The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 2/8/13

Categories: Weekend

Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this weekend, in no particular order.

Passion Pit+ Matt & Kim
Madison Square Garden
Friday, 8pm, $42.50
Formed in Cambridge in 2007, Passion Pit is what happens when four Berklee College of Music attendees and one Emerson grad get together with some keyboards, synths, samples, and stamina. After releasing the EP that brought us every hipster party's unlikely dance hit, "Sleepyhead," they put out their first full-length album in 2009 and began shuffling around the television circuit, showing up in everything from ads to sitcoms in testament to their melodic accessibility. Last year's relentlessly catchy and uptempo sophomore effort, Gossamer, proves that they've still got the alt-dance market cornered. -- By Sarah Madges

Lindsey Stirling
Webster Hall
Saturday, 7:30pm, $22
What Warren Ellis and C. Spencer Yeh represent for experimental rock and Miri Ben-Ari once aspired to be for hip-hop, violinist Lindsay Stirling stands on the precipice of becoming for brostep: a welcome injection of conservatory-chic humanity. Hers is an appeal that extends beyond a series of provocative YouTube videos. As her music proves, manic flurries of scissor-kicking bow slice make for a perfect compliment to sick-ass bass drops. Who knew that America's Got Talent would produce something this good? -- By Raymond Cummings

Screaming Females + Black Wine + Stormshadow + Home Blitz + Shellshag
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Saturday, 8pm, $13/$15
Founded in 2003, Don Giovanni is 
approaching a full decade of releasing 
the finest punk rock ever to emanate from the basements of New Brunswick, New Jersey. Best known as the home of guitar wiz Marissa Paternoster's Screaming Females, the label has grown to 
include New York City acts like Waxahatchee (which features P.S. Eliot's Katie Crutchfield), Hilly Eye (Titus Andronicus's former guitarist Amy Klein is a member), and anti-folk folk hero Jeffery Lewis, all of whom will play the first day of their sixth annual label showcase. 
Tonight, however, we get the Screaming Females headlining with openers Black Wine, Stormshadow, Home Blitz, and Shellshag, all playing, as the label's informal slogan goes, "local hits for the 
drunk-and-alone crowd." -- By Nick Murray

Stephanie Blythe
Jazz At Lincoln Center, Allen Room, Time Warner Center
Saturday, 8:30pm, $50-$150
If Kate Smith isn't here to sing from her own songbook, then it's unlikely you could find anyone better than this Met diva to do the honors. What? You don't know who Kate Smith was? She's only one of the most famous warblers of the 20th century's first two-thirds, the woman who put Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" on the map. Her signature sign-on was "Hello, everybody!" Will Blythe greet us with her signature sign on, "Hellow, everybody!," for "We'll Meet Again"? Either way, she'll certainly bring all the lusty cheer her predecessor once did. -- By David Finkle

Holopaw + Love As Laughter
Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Friday, 8pm, $10
With Academy Songs, Volume I, these Florida-born Modest Mouse acolytes go back to class to deliver a concept album that delves deep into the agony and ecstasy of adolescence within the cloistered campus of an all-boys prep school. Alienation, angst, and sexual repression run rampant, but Holopaw mines the type of indelibly etched melancholy that once drove the Smashing Pumpkins to cut to the core of the teen years. Now on their fourth album, the band has found a voice that speaks to millennials, but also has appeal for those of us who are old enough to remember the '90s -- By Aidan Levy

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