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 The essential concert experiences in New York City between March 6 and March 12.
Gigs of the week Thursday, March 6
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Thursday, March 6
Rhode Island's Deer Tick play an intimate show tonight as part of the excellent American Songbook series in the Allen Room, Lincoln Center. Their second album "Negativity" (produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos) mines folk, blues and country rock strains to deliver a record of raw, personal storytelling from the pen of guitarist and singer-songwriter John McCauley.

Brooklyn duo Cults (Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion) began as boyfriend/girlfriend, ending their relationship as their acclaimed 2011 self-titled debut hit the shelves. Their second album "Static" successfully continues with their "mid-'60s girl-group and cusp-of-the-'90s shoegazing" (Q Magazine). At the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8 p.m.

Singing and songwriting legends Sting & Paul Simon complete their run of shows at Madison Square Garden. From 8 p.m.

Friday, March 7
Broken Bells, the collaboration between Shins singer songwriter James Mercer and producer Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) has yielded a second album, "After The Disco," following on from their hit 2010 self-titled debut. Written by both Mercer and Burton, the album also incorporates a four-piece choir featuring Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond) and Elizabeth "Z" Berg (The Like). At Webster Hall.

Southern rock legends The Allman Brothers Band kick off their 14 night Beacon Theatre residency tonight. The band have a special bond with the Upper West Side theatre, with band founder Gregg Allman saying, "that Beacon audience is like our family. You can look into their eyes — they’re right on top of you… there’s no other room like it.” With guitarists Warren Hayes and Derek Trucks leaving the band at the end of this year, this is likely to be the Allman Brothers Band's final ever run of Beacon shows.

Young New York-based classical guitarist Rupert Boyd has wowed audiences internationally with his flawless technique and musicality. The Washington Post said that "while there may never be another classical guitarist like Segovia, this young Australian left his audience with the impression that someday there may not be the likes of him again, either.” SubCulture, 45 Bleecker St. Greenwich Village. 7:30 p.m. $12.

Saturday, March 8
Since 2008, the Dig Deeper crew, Richard Lewis, aka DJ Honky, and Michael Robinson, aka Mr. Robinson, have been presenting long forgotten and under appreciated artists for rare New York City appearances. This evening's headliner in their monthly concert is Gary, Indiana's Lonnie Lester, backed by the Brooklyn Rhythm Band. Lester began his singing career in 1959 opening for The Drifters, and toured tirelessly for over 40 years on the chitlin circuit with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Sam & Dave and Little Willie John. But he has never played New York City. Witness his landmark debut tonight for just $15 at Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street (between 3rd and 4th Avenue), Gowanus.

Bob Mould formed one of America's most influential underground bands, Hüsker Dü, in 1979. After six albums, the band split in the wake of their manager's suicide in 1987, with Bob pursuing a solo career, the first album of which was 1989's "Workbook." Mould enlisted drummer Anton Fier and bassist Tony Maimone from Pere Ubu and produced a more restrained and folky album than anything he had perviously done. Tonight (and Friday) at City Winery in Tribeca, Mould celebrates the 25th anniversary of his solo debut.

Sunday, March 9
Throwing Muses returned in 2013 with an extensive new album and lavish book "Purgatory/Paradise," their first new album since 2003. Tonight they're playing Lower East Side's Bowery Ballroom with their former singer Tanya Donelly in support — she left the band after four albums in 1991 to form Belly.

Arty punk rockers Japanther headline a scruffy bunch of rough and ready indie bands including Tiny Moving Parts, Tournament, Radical Discharge at Saint Vitus in Greenpoint tonight.

Monday, March 10
Twelve string guitar master Leo Kottke is playing tonight at City Winery. While Kottke has never been a household name, he made his major-label debut in 1971 and has been making stunning, often instrumental music ever since. Kottke is known for his idiosyncratic fingerpicking style, which draws on influences from blues, jazz, and folk music and his syncopated, polyphonic melodies.

Tuesday, March 11
The annual Tibet House Benefit Concert aids the work of Tibet House US which was founded at the request of the Dalai Lama when he wished for a long-term cultural institution to ensure the survival of Tibetan civilization and culture. The evenings entertainment has been curated by artistic director Philip Glass and features a diverse, star-studded linkup including Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner & Bryce Dessner of The National, Iggy Pop, New Order, The Patti Smith Band and many others. Remaining tickets are priced from $55 to $200. At Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall.

Lukka Band, fronted by young German singer and multi-instrumentalist Lukka, play blues inflected classic rock with explosive energy and occasional psychedelic flourishes. The local band's most recent EP "The True Story of Sgt. Pepper" was released in late 2013. At Bowery Electric from 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 12
17 year old New Zealand pop sensation Lorde completes a run of three shows at Roseland Ballroom tonight (she's also playing Monday and Tuesday). Her 2013 hit "Royals" has become a phenomenon — occupying the U.S top spot in the charts for nine weeks and winning both Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 2014 Grammys. Lorde also became the youngest person to be nominated for the Record of the Year award. Roseland Ballroom, Midtown.