The Five Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 1/4/13


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

Steel Train
Bowery Ballroom
Saturday, 9pm, $20
Things have been cooling off for Steel Train for the past year as lead singer Jack Antonoff has seen his other band, fun., blow up. After little news since their most recent show, which occurred in 2011, the band will host a final hurrah for fans who deserve “a lot more than silence,” as Antonoff stated on a blog post in November that announced the show. This gig most definitely calls for an extra poignant sing-a-long to “Bullet” and for loyal listeners to “swear [they’ll] never let go.” — By Brittany Spanos

New Zion Trio
Downstairs at Cornelia Street Cafe
Sunday, 8:30pm, $10
The way Jamie Saft funnels his piano visions through a dub filter is one of the most arresting variations on the trad trio sound that has come along in ages. Imagine Ahmad Jamal genuflecting to Haile Selassie while receiving whispered advice from local rabbi Scratch Perry and you’ve got an inkling where this interplay-addicted outfit and its hypnotic riddims are headed on any given night. — By Jim Macnie

Banda Sinaloense de los Muertos
Saturday, 10pm, $10
You’ll find several of the city’s edgier slipstream jazzers–saxophonist Oscar Noriega, trombonist Curtis Hasselbring, and drummer Jim Black–in founding trombonist Jacob Garchik’s loud and unabashedly sentimental dozen-piece group devoted to the heavy-metal, brass-driven banda sound. Self-described as NYC’s “best (and only) Mexican banda,” Los Muertos draw much of their joyously weepy repertoire from Banda el Recodo, which gave contemporary Mexican music a kick in the brass during the ’40s. — By Richard Gehr

Teddy Geiger + Ryan Cabrera + Tyler Hilton
The Gramercy Theatre
Friday, 6:30pm, $33
Geiger, Cabrera and Hilton were each other’s competition in the early millennium for being pegged as the newest ‘it’ boy in the singer-songwriter genre. After, and even during, the height of their respective successes, these boys have pursued acting and reality television with music sometimes taking a backseat. About seven years after they each rose into prominence, these cute boys with guitars are back to their roots and making everyone swoon again in concert with their lovesick lyrics and dreamy voices. — By Brittany Spanos

‘The Freedom Party’ w/ DJ Herbert Holler + DJ Cosi
Le Poisson Rouge
Friday, 11pm, $15/$20
Marc Smooth, Cosi, and Herbert Holler play a mix of soul, funk, hip-hop, New Jack Swing, r&b, and all things smooth to a wonderfully diverse crowd of dancers. What used to be a strictly “grown” event has slowly become home to scenesters on their night off from Williamsburg as well. (Or, as the hosts themselves put it, “real music for real people”.)

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