The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 12/7/12

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Cyndi Lauper + Sarah McLachlan + Whoopi Goldberg + Adam Lambert + Rosie O'Donnell + Roberta Flack + St. Vincent
Beacon Theater
Saturday, 8pm, $50-$500
To cap off an eventful and likely "fun" year, which has included the release of her memoir and an appearance as the Grand Marshal of the city's Gay Pride Parade, Cyndi Lauper is now making last year's successful Home for the Holidays benefit concert an annual event. Tonight's program, which benefits Lauper's True Colors Fund--which raises awareness about homeless gay, bisexual, and transgender youth--features a star-studded lineup that includes Lauper, Sarah McLachlan, Adam Lambert, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O'Donnell, Roberta Flack, St. Vincent, Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells, members of Counting Crows, and more. -- By Kory Grow

Yo La Tengo
Maxwell's (Hoboken, NJ)
Starts Saturday, 9pm daily, $35
Skipping their annual tradition only once since 2001, Yo La Tengo continue their 
enlightening eight-night Hanukkah benefit run this year at Maxwell's in Hoboken. In the past, each evening has offered a different comedian (Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, David Cross), opening act (Alex Chilton, Redd Kross, Sun Ra Arkestra), beneficiary (expect several Sandy-related donations), mixtape (by band and friends), and emotionally rocking YLT set. The secret lineups are a roll of the dice, tickets are tighter than Grover Norquist's wallet, and you'll probably be stuck behind what even the trio reckons to be "the world's tallest audience." But it's all worth it to see an adult rock band at the top of their game, playing to friends and family in what only a few weeks ago was one of the world's wettest towns. -- By Richard Gehr

'Z100 Jingle Ball'
Madison Square Garden
Friday, 7:30 pm, $50
With Ne-Yo, Justin Bieber, fun., Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Jason Mraz, The Wanted, Taylor Swift, Olly Murs, B.o.B., and Cher Lloyd.

Miguel Zenón + Laurent Coq
Jazz Standard
Ends Sunday, 7:30pm & 9:30pm daily, $20
On the new Rayuela the saxophonist and pianist take their cues from the characters of Julio Cortazar's novel of the same name, a tome that urges its readers to absorb the chapters out of sequence to milk new meaning from them. The mild (and gorgeous) surrealism that crops in this quartet's music does have its own POV. But mostly it's churning interplay that consistently recalibrates the action. -- By Jim Macnie

Traversable Wormhole + Material Objects + Gobby
Big Sky Works
Friday, 10pm, $10/$15/$20
Adam X is a certified New York techno legend, responsible for the early Storm Raves and founder of the Sonic Groove label. His conceptually rigorous Traversable Wormhole alias is a glory of psychedelic, sci-fi dance music, as hypnotic as it is propulsive. Material Object joins the lineup for his NYC debut, fresh off his contribution to Chris Liebing's prestigious CLR Podcast. -- By Aaron Gonsher

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