The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 4/5/13

Categories: Weekend

Catch the girl and boy on fire when Alicia Keys and Miguel take over Barclays center on Friday night
These concerts are all certified "Best of Weekend" by the mayor's office. We bring them to you by court order.

Alicia Keys + Miguel
Barclays Center
Friday, 8pm, $49.50-$125
However you feel about Alicia Keys--whether you love her voice and piano chops or find those same qualities boring and bland--you know deep down that when the DJ puts on "No One" as the party is about to end, you are there dancing, sweating, and emoting with the rest of us. Tonight, the "rest of us" run 19,000 deep, and the dancing, sweating, and emoting will continue through recent radio staple "Girl Is on Fire," "Fallin'," her 2001 breakthrough, and "Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart," her best after "No One." Miguel opens, setting the mood with tracks like "Adorn" and "Do You . . . ," two of the finest slow jams of 2012. -- By Nick Murray

Leonard Cohen
Radio City Music Hall
Saturday & Sunday, 8pm, $69.50-$200
As a near octogenarian, Leonard Cohen has become surprisingly ubiquitous. Between last year's new album, Old Ideas, and his surprisingly rigorous touring schedule, an in-depth biography by Sylvie Simmons came out, Adam Sandler parodied the Canadian poet's "Hallelujah" at the 12-12-12 concert, and author Alan Light put out an insightful book about the history of that particular song. Now, just a few months after his December concerts, he's returned for another breathtaking round of songs of love and hate. Kurt Cobain once sang, "Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld"; we should be so blessed. -- By Kory Grow

Abstract Currents: An Interactive Video Event
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Sunday, 8:30pm, $14-$25
For the past several weeks, artists, 
filmmakers, and anyone else with a video camera have been submitting their one-minute abstract videos to MOMA via Vimeo for a chance to be shown in the museum. Tonight, see the best of the bunch at MOMA's Abstract Currents: An Interactive Video Event. Part of the museum's PopRally party series, the evening includes a screening of the works with live music you can sway to provided by San Francisco-based dream-pop singer Tamaryn. The program is inspired by MOMA's current exhibitions Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925 and 
Abstract Generation: Now in Print. -- By Angela Ashman

The Cave Singers
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Saturday, 9pm, $15
Produced by Northwest mastermind Phil Ek, the record from Seattle's folk-gone-rogue rockers the Cave Singers manages to wrangle in both the area's historically grunge sounds and the feeling of pastoral surroundings. Expect guitar noise that swoons into stabbing solos and harmonies that lean into the territory of Fleet Foxes with none of their preciousness. There may be folk at the foundation of their music, but the Cave Singers have built a decidedly rock sound on top of it. -- By Caitlin White

Ramesh Misra, Sanghamitra Chatterjee, & Samir Chatterjee
Chhandayan Center for Indian Music
Friday, 7:30pm, $20
The inestimable legacy of the late sitarist Ravi Shankar is celebrated on the weekend of what would have been his 93rd birthday by one of his preeminent students, Ramesh Misra, along with singer Sanghamitra Chatterjee and the fine local tabla virtuoso Samit Chatterjee. Misra performs on the notably challenging sarangi, a bowed, fretless instrument consisting of three main strings and a few dozen sympathetic strings, all arranged on a single beautiful piece of carved-out wood. -- By Richard Gehr

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