The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 3/25/13

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The Diplomats celebrate a decade of Diplomatic Immunity this Monday at B.B. King's.
Here are the 10 best concerts around the city this week, in no particular order.

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Monday, 11:30pm, $40-$45
If the Diplomats--for tonight's purposes that's Harlem rappers Cam'ron, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, and Freekey Zeekey--celebrated every anniversary, they'd be performing shows like this every week. For half a decade, the group's music, filled with streetwise tongue twisters and soul-sampling crescendos, ruled New York: While at one corner you might have found an enterprising small business owner attempting to hawk the group's latest mixtape, at the next you'd be passed by a car giving the entire block a free listen. Tonight, for the sake of both convenience and still-played jams like "Dipset Anthem" and "I Really Mean It," the group heads to B.B. King's to honor the decade that's passed since their joint Diplomatic Immunity double-album. -- By Nick Murray

Kate Nash + Supercute!
Bowery Ballroom
Tuesday, 9pm, $20
Back in 2007, Nash found fans outside of her native London with "Foundations," a track whose punchy keys and attitude-drenched vocals invoked Amy Winehouse and preceded Florence & the Machines. With a second album that channels both Diana Ross and Kathleen Hannah, the singer has slowly but surely help create a niche that takes hints from both pop and punk, and gives the audience much to both hairbrush-sing and fist-pump about. -- By Sarah Madges

Chuck Ragan + Rocky Votolato + Dave Hause + Jenny Owen Youngs
Irving Plaza
Thursday, 7pm, $22.50
Somewhere between singer-songwriter and perfect-for-TV-scores status, Jenny Owen Youngs brings youthful charm to every song she sings, no matter the thematic depth involved. With infectious melodies narrated by her sweetly earnest vocals and happy mid-tempo percussion, Youngs' music is catchy and completely inoffensive--the kind of thing you'd absentmindedly whistle. Think a folkier Regina Spektor with Zooey Deschanel bangs, Jeff Tweedy's guitar, and the girl next door's unassuming air. -- By Sarah Madges

Bad Religion + Against Me! + Polar Bear Club
Terminal 5
Tuesday, 7:30pm, $28.50/$32
Career, Korea, whatever: Bad Religion never ceasing to exist seems, well, downright plausible. These California lifers are easing into decade number four with vigor and brio to spare, and unlike, say, Propagandhi, the tenor of their angst is immediately recognizable, a solid brand. That they're a gateway to more radical fare makes them whipping boys for cynics who've long since soured on All Ages and Against The Grain, but hey, we've all gotta merge onto the road to revolution somewhere, right? -- By Raymond Cummings

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds + Sharon Van Etten
Beacon Theatre
Thursday & Friday, 8pm, $39.50-$69.50
Now that the maestro of the morose has survived what we assume was one hell of a midlife crisis--the only evidence being the scabrous, virile declarations on songs like "No Pussy Blues" that he released with his noise-rock band Grinderman--Nick Cave has returned to his main gig: conducting the symphony of sadness that is the Bad Seeds. On their latest, Push the Sky Away, he paints in darkly muted tints, singing with delicate melodies songs about the trivial trappings of modern life and, in true Cave fashion, love. -- By Kory Grow

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