The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 9/21/12

Frank Ocean goes on at 11:45 p.m. Friday on Stage 1 at Pier 36.
In no particular order, here are ten can't-miss shows in New York this weekend. For the Voice's full rundown of New York concerts, hit up

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Rating the Ridiculous Musical Performances of Fashion Week 2010 (So Far)

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As much of the Boom Boom Room as you're ever likely to see. Twitpic via grekotv
Fashion Week is a biannual rite in New York, and with it comes another biannual rite -- awkward, private late-night performances from bands that are either at the center of the zeitgeist (Kanye West on the bar at the Boom Boom Room last week, say) or beloved, out-of-step favorites of the aging designers and promoters who make this week happen (see: Guns N' Roses, anything involving John Varvatos). Mostly, the shows are abbreviated, impromptu, or otherwise improvised -- artists tend to experiment when they wander this far outside the Bowery Ballroom. Thus 2010's Fall Fashion Week has already seen Metric covering the Strokes, the Strokes themselves reuniting for Tommy Hilfiger, Courtney Love covering Lady Gaga at the reborn Don Hill's, and, uh, ZZ Top taking on "Foxy Lady" at Varvatos' Bowery store. With a couple days left to go, we figured we might as well get some rankings going, so next time your phone blows up at 3 a.m. telling you to come to some hard-to-infiltrate club to see Band X, you'll know whether or not to answer the call. Without further ado:

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Patti Smith and Metric Paid Tribute To Alexander McQueen at Last Night's LNA Afterparty at MILK Studios

Metric photo by Anne Koller. We'd have put the Patti Smith shot here, but it's sort of terrifying.
"When people like Alexander McQueen leave us so young we have to remember to live," Patti Smith said in between songs at last night's LNA afterparty at Chelsea's MILK Studios. "Don't forget, you're alive."

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