The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 2/11/13

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Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this week, in no particular order.

Mumford & Sons + The Felice Brothers + Ben Howard
Barclays Center
Tuesday, 8pm, $39.99-$55
Last year their exquisite Babel received as healthy a reception as could reasonably be expected, but don't be fooled by the fact that Mumford & Sons are now superstars: Even when songs like "I Will Wait" and "Whispers In The Dark" bore by hitting their explosive climaxes like clockwork at the halfway point, and each side of that distressingly predictable apex is still as exciting as early 2009 gems like "The Cave" and "Little Lion Man," or the hundreds of years of traditional tunes which in turn preceded those. These songs will probably just end up buried in a shallow grave of CDRs and USB flash drives, but in another era we might have found among them a handful of all-time classics. -- By Vijith Assar

Carole J. Bufford
Metropolitan Room
Wednesday, 7pm, $10
Bufford's 2012 "Speak Easy" was one of the year's best performances, and there's every reason to believe the new "Body and Soul" will either equal or outdo it. For this run she's promised passionate love songs, so look for the body to express what the soul is feeling most profoundly. Ian Herman will keep the pace on piano. -- By David Finkle

Octo Octa + Leverage Models + Test House+Certain Creatures
The Glasslands Gallery
Monday, 8:30, $10
Octo Octa's 4/4 orbits near diva house and classic Chicago house, then gently gets caught in the gravitational pull of chillwave's gauzy atmosphere. Producer Michael Bouldry-Morrison generally snuggles in slow-burn low-fi that arches over time, but blog hit "Let Me See You" showcases his snazzier side. Their label, 100% Silk, initially issued last year's "Rough, Rugged, and Raw" exclusively on cassette, giving Brooklynites perfect to pop into the deck on the drive to Fort Tilden. -- By Alexis Stephens

Joy Orbison + Boddika
Secret Location
Friday, 10pm, free
In their own swampy productions and the limited output of their respective labels, Boddika and Joy Orbison flex through both clangorous polyrhythmic workouts and poppier vocal hooks while appealing to crowds usually split in their favor for one or the other. This night serves as the album release party for Think and Change, the forthcoming compilation from Boddika's Nonplus label that includes tracks from the likes of Four Tet, Scuba, and Joy O's smirking yet accurate "Big Room Tech-House DJ Tool - Tip!" To receive an email with the location, RSVP to blkmarketrsvp@gmail.com -- By Aaron Gonsher

The Civil War in Words and Music
Cooper Union, Great Hall
Wednesday, 6:30pm, free
On February 27, 1860, an unannounced candidate for president was invited to speak at Cooper Union by the Young Men's Republican Union. His name, as 
you may well know, was Abraham Lincoln, and his famous "right makes might" speech propelled him to win his party's nomination. Tonight, on the evening after Lincoln's birthday, catch folk singers Judy Collins and Dar Williams, two-time Tony nominee André De Shields, and actor 
Stephen Lang for The Civil War in Words and Music, a tribute to the speeches and ideas of both Lincoln and the abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The Classical 
Theatre of Harlem provides the gospel music. -- By Angela Ashman



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