The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 4/1/13

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Let Mika bring a little sunshine into your life on Tuesday at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Support live music: A HANDY GUIDE.

Mika
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Tuesday, 9pm, $35
"Why don't you like me?" is a question Mika posed on his breakout hit "Grace Kelly," and since the release of 2007's Life in Cartoon Motion, there has been little doubt how much we love his modernized disco tunes. Since then, the British hit-maker has kept up momentum with his successful 2009 album The Boy Who Knew Too Much and the gorgeous 2012 release The Origin of Love. With his theoretically grandiose but artfully subdued sound, Mika will surely put a little sunshine in your life. -- By Brittany Spanos

Ramesh Misra, Sanghamitra Chatterjee, & Samir Chatterjee
Chhandayan Centre for Indian Music
Friday, 7:30pm, $20
The inestimable legacy of the late sitarist Ravi Shankar is celebrated on the weekend of what would have been his 93rd birthday by one of his preeminent students, Ramesh Misra, along with singer Sanghamitra Chatterjee, and the fine local tabla virtuoso Samit Chatterjee. Misra performs on the notably challenging sarangi, a bowed fretless instrument consisting of three main strings and a few dozen sympathetic strings, all arranged on a single beautiful piece of carved-out wood. -- By Richard Gehr

Ben Rimalower
The Duplex
Wednesday, 9:30pm, $15/$20
He calls this spoken memoir "Patti Issues," and he delivers it with a spellbinding blend of confidence and uncertainty. The issues, should you be wondering, concern the performer's infatuation with the famous LuPone and his eventual opportunity to work with the diva of his dreams. This, however, isn't just a giddy fan's notes: It's also his recalling the difficulties of growing up with an often absent gay father. There's no singing, by the way, but that hardly stops it from being one of the best (and now longest running) cabaret offerings of the year. -- By David Finkle

Tarun Bhattacharya
Rubin Museum of Art
Friday, 6:30pm, $40-$50
Master of the santoor, a 100-string hammered dulcimer, Pandit Bhattacharya has studied under both Shivkumar Sharma, who introduced the instrument to Indian classical music, and Ravi Shankar. He also kicks of the first of several Rubin concerts during this rather amazing weekend festival billed as a tribute to the late sitar legend. Snehasish Mozumdar (mandolin), Kanika Pandey (vocals), Rajeev Taranth (sarod), and Shahid Parvez Khan (sitar), all accompanied by equally accomplished tabla virtuosi, will also perform during the weekend. -- By Richard Gehr

Golden Grrrls + Sea Lions + What Next?
The Glasslands Gallery
Wednesday, 8:30pm, $10
Indie pop trio Golden Grrrls split their time between Glasgow and London; currently they are touring the country for their first US shows ever, in support of their self-titled debut full-length on the legendary Slumberland Records. Prior, Golden Grrrls spent years releasing a steady stream of small-run singles and tapes with UK underground label Night School, all drawing from classic American indie pop and the sounds of underground '80s Kiwi label Flying Nun, gaining the band a well-deserved reputation in DIY punk and indie pop purist circles for their addictive songcraft. -- By Liz Pelly


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