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

By Daniel Jumpertz | January 16, 2014 7:31am
 Ten essential concert experiences in New York City between Jan. 16 and Jan. 22.
Gigs of the week Thursday, Jan. 16
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Thursday, Jan. 16
Welsh born and LA-based singer Cate Le Bon has worked with Super Furry Animals and the Manic Street Preachers and recorded three solo albums, each tinged with her unique boutique folk-pop feel. Her most recent album, 2013's "Mug Museum," is, according to music blog Pitchfork, "… bare and direct, quaint and unassuming, but Le Bon makes a rather grand occasion out of it — she's a master curator and consummate immortalizer." Early show, (doors 6.30 p.m.) at the Mercury Lounge.

Friday,  Jan. 17
The Museum of Natural History's fun One Step Beyond party is taking off tonight in the stunning expanse of the Rose Center for Earth and Space. DFA Records DJ and producer Juan Maclean headlines, alongside Jacques Greene and Kevin Graves. Enter via the Weston Pavilion located on Columbus Avenue at 79th Street, Upper West Side.

Aretha Franklin's shows at Radio City Music Hall scheduled for tonight and tomorrow Sat., Jan. 18 have been rescheduled to June 14 and 15.

With a sound hooked in the mood of 1993, and influenced by the likes of Jawbox and Sunny Day Real Estate, Brooklyn power trio Libel will be playing Radio Bushwick, a new space on Wyckoff by Troutman in Brooklyn. Listen out for tracks from their new album "Music For Car Commercials".

Saturday, Jan. 18
Charles Bradley and his band Extraordinaires play the Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight and Bowery Ballroom on Friday. Transformed by James Brown after seeing him play at The Apollo in 1962, it was many decades before the stars aligned to help Bradley bring his gift to an appreciative audience. As a young man, Bradley endured a circuitous journey of low paid jobs that took him from his childhood Brooklyn home to Maine, Alaska and California. Eventually returning home to New York City, he began performing James Brown-inspired routines in local clubs, eventually catching the eye (and ear) of Daptone Record's Gabriel Roth. In his distinctively rough-hewn timbre one hears the unmistakable voice of experience — each note and gruff inflection a reflection of his extended, sometimes rocky, personal path.

Sunday, Jan. 19
In whats very likely to be a hot and sweaty affair (regardless of the weather outside) DIY venue 285 Kent Ave's final show unfolds tonight in Williamsburg with Canadian punks F****d Up, Z. Cole Smith's indie stars DIIV, thrashy indie punk from White Lung, psychedelic drum mantras from Guardian Alien and noirish reverb-drenched jams from Brooklyn's LODRO.

Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven team up tonight for a double bill at Chelsea's Highline Ballroom. Although best known for their work in the 80s (Camper Van Beethoven) and '90s (Cracker), both bands are still recording new material, with Camper Van Beethoven's "La Costa Perdida" album released in 2013.

Need some glam in your Sunday night? Tonight at Le Poisson Rouge they're celebrating the 3rd Annual Bowie-Elvis Birthday Bash with "Ziggy Viva Las Vegas." Sons and Heirs, a Smiths/Morrissey tribute band are playing alongside Tyburn Saints, This Ambitious Orchestra and Michael T. & the Vanities.

Monday, Jan. 20
Tonight the City Winery present a special tribute concert remembering jazz innovator Thomas Chapin (1957-1998). Chapin enlivened New York's jazz scene in the '80s, first as musical director and lead sax in Lionel Hampton's Orchestra for seven years, then blossoming with his own experimental jazz trio. Tonight friends and collaborators including Mario Pavone, Bob Musso and John Zorn pay tribute.

Tuesday, Jan. 21
Waxahatchee, fronted by former P.S. Eliot singer Katie Crutchfield, play raw and melodic rock and roll with influences of PJ Harvey and Nirvana. Waxahatchee's second full-length release "Cerulean Salt" (2013) was described by English music magazine "Uncut" as containing the "effervescent punk-pop of The Breeders…. and Kimya Dawson's ramshakle honesty." At The Mercury Lounge on the Lower East Side

Wednesday, Jan. 22
Welsh indie punk rockers Los Campesinos! team up with  Massachusetts indie riffers Speedy Ortiz at Irving Plaza in Union Square.