The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 2/15/13

Categories: Weekend

Yo La Tengo hits up Town Hall Saturday night.
Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this weekend, in no particular order.

Yo La Tengo
Town Hall
Saturday, 8pm, $25-$35
Persistence and longevity are among Yo La Tengo's most admirable virtues. Though the intensity and explosiveness of the Hoboken, New Jersey trio's output has ebbed and flowed since a late 1990s heyday they've never quite recreated, every post-I Can Feel The Heart Beating As One album boasts a delirium gopher hole or feedback nebula worth returning to. Fans bumming over the last couple will find much to like in the forthcoming Fade, where Ira, Georgia, and James somehow juggle the eternal and the succinct. -- By Raymond Cummings

Joy Orbison + Boddika
Secret Location
Friday, 10pm, free
In their own swampy productions and the limited output of their respective labels, Boddika and Joy Orbison flex through both clangorous polyrhythmic workouts and poppier vocal hooks while appealing to crowds usually split in their favor for one or the other. This night serves as the album release party for Think and Change, the forthcoming compilation from Boddika's Nonplus label that includes tracks from the likes of Four Tet, Scuba, and Joy O's smirking yet accurate "Big Room Tech-House DJ Tool - Tip!" To receive an email with the location, RSVP to -- By Aaron Gonsher

M.O.P. + Smif-N-Wessun + Ka
Highline Ballroom
Sunday, 8pm, $19.50-$23
Today, the term "posse" describes even bloated legations of out-for-dolo Diplomats who reworked communal call-and-response routines into solipsistic conversations with soul samples. Brownsville's Smif-n-Wessun and Mash Out Posse, on the other hand, recall posses predating rap, bands of would-be outlaws coming into tight concert amidst civil unrest (see 1970 Trash Riots). Fully repping a neighborhood fraught with dispossession--both material (see M.O.P's "Ante Up") and spatial (see NYCHA trespassing policies)--this concert, with resurfaced initiate Ka, suggests the cipher will be unbroken. -- By Rajiv Jaswa

Dianne Reeves
Carnegie Hall
Saturday, 7:30pm, $15-$75
Many might still know her as the jazz singer in Good Night, and Good Luck, but beyond having been a bulwark against McCarthyism and other repressive mindsets, for the past 35 years, Dianne Reeves has served as an unofficial ambassador between jazz, r&b, blues, and soul. In many ways heir to the mantle of Ella Fitzgerald, Reeves has inspired a generation of powerful female voices, among them Esperanza Spalding, First Daughter of Soul Lalah Hathaway, and Terri Lyne Carrington, who will all be joining her at Carnegie Hall. Fusion pioneer George Duke rounds out the group on keyboard. -- By Aidan Levy

DVS1 + Anthony Parasole
Saturday, 10pm, $20
At Output, the new Williamsburg nightclub from the owners of Cielo, even the light fixtures have German written on them. Though such attempts to emulate the darkened hedonism of Berlin's nightlife don't move past mimicry, there's no denying the two-room venue, powered by a powerful Funktion One sound system and bookings that don't shy from abrasion and austerity, has the opportunity to be a game-changer for electronic music in New York. The trend continues on this night, featuring omnipresent New Yorker Anthony Parasole with sounds from his Deconstruct label and the frantic air-raid techno threats of Minnesota native DVS1. -- By Aaron Gonsher

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