The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 9/21/12

Frank Ocean goes on at 11:45 p.m. Friday on Stage 1 at Pier 36.
In no particular order, here are ten can't-miss shows in New York this weekend. For the Voice's full rundown of New York concerts, hit up

See Also:
- All Tomorrow's Parties Preview: Founder Barry Hogan on the Festival's Move to New York City
- Fear of a Talibam! Planet
- Three Reasons Why Old Records Are Bigger Than Ever

This year's ATP curator Greg Dulli and his own Afghan Whigs headline on Saturday night.
All Tomorrow's Parties at Pier 36 (Friday-Sunday)
Since its birth in 1999 and its across-the-pond, American debut in 2002, All Tomorrow's Parties has become a second Christmas, saved in the Google calendars of music fans across the country. This year, the artist-curated festival travels up the Garden State Parkway from last year's location, Asbury Park, to Manhattan's Pier 36, where it will be making its New York City debut with Greg Dulli in charge of booking. Friday, he's got Frank Ocean, Philip Glass, Lee Ranaldo, Janeane Garofalo, and Hannibal Burress all set to perform, and on Saturday, his own Afghan Whigs headline a bill that includes The Roots, José González, Mark Lanegan, Emeralds, and the Antlers. Sunday, finally, features Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hot Snakes, Thee Oh Sees, Braids, and Jonathan Toubin--so pace yourself accordingly. -- By Nick Murray

Talibam! at Secret Project Robot (Friday)
Kevin Shea, the freewheeling drummer for Brooklyn's ridiculously intrepid avant-everything duo Talibam!, is waxing about adding "rapping wordsmith" to his already extensive résumé. He has crowned himself MC K-Wizzle; his Talibam! partner in genius, keyboard guru Matt Mottel, has taken on the name MC Moaty Mogulz. Talibam! perform Friday at Secret Project Robot. Continue reading Brad Cohan's "Fear of a Talibam Planet".

Bon Iver at Radio City Music Hall (Friday-Monday)
It's been a little over a year since indie-folk troubadour Justin Vernon released Bon Iver's self-titled second album of echoey, intricately orchestrated confessionals. Since then, the soft-rock-leaning Bon Iver won a Grammy, Vernon released a dubstep single (with James Blake), and he and his bandmates booked a four-night residency at Radio City Music Hall, which begins September 19. In a way, the cavernous Music Hall is the ideal setting for the members of Bon Iver, who, on record, seem to revel in letting their instruments envelop Vernon's voice on songs such as "Holocene," forcing listeners to struggle and strain to make out harmonized, high-pitched lyrics like the song's "and at once I knew I was not magnificent." The setting makes you work a little harder. The first two dates feature folk artist Anaïs Mitchell, who's duetted with Vernon in the past. Doug Paisley opens the show on September 21; Polica on September 22. -- By Kory Grow

Location Info


Pier 36

299 South St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Radio City Music Hall

1260 Sixth Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Highline Ballroom

431 W. 16th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Public Assembly

70 N. 6th St., New York, NY

Category: Music


172 Classon Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Pace University

3 Spruce St., New York, NY

Category: General

269 Norman Avenue

269 Norman Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Brooklyn Academy of Music

30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Film

Secret Project Robot

389 Melrose St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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