The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 2/15/13


Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this weekend, in no particular order.

Yo La Tengo
Town Hall
Saturday, 8pm, $25-$35
Persistence and longevity are among Yo La Tengo’s most admirable virtues. Though the intensity and explosiveness of the Hoboken, New Jersey trio’s output has ebbed and flowed since a late 1990s heyday they’ve never quite recreated, every post-I Can Feel The Heart Beating As One album boasts a delirium gopher hole or feedback nebula worth returning to. Fans bumming over the last couple will find much to like in the forthcoming Fade, where Ira, Georgia, and James somehow juggle the eternal and the succinct. — By Raymond Cummings

Joy Orbison + Boddika
Secret Location
Friday, 10pm, free
In their own swampy productions and the limited output of their respective labels, Boddika and Joy Orbison flex through both clangorous polyrhythmic workouts and poppier vocal hooks while appealing to crowds usually split in their favor for one or the other. This night serves as the album release party for Think and Change, the forthcoming compilation from Boddika’s Nonplus label that includes tracks from the likes of Four Tet, Scuba, and Joy O’s smirking yet accurate “Big Room Tech-House DJ Tool – Tip!” To receive an email with the location, RSVP to — By Aaron Gonsher

M.O.P. + Smif-N-Wessun + Ka
Highline Ballroom
Sunday, 8pm, $19.50-$23
Today, the term “posse” describes even bloated legations of out-for-dolo Diplomats who reworked communal call-and-response routines into solipsistic conversations with soul samples. Brownsville’s Smif-n-Wessun and Mash Out Posse, on the other hand, recall posses predating rap, bands of would-be outlaws coming into tight concert amidst civil unrest (see 1970 Trash Riots). Fully repping a neighborhood fraught with dispossession–both material (see M.O.P’s “Ante Up”) and spatial (see NYCHA trespassing policies)–this concert, with resurfaced initiate Ka, suggests the cipher will be unbroken. — By Rajiv Jaswa

Dianne Reeves
Carnegie Hall
Saturday, 7:30pm, $15-$75
Many might still know her as the jazz singer in Good Night, and Good Luck, but beyond having been a bulwark against McCarthyism and other repressive mindsets, for the past 35 years, Dianne Reeves has served as an unofficial ambassador between jazz, r&b, blues, and soul. In many ways heir to the mantle of Ella Fitzgerald, Reeves has inspired a generation of powerful female voices, among them Esperanza Spalding, First Daughter of Soul Lalah Hathaway, and Terri Lyne Carrington, who will all be joining her at Carnegie Hall. Fusion pioneer George Duke rounds out the group on keyboard. — By Aidan Levy

DVS1 + Anthony Parasole
Saturday, 10pm, $20
At Output, the new Williamsburg nightclub from the owners of Cielo, even the light fixtures have German written on them. Though such attempts to emulate the darkened hedonism of Berlin’s nightlife don’t move past mimicry, there’s no denying the two-room venue, powered by a powerful Funktion One sound system and bookings that don’t shy from abrasion and austerity, has the opportunity to be a game-changer for electronic music in New York. The trend continues on this night, featuring omnipresent New Yorker Anthony Parasole with sounds from his Deconstruct label and the frantic air-raid techno threats of Minnesota native DVS1. — By Aaron Gonsher

Selena Tribute Night
Saturday, 10pm, $5
It’s been 17 years since the Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was gunned down by the former president of her fan club, whom she had fired for embezzling money. Still mourned by her fans, the beautiful and talented performer lives on in song and spirit at tonight’s Selena Tribute Night at Fontana’s, where DJ Marcelo C. (of Nacotheque) celebrates her sound with his eclectic mash-up of electronica dance music. For those who never experienced the bootylicious singer in the flesh, the party also features a Selena impersonator. (Eat your heart out, J.Lo!) — By Araceli Cruz

Arlene’s Grocery
Friday, 7pm, $10
Composed of three siblings–Dan, Pat, and Tom Murphy–from, aptly, the City of Brotherly Love, Penrose vacillates between stomping garage rock and downright dark blues. With impossibly catchy riffs that sprawl headfirst into sludgy breakdowns, their music is at once accessible and mystifying–think the Black Keys meets Nick Cave. Catch their album release party at Arlene’s Grocery to see what two years of touring and writing engendered. — By Sarah Madges

Endangered Blood
Downstairs at Cornelia Street Cafe
Saturday, 9pm & 10:30pm, $10
Camaraderie and cleverness entwine to make the Brooklyn foursome’s reeds-fronted wiggle-waggle something quite vivid. Whether it’s percussionist Jim Black’s propulsive clatter or straw boss tenor player Chris Speed’s graceful lurching at the fore, the coordination is powerful. Some might call this edition Endangered Bloodcount–with the addition of bottom man Mike Formanek, this is three-quarters of Tim Berne’s famed 90s outfit. — By Jim Macnie

‘The ’70s Soul Jam’
Beacon Theatre
Saturday, 3pm & 8pm, $49.50-$79.50
A revue of some of the greatest soul hit-makers of the Me Decade will perform their works tonight at the Beacon’s ’70s Soul Jam Valentine’s Concert. Performers include the Stylistics (“Betcha by Golly, Wow,” “Break Up to Make Up”), the Emotions (“Best of My Love”), Chi-Lites (“Have You Seen Her,” “Oh Girl”), the Manhattans (“Kiss and Say Goodbye”), Blue Magic (“Sideshow”), and Cuba Gooding, Sr. of the Main Ingredient (“Everybody Plays the Fool,” Cuba Gooding, Jr.). — By Kory Grow

Jack DeJohnette
ShapeShifter Lab
Saturday, 8pm & 9:30pm, $25
The master drummer’s arrival in Gowanus is sure to shake up a few minds, and it’s been a while since he was in the middle of saxophone trio (all hail Dave Holland’s Triplicate). He’s an expert at everything from rumbles to flutters, and the amount of artistic energy that ripples from his bandstands takes a sec to digest. Teamed with bassist Matt Garrison and horn player Ravi Coltrane, there’ll be sparks for sure. And if they truly catch the magic, it might just tilt towards majesty. — By Jim Macnie

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