The Ten Best Concerts In NYC This Week, 12/10

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'The Concert for Sandy Relief' w/ Bon Jovi + Dave Grohl + Billy Joel + Alicia Keys + Paul McCartney + Bruce Springsteen + Eddie Vedder + Roger Waters + Kanye West + the Who
Madison Square Garden, Wed., Dec. 12. 7:30pm. $150-$2500.
To aid the relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Sandy, a star-studded pantheon of classic rock, hip-hop and soul musicians are playing tonight's Concert for Sandy Relief. Those confirmed to perform at press time include (and note, there's really no hierarchy to run these in, other than having Macca on top): Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Eric Clapton, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Kanye West, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Billy Joel, the Who, Coldplay's Chris Martin, Bon Jovi and Alicia Keys. Proceeds go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which provides comfort and sustenance to tri-state-area hurricane victims. -- By Kory Grow

'Sounds of Ether'
Joe's Pub, Wed., Dec. 12, 9:30pm. $15.
Invented in 1919, Léon Theremin's keyboardless electronic instrument has been used by serious composers (Copeland, Ives, Bernard Hermann), rockers (the Beach Boys, Pixies, Sleater-Kinney), and everyone in-between. Tonight five expert thereminists--Améthyste, Kip Rosser, Cornelius Loy, Dorit Chrysler, and Rob Schwimmer--demonstrate their various styles, which range from romantic and dreamy to dramatic and unearthly. -- By Richard Gehr

Grass Roots
Barbes, Thurs., Dec. 13. 7 and 8:30pm. $10.
For 16 years, Brooklyn's AUM Fidelity label has unleashed glorious throngs of otherworldly music, presenting New York's avant-garde jazz royalty like David S. Ware, William Parker, and Matthew Shipp. Now, Grass Roots can be added to its paramount stable, and tonight, the Herculean quartet--featuring dueling sax masters Darius Jones and Alex Harding, bassist Sean Conley, and drummer Chad Taylor--celebrate the release of their self-titled debut. Like the gurus they are, Grass Roots effortlessly bounce from epic blues 'n' soul throb, swinging be-bop, improvisational wizardry and chaotic skronking, sometimes all within the same composition. -- By Brad Cohan

!!! + Sinkane + Yellow Dogs
Music Hall of Williamsburg, Thurs., Dec. 13. 9pm. $18/$20
After stints as a touring member of Of Montreal and Yeasayer, this year Ahmed Gallab released his first full-length Mars under the name Sinkane, synthesizing dusty funk and the talk-box squawks of early Funkadelic. Lead single "Runnin'" should have been a song of the summer, and live Sinkane's full band offers extended arrangements of most of the album cuts, fleshed out with horns and emphasizing jangly guitar psychedelia. Fellow DFA flag-bearers !!! headline the night. -- By Aaron Gonsher

Julio Bashmore + Paul Raffaele + Rem Koolhaus
Le Poisson Rouge, Thurs., Dec. 13, 11pm. $15/$20
Julio Bashmore's "The Battle for Middle You" reconciled the growling Bristol bass aspirations with the straightforward scuzzy house of Dirtybird Records, inspiring sing-alongs and offering a sampled command to "get down" that further incited dance floor action. Bashmore has been laying relatively low since his runaway success in 2011 but with a healthy DJ schedule, and local promoters TurrboTax bring him in for his first NYC show since "The Battle for Middle You" blew up. -- By Aaron Gonsher

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