The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 4/8/13

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Fleetwood Mac will make "Dreams" come true with the MSG stop of their reunion tour on Monday night.
Here are the 10 best shows around the city this week, in no particular order.

Fleetwood Mac
Madison Square Garden
Monday, 8pm, $49.50-$179.50
Sure, Fleetwood Mac recently reissued their 1977 mega-hit album Rumours in hundred-dollar deluxe configurations with T-shirts and posters and a couple droplets of the witch juju Stevie Nicks used to withstand the rise of punk. And sure, the Big Mac has served up over 100 million LPs in sales worldwide. But all this still doesn't really explain why the classic lineup (sans Christine McVie) is touring for the second time in a decade with no new album, despite having songs written. Rumor is, though, that they'll play two new ones. The rest will just have to be hits. -- By Kory Grow

Wavves + Fidlar + Cheatahs
The Glasslands Gallery
Thursday, 8:30pm, $18
It's hard to believe an entire five years have passed since the first songs surfaced from Wavves, originally the gritty bedroom-recorded noise-pop project of California's Nathan Williams. In the years that followed, Williams has released a string of higher-fi more commercially-oriented guitar-pop records, the most recent of which is is Afraid Of Heights, the fourth Wavves studio album and one containing some of the band's best songs to date. Check out "Demon To Lean On" or "Cop" for proof, and then bop around to their punky West Coast-inspired songcraft tonight at Brooklyn's Glasslands Gallery with fellow Cali punx FIDLAR and London's Cheatahs. -- By Liz Pelly

Vinnie Golia
Ibeam
Wednesday, 8:30pm, $10
The West Coast wizard doesn't come to town often enough, but this visit for a Roulette Jazz Composer Series show finds him playing one of the most intimate rooms in BK, this time stressing his horn, not his pen. With a rollicking rhythm section of drummer Weasel Walter and bassist Max Johnson keeping the chatter level high, veteran saxophonist Golia should demonstrate just how naturally his provocative ideas flow at this late date. -- By Jim Macnie

Lianne La Havas + Jamie N Commons
Webster Hall
Tuesday, 8:30pm, $22
The 23-year-old Brit has sung backup for Paloma Faith and toured as a supporting act for Bon Iver and Alicia Keys, but now having paid some dues on the road, she has the singer-songwriter bona fides to shoulder a worldwide tour of her own. On her debut studio album, Is Your Love Big Enough, La Havas threads the needle between soulful vibrato and throttling electric guitar, a combination that gives her a refreshing unity of opposites, with the kinky hair and sidelong glance to keep listeners guessing as to how innocent her edge might be. -- By Aidan Levy

Mika
Le Poisson Rouge
Tuesday, 7pm, $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 entertain "an intimate evening" at LPR and put a little sunshine in your life. -- By Brittany Spanos



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