The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 3/4/13

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Bow down to Prince at the Carnegie Hall tribute concert Thursday night
Here are the 10 best shows to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.

'The Music of Prince'
Carnegie Hall
Thursday, 8pm, $48-$299
The Roots will be the house band for impressario Michael Dorf's latest Carnegie Hall fundraiser benefiting music education programs for underprivileged kids. If you've ever wanted to hear Amos Lee, Elvis Costello, D'Angelo, Talib Kweli, Bettye Lavette, DeVotchka, Sandra Bernhard, the Waterboys, and the Blind Boys of Alabama take a stab at everyone's favorite vegan Seventh-day Adventist, here's your opportunity. -- By Richard Gehr

Paquito D'Rivera
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Friday, 7:30pm, $55
It's almost fifty-eight years to the day that Charlie Parker's joined the Hot Seven in jazz heaven, but Bird lives, as the saying goes, in this case through consummate Cuban multi-reedist Paquito D'Rivera, who brings an Afro-Cuban flair to standard bebop repertoire. Cue the violins as he recreates Parker's seminal 1950 collection of ballads, Charlie Parker with Strings, a well-suited complement to D'Rivera's diaphanous sound. Parker was no stranger to Latin clave, having recorded with Machito and Chico O'Farrill, and D'Rivera mines that catalogue with an uncanny, virtuosic style that channels the ghost of a legend. -- By Aidan Levy

Andrew W.K. + Dom+Cities Aviv + Dickpic + Cool Serbia
285 Kent
Wednesday, 8pm, $16
Best known for a single "Party Hard" that also summarizes his creative ethos, Andrew W.K. is a hard rocker who got his start in the cradle of Michigan's punk scene. Once claiming he wanted his music to sound like freedom, W.K. writes anthemic rock songs with pounding piano, brash guitar, and repeated mantras about drinking and partying. Appropriately, his songs have ended up on everything from frat party playlists to beer commercials and Jackass. Now with six studio albums and a handful of EPs out, he's got quite the repertoire of simplistic but wildly catchy rock songs. -- By Sarah Madges

French Montana
S.O.B.'s
Monday, 9:30pm, $25
By the end of 2012, French Montana had emerged as a quintessential figure of the reigning rap vogue, riding high on the (post-Coke) wave of his appearances on last year's most seasonally significant 
anthems: "Shot Caller (Remix)" (winter), "Stay Schemin' " (spring), and "Pop That" (summer). That Rick Ross also appeared on all three songs, and Drake on two of three, doesn't render Montana's 2012 streak any less remarkable. His first foray into the rap game was making the Cocaine City street DVDs, so he's effectively a sideline reporter who sidled his way into rap's starting lineup. In the process, his obsequious habit of referencing other rappers' "notable quotables" has thickened into a fully-realized, broadly-appealing style--yesterday's hot lines paired with today's hottest beats (and ad libs, juuhearddd). -- By Rajiv Jaswa

Indians + Night Beds
The Mercury Lounge
Thursday, 9:30pm, $12
Mystic Danish indie rocker Søren Løkke Juul, the man behind Indians, records heavily reverberated, fuzzy soundscapes of whining keyboards and scratchy acoustic guitars, then he sings lines like, "I'm haunted," in a falsetto that sounds as though he really is. His true talent, though, is replicating the sonorities of his debut, fittingly titled Somewhere Else, in a live context. It requires stacks upon stacks of synthesizers and electronics, but when he opens his mouth, all the heavy equipment is worth it. -- By Richard Gehr



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