The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 3/18/13


Here are the10 best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.

Music Hall of Williamsburg
Wednesday, 9pm, $18/$20
On “Latch,” the first single from British house duo Disclosure, the brothers Lawrence use dubstep wobbles sparingly but effectively. Rather than dominate the tune, they accent it, giving it–and everyone on the floor dancing along–a late-night jolt of energy. After touring with Hot Chip and SBTRKT, the group caught the attention of dance dilettantes with their elastic remix of Jessie Ware’s “Running,” parlaying that success into gigs around the world, a forthcoming album on Island, and, with “Latch,” a genuine hit in the U.K. Tonight, they play the Music Hall of Williamsburg, injecting more energy into an already juiced-up crowd. With Arnold (M|O|D). — By Nicky Murray

Le Poisson Rouge
Tuesday, 8pm, $25/$27
Thanks to their sweetly sarcastic lyrics with surprising sonic depth, Glasgow’s Camera Obscura have repeatedly comparisons to Belle & Sebastian, while still retaining a sound all their own. With unwavering emotional intimacy, lead singer Tracyanne Campbell’s voice will whisk you (and everyone else a Le Poisson Rouge) off into a world that is part saccharine, part melancholy, and wholly hard to resist. — By Sarah Madges

Gui Boratto + Samsara
Highline Ballroom
Friday, 11pm, $20/$30
Boratto emerged out of the silken dreamscapes of late-2000’s Kompakt with albums that paired the regenerative structures of minimal techno alongside a healthy dose of melodic schmaltz, with occasional vocal contributions from Boratto’s wife providing pop peaks. The Brazilian producer has since crafted melancholy remixes for the likes of Goldfrapp and Massive Attack, and his live sets are hypnotic affairs of muscular timbral tweaks moving bodies over ocean froth and cumulus clouds. This rare U.S. appearance for Gui Boratto is a coup for Verboten, whose bookings of late have trended towards the carefully manicured deep house now making inroads stateside. — By Aaron Gonsher

Booka Shade
Irving Plaza
Tuesday, 8pm, $25
Commercial appeal notwithstanding, this house duo works best when they get weird, layering aggressively filtered quacks and chirps over beats that start out minimalist but quickly crumble into much more complicated and engrossing fractals. In fact, their biggest flaw might actually be perfectionism: They’ve kept us waiting since 2010 for their new “Haleshop” EP and this accompanying tour. — By Vijith Assar

Park Avenue Armory
Wednesday – Friday, 8pm, $40
Installation wizard Rirkrit Tiravanija transforms the Park Avenue Armory’s cavernous Wade Thompson Drill Hall into a simulated lunar viewing platform for the New York premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s epic 1991 electronic work Oktophonie. Audience members, who are asked to wear white, will recline on the floor of the hall as 24-channel timbres volley horizontally, vertically, and diagonally between eight speakers arranged as the corners of a cube. A screaming is only the beginning of what comes across the sky in this digital sequel to the New York Philharmonic’s brilliant architectural performance of Stockhausen’s Gruppen for three orchestras last year. Part slow, sublime rave, part minimalist light show, Oktophonie mirrors a cosmic confrontation of Lucifer with the archangel Michael in the Tuesday entry of Licht (Light), Stockhausen’s seven-day opera cycle. — By Richard Gehr


Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories + Anya Marina
Highline Ballroom
Wednesday, 8pm, $29.50-$55
With cat-eye glasses, dark dresses, and a “Rachel” haircut combined with crafting the leading hit among a sudden post-grunge wave of female singer-songwriters for the most perfect Gen X film, Lisa Loeb had no way of avoiding the possibility of staking her claim as a cultural landmark of the 1990s. Fast-forward to now and we’re all still listening to “Stay (I Missed You),” watching Reality Bites, and loving Loeb’s earnest voice and relatable lyrics, as represented on her newest album No Fairy Tale. Catch her at Highline Ballroom and hop right on to that ’90’s nostalgia train. — By Brittany Spanos

Craig Morgan + Phil O’Donnell
Joe’s Pub
Tuesday, 6:30pm & 9:30pm, $35-$45
If he weren’t already a singer, Craig Morgan would make a good subject for a country song: Born in Tennessee, this married father of four served 10 years in the army before returning home to raise his kids, rescue someone else’s from a burning building, and (according to the genre’s most played song of 2005) spend his Sunday mornings in church and afternoons playing touch football with the neighbors. Tonight, he and frequent collaborator Phil O’Donnell perform the latest installment of Joe’s Pub’s CMA Songwriters series, showing us cityfolk what we’re missing with stripped-down versions of tunes like “More Cars Than People,” “Bonfire,” and “International Harvester.” — By Nick Murray

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 to be said? — By David Finkle

Talib Kweli
Brooklyn Bowl
Monday, 9pm, $15
Before going on tour, the Brooklyn-born rapper comes home for a two-night engagement to promote his forthcoming Prisoner of Conscious. Outside of Black Star, his groundbreaking duo with Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, Kweli has carved a niche for himself by blending socially conscious themes with a pop sensibility and cerebral rhymes, never losing sight of the genre’s deep jazz lineage. The pulse of the synth-heavy Prisoner singles like “Upper Echelon” suggests that he remains in top form — By Aidan Levy

Anuhea + Justin Young
Santos’ Party House
Thursday, 7pm, $15
In an era of automated radio playlists and MCs rapping over mp3s, the great hip-hop DJs from years past still stand tall, and for your dancing pleasure, the folks at Santos Party House have assembled a few of the best on a single bill. Clark Kent made a name for himself producing tracks for 
Junior M.A.F.I.A. and Reasonable Doubt-era Jay-Z, while Stretch Armstrong cut 
records over the air for WKCR and Hot 97 and won’t be afraid drop a few house or club songs if the mood is right. Tony Touch held down the ’90s mixtape scene, and 
D-Nice goes back all the way to Boogie Down Productions. Rich Medina, meanwhile, had the Wick sweating at the latest New York Do Over. Expect more of the same tonight. — By Nick Murray

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