The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 12/13/13

Categories: Weekend

Courtesy of RCA Records Press // Credit: Tyrone Lebon
Miley Cyrus hits MSG like a "Wrecking Ball" when she headlines Jingle Ball on Friday night
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Friday, 12/13:

'Jingle Ball'
Madison Square Garden
8:00 p.m., $51-$451
Miley Cyrus! Robin Thicke! Pitbull! Enrique! Fall Out Boy! Selena Gomez! Fifth Harmony! Macklemore and that other guy! Must be Jingle Ball, Z100's annual celebration of all things pop, a DJ Earworm year-end mix extended into a four-plus-hour concert. Austin Mahone and Jason Derulo start it off, but things get good when 20-year-old Ariana Grande, a Nickelodeon star turned teen-pop Mariah, performs her Big Pun-influenced "The Way." Stick around, of course, for all of the above, with most artists staying onstage only long enough to play the hits and the headlining pair offering performances less controversial and more accomplished than expected. -- By Nick Murray

Jazz Gallery
9:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m., $15
Even though he's a groove master, things can be a bit unsettled in drummer Johnathan Blake's music -- he messes with polyrhythms and turns the beat every which way while looking for fresh ground. This new band is notable for the two tenors up front, as a zig-zag session with Chris Potter and Ravi Coltrane just might be an end-of-the-year club highlight. Both are fully inventive when it comes to trading ideas. -- By Jim Macnie

Yo La Tengo
The Bell House
Friday through Sunday, 9:00 p.m. daily, $30
What would December be without an epic Yo La Tengo run to warm the cockles of our cold hearts? With Hanukkah overlapping Thanksgiving and Maxwell's succumbing to late-stage capitalism, Hoboken's loss is Gowanus's gain as the trio relocates to the Bell House for four nights (starting December 13) of historically informed eterna-pop; lustrous meditations on life, love, and mortality; and sturdy neoprimitive space jams. YLT presumably won't be replicating their Hanukkah format, however, so expect nothing more (or less) than a couple of sets of mind- and heart-expanding music -- and perhaps some memorable sit-ins -- with these middle-aged rockers in their prime. As Ira Kaplan sings late in Fade, their gentle all-things-must-pass take on keeping faith in precarious times, "If we're not so young, that's the point of it." -- By Richard Gehr

Kendra Morris + Mother Feather
Mercury Lounge
10:30 p.m., $12
Soulful singer-songwriter Kendra Morris is something of a powerhouse. The New York based singer has been keeping busy the last couple years thanks to her 2012 debut album Banshee and this year's collection of covers called Mockingbird. She's been bringing her old-school but refreshed R&B sound and lush vocals across the U.S. and Europe and performing with some of the other most exciting acts in soul today like Charles Bradley. Tonight, she'll be joined by local glam throwback band Mother Feather for a night that'll make you feel like you're in the 1970s in the best way possible. -- By Brittany Spanos

Saturday, 12/14:

Knitting Factory Brooklyn
10:30 p.m., $15-$17
Perhaps you first met JD Samson when she replaced Sadie Benning in Kathleen Hanna's Le Tigre, making the rare transition from stagehand to bandmember and writing songs like This Island highlight "Viz." Perhaps you first heard her production work on Christina Aguilera's Peaches- featuring electro album cut "My Girls," or maybe you stumbled across recent performances by her new group, MEN, at Brooklyn Bowl or Union Pool. Perhaps you've never met her at all. No matter where you fit in, make sure you make it to this gig at Knitting Factory. -- By Nick Murray

Location Info


Madison Square Garden

Seventh Ave. & 32nd St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Jazz Gallery

1160 Broadway, New York, NY

Category: Music

The Bell House

149 7th St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

The Mercury Lounge

217 E. Houston St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Knitting Factory Brooklyn

361 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Barclays Center

620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Washington Square Park

W. 4th St., New York, NY

Category: General

285 Kent Ave

285 Kent Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Brooklyn Bowl

61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Stage 48

605 W. 48th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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