The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 3/8/13
Here are the 10 best concerts this weekend, in no particular order.
Rock a little harder with the Deftones at Terminal 5 Saturday
Saturday, 8pm, $33.50
Even without considering the 2009 car crash that left founding bassist Chi Cheng comatose, we'd still have to call Deftones the greatest survivors of the nu-metal era, though on some level we're all lucky have to escaped it alive. The two albums they've released since the accident are almost glowing with the same emotional potency that animated "Minerva," "Digital Bath," and "Be Quiet And Drive" all those years ago, with distortion as a warm blanket wrapped tenderly around thoughts and feelings, instead of a wet one being used to smother them. -- By Vijith Assar
I Don't Hear Nothing But the Blues Trio
Sunday, 8pm, $10
Drummer Mike Pride and saxophonist Jon Irabagon have been messing with extended improv forms for the past few years, the tension and tumult of their expressionistic forays becoming blustery ragas. For last year's Appalachian Haze, they added Orthrelm guitarist Mick Barr, who brings hints of drone to the mix. To steal line from Roland Kirk, it's rip, rig, and panic time when they come screaming towards an apex, and they never met a crescendo that wasn't worth imploding. -- By Jim Macnie
Kavinsky + Alex English
Friday, 10pm, $20
If you have trouble listening to Kavinsky's music (specifically the Lovefoxxx collaboration "Nightcall") without seeing Ryan Gosling driving through L.A. with his hands on the wheel and a toothpick in his mouth, you are not alone: A year and a half ago, the opening scene to the movie Drive offered such a perfect pairing of audio and video that the two will always be linked. If you feel like breaking that association (or even if you don't), turn to the French producer's new OutRun, a collection of retro-bangers that surrounds "Nightcall" with a dozen new songs, most equally indebted to the sound of '80s action movies. Once you finish, stock up on toothpicks and head to Webster Hall, where he headlines tonight's Girls & Boys party. -- By Nick Murray
Friday, 10pm, $20
After attending parties at the Paradise Garage, Danny T from Brooklyn embarked on a DJ career that would take him around the world. Tonight, he returns home to New York, playing to ravers half his age at Pacha in Hell's Kitchen.
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Friday, 7:30pm, $55
It's almost fifty-eight years to the day that Charlie Parker's joined the Hot Seven in jazz heaven, but Bird lives, as the saying goes, in this case through consummate Cuban multi-reedist Paquito D'Rivera, who brings an Afro-Cuban flair to standard bebop repertoire. Cue the violins as he recreates Parker's seminal 1950 collection of ballads, Charlie Parker with Strings, a well-suited complement to D'Rivera's diaphanous sound. Parker was no stranger to Latin clave, having recorded with Machito and Chico O'Farrill, and D'Rivera mines that catalogue with an uncanny, virtuosic style that channels the ghost of a legend. -- By Aidan Levy