The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 5/24/13

Categories: Weekend

Catch The Shins in Williamsburg Park Sunday afternoon
If you need even more shows to choose form, be sure to check out our comprehensive and constantly updated New York Concert Calendar. These are the 10 best this weekend.

The Shins + Man Man
Williamsburg Park
Sunday, 5:30pm, $45
"This song will change your life," said Natalie Portman's Sam to Zach Braff's Andrew as she played "New Slang" for him in 2004's quintessential indie classic Garden State. A more accurate statement would've been that Sam and Andrew would change the Shins' lives, as a spot on the Grammy-award winning soundtrack helped catapult the dreamy indie group into mainstream success and scored a now-classic movie scene. After a five year break from making music, the Shins released Port of Morrow, worth a listen while we all wait to see what bands are going to get a Zach Braff seal of approval and career kickstart in his next project. -- By Brittany Spanos

Mariah Carey
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
Friday, 7am, free
Is it that Mariah Carey's abnormally lucky, or that she's got a career mojo that just won't quit? Neither, I'd argue: Her career longevity is directly connected to her collaborative savvy, ability to nimbly surf pop trends, and the best cosmologists and stylists Daydream royalties can buy. Even with her trademark melisma succumbing to something huskier, Mimi's still capable of convincingly co-selling a dewy summer trifle like "#Beautiful," with Miguel. Here's hoping she flounces and chirps eternally. Part of the Good Morning America summer concert series. -- By Raymond Cummings

Robert Fripp and the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists
St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery
Sunday, 4pm, $25
And you thought Amanda Palmer was ambitious. Guitarists versed in meditation and the Fripp's Guitar Craft technique will pay $1000 for the privilege of training with and performing alongside the King Crimson leader during a few East Coast gigs. The fee includes room, board, transportation, and Alexander technique sessions. Fripp says the shows will reflect "a specialized study in the self-organizing properties of complex wholes." Sounds like audiences are getting off easy. -- By Richard Gehr

Wayne Horvitz
The Stone
Ends Sunday, 8pm daily, $10
The wise keyboardist is also an inviting composer--the variety of groups he's led in the past three decades have all arrived with hip charts in front of them. This East Coast residency finds him grooming a throng of improvisers from his Seattle stomping ground, the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble, and their YouTube calling cards suggest that they're able to make moments of melody and mania hold hands. Also slated for this stint: a brass quartet, an evening of duets (a Horvitz forte), and the maestro's octet, Sweeter Than The Day. -- By Jim Macnie

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Beacon Theatre
Saturday & Sunday, 8pm, $54-$130
You know who Tom Petty is. What you might not know is that he made appearances on both The Simpsons and King of the Hill. Having penned and performed countless breakthrough singles, Petty could have called it quits a long time ago if it weren't for his dedication to proving rock & roll's staying power. Catch the rock veteran and his Heartbreakers at Beacon Theatre for a dose of old school covers and long-loved hits. -- By Sarah Madges

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