The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 1/18/13

Categories: Weekend

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

Sean Price + Roc Marciano + Buckshot + Meyhem Lauren + Thirstin Howl 3rd & Rack-LO + Timeless Truth
Highline Ballroom
Sunday, 4:30pm, $19.67/$25
Last month, Hot 97 program director Ebro Darden took to the airwaves to stir up controversy and explain why his station plays what it plays and why it doesn't play so-called "minor league rappers" from across the city. The good news? Those rappers, if they have talent and a vision, need radio play less now than ever, as they can all reach their fans and distribute their music through a range of other platforms, most involving a connection to the Internet. This evening, four of the best of those minor leaugers--Sean Price, Roc Marciano, Buckshot, and Mayhem Lauren--look outside the box by playing a celebration of the clothing line Polo Ralph Lauren, which features an open market for buying and trading gear. Brand aficionado Young Dro will be sorely missed. -- By Nick Murray

Mission of Burma + Exclamation Pony
Bowery Ballroom
Friday, 9pm, $20/$22
Mission of Burma are grouchy post-punk par excellence: a foursome of graying, severe creatives who happen to write gravel-gargling songs that are aesthetically severe about pedestrian stuff. Last year's Unsound found Clint Conley, Roger Miller, Peter Prescott, and Bob Weston stepping away from side projects to ratchet together some of the strongest, most vital work of their career. Why pay a king's ransom for Stones reunion tickets when you can pay peanuts for genuine (read: non-freeze dried) rock thrills? -- By Raymond Cummings

The Whammies
Roulette Brooklyn
Sunday, 8pm, $15
An international quintet dedicated to the music of Steve Lacy, the Whammies boast a direct connection to the late saxophonist-composer through his former student Jorrit Djikstra (alto sax, analog electronics) and the redoubtable Hans Bennink, Lacy's drummer in the '80s. Raucous yet respectful, the Whammies remain true to the composer's spirit while taking his tunes for a more effusive spin. Pandelis Karayorgis (piano), Jeb Bishop (trombone), and Nate McBride (trombone) fill out this brash, boisterous brigade whose recent album was one of 2012's underheard delights. -- By Richard Gehr Martha Graham Cracker
Joe's Pub
Saturday, 11:59pm, $12
"Who should play the character of Martha in the movie about my life?" Martha Graham Cracker asks her Facebook followers. Although the first commenter suggested Jon Hamm, we have a feeling that Dito van Reigersberg (a/k/a Martha Graham Cracker) is the only man up for the job. Reigersberg has been hailed as the "world's tallest and hairiest drag queen" and is also the co-founder of Philadelphia's Obie-winning Pig Iron Theatre Company. Tonight, Reigersberg and a four-piece band perform mash-ups of everything from Prince to Judy Garland to Mötley Crüe. There's no pigeonholing this lady. -- By Araceli Cruz

Extra Life + Tyondai Braxton & Ben Vida + Oneirogen + Sam Mickens
285 Kent Avenue
Saturday, 8pm, $12
After just five years, Brooklyn's Renaissance art-chamber post-punk literati Extra Life bid farewell at 285 Kent. Shepherded by schoolteacher Charlie Looker his Morrissey-cum-Antony pipes and freakazoid wordage, the band meticulously constructed sublime avant-folk and orchestral-metallic damage. Last year's Dream Seeds is a heck of a way to go out. Fear not, Looker enthusiasts. The frontman already has a new band under the predictably cryptic moniker "Seaven Teares" and new album Power Ballads is due in March via Northern Spy. -- By Brad Cohan

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