The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 2/25/13

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Solange kicks off the week with a show at Webster Hall.
Here are the 10 best concerts in the city this week, in no particular order.

Webster Hall
Monday, 9pm, $25
Though I share Solange's enthusiasm for Craig David and Groove Theory, her recent tweets requesting the hiring of more "writers who truly understand" the "culture of r&b", probably aren't about me. I'm stuck in a historical materialist understanding of r&b as a function of black middle class expansion and corporate neo-colonialism. And I understand Solange as the fly femme flâneur of this Brooklyn moment, where we're still dancing to Whitney in the shadow of the Barclays Center. -- By Rajiv Jaswa

Tom Wopat
54 Below
Monday, 7pm, $20-$34
Wopat has left Hazzard far behind but become even more hazardous in his recordings. With his subtle macho, he gets the most from the material included on his moody new I've Got Your Number CD. Aside from two obviously autobiographical songs--"Summer Dress" and "I Still Feel That Way"--the duke explores nifties by Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, and Bruce Hornsby with somber aplomb. -- By David Finkle

Unknown Mortal Orchestra + Foxygen + Wampire
Bowery Ballroom
Thursday, 9pm, $15
The formerly anonymous UMO turned out to be the ingenious studio invention of Ruban Nielson, who now leads a trio. The Portlandia-based New Zealander's distinctive finger-style manner with an electric guitar elevates his androgynous voice and downbeat pop songs nearly into XTC territory, although the Flying Nun stable, which he joined as a former member of the Mint Chicks, is certainly a bigger influence. -- By Richard Gehr

Burnt Sugar Cinefhonic Strike Force
The Stone
Thursday, 8pm, $10
Greg "Ironman" Tate perpetuates the late Bruce Morris's conduction techniques in Burnt Sugar's score for African-American filmmaker Oscar Michaeaux's 1925 silent film Body and Soul, wherein Paul Robeson plays the double role of a sham preacher and his inventor brother. Sugar's little big band of a lineup blends voices (Carl Hancock Rux, Abby Dobson), electronics, guitar, and horns. Tate debuts his new song project Rebellum during at 10 p.m. -- By Richard Gehr

Bang on a Can
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Tuesday, 6pm, $10
Impressionism canoodles with minimalism when the always inventive local new music organization presents "Consonant Abstraction: Claude Debussy and Steve Reich" in conjunction with the current MOMA exhibition "Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925." Teachers and students from Bang on a Can's Massachusetts MOCA summer program will perform a chamber version of Claude Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun followed by Steve Reich's modern classics, Electric Counterpoint and Different Trains. -- By Richard Gehr

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