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

By Daniel Jumpertz | February 27, 2014 7:37am
 Eleven essential concert experiences in New York City between Feb. 27 and March 5.
Gigs of the week Thursday, Feb. 27
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Thursday, Feb. 27
New Jersey's restrained indie rockers Real Estate preview their forthcoming new album "Atlas" tonight at SubCulture as part of NPR Music's "First Listen Live" promotion. A limited number of tickets to the concert will be given away — head to @nprmusic and the NPR Music Facebook page for details. Doors 7 p.m., 45 Bleecker St, Greenwich Village.

Primus mainstay Les Claypool brings his stripped-back Duo de Twang (with guitarist Bryan Kehoe) to The Heath at The McKittrick Hotel tonight. Expect blues and country inflected weirdness from two virtuosos. From 8 p.m.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks team up with Endless Boogie for some idiosyncratic guitar action tonight at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Doors 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 28
Band Of Horses create a sound that is epic and delicate — often in the same song. This week the band released a new album "Acoustic at the Ryman," which was recorded live at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, featuring stripped-down versions of 10 of their best known songs, all anchored by the soaring vocals of founder Ben Bridwell. At Town Hall from 8 p.m. Tickets $40.

The Johnny Cash 82nd Birthday Bash, an annual event since 2005, celebrates the life and work of the country music legend who passed away in 2003. Alex Battles & The Whisky Rebellion play the Man in Black's music while film archivist Clinton McClung has curated a selection of Johnny Cash's film and TV highlights. At The Bell House, Brooklyn, doors 8 p.m. $15/$20.

Saturday, March 1
London-based duo Public Service Broadcasting combine clever spoken word excerpts from old TV and film clips with an insistent motorik beat influenced by Neu! and the Chemical Brothers. Late show, doors 10:30 p.m. at the Mercury Lounge. $10.

Sunday, March 2
After three studio albums and seven years together, Vivian Girls are calling it a day. Joining the Brooklyn garage rockers are all-girl punk rockers Potty Mouth and D.I.Y fuzz duo Shellshag. At Baby's All Right, Williamsburg.

Monday, March 3
Singer with rock ‘n’ roll quartet the Old 97s and solo artist Rhett Miller plays the City Winery in TriBeCa. Doors 6 p.m. $22/$28

Tuesday, March 4
Paul Simon and Sting have created a powerful synergy thus far on their collaborative North American tour. With two bands on tap and dozens of hits at their disposal, the pair share the stage for intimate versions of The Boxer, Mother and Child Reunion and Every Breath You Take, while also performing extended "solo" sets with their own bands. Two nights (tonight and Thursday), 8 p.m. at Madison Square Garden. $50 to $255.

Wednesday, March 5
Ghost Beach's recent single "Everytime We Touch" echoes the 80s sounds of Prince and Hall & Oates. The New York-based duo of Josh Ocean and Eric “Doc” Mendelsohn describe their forthcoming new album "Blonde" as "Tropical Grit Pop.” In support, the sample-heavy electronic psychedelia of Fascinator. From 8 p.m. at Baby's All Right, Williamsburg. Free with RSVP.