The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 12/14/12

Categories: Weekend

Here are the best concerts to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.

Rick Ross + Meek Mill + Wale + Machine Gun Kelly
Roseland Ballroom
Sunday, 7pm, $79.50-$89.50
Don't let the year-end lists fool you: Miami rap kingpin Rick Ross made his biggest splash--or, if you will, a whopping cannonball off the roof of the Fontainebleau Hotel--not with his fifth studio album, God Forgives, I Don't, but with the mixtape prequel, Rich Forever. Contrary to conventional wisdom, it's the latter that's more focused, more consistent, and more filled with potential singles like "Stay Schemin'," which was practically inescapable earlier this year. Tonight, he headlines a bill that includes his Maybach Music label mates Meek Mill, another spitter whose best recent output came out on mixtapes, and Wale, who will hopefully put aside his penchant for spoken verse. -- By Nick Murray [UPDATE: This show has been cancelled.]

Harry Belafonte + Jackson Brown + Bruce Cockburn + Pete Seeger + Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter
Beacon Theater
Friday, 7:30pm, $35-$125
Pete Seeger, Jackson Browne, and Bruce Cockburn are among the musical draws at this benefit for the Native American rights activist and political prisoner. Seeger and Harry Belafonte host the event, which also includes Native American drumming; speakers Peter Matthiesson and Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, and a screening of a short documentary about Peltier and his plight. -- By Richard Gehr

Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Saturday, 8pm, $12
TEEN's fizzy, head-rush pop feels unstuck in time. There's New Age in the Brooklyn trio's woozy, stoned keyboards; there's tamed B-52s brio in the vocal harmonies; and there's the sort of weird, rapturous calm that comes after a particularly satisfying church service or roll in the hay. You might not buy into the drama Teeny Lieberson and her sisters bring to bear, but the surrounding Epson salt soak is universally and emphatically wondrous. -- By Raymond Cummings

Dethklok + All That Remains + Machine Head + The Black Dahlia Murder
Roseland Ballroom
Friday, 6pm, $47
Metal bands tend to be cartoonish by 
nature, but only Dethklok stars in an actual cartoon: Adult Swim's Metalocalypse. But something special happens when transcendentally oafish band members 
Nathan Explosion, Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Pickles, William Murderface, and Toki Wartooth relocate from the small screen to a big one, and four real musicians--show creator Brendon Small (guitar, vocals), former Frank Zappa stunt guitarist Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller (bass), and Gene Hoglan (drums)--synergize with their meticulously synced animated counterparts, creating an entertainmentgasm of galactic proportions. Collected recently on Dethalbum III, Small's tunes from his show's past few seasons include "I Ejaculate Fire," "Impeach God," and "Crush the Industry." Expect a pop Gesamtkunstwerk on a heady par with The Simpsons simulator ride. -- By Richard Gehr

Sleigh Bells + Grizzly Bear + The Antlers + Cults
Terminal 5
Friday, 8pm, $40
More than a month after Sandy devastated much of the Eastern seaboard, parts of our fair city remain in ruins. Accordingly, four of our biggest local acts--Sleigh Bells, Grizzly Bear, the Antlers, and Cults--are coming to Terminal 5 to play a benefit directing all its proceeds toward the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. Think of it as the hipper and younger sibling to Wednesday's star-studded 12/12/12 Madison Square Garden fundraiser. There's also a mysterious "and more" attached to the bottom of the lineup, but with bands like that, who needs it? -- By Nick Murray

Location Info


Roseland Ballroom

239 W. 52nd St., New York, NY

Category: General

Beacon Theatre

2124 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: Music

Terminal 5

610 W. 56th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Madison Square Garden

Seventh Ave. & 32nd St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Webster Hall

125 E. 11th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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