By Daniel Jumpertz
Special to DNAinfo
Wednesday February 15
Markéta Irglová was unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight as star of the 2007 film "Once," for which she won an Academy Award. After three albums with Irish singer Glen Hansard (her co-star in the film) in the band The Swell Season, Markéta has decided to spread her wings with a solo debut "Anar." She will be joined by a small band for this performance, and another show on February 22. At the recently renovated Joe's Pub.
Thursday February 16
As a teenager, Richard Thompson co-founded England's influential folk-rockers Fairport Convention, before producing a string of classic melodic folk albums with Linda Thompson and a long solo career. His songs have been covered by Elvis Costello, REM, Bonnie Raitt and The Blind Boys of Alabama. His most recent release is "Dream Attic" from 2010. At City Winery.
Friday February 17
America's Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin is in town for some special shows at Radio City Music Hall (also Saturday). She is without a doubt one of the most talented and acclaimed singers in the world. In 1987, Franklin became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and she has enjoyed 45 Top 40 hits on the Billboard charts in a career spanning 56 years. Expect to hear some of those classics - "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "Think", "I Say a Little Prayer", "Spanish Harlem" - as well as some cuts from her most recent album "Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love," which was released last year. Franklin was Whitney Houston's godmother.
Also tonight: Saul Williams at the Music Hall of Williamsburg and Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5
Saturday February 18
Zola Jesus is 22 year-old Russian American Nika Roza Danilova. Her highly acclaimed third album "Conatus," released last year, is a swirling maelstrom of electronic beats, soaring vocals and deep pulses. She also appears as a guest vocalist on M83's acclaimed album "Hurry Up, We're Dreaming." At Webster Hall.
Also tonight: Björk with Biophilia Live at New York Hall of Science, Queens.
Sunday February 19
Groundbreaking Japanese hip hop producer DJ Krush is celebrating 20 years as a solo performer in 2012. DJ Krush - real name Hideaki Ishi - is known for his atmospheric instrumental productions which incorporate sound elements from nature and extensive use of jazz and soul samples. At Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Monday February 20
Continuing their Monday night residency is epic alt-country outfit Thieving Irons. Tonight with The Famous Winters. At The Rock Shop, Brooklyn.
Tuesday February 21
As a founding member of the Vivian Girls, and a drummer/vocalist in both Crystal Stilts and the Dum Dum Girls, Frankie Rose has been part of Brooklyn's music scene for years. Her much anticipated solo project "Interstellar" not only reflects the aesthetic earmarks of her musical past, but reveals her as a fully-formed artist in her own right. At the Knitting Factory, Brooklyn.