The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 11/16/12

Categories: Weekend


Here are the ten best concerts around the city this weekend, in no particular order.

Zac Brown Band
Madison Square Garden
Saturday, 7:30pm, $52-$92
If "Chicken Fried," a life-is-good ode to cold beers on Friday night and pairs of jeans that fit just right, established bluegrass-influenced country rockers the Zac Brown Band (pictured above) as the perfect group for summer, "Colder Weather," a ballad about a ramblin' man and the woman he couldn't help leave behind, suggested that they could also make music that would hold up after the leaves had fallen. This year, their album Uncaged includes flip-flopping island songs ("Island Song," for one) and melancholic ballads ("Goodbye in Her Eyes" is climbing up the charts), both of which should be getting play many seasons into the future. -- By Nick Murray

Vox Festival
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, 7:30pm, $25
There are few cures better for the postapocalyptic hurricane-blackout doldrums than a heavy dose of contemporary opera. With its rabid unpredictability, deconstruction of modern technology, and gale-force philosophical questions, the New York City Opera's annual festival of new works and works-in-progress presented as staged readings is geared toward destabilizing the unquestioning mind, the pared-down Brechtian equivalent of Hurricane Sandy. John Zorn, Christopher Weiss, and Osnat Netzer are all featured composers. Subjects are far-flung: By the end of the night, 12th-century German mystic Hildegard von Bingen, samurais, courtly romance, the Baader-Meinhof Gang, and Kate Chopin will have all graced the stage. -- By Aidan Levy

All Time Low + Hit The Lights + The Downtown Fiction + The Summer Set
Irving Plaza
Sunday, 6pm, $27
What sets apart All Time Low from other bands that have spawned from the Blink-182 Playbook of Music is that they go beyond the lyrically bratty smirks that delve into scenarios from the emotionally taxing to the immature; these boys bring the toilet humor jokes and electrifying energy of their idols' stage shows to their sets and, most importantly, make it their own. Between sex jokes and stage dives, All Time Low spits out the spurts of unfiltered energy that best describe their upbeat songs and make it difficult to question why their fans are as loyal and rabid as they have grown to be over the years. - By Brittany Spanos

The Hush Sound + Tommy and the Pilots + Sydney Wayser
Highline Ballroom
Sunday, 8pm, $16/$18
All 'vacations' have to end at some point, and the folks from The Hush Sound are finally getting back to work. After announcing their hiatus via Twitter in 2009, the Decaydence/Fueled by Ramen darlings, who rose to prominence during the label's heyday with the likes of Panic! At the Disco and Fall Out Boy, have set out on a mini-tour this fall with their original members. The band's gorgeous brand of upbeat yet earnest indie pop has surely been missed since the break, and their promise of more shows and new music is just too sweet to silence. - By Brittany Spanos

Trash Talk + Mellowhype
The Gramercy Theatre
Saturday, 8pm, $23
While personalities like Tyler, the Creator and Frank Ocean capture the imagination of Odd Future's casual fans, acts like MellowHype (a duo consisting of Hodgy Beats and rapper/producer Left Brain) continue to release solid music slightly under the radar. Their recent Numbers contains, if nothing else, one of the most pleasing rap songs of the year, the melancholically triumphant "Astro," which benefits from a hook and interlude courtesy of Mr. Ocean himself. Tonight, the duo plays the Gramercy Theatre with hardcore labelmates Trash Talk, whose ecstatic bursts of drums, guitar, and howling vocals are sure to get this crowd going wild. -- By Nick Murray

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