The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 3/18/13

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Catch Disclosure at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday night.
Here are the10 best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.

Music Hall of Williamsburg
Wednesday, 9pm, $18/$20
On "Latch," the first single from British house duo Disclosure, the brothers Lawrence use dubstep wobbles sparingly but effectively. Rather than dominate the tune, they accent it, giving it--and everyone on the floor dancing along--a late-night jolt of energy. After touring with Hot Chip and SBTRKT, the group caught the attention of dance dilettantes with their elastic remix of Jessie Ware's "Running," parlaying that success into gigs around the world, a forthcoming album on Island, and, with "Latch," a genuine hit in the U.K. Tonight, they play the Music Hall of Williamsburg, injecting more energy into an already juiced-up crowd. With Arnold (M|O|D). -- By Nicky Murray

Le Poisson Rouge
Tuesday, 8pm, $25/$27
Thanks to their sweetly sarcastic lyrics with surprising sonic depth, Glasgow's Camera Obscura have repeatedly comparisons to Belle & Sebastian, while still retaining a sound all their own. With unwavering emotional intimacy, lead singer Tracyanne Campbell's voice will whisk you (and everyone else a Le Poisson Rouge) off into a world that is part saccharine, part melancholy, and wholly hard to resist. -- By Sarah Madges

Gui Boratto + Samsara
Highline Ballroom
Friday, 11pm, $20/$30
Boratto emerged out of the silken dreamscapes of late-2000's Kompakt with albums that paired the regenerative structures of minimal techno alongside a healthy dose of melodic schmaltz, with occasional vocal contributions from Boratto's wife providing pop peaks. The Brazilian producer has since crafted melancholy remixes for the likes of Goldfrapp and Massive Attack, and his live sets are hypnotic affairs of muscular timbral tweaks moving bodies over ocean froth and cumulus clouds. This rare U.S. appearance for Gui Boratto is a coup for Verboten, whose bookings of late have trended towards the carefully manicured deep house now making inroads stateside. -- By Aaron Gonsher

Booka Shade
Irving Plaza
Tuesday, 8pm, $25
Commercial appeal notwithstanding, this house duo works best when they get weird, layering aggressively filtered quacks and chirps over beats that start out minimalist but quickly crumble into much more complicated and engrossing fractals. In fact, their biggest flaw might actually be perfectionism: They've kept us waiting since 2010 for their new "Haleshop" EP and this accompanying tour. -- By Vijith Assar

Park Avenue Armory
Wednesday - Friday, 8pm, $40
Installation wizard Rirkrit Tiravanija transforms the Park Avenue Armory's cavernous Wade Thompson Drill Hall into a simulated lunar viewing platform for the New York premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen's epic 1991 electronic work Oktophonie. Audience members, who are asked to wear white, will recline on the floor of the hall as 24-channel timbres volley horizontally, vertically, and diagonally between eight speakers arranged as the corners of a cube. A screaming is only the beginning of what comes across the sky in this digital sequel to the New York Philharmonic's brilliant architectural performance of Stockhausen's Gruppen for three orchestras last year. Part slow, sublime rave, part minimalist light show, Oktophonie mirrors a cosmic confrontation of Lucifer with the archangel Michael in the Tuesday entry of Licht (Light), Stockhausen's seven-day opera cycle. -- By Richard Gehr

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