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

Categories: Weekend


The Killers + Tegan And Sara
Madison Square Garden
Friday, 8pm, $35-$65
As if you haven't heard of them, the Killers are an American rock band that mixes Britpop sensibilities with the lo-fi fuzz of early aughts indie rock. Their first album, Hot Fuss, made enough of it to launch them to success--"Somebody Told Me" still makes for a popular karaoke pick. On their latest album, Battle Born, Brandon Flowers trades out his New Wave digs for some meaningful crooning and heartland rock. Catch them with Canadian indie pop twins Tegan and Sara opening. -- By Sarah Madges

The Polyphonic Spree
Webster Hall
Saturday, 5:30pm, $20/$25
The Polyphonic Spree is anything but subtle--with 20-plus members decked out in gimmicky "uniforms" performing oversized orchestral pop, it's hard to be. Tonight, they're swapping their white robes for Santa gear to promote their newly released holiday album, Holidaydream. Celebrating their 10th Anniversary Holiday Extravaganza, the gang will play two sets, one devoted to the holidays, and the other to rock. Get ready for a night of family-friendly fun, complete with campy costumes and sing-along choruses. -- By Sarah Madges

South By South Bronx
Hostos Community College
Friday, 4pm, free
Located in a transformed former
candy factory under the Bruckner 
Expressway, the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective has spent the past few years moving minds and bodies with art and rhymes about the struggles faced by the area's residents. This weekend, they embark 
on their most ambitious project yet: South by South Bronx, their answer to Austin's South by Southwest music and film festival. Tonight, they host free workshops on everything from the 
history of DJing (hosted by scratch-inventor Grandmaster Caz) to surviving the police state. Tomorrow afternoon, they follow up with a concert featuring Sadat X, Mysonne, and YC the Cynic, 
and a panel discussion with two hip-hop pioneers from the borough: Afrika 
Bambaataa and DJ Kool Herc. -- By Nick Murray

Paul Banks
Webster Hall
Friday, 7pm, $25
It took Interpol frontman Paul Banks three years and his band's indefinite hiatus for him to start recording under his own name instead of his Julian Plenti alter ego. He has said that the reason for the pseudonym was to distinguish the music he wrote before he was in Interpol from his recent works, but the truth is that his strident voice will always be the connecting thread. His latest, Banks, sounds like a more densely textured and ornamented variation on his usual themes. After all, that sort of subtle change is the one thing you can rely on from him, no matter what moniker he uses. -- By Kory Grow

Antibalas + Red Baraat
Brooklyn Masonic Temple
Friday, 8pm, $25
Since forming in Brooklyn in 1998, the 12-member Antibalas collective has built on what saxophonist co-founder Martin Perna calls the "elastic" formal perfection of the late Fela Kuti's afrobeat, whose almost symphonic pleasures derive from polyrhythmic relationships and dialogues among horns, drums, guitars, and keyboards, topped by rabble-rousing vocals. Eight-member "dhol 'n' brass" band Red Baraat opens with their loud and funky local version of Indian bhangra beats. -- By Richard Gehr

Kenny Barron + Dave Holland
Jazz Standard
Ends Sunday, 7:30pm & 9:30pm daily, $30
Evidently they played their first duo date last summer, and have booked gigs intermittently since. That's a boon for anyone smitten with intimacy: The rapport that's bound to surface as the pianist and bassist work their supple pas de deux could border on the majestic. As one old sage said, "god is in the details." -- By Jim Macnie

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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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