The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 5/3/13

Categories: Weekend

RiRi and A$AP play Barclays this weekend
Each of these 10 shows shine bright ... like a diamond ... in the sky.

Rihanna + A$AP Rocky
Barclays Center
Saturday & Sunday, 8pm, $39.50-$150
Seventeen when she released "Pon de Replay," 19 for "Umbrella," Rihanna accomplished more in her first two decades than many do in a lifetime. Now 25, the Barbados-born pop star is touring the world in support of "Diamonds," the ethereal lead single that spent three weeks at No. 1 on the charts, "Pour It Up," the Mike Will-produced banger that's currently No. 1 in the clubs, and Unapolgetic, the diverse, complicated, uncompromising album that might be her best ever. She's maturing in front of our eyes, but not in the way that anyone had expected. Catch her tonight with Harlem's own A$AP Rocky. -- By Nick Murray [UPDATE: Rihanna's Barclays show has been pushed back to Tuesday due to game seven between the Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls.]

Brooklyn Flea Record Fair
Williamsburg Waterfront
Saturday, 11am, free
In what is becoming a nice complement to Record Store Day at the city's music shops each April, the semiannual Brooklyn Flea Record Fair returns today with a diverse array of vendors and exclusive releases for music obsessives. Labels like Fatcat and Warp sell rare items, like a cassette from indie rockers Paws that isn't available in stores, and "super limited box sets" from Aphex Twin, Brian Eno, Autechre, and more. The fair also hosts booths run by collectors, local stores like Other Music, and nearly 30 indie record labels including DFA and Merge, as well as a soundtrack provided by guest DJs like James Pants and Veronica Vasicka of Minimal Wave. -- By Kory Grow

Michael Musto's '70's Disco Extravaganza
54 Below
Saturday, 11am, $20
After the huge success of Michael Musto's '70s Disco Extravaganza in the basement of Studio 54 a few months ago, we knew no one would let him get away without an encore performance. And sure enough, he's back tonight with fabulous sidekicks Snooky and Tish and the groovy sounds of the Elektrik Company. Special guests include Sarah Dash of '70s girl group Labelle performing their hit tune, "Lady Marmalade," with Tony nominee Orfeh and gorgeous Joey Arias. -- By Angela Ashman

Kronos Quartet
Carnegie Hall
Friday, 9pm, $54-$64
For the past four decades, San Francisco's Kronos Quartet has highlighted works by contemporary classical composers. Tonight, as part of Carnegie Hall's My Time, My Music program, it's performing the world premiere of You Know Me From Here, a piece by Brooklyn composer Missy Mazzoli, who has been creating lush, dramatic, and vibrant works for the past decade or so. The evening will also contain the New York premieres of Ukrainian composer Silvestrov's "String Quartet No. 3" and Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov's Babylon, Our Own, as well as a performance of rock experimenter Laurie Anderson's "Flow." -- By Kory Grow

Krishna Bhatt & Anindo Chatterjee
Peter Norton Symphony Space
Sunday, 7pm, $30
A longtime student of the late Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akhbar Khan, sitarist Krishna Bhatt is a brilliant virtuoso of Hindustani music who blends the gayaki (vocal) and tantrakari (instrumental) styles. He has also appeared on crossover albums with saxophonist George Brooks and keyboardist-composer Terry Riley. Anindo Chatterjee is equally renowned for his impeccable tabla technique. Expect extreme raga conditions. -- By Richard Gehr

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