The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 11/23/12

Categories: Weekend


Here are ten concerts to check out this weekend, in no particular order.

'Offline' w/ Q-Tip
Irving Plaza
Friday, 11:00pm, $20
Q-Tip has been named one of the best MCs and lyricists in music, and not many people are debating those titles. From his work with A Tribe Called Quest to guest spots on tracks by the Beastie Boys, Chemical Brothers, and Kanye West, the rapper has established himself as a versatile and intelligent artist whose old school twist on the new school game has kept him as cutting edge as he is legendary. -- By Brittany Spanos

R. Kelly + Tamia
Theater at Madison Square Garden
Friday, 7:30pm, $49.50-$125
Last time Kells came to town, he celebrated the release of Love Letter by reading one his mother had written to him before she died. Tonight, he's here for the sequel Write Me Back, but as the holidays approach, don't feel shy in requesting "Love Letter Christmas," one of the highlights from that previous LP. Just let him play "Feelin' Single" first.

Taking Back Sunday + Bayside + The Menzingers
Terminal 5
Friday & Saturday, 8pm, $25
It's 2002 all over again with Taking Back Sunday's latest tour, which features a nostalgic rehashing of their debut album Tell All Your Friends being played in its entirety. Relive the moment when song titles were full sentences (see: "There's No 'I' in Team") and pop punk reigned supreme with this exciting live band as they celebrate the 10th anniversary of the album that made them kings. -- By Brittany Spanos

Suffocation + Car Bomb + Mutant Supremacy + Trenchgrinder
Saint Vitus Bar
Sunday, 8pm, $20
In death metal, band members come and go, a fact the metal press relies on a little too heavily for story angles, and Long Island's long-running Suffocation is no exception. But when rumors arose earlier this year that the group's gun-loving, pitbull-throated frontman Frank Mullen might be souring on the death life on the verge of the band's 25th anniversary, he was quick to nip that one in the bud and say he's staying. Despite its name, death metal will never die. With Car Bomb, Mutant Supremacy and Trenchgrinder. -- By Kory Grow 

Faith Evans + Tank
Beacon Theatre
Saturday, 8pm, $61.50-$91.50
There's a reason why Faith Evans was named an R&B Diva by the recent TV One series. Her soulful, sultry rasp caught the attention of the artist formerly known as Puff Daddy in the mid-90s, and we haven't been able to let go of her since. On the heels of a release by the ladies of R&B Divas in honor of the late Whitney Houston, the singer is giving soul fans a little more faith. -- By Brittany Spanos

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