The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 1/11/13

Categories: Weekend

These are the 10 best concerts to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.

Purity Ring + Young Magic
Webster Hall
Friday & Saturday, 7pm, $20
"Future pop" duo Purity Ring bring a Southern hip-hop backbone to their otherwise ethereal instrumentals. Although they've only been active for about a year, they've already made quite a stir thanks to Megan James's chilling vocals and Corin Roddick's juxtaposing electro-symphonies that take synth-pop to a place far beyond the simple beat and hook. -- By Sarah Madges
Winter Jazzfest
Multiple Venues (call for schedule and venue information)
Friday, 8pm, $35 single-day pass, $45 two-day pass
New York is a place where everyone crams everything in, and for the past several years, the Winter Jazzfest has been one of the most stuffed situations around. With more than 70 acts taking over a scad of Village venues for two nights, the Bleecker Street stomping ground (largely between Sullivan and LaGuardia) becomes a temporary beehive of musicians and fans pinging from one show to another--a dizzying effect is inherent to the program's design, and if it errs, it's on the side of excitement. This time around, an intergenerational who's who marks the action. Meaning Lee Konitz, Andrew Cyrille, and Monty Alexander share nightly bills with Brandon Seabrook, Logan Richardson, and Yosvany Terry. All are enticing. The year 2013 turns out to be a supersize annum as well: Two new venues add to the hubbub down toward Bowery. Don't be shy to amble: Between the Fringe, Kneebody, Michael Formanek, and Mario Pavone, there are plenty of reasons to stroll the new wing. Friday and Saturday, go to for complete information on venues and schedule. Website. -- By Jim Macnie

Brooklyn Bowl
Sunday, 9pm, free w/ RSVP/$7
Diiv might have released their debut, Oshin (pronounced "ocean"), two years after Williamsburg beach pop reached its sunburned peak, but the record deserves mention alongside that summer's best. Today, the band warms January with a pair of Brooklyn Bowl shows: First, in the afternoon, they kick off the venue's Kidrockers series, performing their sounds in a way that is, says the press release, "both authentic and kid-friendly," before returning at 9 to play for another set for the borough's many kids at heart. It's not Rockaway Beach, but it's the closest thing you'll get until June. -- By Nick Murray

Donald Harrison, Ron Carter, & Billy Cobham
Blue Note
Friday, 8pm, $20-$35
Since their 2004 debut, this trio has refined their ever-shifting sense of balance to blend frenzied moments and well-plotted flourishes with some of the most muscular lyricism around. The saxophonist flutters, the bassist strolls, and the drummer pressurizes everything--even the ballads. -- By Jim Macnie

'Grimey' w/ DJ Sliink + Dirty South Joe + Gladiator
The Gramercy Theatre
Saturday, 11:30pm, $15
When artists like T.I. and Young Jeezy introduced the term "trap music" into the American pop lexicon in the early aughts, it stood less for a genre than a place: In Atlanta slang, trap referred to drug houses, and trap music referred to the type of rap that referred to or was played in such spots. Gentrification moves quickly, though, and 2012 saw a new generation of MacBook-equipped dance producers using the term to signify their own techo-synths-plus-rap-snares beats, a movement that reaches its only possible conclusion tonight with the event that has been dubbed Gramercy's First Trap Party. Fortunately for you, tonight's DJs--New Jersey rising star DJ Sliink and Mad Decent veteran Dirty South Joe--both rise above the hype. -- By Nick Murray

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