The Ten Best Concerts in NYC This Week

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Hunters perform tonight at Mercury Lounge

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

Keyshia Cole
Mon., 7pm. Best Buy Theater, $40.
As Woman to Woman drops, Keyshia Cole goes live with her sultry, old-school r&b take on strength in the face of duplicitous lovers. Few others are able to lay down soul power ballads that feature Lil' Wayne without conceding any of the spotlight. -- By Aidan Levy

METZ + Hunters
Mon., 9:30pm. Mercury Lounge, $10.
With an arsenal containing squealing feedback, hyper-charged cymbal crashes, and vocalist-guitarist Alex Edkins's worn-ragged vocal chords, Toronto trio METZ turned heads at last month's CMJ festival as they tortured various New York venues' speaker systems. The secret to their appeal is the way their abrasive instrument abuse somehow comes across as accessible enough to have found them a home on Nirvana's pre-fame record label, Sub Pop, but without compromising any of their gnarly, gritty, drooling primal paroxysms. Their self-titled debut seethes with the sort of electric charge that powered the best and dingiest acts to emerge in the mid-'80s pig-fuck music scene (Big Black, Pussy Galore) but never so much as to become utterly nauseating. It's a delicate balance, and it's one that METZ--capital letters and all--somehow maintains. With Hunters. -- By Kory Grow

Del McCoury
Mon., 8pm. City Winery, $55 - $75.
Bluegrass elder Del McCoury, 73, offers a mainline connection to the sound's origins in Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, whom he joined for a while in 1963. This short tour teams the guitarist with Sam Bush, the mandolin king of modern bluegrass (or "newgrass," if you must), who plays the diminutive instrument in a percussive, jazzy, and yet highly emotive style while naturally reflecting its Monroe-vian legacy. -- By Richard Gehr

Of Monsters and Men

Tues. and Wed., 8pm. Terminal 5, $25/$30.
The 2011 debut album from this Icelandic indie folk-pop band combined tricks culled from the Arcade Fire and the Decemberists but avoided the sprawl of either. Group singalongs are present, but only to mask a delicate and rewarding sensitivity. Hope you guys are having fun with the new Mumford & Sons album, but I'll be off listening to this instead. -- By Vijith Assar

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