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This Week's Best Shows and a Spotify Playlist of the Bands

By Daniel Jumpertz | November 13, 2013 8:02am
 All the essential concert experiences in New York City between Nov. 13 and Nov. 19.
Gigs of the week Wednesday, Nov. 13
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NEW YORK — The recently reunited Flamin’ Groovies are helping local label Norton Records celebrate their post-Sandy survival this weekend, while Downtown indie institution The Scene Is Now celebrate their 30th Anniversary at Bowery Electric. John Fogerty revisits the 1970 Creedence classic "Cosmo's Factory" at The Beacon, while Texas blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. follows in the footsteps of James Brown and Jimi Hendrix, hitting the stage at the legendary Apollo Theater. Not forgetting, of course, Kanye West's Yeezus Tour rolls into Barclays Center for the first of four concerts on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, Nov. 13
According to musicOMH.com San Fran's psych-rockers Wooden Shjips'  "strengths lie within rocky, repetitive grooves and guitar wizardry." Experience the grooves behind their new album "Back To Land" tonight at The Mercury Lounge. On Thursday, they're performing at Williamsburg's Knitting Factory. Cave are supporting both dates.

Wynton Marsalis leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in a program of specially arranged classics by Stephen Sondheim. City Center, Upper West Side. Through Sunday.

The Issue Project Room in Gowanus concludes its 10-year anniversary festival with a two-night benefit concert series honoring Sonic Youth alum Kim Gordon. Tonight, Gordon plays an intimate set with her recent collaborator Bill Nace in Body/Head with Ikue Mori joining on drums. J. Masicis is playing a solo set. Thursday night, Gordon performs for the first time with I.U.D, featuring Lizzi Bougatsos (Gang Gang Dance) and Sadie Laska (Growing).

John Fogerty is revisiting his former band Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1970 classic "Cosmo's Factory." At the Beacon Theatre.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis play Midtown's The Theater @ MSG with special guests Talib Kweli and Big K.R.I.T.

Thursday, Nov. 14
Texas blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. plays the iconic Apollo Theater in Harlem tonight. His breakthrough album "Blak and Blu" was listed in Rolling Stone's list of the top 50 albums of 2012, with the magazine noting that "Clark's brain-frying guitar solos are more about noise nuance and phrasing than speed-trial note-spitting."

Alison Moyet, the big soulful voice behind early '80s synth pop duo Yazoo (Yazz in the U.S) has enjoyed a string of solo records at home in the U.K., most recently with her eighth studio album "The Minutes." She's playing a rare New York City show tonight at Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom.

Cat Power is playing a late show at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple in Clinton Hill.

Friday, Nov. 15
Norton Records was hit hard when Superstorm Sandy destroyed its Red Hook warehouse and this weekend the store celebrates its survival with a series of shows. Tonight at Warsaw in Brooklyn, the recently reunited Flamin’ Groovies hit the stage with The Sonics and Daddy Long Legs. Saturday night the party continues at Brooklyn Bowl with Memphis’ Reigning Sound, Brooklyn’s A-Bones, Montreal’s Bloodshot Bill and La La Brooks (the Crystals).

Saturday, Nov. 16
Eclectic Downtown lo-fi band The Scene Is Now celebrates its 30th anniversary tonight at Bowery Electric, on the Lower East Side.

Sunday, Nov. 17
Gifted wind instrument performer Marty Ehrlich (who plays saxophones, clarinets and flutes) wraps up a week-long residency at The Stone this weekend with performances in varying ensembles at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. On the the corner of Avenue C and Second Street.

Monday, Nov. 18
Mono are a Japanese band that combine classical influences with instrumental and atmospheric post-rock. Catch them tonight at Le Poisson Rouge.

Tuesday, Nov. 19
Mavis Staples is a gifted R&B and gospel singer, actress and civil rights activist who first recorded with The Staple Singers, her family's band, in the mid 1950s. She went solo in the late 1960s and has been lately enjoying the attention of notable producers Ry Cooder (2007's "We'll Never Turn Back") and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy (2010's "You Are Not Alone"). At City Winery in TriBeCa. Also Wednesday Nov. 20.

Kanye West's "The Yeezus Tour" rolls into Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn tonight. "Yeezus," Kanye's sixth consecutive number one album, was praised by Lou Reed in a review posted on the Talkhouse music blog in July this year. Reed said, "At so many points in this album, the music breaks into this melody, and it's glorious — I mean, glorious."