The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 12/20/13

Categories: Weekend

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The Breeders continue making waves with their Last Splash tour at Webster Hall this Friday
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

Friday, 12/20:

The Breeders
Webster Hall
7:00 p.m., $30
On a particularly punky number of the Breeders' 1993 indie-rock touchstone Last Splash, frontwoman Kim Deal sings, "I am the new year/I am the way home." Tonight, those proclamations ring especially true, since 2013 might well be her busiest year ever. Her journey began in Brooklyn in January, when she and the reunited Last Splash lineup played that album in its entirety -- a feat they'll repeat tonight, in addition to performing their 1990 debut, Pod. Over the summer, the members of Deal's other band, the Pixies -- with whom she'd reunited in 2004 -- announced she'd split off from the group, and in the meantime, she's just kept touring with the Breeders. But since all things Deal has started up again must end, these two Webster Hall dates herald some of the final times the Breeders will play Last Splash in full. With Speedy Ortiz. -- By Kory Grow

Brand New
The Paramount
8:00 p.m., $35-$42
This Long Island punk rock quartet took the early aughts by storm with their debut album, Your Favorite Weapon. The follow-up, Deja Entendu was so successful that it earned them a spot on Interscope's roster. Cut to 2013 and the group have gone two years without a new record, but they've been teasing new material and with the recent resurgence of pop-punk, it looks like 2014 is the perfect year for their comeback. Expect plenty of emotion shouted through waves of guitar and insistent drums. -- By Caitlin White

Young Male + Galcher Lustwerk
10:00 p.m., $15/$20
White Material has the tagline "Working Man's Techno," but the nascent Berlin-via-Brooklyn label certainly isn't struggling against the man. Despite having just four releases, White Material is experiencing a serious hype cycle from critics and voracious consumers that have driven prices of their caustic and compact records to more than $100 on Discogs (but no worries if you're a skint, as all four will be repressed in 2014 on Honest Jons). The label braintrust of Young Male and Galcher Lustwerk, two graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, will play live and DJ at Mutual Dreaming, pushing their serrated and pummeling sound of the moment. -- By Aaron Gonsher

Vito & Druzzi + James Friedman + Midnight Magic
The Glasslands Gallery
11:30 p.m., $12/$15
Even though the members of Brooklyn synth-pop duo Light Asylum came together only a couple of years ago, their oeuvre sounds as though it dates back a quarter of a century. Steeped in new old-stock reverb somebody with a Flock of Seagulls haircut likely stockpiled in a closet, the group's music bears all the hallmarks of gothy, dramatic '80s new wave: fuzzy synths, stabbing snare drums, and mostly monotonous, British-ish accented vocals -- not to overlook beautifully nonsensical lyrics like "we're haunting the haunting." Sometimes they give it a positive spin, but most often their music exists in a murky twilight zone all their own. Tonight, the pair play their final New York show of the year, but they'll be partying like it's 19 . . . oh, you know. With Visuals and Agressiva. -- By Kory Grow

Dillon Francis
Terminal 5
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 p.m., $30/$35
In the recent wave of electronic mega-acts, Dillon Francis has ascended to elusive heights. At only 25, he's become one of the foremost electronic producers on the current scene, specializing in Moombahton and Moombahcore, fusing house music production with reggaeton drums and tempos. Expect plenty of crazed fans, a lot of pulsing rhythms and hints of reggae that give his particular style an edge over his peers. -- By Caitlin White

Location Info


Webster Hall

125 E. 11th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

The Paramount

370 New York Ave., Huntington, NY

Category: Music


235 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

The Glasslands Gallery

289 Kent Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: General

Terminal 5

610 W. 56th St., New York, NY

Category: Music


74 Wythe Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Smalls Jazz Club

183 W. 10th St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Roulette Brooklyn

509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Brooklyn Bowl

61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

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