The Ten Best Concerts in New York This Week, 5/13/13

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Maybe R. Kelly will pop up for Phoenix's show at the Apollo on Monday night? We can dream.
Support live music and check out one of these 10 shows this week.

Apollo Theater
Monday, 8pm, $50
How long until Phoenix can play a show without fans wondering if Paris peers Daft Punk will make a surprise appearance? Since the latter duo joined the former four-piece during a show at Madison Square Garden two years ago, the rumors always seem to fly, and when Phoenix played Coachella last month, all they could produce was R. Kelly. Alas. Of course, you go see Phoenix because the band doesn't need any surprise appearances: "Lisztomania" is the best song the Shins never wrote, and even a car commercial couldn't make "1901" any less wonderful. Expect to hear both songs at the Apollo tonight, along with tracks from Bankrupt!, their latest album. -- By Nick Murray

The Killers
Madison Square Garden
Tuesday, 8pm, $35-$65
From Hot Fuss on, the Killers have explored sounds in massively unique waves more than most bands dare to. The dance-y electropop of their debut somehow bled into the Americana vibe of Sam's Town before traversing the Bowie space fantasy of Day & Age. In their 2012, appropriately titled Battle Born, they finally reached a destination where all of these elements could blissfully coexist. When frontman Brandon Flowers isn't touting the group as the best thing since the Beatles, he's putting on a hell of show. -- By Brittany Spanos

Marissa Nadler
Saint Vitus
Monday, 8pm, $12
Although Marissa Nadler's sparse acoustic folk doesn't seem like a natural fit for the confines of Brooklyn's bona-fide metal lair Saint Vitus, she espouses a sort of dark, nightmarish quality, teleported from the backroom some Black Lodge in David Lynch's imagination, that kind of works. Her latest album, last year's The Sister, contains mostly subdued, down-tempo numbers, and her lyrics about dying and hearts made of twisted vines will serve as a relaxing respite from the previous night's Kill 'Em All Karaoke. With Guy Blackeslee of Entrance and Jozef Van Wissem. -- By Kory Grow

'Remembering Mabel & Bobby'
Town Hall
Thursday, 8pm, $25-$500
Not that long ago they'd have needed no introduction. Perhaps they do now: She's Mabel Mercer and he's Bobby Short; together and separately they presided over Manhattan cabaret let it be known with their joint appearance in this room 45 years back. Pay tribute, Mercer-Short disciples singing tonight include Joyce Breach, Eric Comstock, Natalie Douglas, Barbara Fasano, Clint Holmes, Tanya Holt, Andrea Marcovicci, Karen Mason, Steve Ross, and Catherine Russell. Current Mabel Mercer Foundation artistic director KT Sullivan does the presiding. -- By David Finkle

Nico Muhly
Le Poisson Rouge
Tuesday, 6:30pm & 9:30pm
The Social Network meets Carmen in "Two Boys," composer Nico Muhly's Metropolitan Opera debut, which premieres in October 2013 following a several year development process. A true crime story set against a minimalist backdrop in the tradition of Einstein on the Beach, the plot tracks a murder investigation that delves into chat room betrayal, closed-circuit TV, and shifting identity. The 31-year-old composer joins cast members and others to perform excerpts from his operatic nightmare for the digital age, as well as a duo with frequent collaborator violist Nadia Sirota, a critical darling on the contemporary classical scene. -- By Aidan Levy

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