The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 1/11/13


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

Purity Ring + Young Magic
Webster Hall
Friday & Saturday, 7pm, $20
“Future pop” duo Purity Ring bring a Southern hip-hop backbone to their otherwise ethereal instrumentals. Although they’ve only been active for about a year, they’ve already made quite a stir thanks to Megan James’s chilling vocals and Corin Roddick’s juxtaposing electro-symphonies that take synth-pop to a place far beyond the simple beat and hook. — By Sarah Madges

Winter Jazzfest
Multiple Venues (call for schedule and venue information)
Friday, 8pm, $35 single-day pass, $45 two-day pass
New York is a place where everyone crams everything in, and for the past several years, the Winter Jazzfest has been one of the most stuffed situations around. With more than 70 acts taking over a scad of Village venues for two nights, the Bleecker Street stomping ground (largely between Sullivan and LaGuardia) becomes a temporary beehive of musicians and fans pinging from one show to another–a dizzying effect is inherent to the program’s design, and if it errs, it’s on the side of excitement. This time around, an intergenerational who’s who marks the action. Meaning Lee Konitz, Andrew Cyrille, and Monty Alexander share nightly bills with Brandon Seabrook, Logan Richardson, and Yosvany Terry. All are enticing. The year 2013 turns out to be a supersize annum as well: Two new venues add to the hubbub down toward Bowery. Don’t be shy to amble: Between the Fringe, Kneebody, Michael Formanek, and Mario Pavone, there are plenty of reasons to stroll the new wing. Friday and Saturday, go to for complete information on venues and schedule. Website.By Jim Macnie

Brooklyn Bowl
Sunday, 9pm, free w/ RSVP/$7
Diiv might have released their debut, Oshin (pronounced “ocean”), two years after Williamsburg beach pop reached its sunburned peak, but the record deserves mention alongside that summer’s best. Today, the band warms January with a pair of Brooklyn Bowl shows: First, in the afternoon, they kick off the venue’s Kidrockers series, performing their sounds in a way that is, says the press release, “both authentic and kid-friendly,” before returning at 9 to play for another set for the borough’s many kids at heart. It’s not Rockaway Beach, but it’s the closest thing you’ll get until June. — By Nick Murray

Donald Harrison, Ron Carter, & Billy Cobham
Blue Note
Friday, 8pm, $20-$35
Since their 2004 debut, this trio has refined their ever-shifting sense of balance to blend frenzied moments and well-plotted flourishes with some of the most muscular lyricism around. The saxophonist flutters, the bassist strolls, and the drummer pressurizes everything–even the ballads. — By Jim Macnie

‘Grimey’ w/ DJ Sliink + Dirty South Joe + Gladiator
The Gramercy Theatre
Saturday, 11:30pm, $15
When artists like T.I. and Young Jeezy introduced the term “trap music” into the American pop lexicon in the early aughts, it stood less for a genre than a place: In Atlanta slang, trap referred to drug houses, and trap music referred to the type of rap that referred to or was played in such spots. Gentrification moves quickly, though, and 2012 saw a new generation of MacBook-equipped dance producers using the term to signify their own techo-synths-plus-rap-snares beats, a movement that reaches its only possible conclusion tonight with the event that has been dubbed Gramercy’s First Trap Party. Fortunately for you, tonight’s DJs–New Jersey rising star DJ Sliink and Mad Decent veteran Dirty South Joe–both rise above the hype. — By Nick Murray

Morrissey + Kristeen Young
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Friday, 8pm, $49.50
Although Moz’s performances at Terminal 5 and Radio City Music Hall last October seemed like the former (and never again) Smith’s only New York appearance for a while, his need to reschedule several canceled dates has prompted the pop baritone to return, this time in BAM’s tony opera-house setting. As with last year’s shows, he’ll be traversing his entire catalog alongside a few new tracks–since he’s waiting for the right label offer to put out a new album–and since he once waited seven years to release an album, it might be worth catching him while you can. — By Kory Grow

Kurt Elling
Friday, 8:30pm & 11pm, $40
Jazz’s leading male singer has theatricality in his vocal arsenal, but he seldom abuses it; his casual delivery helps him quickly befriend an audience. Both skills are in play on his latest disc, a nod to the Brill Building’s irrefutable art and extended aura. From Carole King to Burt Bacharach, he puts a personalized spin on some classics, testing the waters with phrasing, tempo, and harmony updates. He doesn’t touch “Shopping For Clothes,” though–best not to mess with royalty. — By Jim Macnie

‘Globalfest 2013’
Webster Hall
Sunday, 6pm, $40
The world’s most compact festival of international music earned a stage at Bonnaroo last summer. But Globalfest is best enjoyed on its midwinter home turf, where a dozen acts will perform on three stages for an audience heavy on members of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. Highlights include Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits, second-generation neotraditionalist Angelenos La Santa Cecilia, the formidable Stooges Brass Band from New Orleans, and Gypsy guitarist Stephane Wrembel. Francophiles won’t want to miss Lo’jo, a beguiling Paris group with North African inclinations, and the latest fine Wassoulou singer, Fatoumata Diawara. As for intriguing outliers, it’ll be tough to top Native Canadian DJ crew A Tribe Called Red or the theatrically inclined Chicago “circus-punk marching band” Mucca Pazza. — By Richard Gehr

Mike Hucaby + Jay Simon + Free Magic + Faso
The Glasslands Gallery
Saturday, 11:30pm, $10
Born and raised in Detroit yet establishing a career-spanning relationship with the iconic German club Tresor, Mike Huckaby exemplifies the cross-pollination between Detroit and Berlin sounds fetishized by so many electronic music heads. Huckaby is renowned for his continuing music education efforts in Detroit at the city’s YouthVille center, but for this Discovery party he’ll DJ with the blend of sounds with which he has established his excellence and flexibility, artfully melding disparate strains of deep house and thick techno. — By Aaron Gonsher

WFMU Record Fair
The Bell House
Sunday, 11am & 7pm, $10 for record fair, $20 for concert
As you might have heard, WFMU has been struggling ever since Hurricane Sandy forced the radio station to cancel its annual fundraising record fair and caused major electrical damage to their equipment. Today, show your support by heading to the Bell House for a day of shopping and music. First, a somewhat smaller version of the WFMU record fair will be happening from 11 to 5. Then, the club will close and reopen for a concert with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the Relatives, Dot Wiggin Band, Arrington di Dionyso, and DJ Jonathan Toubin. — By Angela Ashman

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