The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 2/22/13


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

Naughty By Nature + Master Shortie
Gramercy Theatre
Sunday, 8pm, $20
If you’re down with O.P.P., N.B.N., E.N.R. (umm, early ’90s rap?), or any combination thereof, get thee to Gramercy Theatre.

Maroon 5 + Neon Trees + Owl City
Izod Center (New Jersey)
Saturday, 8pm, $26-$121.50
Adam Levine may have been in the city not too long ago as the host of a hilarious episode of SNL, but now he’s back with his band and ready to show you those “Moves Like Jagger” for “One More Night.” Neon Trees and Owl City join in on what’s sure to be a fun evening. — By Brittany Spanos

‘The Prince and Michael Jackson Experiment’ w/ DJ Dave Paul
Highline Ballroom
Friday, 10:30pm, $15/$20
It’s the sort of debate that could spawn many a blog post or barroom argument: Who was better, the King of Pop or the Purple One? The man in the mirror or the man on that incredible purple speed bike? Yes, MJ or Prince? As it turns out, tonight at Highline Ballroom you don’t have to choose. Beginning at 10:30, The Prince and Michael Experience brings you a night of the best–as the flyer puts it–“album cuts, remixes, rare tracks, and hits” from both legends. In the words of one, let the madness in the music get to you. In the words of the other, it’s all about being there. — By Nick Murray

Joe Lovano Us Five
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Friday & Saturday, 8pm, $55
These days the balance between in and out is exemplified by the master saxophonist, and this particular band of his, a duel-drummer quintet that isn’t happy unless some sort of zig-zag is taking place. Rhythms shift, horns are switched, expressionistic levels are constantly recalibrated. Swing and groove are always in the air, unless they duck outside for a smoke. Best of all, Lovano’s earthy bluster is right up front, leading the charge and putting a solid vision in place. He knows where he’s going, even when he doesn’t. — By Jim Macnie

Enslaved + Pallbearer + Ancient VVisdom
Bowery Ballroom
Friday, 8pm, $20
Despite its unimaginative title, the Winter Rite tour features a handful of metal groups who are still riding strong waves left from the impact of the mystic, hypnotic albums they put out last year. Norway’s Enslaved remain black metal’s most daring band, and their latest, RIITIIR, finds them blending King Crimson regalness with their signature ferocity. Arkansan doomsters Pallbearer exude heavy mist and murk, and their LP Sorrow and Extinction became the first doom-metal debut that mainstream music critics have parsed en masse since…Black Sabbath? And the female-fronted Atlanta group Royal Thunder have been getting due credit for their Zeppelin-via-Joplin witches brew since the release of their first full-length CVIM.By Kory Grow

Beach Fossils
Bowery Ballroom
Saturday, 9pm, $12/$14
Although by no means predictable, Beach Fossils offer exactly the kind of breezy lo-fi sound that their summery, somewhat mysterious name suggests. Formed in Brooklyn in 2009, the band started as Dustin Payseur’s solo recording project but subsequently cycled through a scattered line-up as they fine-tuned their carefree sound. Now touring in support of their second full-length album, Clash the Truth, expect a night of improv jazz-inspired jams with wistful choruses drifting along hooky guitar riffs. — By Sarah Madges

Laurel Halo + Julia Holter + Daniel Wohl
Merkin Concert Hall
Saturday, 7:30pm, $25
The Ecstatic Music Festival brings together Pitchfork-adored experimental singers Laurel Halo and Julia Holter for a collaboration with Parisian electronic composer Daniel Wohl, one that will feature both compositions commissioned for the occasion and new arrangements of the individuals older songs. Synth-pop, mewling vocals, and more typical indie abstractions collide in this high-minded classical context. — By Aaron Gonsher

Lady Starlight + The Dirty Pearls
The Gramercy Theatre
Saturday, 11pm, $15
Tend to your wounds and tears over Gaga cancelling her upcoming tour dates by seeing her BFF and opener Lady Starlight bring her already NYC-based heavy metal DJ act to Gramercy Theatre this weekend. — By Brittany Spanos

‘The Bunker’ w/ Speedy J + Peter Van Hoesen + Mike Servito
Friday, 10pm, $20/$30
Earlier in 2013, the Bunker celebrated 10 years of the uncompromising bookings that have brought hordes of serious techno heads to their home base of Public Assembly. This date marks the first Bunker appearance at nearby Output, with headlining sets from Belgian techno auteur Peter van Hoesen and Dutch minimal icon Speedy J ready to break in the gleaming Funktion One sound system with oppressive, fiery beats. — By Aaron Gonsher

Imagine Dragons + Atlas Genius + The Royal Concept
Roseland Ballroom
Saturday, 8pm, $27-$35
After being used very prominently in the trailer for the film based off the cult-favorite book The Perks of Being a Wallflower, “It’s Time” became an unforgettable stomper of a hit in no time at all. It’d be a shame to miss this anthemic indie act as they bring their infectious flavor from Nevada to New York City this weekend. — By Brittany Spanos

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