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

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Highline Ballroom
Tuesday, 9pm, $25/$30
Over a decade ago, Mark Anthony Neal rightly called Bilal's debut album a standout achievement in post-soul black pop and its singer a pimp--a descendant of hypermasculine auteurs Miles and Marvin, capable of masterfully insinuating the vernacular tradition of toasting into milquetoast neo-soul sentiment such as "Soul Sista." Like the game itself, Bilal's sophomore effort was Love for Sale, but Interscope didn't let him sell it. So in 2013, he's onto Love Surreal, out independently later this month. -- By Rajiv Jaswa

Mavis Staples
Jazz At Lincoln Center, Allen Room, Time Warner Center
Thursday, 8:30pm, $30-$225
One of the most unforgettable voices in American music, soul and gospel icon Mavis Staples performs tonight with the backdrop of New York behind her as part of Lincoln Center's "American Songbook" series. Her oeuvre contains classics "I'll Take You There" and "Respect Yourself" that she recorded with her family group, the Staple Singers (whose Yvonne will be singing with Mavis tonight), as well as songs from her recent records, which were produced by the likes of Ry Cooder and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. -- By Kory Grow

Teengirl Fantasy + Laurel Halo + Kelela + Fatherhood
Le Poisson Rouge
Thursday, 10pm, $12/$14
Meandering through the unisex level of Spa Castle, terry-cloth-robed Teengirl Fantasy performs 2012's Tracer in the glow of projected iTunes visualizations. Making art of noise, they play "EFX" backed by vocalist Kelela channeling "Un-Thinkable". I'm ready to descend to the Women's-only level, disrobe, and gingerly step into a stinging hot tub. Laurel Halo's divisively natural harmonizing on "Sunlight on the Faded" ushers in cosmic relaxation. She then shifts between Quarantine and alter ego King Felix's more uptempo tracks. A personal delusion, but this lineup inspires flights of fancy. With Fatherhood, the duo (comprised of Physical Therapy's Daniel Fisher and House of Ladosha's Michael Magnan) whose "hard club" tracks would definitely elevating the rooftop pool. -- By Alexis Stephens

Matmos + Horse Lords + Vorhees
Le Poisson Rouge
Monday, 7pm, $13/$15
A cow uterus, latex fetish clothing, liposuction surgery, and the antlers of a taxidermied elk are just some of the kooky sound sources that the San Franciscan performing duo and romantic couple of M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel have utilized over an unorthodox career that has included collaborations with Björk, writing scores for gay porn, and now new album The Marriage of True Minds, which you can celebrate with this album release party at Le Poisson Rouge. -- By Aaron Gonsher

Arlene's Grocery
Friday, 7pm, $10
Composed of three siblings--Dan, Pat, and Tom Murphy--from, aptly, the City of Brotherly Love, Penrose vacillates between stomping garage rock and downright dark blues. With impossibly catchy riffs that sprawl headfirst into sludgy breakdowns, their music is at once accessible and mystifying--think the Black Keys meets Nick Cave. Catch their album release party at Arlene's Grocery to see what two years of touring and writing engendered. -- By Sarah Madges

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