The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 2/22/13

Categories: Weekend

Naughty By Nature tempt your nostalgia this Sunday at Gramercy Theatre.
Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this weekend, in no particular order.

Naughty By Nature + Master Shortie
Gramercy Theatre
Sunday, 8pm, $20
If you're down with O.P.P., N.B.N., E.N.R. (umm, early '90s rap?), or any combination thereof, get thee to Gramercy Theatre.

Maroon 5 + Neon Trees + Owl City
Izod Center (New Jersey)
Saturday, 8pm, $26-$121.50
Adam Levine may have been in the city not too long ago as the host of a hilarious episode of SNL, but now he's back with his band and ready to show you those "Moves Like Jagger" for "One More Night." Neon Trees and Owl City join in on what's sure to be a fun evening. -- By Brittany Spanos

'The Prince and Michael Jackson Experiment' w/ DJ Dave Paul
Highline Ballroom
Friday, 10:30pm, $15/$20
It's the sort of debate that could spawn many a blog post or barroom argument: Who was better, the King of Pop or the Purple One? The man in the mirror or the man on that incredible purple speed bike? Yes, MJ or Prince? As it turns out, tonight at Highline Ballroom you don't have to choose. Beginning at 10:30, The Prince and Michael Experience brings you a night of the best--as the flyer puts it--"album cuts, remixes, rare tracks, and hits" from both legends. In the words of one, let the madness in the music get to you. In the words of the other, it's all about being there. -- By Nick Murray

Joe Lovano Us Five
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Friday & Saturday, 8pm, $55
These days the balance between in and out is exemplified by the master saxophonist, and this particular band of his, a duel-drummer quintet that isn't happy unless some sort of zig-zag is taking place. Rhythms shift, horns are switched, expressionistic levels are constantly recalibrated. Swing and groove are always in the air, unless they duck outside for a smoke. Best of all, Lovano's earthy bluster is right up front, leading the charge and putting a solid vision in place. He knows where he's going, even when he doesn't. -- By Jim Macnie

Enslaved + Pallbearer + Ancient VVisdom
Bowery Ballroom
Friday, 8pm, $20
Despite its unimaginative title, the Winter Rite tour features a handful of metal groups who are still riding strong waves left from the impact of the mystic, hypnotic albums they put out last year. Norway's Enslaved remain black metal's most daring band, and their latest, RIITIIR, finds them blending King Crimson regalness with their signature ferocity. Arkansan doomsters Pallbearer exude heavy mist and murk, and their LP Sorrow and Extinction became the first doom-metal debut that mainstream music critics have parsed en masse since...Black Sabbath? And the female-fronted Atlanta group Royal Thunder have been getting due credit for their Zeppelin-via-Joplin witches brew since the release of their first full-length CVIM. -- By Kory Grow

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