The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 3/1/13

Categories: Weekend

Swedish House Mafia bring their unstoppable hits to MSG on Friday
Here are 10 of the best shows to check out around the city this weekend, in no particular order.

Swedish House Mafia
Madison Square Garden
Friday, 8pm, $40-$125.50
Like all good blockbusters and brands, Swedish House Mafia have a bankable 
tagline: Goosebumps never lie. Of course, that old truism "numbers never lie" would be just as apt. Since first collaborating in 2007, the trio has sold millions of records and crossed six continents to play for 
millions of people at hundreds of festivals. Tonight at Madison Square Garden, they play for 20,000 more, with Pete Tong, the longtime host of BBC's Essential Mix, and Armand Van Helden, the '90s house and hip-hop fuser who converted a few generations of fans with his A-Trak collaboration Duck Sauce. -- By Nick Murray

Mouse on Mars + Soft Circle + E. Vax
Santos' Party House
Sunday, 7pm, $15
German experimental IDM artists Mouse on Mars are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, which means they've likely been laughing their asses off as the mainstream media has been trying to figure out what this newfangled electronic music actually is. Never the sort to milk wub-heavy drops or collaborate with nu-metal bands (though they've jammed with Mark E. Smith), the duo has simply stayed its course over its career, juxtaposing glitches with grinding synths and occasional krautrock rhythms with funky interpolations. -- By Kory Grow

'My Coma Dreams: Jazz Theater by Fred Hersch'
Columbia University, Miller Theatre
Saturday, 3pm & 8pm, $20-$45
Columbia University's hip Program in Narrative Medicine presents the New York premiere of My Coma Dreams, a jazz-theater work based on dreams and nightmares the fine pianist experienced during a two-month near-death blackout in 2008. The patient ultimately triumphs in Hersch's humanist collage of free improvisation, Thelonious Monk-ish compositions, and musical-theater tunes. -- By Richard Gehr

Saint Vitus
Saturday, 8pm, $15
Musically, Torche sound like the legitimate sons of a union between Hüsker Dü and the Melvins, welding sleek, hummable, poppy hooks to hairy, bass-heavy sludge-rock riffs. Their latest album, Harmonicraft, is the sharpest snapshot of their brand of alt-metal, which can best be described as an unusually bubbly take on hard rock that has to be heard to be understood. Or maybe Harmonicraft's cover art captures it best: Cute, round dragons puke rainbows on meaner, darker dragons who expectorate lightning bolts. They sound kinda like that. -- By Kory Grow

The Wood Brothers
Bowery Ballroom
Friday, 9pm, $20/$22
Bassist Chris Wood will always be inextricably tied to instrumental jam band royalty Medeski Martin & Wood, but when operating outside the firm, known for its avant-garde, improvisatory rendering of funk motifs, Wood's voice, both on vocals and on the fretboard, stems from folksier origins. Brotherly love brings out the bluegrass harmonizing, and he and guitarist Oliver Wood certainly have a near-psychic fraternal bond that, though lacking in the type of sibling rivalry conducive to an edgier aesthetic, has an inborn lyricism and alpine fireplace familiarity that could transform the most cavernous venue into an intimate living room. -- By Aidan Levy

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