The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 12/7/12
Here are the ten best concerts this weekend, in no particular order.
The Rolling Stones
Saturday, 8pm, $99.50-$754.50
It may have taken the Rolling Stones until the end of 2012 to figure out how to celebrate their 50th anniversary, but there's no question they're doing it in style. On the heels of releasing the epic, 80-track greatest-hits comp GRRR!, they've already staged two raved-about live celebrations in the U.K. that featured ex-Stones like Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor and non-Stones like Mary J. Blige and Jeff Beck. As of press time they haven't leaked any surprises for tonight or the coming week's two New Jersey shows, but whatever they do, it will surely be big. -- By Kory Grow
'Jingle-Ball All-Access Lounge'
Friday, 12pm, free
Prep for Jingle Ball--or desperately search for tickets--this afternoon at Hammerstein Ballroom, where the pre-show all-access lounge hosts Ed Sheeran, Cher Lloyd, Olly Murs, and Bridgit Mendler. If you're playing hooky, whether from school or from work, you could do a lot worse.
Billy Drummond Group
Smalls Jazz Club
Saturday & Sunday, 10:30pm, $20
It's all about feel with this drummer: He makes sure that his mainstream fare takes chances, considers the textural, and proffers pleasure. Along the way rigor gets its fair share as well. This quartet, with saxophonist Jaleel Shaw out front, seems like it could walk on the exclamatory side of the tracks. Drummond is always up for a coordinated ruckus. -- By Jim Macnie
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit + Communist Daughter
Friday, 9pm, $20
Don't harsh the former Drive-By Trucker if the best thing on his gritty new live album with his tough trio is a surprisingly faithful cover of Neil Young's "Like a Hurricane." All the other finely observed hard-times tracks on Live From Alabama sound nearly as urgent, especially the boozy "Cigarettes and Wine" and noble DBT standard "Danko/Manuel." -- By Richard Gehr
Friday, 7pm, $30
If you're looking for rough-hewn masculine grace, this guy's got it by the cartons. Yes, he was Luke Duke on the television series, but he's driven a long way since then, having proved himself time and again as a Broadway leading man as well as character actor. Crooning doesn't come as effortless almost anywhere else. Consider yourself lucky if he includes Jimmy Webb's "The Moon's a Harsh Mistress." As always, Tedd Firth's at the keyboard. -- By David Finkle