The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 12/20/13


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Friday, 12/20:

The Breeders
Webster Hall
7:00 p.m., $30
On a particularly punky number of the Breeders’ 1993 indie-rock touchstone Last Splash, frontwoman Kim Deal sings, “I am the new year/I am the way home.” Tonight, those proclamations ring especially true, since 2013 might well be her busiest year ever. Her journey began in Brooklyn in January, when she and the reunited Last Splash lineup played that album in its entirety — a feat they’ll repeat tonight, in addition to performing their 1990 debut, Pod. Over the summer, the members of Deal’s other band, the Pixies — with whom she’d reunited in 2004 — announced she’d split off from the group, and in the meantime, she’s just kept touring with the Breeders. But since all things Deal has started up again must end, these two Webster Hall dates herald some of the final times the Breeders will play Last Splash in full. With Speedy Ortiz. — By Kory Grow

Brand New
The Paramount
8:00 p.m., $35-$42
This Long Island punk rock quartet took the early aughts by storm with their debut album, Your Favorite Weapon. The follow-up, Deja Entendu was so successful that it earned them a spot on Interscope’s roster. Cut to 2013 and the group have gone two years without a new record, but they’ve been teasing new material and with the recent resurgence of pop-punk, it looks like 2014 is the perfect year for their comeback. Expect plenty of emotion shouted through waves of guitar and insistent drums. — By Caitlin White

Young Male + Galcher Lustwerk
10:00 p.m., $15/$20
White Material has the tagline “Working Man’s Techno,” but the nascent Berlin-via-Brooklyn label certainly isn’t struggling against the man. Despite having just four releases, White Material is experiencing a serious hype cycle from critics and voracious consumers that have driven prices of their caustic and compact records to more than $100 on Discogs (but no worries if you’re a skint, as all four will be repressed in 2014 on Honest Jons). The label braintrust of Young Male and Galcher Lustwerk, two graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, will play live and DJ at Mutual Dreaming, pushing their serrated and pummeling sound of the moment. — By Aaron Gonsher

Vito & Druzzi + James Friedman + Midnight Magic
The Glasslands Gallery
11:30 p.m., $12/$15
Even though the members of Brooklyn synth-pop duo Light Asylum came together only a couple of years ago, their oeuvre sounds as though it dates back a quarter of a century. Steeped in new old-stock reverb somebody with a Flock of Seagulls haircut likely stockpiled in a closet, the group’s music bears all the hallmarks of gothy, dramatic ’80s new wave: fuzzy synths, stabbing snare drums, and mostly monotonous, British-ish accented vocals — not to overlook beautifully nonsensical lyrics like “we’re haunting the haunting.” Sometimes they give it a positive spin, but most often their music exists in a murky twilight zone all their own. Tonight, the pair play their final New York show of the year, but they’ll be partying like it’s 19 . . . oh, you know. With Visuals and Agressiva. — By Kory Grow

Dillon Francis
Terminal 5
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 p.m., $30/$35
In the recent wave of electronic mega-acts, Dillon Francis has ascended to elusive heights. At only 25, he’s become one of the foremost electronic producers on the current scene, specializing in Moombahton and Moombahcore, fusing house music production with reggaeton drums and tempos. Expect plenty of crazed fans, a lot of pulsing rhythms and hints of reggae that give his particular style an edge over his peers. — By Caitlin White

Saturday, 12/21:

Thievery Corporation
Webster Hall
7:00 p.m., $49.50
Exotic elements blended into loping electronic music has been Thievery Corporation’s trademark for the past fifteen years. Their 2011 album Culture of Fear actually reigned in those sprawling tendencies somewhat, but they’re up to their old tricks with their latest release, a set of remixes of 2008’s “Vampires,” which features both Afrobeat torchbearer Femi Kuti and lyrics pulsing with scathing indictments of the global finance industry. — By Vijith Assar

Martinez Brothers
10:00 p.m., $30
For most of the year, the Bronx-born Martinez Brothers have been traveling around the globe, playing clubs and festivals across Europe and holding down a Monday residency at Ibiza’s Circo Loco party. But this week they are home for the holidays, putting Output’s world-class soundsystem to the test with help from frequent tour partner (and fellow native New Yorker) Filsonik. Back in 2011, the duo followed a similar schedule, playing Manhattan’s District 36 on December 23 and bringing down the heavy, four-on-the-floor deep house bangers like “The Causeway.” This time through, they get help from their chopped remix of Green Velvet’s “Bigger Than Prince” and a handful of confederates from the Underground Quality label, who spin their own tunes in the enue’s Panther Room. — By Nick Murray

Ted Rosenthal Trio
Smalls Jazz Club
7:30 p.m., $20
‘Tis the season and all, so the clever pianist has dropped a holiday disc that puts craft and heart in a neck and neck race. I like the triple time “Angels We Have Heard On High” for the sparks it shoots off, and his “Dance of the Reed Flutes” points Tchaikovsky toward the Caribbean while still managing a snowflake or three. If the band veers away from the wintery vibe for moment or two, that’s a good thing — their originals are nifty, too. — By Jim Macnie

Phil Niblock
Roulette Brooklyn
6:00 p.m., $10
The esteemed minimalist composer and visual artist offers a maximalist helping of meditative work during his annual winter solstice concert, a six-hour acoustic and electronic celebration of seasonal segues. Niblock uses music, film, photography, and video to explore processes and transformations, such as the way in which a piece of iron ends up as equine footwear. Niblock’s droning planes and cloudy sound masses are equally intimate and universal. — By Richard Gehr

Sunday, 12/22:

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Brooklyn Bowl
8:00 p.m., $20
Not unlike Menudo, the members of this venerable institution devoted to traditional New Orleans jazz since 1961 have been replaced as they’ve “aged out” over the years. Creative director Ben Jaffe is the tuba-playing son of co-founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe. The current crop is the most adventurous yet, especially on this year’s Jim James-produced That’s It!, wherein they deliver gloriously corn-free Nawlins originals played with wit, depth, and panache. — By Richard Gehr

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