The Ten Best Concerts in NYC This Week, 4/29/13

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?uestlove, Mason
Kim Gordon, ?uestlove, Andrew Bird and Andrew W.K. walk into a Masonic Temple ... these are the 10 best shows in NYC this week.

?uestlove + Kim Gordon + Andrew Bird + Andrew W.K. + Julia Holter + Vijay Iyer + DJ Spinna
Brooklyn Masonic Temple
Wednesday, 8pm, $15
Unexpected cross-genre collaborations can result in both head-banging brilliance (take Skrillex and A$AP Rocky's "Wild for the Night" or Public Enemy and Anthrax's "Bring the Noise," for instance) and head-shaking disappointment (surely you've by now heard Brad Paisley and LL Cool J's "Accidental Racist"). Expect a little bit of each tonight, when a roster of musicians including ?uestlove, Kim Gordon, Andrew Bird, Andrew W.K., Julia Holter, Vijay Iyer, and DJ Spinna takes over the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, mashing together rock, rap, noise, jazz, folk, and who knows what else, one duet at a time. -- By Nick Murray

Sona M'barek
French Institute Alliance Francaise
Friday, 8pm, $35
This magnificent Tunisian singer performs the Tunisian court music known as mulaf, Arabic classical music, and songs based on the poetry of Tunisia's Aboulkacem Chebbi, Spain's Gabriel Garcia Lorca, Turkey's Nâzim Hikmet, and France's Jacques Prévert. Philadelphia's Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture ensemble will accompany M'barek, whose appearance kicks off the French Institute Alliance Française's World Nomads Tunisia festival. -- By Richard Gehr

Tera Melos + TTNG
Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Thursday, 9pm, $10
Math rock with prog overtones is this Sacramento trio's forte, and they succeed where many of their contemporaries don't in part because they figured out that ever-shifting time signatures and sublime dynamics mean nothing if the tunes aren't there. On one release after another, its melodic instincts have grown stronger, and there has been a greater willingness to evolve beyond complex noise-rock instrumentals into full-fledged, vocal-limned songs in the manner of Jawbox and Polvo, only more fraught, compelling, and blisteringly alive; forthcoming full-length X'ed Out is their most confident entreaty yet. -- By Raymond Cummings

Kris Allen + Jillette Johnson
Highline Ballroom
Wednesday, 8pm, $15-$50
Though he's part of the soon to be dismantled long reign of White Guys with Guitars that took over the once-popular singing competition American Idol, Kris Allen will always be that class's most endearingly sweet. Three years ago, the season eight winner beat out Freddie Mercury-style showstopper Adam Lambert with his boy-next-door half-smile and a feel-good sound ripped straight from the Book of Mraz. In concert, don't be surprised if he steals your heart as swiftly as he did America's. -- By Brittany Spanos

Ed Simon Trio
Jazz Standard
Tuesday & Wednesday, 7:30pm & 9:30pm, $20
The pianist recorded his new live disc at the club last year, and as usual the oomph he gets from his extraordinary rhythm section highlights the polite (and cagey) touch he's become known for. The process reveals that gentility has its own kind of thrust, and as Simon thinks his way through these swinging pieces, he's responsible for lots of the band's unmistakable momentum. Icing on the cake? Watching drummer Brian Blade in action is one of life's true joys.-- By Jim Macnie

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