The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 11/30/12

Categories: Weekend

Dinosaur Jr. + Kurt Vile and the Violators
Terminal 5
Saturday, 8pm, $30/$35
Twenty-five years ago, three misfits from outside Amherst released the record that would change their lives, bringing their music to new audiences and setting the stage for a run of great albums that would extend into the mid '90s. Today, Dinosaur Jr.'s You're Living All Over Me continues reaching new audiences, with generation after generation of new bands continually trying to equal its barrage of noise and distortion and new listeners finding something liberating in J Mascis's proto-grunge self-hate. At this anniversary show, expect special guests, including Kim Gordon and Johnny Marr, to share the stage with them. With Kurt Vile and the Violators. -- By Nick Murray

Balam Acab + Kuhrye-oo + Rimar
The Glasslands Gallery
Saturday, 8:30pm, $12/$14
More a feeling than a musical genre, witch house lives up to its name only in that, when done well, it evokes an emotion. In the hands of Pennsylvania-based producer Balam Acab (or Alec Koone, as the DMV knows him), it pulls together warm beds of fuzzy synths, echoey whispers, and even a few Kanye-circa-2003 helium-voiced hooks. It adds up to pulsing, breathing mood music, more akin to what Enya would make if she listened to more hip-hop than Celtic music. (Maybe "nü age" is a better descriptor than witch house?) But what it all comes down to, as Koone bathes the stage in blue mood lighting and his face in the light of his Mac, has more to do with what you experience when you surrender your ego and suspend disbelief, and that's when the magic or witchery begins. With Kuhrye-oo and Rimar.-- By Kory Grow

Anat Cohen, Matt Wilson, & Martin Wood
Greenwich House Music School
Saturday, 8pm, $20
Between clarinet and tenor, Anat Cohen's got a full palette of sound covered, and her natural charisma was made for bringing an unmistakable esprit to the stage. Her trio with this particularly refined rhythm section should breed several variations of interaction. Expect grace and oomph: drummer Wilson doesn't let things go two minutes without some provocation antics. -- By Jim Macnie

Six Organs of Admittance + Blues Control
The Mercury Lounge
Saturday, 10:30pm, $10/$12
Ben Chasney tears the space-time continuum a fresh one on Ascent, his first Six Organs album with a raging electric band. A two-bass quartet is replacing his Comets on Fire cronies on the road, though, so dine lightly. Russ Waterhouse (guitar, electronics) and Lea Cho (leyboards) are the loudly throbbing, Krautrocking, motorik machine music known as Blues Control. -- By Richard Gehr

Music Hall of Williamsburg
Friday, 10pm, $25/$30
This summer, when "trap" became dance music's hottest trend and Mad Decent signed every artist who used as little as some hip-hop-infused 808 snares, TNGHT put their peers back to work, both releasing better music and calling the genre's appropriational tendencies into question. On Friday, the duo--Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke, who 
recently contributed to Kanye West's "Mercy" beat, and Canadian Lunice, who was previously best known for his cameo in Azealia Banks's "212" video and finally lives up to his prodigious 
talent here--brings the Music Hall of Williamsburg what should be its best dance party since Mad Decent head honcho Diplo brought his Major Lazer to the venue four months back. -- By Nick Murray

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