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

By Daniel Jumpertz | March 20, 2014 7:34am
 Twelve essential concert experiences in New York City from March 20 to 26.
Gigs of the week Thursday, March 20
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Thursday, March 20
The XX continue their exclusive Park Avenue Armory residency, The War On Drugs delve into their excellent new album “Lost In The Dream” at their Bowery Ballroom show and you'll also find guitar legend Bill Frissel continuing a run of shows at the legendary jazz venue Village Vanguard. Through March 23.

Friday, March 21
Keren Ann has been described by The Guardian newspaper as “a Norah Jones for Velvet Underground fans” and is playing as part of The Newish Jewish Music Festival tonight at TriBeCa’s City Winery. Born in Israel to a Dutch-Javanese mother and a Russian-Israeli father, Keren Ann’s sassy and sophisticated music is influenced by her time living in Paris, Tel-Aviv and New York City. Her most recent album, “101,” has touches of folk, dreamy pop and whimsical French chanson.

Los Angeles band Warpaint’s self-titled second album has been described as both “a patient listen” (Consequence Of Sound) and “frustratingly unmemorable” (The Observer UK), but given enough time to unfold, the band’s dubby, spacious sound slowly draws you in. Comparisons have been made with the Massive Attack album “Mezzanine” and the bewitching sound of UK indie legends Cocteau Twins. In support tonight at their Webster Hall show the charmingly peculiar Welsh folk-pop singer Cate Le Bon. Doors 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 22
New wave icon Gary Numan, while best known stateside for his 1979 hit "Cars," has released 22 studio albums since his 1978 dark synth-rock debut "Tubeway Army." The latest, "Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)" returned him to the U.K. Top 20 for the first time in 30 years. At Webster Hall. Doors 6 p.m., $30/$35.

Just-launched Brooklyn venue Verboten is a 10,000 square foot former metal manufacturing warehouse with state of the art sound and lighting. From 10 p.m. tonight catch a DJ set by Australian indie dance outfit Cut Copy with Turkish Prison and Alex English in support. 54 N. 11th St., Williamsburg.

Sunday, March 23
Join underground legend Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV) in conversation with JG Thirlwell (Foetus, Coil) at Rough Trade in Williamsburg. From 1:30 p.m.

UK alt-rockers Maximo Park play Union Square’s Irving Plaza.

Monday, March 24
Tinariwen originate from the Southern Sahara. The band formed in the rebel camps of Libya under Moammar Gadhafi, forging a droning, percussive, blues rock style that has been dubbed "Tishoumaren," or "the music of the unemployed." At Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg, Sunday and Monday. Doors 6 p.m., tickets $20.

Brazil’s lo-fi psychedelic rockers Boogarin are playing a free in-store performance at the Other Music record store at 15 East 4th Street in the East Village from 8 p.m. Best to get there early as there is very limited capacity. Boogarin are fresh from gigs at Austin’s SXSW Festival and have signed to Other Music’s record label, Other Music Recording Company.

Tuesday, March 25
Expect to hear cuts from the Dum Dum Girls’ '80s inspired third album “Too True” when they play Lower East Side’s Bowery Ballroom tonight from 8 p.m. and the Music Hall Of Williamsburg tomorrow night.

Wednesday, March 26
Eccentric Detroit indie synth-pop duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. play the East Village’s Webster Hall tonight. Their second album “The Speed of Things” continued their penchant for Beach Boys harmonies and sparkling, accessible pop. From 7:30 p.m.