The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 3/11/13

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Indie pop purveyors Shout Out Louds play Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday
Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this week, in no particular order.

Shout Out Louds
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Monday, 9pm, $22/$25
Stockholm-bred indie pop band Shout Out Louds got their start in 2001, when bands like the Strokes were dominating alt-rock radio and winning over the hearts of young adults everywhere. Churning out songs with instantly likeable melodies and heart-on-sleeve earnestness, the fivesome quickly joined their indie band peers on tour and soundtracks to teen dramas like The OC throughout the early aughts. With two guitarists and vocal participation from all but one band member, SOL create richly textured songs that are at once relentlessly upbeat and shimmering with pure pleasantness. -- By Sarah Madges

Knife Party
Friday, 10pm, $25
I'm gonna be real with you: I'm not the biggest fan of every artist Pacha books. Knife Party, though? The cat's meow. That song they did with Swedish House Mafia? I personally have a prior commitment and thus can't make it to the show, but if, no, when they play that, I'll still be dancing. -- By Richie Vincenzo

Julie Halston
Monday, 7pm, $25-$35
She's funny reading the phone book or better yet, reading wedding announcements, something she actually might do in this look back at the material that has amused her and audiences over the years. She's tall, she's brash, she's a stitch, and she's a Charles Busch favorite. What else needs be said? -- By David Finkle

Erdal Erzincan
The CUNY Graduate Center
Tuesday, 7pm, $20-$25
Erdal Erzincan is the Eddie Van Halen of the Turkish lute called the baglama, if only when he performs in the tastefully flashy fretboard-tapping selpe style. Known best outside Turkey for his instrumental improvisations with Persian kemenche virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor, Erzincan sings and plays both secular folk and Sufi devotional music. A member of the Alevi lineage, which mixes elements of Sufism and Shi'iism, Erzincan accompanies spiritual songs called nefes on his seven-stringed instrument, which is considered a direct link to the divine for both player and audience. At the same time, Erzincan maintains the Anatolian folk tradition as practiced in Erzurum, where he was born in 1971. Mostly, though, he is a wonderful and often downright funky improviser who spins spellbinding tales through his instrument. -- By Richard Gehr

The IU String Virtuosi
Carnegie Hall
Monday, 7:30pm, $35-$45
Knowing for best for the outbursts of their director, Mimi Zweig, once suspended for throwing a folding chair across the pit, the Indiana University String Academy Virtuosi deserve all the hype, playing Carnegie Hall despite only consisting of 5 to 18 year olds. -- By Tabitha Bird

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