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

Categories: Weekend


Dan Deacon + Height With Friends + Chester Endersby Gwazda + Alan Resnick
Bowery Ballroom
Friday, 9pm, $15
"Giddy" doesn't even begin to do justice to Dan Deacon's percolating phalanxes of keyboards and synthesizers. That was true back in 2007, when the bearded Baltimorean broke through with Spiderman of the Rings, but these days, his ambitions are greater. In other words, that tripping-balls-in-a-warehouse-strung-with-Christmas-lights vibe remains, but now it's in service of the kind of grand, almost operatic sweep that separates "hipster party indie" from "fledgling-composer bliss." The inclusion of string sections definitely doesn't hurt. -- By Raymond Cummings

A Tribe Called Red + DJ Ayres + Mother Brother
The Glasslands Gallery
Saturday, 11:30pm, $10
This Ottawa-based Aboriginal DJ trio remixes chants with dancehall to create "Powwow Step," dubstep gone native. Here, glitch takes on a subversive political element, indigenous culture diluted by layers of distortion, but rather than weakening tradition, the intrusion of electronic sounds frees the powwow from what might otherwise be solemn ritual and makes it eminently danceable. -- By Aidan Levy

Peter Gallagher
Feinstein's at Loew's Regency
Friday & Saturday, 8:00pm & 10:30pm, $60-$95
The title of his show is "How'd All You People Get Into My Room?" and likely refers to the scores of parts he's played both on Broadway and on the big and little screens. Reminding audiences of his Sky Masterson in the 1992 Guys and Dolls revival, he can reprise "Luck Be a Lady" or "I'll Know," but what kind of ditty will he pull out to represent Arthur Campbell, the cool-as-a-Mojito C.I.A. official he's assigned on USA's nifty, sexy Covert Affairs? -- By David Finkle

Yellowcard + The Wonder Years + We Are the In Crowd
Best Buy Theater
Saturday, 8pm, $25
Very few songs have had the ability to make millions of people want to live on the same street the way Yellowcard's breakout hit "Ocean Avenue" did in 2003. That piece of pop punk gold helped catapult the Florida band into the very core of the early millennium alternative scene and paved the way for younger bands with a similar aesthetic. Ten years after the release of their first album, Yellowcard is still an emblem of summer-punk anthems and ferociously fun live sets. - By Brittany Spanos

Bassnectar + GRiZ + Gladkill
Terminal 5
Saturday, 9pm, $40/$45
The definition of a grassroots success, Bassnectar became one the most popular dance musicians in the country not by remixing the big stars or holding down a residency at a hot New York club but by touring the middle of the country, picking up more and more fans in every city. Few other DJs can claim to have held their most legendary performance at Denver's Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Tonight and tomorrow, the 33-year-old comes to the city, bringing his hard-hitting fusion of hard-rock aggression, rave beats, and hip-hop energy--what the kids are calling dubstep--to Terminal 5. -- By Nick Murray

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