now back on tour, apparently just for the hell of it. With metalcore flag wavers Red Chord, sludgy alt-metalers Baroness, and electro-grindcore spazzes Genghis Tron. At 6, Blender Theater at the Gramercy, 127 East 23rd Street, ticketmaster.com, $16 KORY GROW
Petronio pulls you into his fabulous madness
Choreographer Stephen Petronio is like the punk kid in high school that everyone wants to hang out with. The innovator is eternally edgy, has a thing for fashion, loves pop culture and rock music, and has built a dance career around pushing boundaries (and his dancers). His powerful company's return to the Joyce is destined to come with so much extra flavor and style, they'll stick to you long after you've left the theater. The Story of a Girl in a World is a collection of five vignettes examining blurred "gender constructs" and paying homage to Warhol Superstar Candy Darling and a handful of female performance artists and burlesque performers, while Beauty and the Brut—set to the music of Fischerspooner—tells the revealing story of how opposites attract. Prepare to toss convention. At 7:30, through April 6, the Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, 212-242-0800, joyce.org, $25–$40 KEISHA FRANKLIN
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