The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 12/21/12

Categories: Weekend


Sufjan Stevens + Sheila Saputo
Bowery Ballroom
Friday & Saturday, 8pm, $20
The ultimate Renaissance man of the indie scene, Sufjan Stevens creates folk of epic symphonic proportions. Now with a pair of Christmas albums under his belt, he is touring with a five-piece band in support of the second, Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas Vols. 6-10. Officially called the "The Sirfjam Stephanapolous Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Spectacular Music Pageant Variety Show Disaster," the night will be a mix or reverent hymns, pop carols, and cheap holiday props. Song sheets will be provided, so there's no excuse not to sing your holiday heart out. -- By Sarah Madges
Vivian Green
Highline Ballroom
Sunday, 7:30pm, $26/$30
In the early part of the 2000s, r&b singer Vivian Green's soulful crooning was inescapable, as singles like the sinewy "Emotional Rollercoaster" and the explosive slow jam "Gotta Go Gotta Leave (Tired)" seemed to be on the radio (and stores' PA systems) everywhere. The five-year gap between her tour de force Vivian and 2010's Beautiful seems to have been detrimental, though, as she hasn't had a top 100 album since. That's not to say, though, that her latest LP The Green Room, the record she's supporting at tonight's Fusicology Christmas Spectacular, isn't as enchanting as its predecessors; it just needs the right platform. -- By Kory Grow

'Girls&Boys' w/ Zed's Dead + UZ
Webster Hall
Friday, 10pm, $20
As silly as all the hype around the supposedly impending apocalypse might be, if it offers us an occasion to drink top-shelf liquor and dance around like fools, then why not pretend? Tonight, Webster Hall's Girls & Boys party offers perhaps the city's best place to do just that, celebrating (?) the occasion with sets from Toronto bass DJs Zeds Dead and the mysterious UZ, whose pseudonymous productions have done as much as any to define the sound of 2012's trendiest genre, trap rave. Of course, if the world is supposed to go up in flames at 11:11, then why are they waiting until 10 to start the party? -- By Nick Murray

Kevin Saunderson + Rem Koolhaus
Cameo Gallery
Saturday, 11:59pm, $15/$20
In the creation myth of Detroit techno, Juan Atkins is the Godfather, Derrick May is the Innovator, and Kevin Saunderson is the Elevator. Now pushing 50, Saunderson revived seminal side-project Inner City earlier in 2012 and continues to gig tirelessly, with a highly-regarded reputation as a DJ despite a barely-there release schedule. This post-Mayan apocalypse bash is a rare opportunity to see Saunderson work his magic in an intimate space. -- By Aaron Gonsher

'The Holiday Guys in Happy Merry Hanu-Mas'
St. Peter's Lutheran Church
8:30pm, Friday, $59.50-$74.50
The holiday guys of the title are Broadway beaus Marc Kudisch and Jeffry Denman, the former Jewish, the latter Gentile. This month, they find myriad ways to celebrate the season, both warbling some of the tunes Santa has stuffed onto their just released CD tie-in and pulling a special guest or two from the stocking he left hanging over the fire. -- By David Finkle

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