By Daniel Jumpertz
Special to DNAinfo
Wednesday February 1
Petula Clark is in town for her first New York nightclub engagement since the 1970s at Feinstein's at the Regency. The most commercially successful female singer in British chart history began performing onstage at 7-years-old, and was a film star through the 1940's and '50s before she scored her first hit in 1954. In 1964, she became the first British woman to enjoy a US number one with her Grammy winning "Downtown." A string of hits continued through the '60s. Also Feb. 2,3,4.
Thursday February 2
Thurston Moore's latest album is a laid-back folk effort titled "Demolished Thoughts." Hear the Sonic Youth frontman in the genteel uptown Lincoln Center venue The Allen Room as part of the American Songbook series.
Friday February 3 - GIG OF THE WEEK
Björk's Biophilia New York Residency: February 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 live at New York Hall of Science Queens. Then February 22, 25, 28 and March 2 at Roseland Ballroom.
Ever the innovator, Icelandic superstar Björk is in town for a "residency" of ten shows behind the release of her 2011 Biophilia project. Biophilia is described as the world's "first app album" and was released in collaboration with Apple. Björk has described the project as a multimedia collection "encompassing music, apps, Internet, installations, and live shows." Biophilia premiered this past summer at the Manchester International Festival (MIF) in England. The intimate performance finds Björk accompanied by a set of unique musical instruments created by a team including an Icelandic organ builder. Among these creations are four 10-foot pendulum-harps, a MIDI-controlled pipe organ celeste re-fitted with bronze gamelan bars, and twin musical Tesla coils. The performance also features a 24-piece Icelandic female choir and visuals from the Biophilia Apps, with app developer Max Weisel performing on stage alongside Björk and musicians Manu Delagu and Zeena Parkins.
Saturday February 4
Sunday February 5
According to some critics, Nicolas Jaar released one of the finest albums of 2011 with his debut "Space Is Only Noise". At Moma PS 1 at Long Island City (from midday) Jarr will give a special performance with collaborators Will Epstein, Dave Harrington and Sasha Spielberg. The five-hour, continuous piece will combine recording, sampling, and looping techniques with analogue instrumentation and sound-derived video from CSA's resident filmmaker Ryan Staake, as well as a movement piece from Lizzie Fiedelson live in the MoMA PS1 Performance Dome. Also at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday February 3.
Monday February 6
The Darkness. Remember them? Let me jog your memory. "I Believe In A Thing Called Love." They launched in 2003 with the million selling album "Permission To Land," having distilled the essence of stadium rock to it's flamboyant, strutting core. The wheels fell off the roadshow when singer Justin Hawkins left the band in 2006 citing alcohol and cocaine addictions. After reforming last year and recording a new album they're, debuting their first single in six years, "Nothin's Gonna Stop Us," on www.rollingstone.com this week. This is their first New York show in over six years. At Irving Plaza (also February 4).
Tuesday February 7