The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 11/23/12


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

‘Offline’ w/ Q-Tip
Irving Plaza
Friday, 11:00pm, $20
Q-Tip has been named one of the best MCs and lyricists in music, and not many people are debating those titles. From his work with A Tribe Called Quest to guest spots on tracks by the Beastie Boys, Chemical Brothers, and Kanye West, the rapper has established himself as a versatile and intelligent artist whose old school twist on the new school game has kept him as cutting edge as he is legendary. — By Brittany Spanos

R. Kelly + Tamia
Theater at Madison Square Garden
Friday, 7:30pm, $49.50-$125
Last time Kells came to town, he celebrated the release of Love Letter by reading one his mother had written to him before she died. Tonight, he’s here for the sequel Write Me Back, but as the holidays approach, don’t feel shy in requesting “Love Letter Christmas,” one of the highlights from that previous LP. Just let him play “Feelin’ Single” first.

Taking Back Sunday + Bayside + The Menzingers
Terminal 5
Friday & Saturday, 8pm, $25
It’s 2002 all over again with Taking Back Sunday’s latest tour, which features a nostalgic rehashing of their debut album Tell All Your Friends being played in its entirety. Relive the moment when song titles were full sentences (see: “There’s No ‘I’ in Team”) and pop punk reigned supreme with this exciting live band as they celebrate the 10th anniversary of the album that made them kings. — By Brittany Spanos

Suffocation + Car Bomb + Mutant Supremacy + Trenchgrinder
Saint Vitus Bar
Sunday, 8pm, $20
In death metal, band members come and go, a fact the metal press relies on a little too heavily for story angles, and Long Island’s long-running Suffocation is no exception. But when rumors arose earlier this year that the group’s gun-loving, pitbull-throated frontman Frank Mullen might be souring on the death life on the verge of the band’s 25th anniversary, he was quick to nip that one in the bud and say he’s staying. Despite its name, death metal will never die. With Car Bomb, Mutant Supremacy and Trenchgrinder. — By Kory Grow 

Faith Evans + Tank
Beacon Theatre
Saturday, 8pm, $61.50-$91.50
There’s a reason why Faith Evans was named an R&B Diva by the recent TV One series. Her soulful, sultry rasp caught the attention of the artist formerly known as Puff Daddy in the mid-90s, and we haven’t been able to let go of her since. On the heels of a release by the ladies of R&B Divas in honor of the late Whitney Houston, the singer is giving soul fans a little more faith. — By Brittany Spanos

Hoodie Allen
Irving Plaza
Saturday, 6pm, $23
For the past few years, 23-year-old Steve Markowitz, otherwise known as Hoodie Allen (photo above), has become the rap game’s most unexpected rising star. With a strong internet following, deliciously catchy hooks, and the slick feel of his pop rap brand, his name will most certainly be on the tips of every Top 40 fan’s lips. Catch this All American boy in action and find out why everyone is running to join the Hoodie Mob. — By Brittany Spanos

Maria Schneider Orchestra

Jazz Standard

Ends Sunday, 7:30pm & 9:30pm, $35
The visionary bandleader-composer arrives for her group’s annual Thanksgiving run here having recently recorded her fan-funded “Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories” with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and soprano Dawn Upshaw. Schneider specializes in buoyant big-band music with classical aspirations, and she’s ably aided and abetted by the likes of Frank Kimbrough (piano), Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), and Ron Oswanski (accordion). — By Richard Gehr 

Sandy Steward & Bill Charlap
Feinstein’s at Loew’s Regency
Friday & Saturday, 8pm & 10:30pm, $40-$60
Cabaret’s best (and only?) son-mother act clock in for their annual stay. She sings the standards with not a single trick up her sleeve, and he accompanies her with utmost taste. That’s until she lets him go to town, which he does covering all possible jazz boroughs. Hear for yourself, and leave knowing you couldn’t have asked for anything more in this Great American Songbook vein. — By David Finkle

Sebastian Bach + Sweet Fix
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Saturday, 7pm, $32.50/$37
With Skid Row, Broadway, that weird VH1 show Supergroup, and a stint as a country singer behind him, Sebastian Bach has been making the most of his solo career — with the most recent release being 2011’s Kicking & Screaming, which featured Bach in the midst of some wickedly metal scenery on the album’s cover art. It’s never a bad idea to catch the rock ‘n’ roll Renaissance man belt out his signature wail all while admiring his luscious head of hair. — By Brittany Spanos

Henry Threadgill + ZOOID

Roulette Brooklyn

Friday, 8pm, $25
The constantly surprising, boundary-eluding composer and instrumentalist (flutes and alto sax) augments his regular quartet ZOOID–Liberty Ellman (acoustic guitar), Jose Davila (trombone and tuba), Elliot Humberto Kavee (drums), and Zachary Lober (bass)–with a four-piece horn section for the world premiere of the promisingly titled “Dimples.” Expect beautifully idiosyncratic sounds hinting at steadfast forms while elusively melting into a never-ending moment. — By Richard Gehr

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