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

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No longer the missing ones, Desaparecidos take over two nights at Webster Hall this week.

Desaparecidos + Joyce Manor + States and Kingdoms
Webster Hall
Tuesday & Wednesday, 7pm, $25
It may have taken Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst a decade, but by last year, he had witnessed enough injustice to re-form his activist-minded, raw-sounding post-hardcore group Desaparecidos. That group, whose name translates to "disappeared ones" and references 30,000 Argentinians whom the country's military dictatorship seemingly erased from existence in the '70s and '80s, only released one album in its first run, 2002's Read Music/Speak Spanish. But then they found inspiration for a new song in the anti-immigration screeds of Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who works in that state's Maricopa County. Last year, they released the song "MariKKKopa" about Arpaio, as one face of a double-A-sided single. Now, they're returning, full of ire, with the single "Anonymous," this time praising the Occupy movement with the declaration, "You can't stop us/We are anonymous." Them's fightin' words. -- By Kory Grow

Mostly Other People Do the Killing
Cornelia Street Cafe
Thursday, 8:30pm, $10
There's no less frenzy in the puckish jazz band's new Slippery Rock, but there is more melody, and therefore more coherence. From Jon Irabagon's circular squawk to Kevin Shea's post-Bennink bash, refinements have been made, and they make the music a tad more entertaining. On stage, well, frenzy is the coin of the realm for the fourtet's fans, and these guys have plenty of pennies in their pocket. -- By Jim Macnie

Bob Mould + Bear in Heaven
Bowery Ballroom
Tuesday & Wednesday, 9pm, $25
Shortly after entering his own silver age (or maybe just the age of silver hair), 52 year-old Hüsker Düde Bob Mould returned to his hard-edged alt-rock rööts last year with the soaring, guitar-driven Silver Age. After years of albums that dabbled with electronics and (more surprising) Auto-Tune, the singer is applying his acidic vocals to an appropriate setting. Better yet, his concerts--including this one, find him singing not just songs from Silver Age, but also dipping back into his Hüsker Dü and Sugar catalogs. -- By Kory Grow

Man Man + Murder by Death
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Thursday, 8:30pm, $20/$22
Philly-bred experimental rockers Man Man are more than reckless percussion, face paint, and piano-pounding. Using every idiosyncratic instrument possible, from a Rhodes to a Danelectro, they produce all kinds of orchestral arrangements boosted by growling bass lines and lead man Honus Honus's rabid vocals. Although their albums often involve cartoon voices and kazoos, there is a compelling emotional realism that packs its own punch. 2011's Life Fantastic continues to demonstrate this lyrical and melodic sophistication, but don't worry--the fewer wacky moments don't mean Man Man can't put on the raucous show they're known for. -- By Sarah Madges

Gary Peacock, Marc Copland, & Joey Baron
Birdland
Tuesday-Friday, 8:30pm & 11:00pm, $30-$40
A piano trio that thrives on the wisdom of agility, this band moves from rumination to rumble as the evening unfolds. The idea isn't to keep audience off balance, it's to offer a range of hues. Copland is a pianist who values mood as much as rhythm, and he's often willing to let the music float a bit. That's why his cohorts are aptly chosen: Both Baron's feathery snare rolls and Peacock's rich plunks are expert at observing the value of pure sound. -- By Jim Macnie

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