The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 3/11/13


Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this week, in no particular order.

Shout Out Louds
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Monday, 9pm, $22/$25
Stockholm-bred indie pop band Shout Out Louds got their start in 2001, when bands like the Strokes were dominating alt-rock radio and winning over the hearts of young adults everywhere. Churning out songs with instantly likeable melodies and heart-on-sleeve earnestness, the fivesome quickly joined their indie band peers on tour and soundtracks to teen dramas like The OC throughout the early aughts. With two guitarists and vocal participation from all but one band member, SOL create richly textured songs that are at once relentlessly upbeat and shimmering with pure pleasantness. — By Sarah Madges

Knife Party
Friday, 10pm, $25
I’m gonna be real with you: I’m not the biggest fan of every artist Pacha books. Knife Party, though? The cat’s meow. That song they did with Swedish House Mafia? I personally have a prior commitment and thus can’t make it to the show, but if, no, when they play that, I’ll still be dancing. — By Richie Vincenzo

Julie Halston
Monday, 7pm, $25-$35
She’s funny reading the phone book or better yet, reading wedding announcements, something she actually might do in this look back at the material that has amused her and audiences over the years. She’s tall, she’s brash, she’s a stitch, and she’s a Charles Busch favorite. What else needs be said? — By David Finkle

Erdal Erzincan
The CUNY Graduate Center
Tuesday, 7pm, $20-$25
Erdal Erzincan is the Eddie Van Halen of the Turkish lute called the baglama, if only when he performs in the tastefully flashy fretboard-tapping selpe style. Known best outside Turkey for his instrumental improvisations with Persian kemenche virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor, Erzincan sings and plays both secular folk and Sufi devotional music. A member of the Alevi lineage, which mixes elements of Sufism and Shi’iism, Erzincan accompanies spiritual songs called nefes on his seven-stringed instrument, which is considered a direct link to the divine for both player and audience. At the same time, Erzincan maintains the Anatolian folk tradition as practiced in Erzurum, where he was born in 1971. Mostly, though, he is a wonderful and often downright funky improviser who spins spellbinding tales through his instrument. — By Richard Gehr

The IU String Virtuosi
Carnegie Hall
Monday, 7:30pm, $35-$45
Knowing for best for the outbursts of their director, Mimi Zweig, once suspended for throwing a folding chair across the pit, the Indiana University String Academy Virtuosi deserve all the hype, playing Carnegie Hall despite only consisting of 5 to 18 year olds. — By Tabitha Bird


Steve Lehman Trio
ShapeShifter Lab
Tuesday, 8pm, $10
The alto saxophonist’s horn lines are the definition of wily, zig-zagging through angled rhythmic terrains with the kind of authority that commands instant respect. The action on last year’s must-have Dialect Florescent, a bass and drums trio date that finds propulsion in all sorts of unusual places, is gripping. Lehman’s alto is as percussive as drummer Damien Reid’s traps, and the well-controlled music often has an explosive feeling. — By Jim Macnie

Dropkick Murphys
Terminal 5
Tuesday & Wednesday, 7:30, $33.50-$38.50
St. Patrick’s Day, or in this case the week leading up to the day, is incomplete without a round of shows headlined by everyone’s favorite Boston-based Celtic Punk band, the Dropkick Murphys. Like another Irish-American brood in the media, the Gallagher family of Showtime’s Shameless, the Dropkick Murphys keep things lightheartedly aggressive and endearingly real. The band is bringing their brazen brand of sing-along friendly hardcore chanteys to Terminal 5 for two straight nights. Don’t forget to wear green. — By Brittany Spanos

Barb Jungr
Joe’s Pub
Wednesday, 7:30pm, $25
Known for covering much appreciated songs in a manner never before considered, Jungr, the Manchester-by-way-of-London gift to American cabaret and jazz, sings with gusto. Although, if we’re splitting hairs, she hails not from Manchester but nearby Stockport, which is why the show’s called “Stockport to Memphis.” — By David Finkle

Excision + Paper Diamond + Vaski
Best Buy Theater
Thursday, 9pm, $28.50
But like, think about it: [Hits joint] Skrillex, Jonathan Davis, Excision, Paper Diamond… dubstep is metal. Like, the new nu-metal. Deep right? — By Chuck Crunkington

Los Colombian Roots
Peter Norton Symphony Space
Wednesday, 7:30pm, $30/$33
If it sometimes seems as though a continent’s worth of music were contained within Colombia, you’ll learn the reason why here. African, European, and indigenous influences mix it up in the drums, gaita flutes, and trance-like vocals of Los Colombian Roots. The New York quintet–which includes members of M.A.K.U. SoundSystem, Dilema Astronauta, and La Cumbiamba NY–will discuss Colombia’s cumbia, porro, puya, tambora, and bullerengue rhythms, and provide copious examples of same. — By Richard Gehr

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