The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 12/3/12

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

'Z100 Jingle Ball'
Madison Square Garden
Friday, 7:30pm, $50
With Ne-Yo, Justin Bieber, fun., Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Jason Mraz, The Wanted, Taylor Swift, Olly Murs, B.o.B., and Cher Lloyd.

Chucho Valdes
Carnegie Hall
Tuesday, 8pm, $15-$75
This Afro-Cuban jazz progenitor gave Paquito D'Rivera and Arturo Sandoval their start, has won four Grammys (not that anyone's counting), and has been touring almost constantly for the past several years. At 71, he's a bona fide master of his art form, and Carnegie Hall deserves some Latin seasoning, which will not be in short supply. His quintet, afterall, has two auxiliary percussionists. On December 4, he'll be joined onstage by three other Afro-Cuban jazz piano legends: Danilo Perez, Egberto Gismonti, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. -- By Aidan Levy

Unconscious Disturbance + Mindmaze + Hack + Escape Time
The Trash Bar
Thursday, 8pm, $7
Some claim to hear hints of this group's Sao Paolo origins amid the thrashing prog-rockery. Me, not so much. But there's more than connections to the likes of Cynic and Intronaut in the Brooklyn quintet's double-guitar plasticity, polyrhythm-method drumming, and stop-it-you'll-hurt-your-throat vocals. Help them celebrate their five-years-in-the-making full-length debut, Mind's Corner tonight. -- By Richard Gehr

Simian Mobile Disco + JDH & Dave P
Webster Hall
Thursday, 6pm, $20
Even if recent EP "A Form Of Change" was a garbled mash of rave tropes and big-tent electro aspirations, the prolific English duo Simian Mobile Disco still ride high live with an analog set that incorporates everything from sing-alongs of past hits "We Are Your Friends" to the gnashing of the culinarily-inspired album oddity Delicatessen. -- By Aaron Gonsher

Anais Mitchell + Cuddle Magic
Bowery Ballroom
Monday, 9pm, $15
Earlier this year, alt-folk songstress Anaïs Mitchell played a covetable opening slot at Radio City Music Hall for Bon Iver. She has a close relationship with the lo-fi, folkish band over the years and has collaborated with their frontman Justin Vernon on a few songs in the past. But it's on her own dusky, moody, confessional songs, especially those on her latest Young Man in America--the songs she's performing tonight--where she shines brightest. -- By Kory Grow


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