The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 2/18/13

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Catch Nellie McKay with her Amigos this Monday at Jazz at Lincoln Center
Here are the 10 best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.

Nellie McKay And The Amigos Band
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Monday, 7:30pm & 9:30pm, $30
As New York as stop-and-frisk, this uke-slinging, piano-swinging avenger of the oppressed has never sounded better. Expect nuggets from throughout McKay's remarkable oeuvre, which includes her Rachel Carson tribute "Silent Spring-It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature," her political-pop parfait of a latest album, Home Sweet Mobile Home, and random bursts of classic Americana from Dave Frishberg, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, Neil Young, and Charles Mingus. -- By Richard Gehr

Matthew Dear + The Virgins + The Rapture + Jim-e Stack
Thursday,10pm, $30
Producer, DJ, and electronic avant-pop artist Matthew Dear got his start in the Detroit techno scene in 1999. With glitchy synths and cloudy electro production, his music lingers in ambiguous territory, somewhere between dark and dancey, microhouse and harder techno. With one foot in Reznorian industrial murk and the other in Eno-esque ambient pop, Dear conjures up an unrelenting, hypnotic blend of sounds. --By Sarah Madges

K. Michelle
B. B. King Blues Club & Grill
Tuesday, 8pm, $25/$28
K. Michelle's 2012 mixtape 0 F*cks Given detailed her piques and pains with a specificity and vocal dexterity befitting mentor R. Kelly at his secular, pre-revivalist peak but without his impersonal use of artifice. The dissonance between title and content is not rooted in the self-delusion that Ms. Michelle's reality show, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, frequently exploits. Rather than feigning implacability, 0 F*cks asserts a defiant, radical vulnerability, as intimated on the bare-all cover photograph. -- By Rajiv Jaswa

Deerhoof & Del Niente w/ Marcos Balter
Merkin Concert Hall
Wednesday, 7:30pm, $25
The Ecstatic Music Festival continues its cavalcade of intriguing collaborations with this edition featuring the Chicago contemporary music ensemble Dal Niente, who will perform drummer Greg Saunier's Deerhoof arrangements. Del Niente and the experimental rock quartet will also collaborate on a new work by Brazilian composer Marcos Balter. Expect shocks, humor, and pummel in varying proportions. -- By Richard Gehr

Dan Friel + Guardian Alien+Yvette + Braxton
Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Tuesday, 9pm, $10
Dan Friel's new Total Folklore is like a confrontational, bombastic, and jagged remake of Walter/Wendy Carlos's groundbreaking 1968 synthesizer hit, Switched-On Bach--and that's a compliment. The "folk" aspect refers both to the former Parts & Labor member's blunt-edged tools--a 1984 Yamaha PortaSound keyboard, thrift-store pedals, and OS9 Mac--as well as found sounds gleaned from long Brooklyn strolls. His mixture of brutal electronics and rather sweet classically inspired melodies deliver a visceral jolt, particularly in "Ulysses," a pummeling 13-minute homewrecker of an opener. In addition to his solo set, Friel will shiver the timbers with a one-off group that includes members of Titus Andronicus, Guardian Alien, Parts & Labor, and Oneida. Guardian Alien, Yvette, and DJ Tyondai Braxton open. -- By Richard Gehr

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