Top 20 winter concerts
Chill out at these hot events during the next three months.
Mon Dec 5 2011
Feb 10--12, 14 Barry Manilow
These shows have been rescheduled. See here for details.
Williamsburg's finest (yes, he was born and raised in bad-old-days Brooklyn), Barry Manilow presents his impressive concept album, 15 Minutes, at the equally impressive Radio City Music Hall. The record deals with the perils of fame in the modern age; as Manilow recently told TONY: "When 'Mandy' came out, I became a No. 1 pop singer; it knocked me over, and I was 29. What does it do to someone who's in their teenage years?" Besides fantasizing about a superhero battle between Bazza and Simon Cowell, we'll be singing along with gusto to hits old and new. Radio City Music Hall; $50--$300.
Feb 11 The Kills
Toasting a decade of what might be the coolest American-British collab in recent history (musical or otherwise), blues-rock duo the Kills hit Terminal 5 for a celebratory show. You'll no doubt hear songs from all over Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince's catalog—from 2003's gritty, punky debut to last year's moody, blues-centered offering, Blood Pressures—all highlighted by the scorching dynamic this fierce twosome invariably shares onstage. Terminal 5; advance $32.50, at the door $35.
Feb 16 Lock Up
Even in the extreme-metal underground, the term supergroup is abused far too freely—still, what other word could possibly describe a combination that packs the power of Lock Up, which unites current and former members of Napalm Death, At the Gates, Cradle of Filth and Pentagram into an unholy grindcore machine? The quartet barrels into town on the considerable strength of its recently released third LP, Necropolis Transparent. Club Europa; $15.
Feb 24 Parts & Labor
A trendproof local art-punk outfit that's seen a Spinal Tap--worthy procession of drummers (including prominent music scribe Christopher R. Weingarten) pass through its ranks over ten years, Parts & Labor recently announced an indefinite hiatus, to commence after this extra-special show. This'll be your last chance for a while to scream along to BJ Warshaw and Dan Friel's charged-up, noise-juiced rallying cries. 285 Kent Ave; advance $10, at the door $TBA.
Feb 24, 25 Sharon Van Etten
Excellent Brooklyn singer Sharon Van Etten managed to channel the quiet intensity of her early, folk-dappled work into a full-blown band effort for last year's excellent album Epic. At these shows, she'll be celebrating Tramp, her forthcoming third album, which features the National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner plus Beirut man Zach Condon. Be there—or be someone who misses out on a captivating live experience. Feb 24: Music Hall of Williamsburg; Feb 25: Bowery Ballroom; advance $18, at the door $20.