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

Categories: Weekend


Morrissey + Kristeen Young
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Friday, 8pm, $49.50
Although Moz's performances at Terminal 5 and Radio City Music Hall last October seemed like the former (and never again) Smith's only New York appearance for a while, his need to reschedule several canceled dates has prompted the pop baritone to return, this time in BAM's tony opera-house setting. As with last year's shows, he'll be traversing his entire catalog alongside a few new tracks--since he's waiting for the right label offer to put out a new album--and since he once waited seven years to release an album, it might be worth catching him while you can. -- By Kory Grow

Kurt Elling
Friday, 8:30pm & 11pm, $40
Jazz's leading male singer has theatricality in his vocal arsenal, but he seldom abuses it; his casual delivery helps him quickly befriend an audience. Both skills are in play on his latest disc, a nod to the Brill Building's irrefutable art and extended aura. From Carole King to Burt Bacharach, he puts a personalized spin on some classics, testing the waters with phrasing, tempo, and harmony updates. He doesn't touch "Shopping For Clothes," though--best not to mess with royalty. -- By Jim Macnie

'Globalfest 2013'
Webster Hall
Sunday, 6pm, $40
The world's most compact festival of international music earned a stage at Bonnaroo last summer. But Globalfest is best enjoyed on its midwinter home turf, where a dozen acts will perform on three stages for an audience heavy on members of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. Highlights include Zimbabwe's Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits, second-generation neotraditionalist Angelenos La Santa Cecilia, the formidable Stooges Brass Band from New Orleans, and Gypsy guitarist Stephane Wrembel. Francophiles won't want to miss Lo'jo, a beguiling Paris group with North African inclinations, and the latest fine Wassoulou singer, Fatoumata Diawara. As for intriguing outliers, it'll be tough to top Native Canadian DJ crew A Tribe Called Red or the theatrically inclined Chicago "circus-punk marching band" Mucca Pazza. -- By Richard Gehr

Mike Hucaby + Jay Simon + Free Magic + Faso
The Glasslands Gallery
Saturday, 11:30pm, $10
Born and raised in Detroit yet establishing a career-spanning relationship with the iconic German club Tresor, Mike Huckaby exemplifies the cross-pollination between Detroit and Berlin sounds fetishized by so many electronic music heads. Huckaby is renowned for his continuing music education efforts in Detroit at the city's YouthVille center, but for this Discovery party he'll DJ with the blend of sounds with which he has established his excellence and flexibility, artfully melding disparate strains of deep house and thick techno. -- By Aaron Gonsher

WFMU Record Fair
The Bell House
Sunday, 11am & 7pm, $10 for record fair, $20 for concert
As you might have heard, WFMU has been struggling ever since Hurricane Sandy forced the radio station to cancel its annual fundraising record fair and caused major electrical damage to their equipment. Today, show your support by heading to the Bell House for a day of shopping and music. First, a somewhat smaller version of the WFMU record fair will be happening from 11 to 5. Then, the club will close and reopen for a concert with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the Relatives, Dot Wiggin Band, Arrington di Dionyso, and DJ Jonathan Toubin. -- By Angela Ashman

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