The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 5/31/2013

Categories: Weekend

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New Kids on the Block had a bunch of hits...and will perform them for you Saturday at Nassau Coliseum
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar.

New Kids on the Block + 98 Degrees + Boyz II Men
Nassau Coliseum
Saturday, 7:30pm, $24.40-$94.50
If you can't make the Backstreet Boys' 20th Anniversary Cruise, then this 3-for-1 boy band tour (appropriately titled "The Package") is for you. Special guests 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men will be joining Donnie, Danny, Jordan, Jonathan, and Joey for to entertain nostalgic fans between the ages of 20 and 40, those who properly understand the type of fervor you need to exhibit when the speakers start booming "Step By Step." The tour's existence and openers sort of make up for them announcing it on The View. -- By Brittany Spanos

The Dandy Warhols
Terminal 5
Friday, 8pm, $30
Although their eight studio albums (and one documentary) have brought them far more recognition, I can't help but associate the Dandy Warhols with Veronica Mars, the cult TV show that benefited greatly from their falsetto-and-synth-heavy "We Used to Be Friends." Most of their songs aren't so funky, though, with Courtney Taylor-Taylor's almost-bored singing voice leading the band through everything from jangly folk rock to self-indulgent psychedelia -- By Sarah Madges

Pitbull + Ke$ha
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Saturday, 8pm, $24.75-$125
Look, I'm no happier to admit this than you are, but in the past decade Pitbull has made as many good tunes as anyone. From the peak crunk of "Bojangles" (those drums!) to the pop house of "Give Me Everything" (those synths!) with detours like the Dominican rap meets Baltimore club "Watagatapitusberry" (what!), the man has hits. Tonight, he joins another hitmaker, the inimitable Ke$ha, she of "Die Young" and "Tik Tok" (that attitude!), for a suburban summer show at Jones Beach. -- By Nick Murray

Futurebirds + The Doorbells
Bowery Ballroom
Friday, 9pm, $15
If you like your Southern rock thick, syrupy, and dreamlike, look no further than this Athens, Georgia, quintet's new Baba Yaga, which captures a Robitussin vibe vaguely, but oh so pleasantly, reminiscent of Chicago's long, lost Souled American. Laconic three-part harmonies, pleading pedal-steel guitar, and lonesome-unto-death lyrics sound like the perfect recipe for a night of heavy self-medicating. -- By Richard Gehr

Claudia Acuna
Brooklyn Museum
Saturday, 5pm, free
Steeped in the bossa tradition and the folkloric culture of her native Santiago, Chile, Claudia Acuna ushers in the change of season with her Latin flair and honeyed alto hues. Before becoming one of the elite voices in jazz, the singer, songwriter, and arranger cut her teeth in the late '90s as part of the cosmopolitan scene that crystallized around now-legendary jam sessions at Zinc Bar and Smalls. While paying her dues, she worked the coat check at the Blue Note before returning to the venue as headliner. -- By Aidan Levy


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You skipped the Wildhearts, the best REAL rock band you've never heard.  Taking Gramercy by storm tonight and Music Hall tomorrow.  Ginger Wildheart will also debut his solo band on Sunday at Mercury Lounge.  Fans of crunchy guitar, three part harmony and great songwriting are encouraged to attend.

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