The Five Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 11/9/12

Categories: Weekend

Converge
Highline Ballroom
Sunday, 8pm, $15-$20
In recorded form, the long-running hardcore and metal band Converge are so visceral, they sound like a force unto themselves: endless arrays of screamed vocals, whirlwind drums, and feedback-drenched guitar. The stage, though, is where their apocalyptic aural assaults take physical form, as they strangle their instruments and expextorate vocals like some sort of unified noise gang. Frontman Jacob Bannon turns red as he deflates his lungs to their flatulent capacity, and the rest of his crew flail themselves about, somehow replicating the series of squalls, chugs, and wheedles they put to tape. Their eighth full-length, this year's All We Love We Leave Behind, finds them exercising more of their extreme punk side (with a sprinkling of well-placed jazz excursions), which could make for the decades-old group's most intense concerts yet. With fellow forward-thinking extreme musicians Torche, Kvelertak, and Whips/Chains. -- By Nick Murray

Barbara Carroll
54 Below
Ends Sunday, 1pm, $30-$40
The bookers at this new hit establishment continue their winning streak by inviting the first lady of jazz-classical piano to resume the series of brunch appearances she turned into boîte gold at the Algonquin's now-shuttered and very much missed Oak Room. She sings, too, in a light tone that further vitalizes every standard she chooses to explore. Look for bassist Jay Leonhart doodling at her side. - By David Finkle
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