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

By Daniel Jumpertz | April 10, 2014 6:47am
 Hungry for live music? We pick the best of New York City's gigs.
Gigs of the week Thursday, April 10
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Thursday, April 10
For the first time ever, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is heading to Brooklyn. It’s also open to the public. Artists become eligible 25 years after the release of their first record, and inclusion into the Hall of Fame depends on the artist’s influence in the rock-and-roll world. This year’s inductees include Cat Stevens, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Nirvana, Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel and The E Street Band. With the exception of Linda Ronstadt and Kiss, all acts are playing live. The format of the Nirvana performance is being kept secret. There's a tribute to Linda Ronstadt planned, featuring Stevie Nicks, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Carrie Underwood and Sheryl Crow, while Bruce Springsteen is delivering the induction speech for his longtime band. 7 p.m. Barclays Center, Downtown Brooklyn, Tickets start at $31.

20-time Grammy winner, and undisputed keyboard virtuoso, Chick Corea plays the Town Hall in a solo piano performance, From 8 p.m. at 123 West 43rd St, Midtown, tickets are $58 and $100.

Friday, April 11
Brooding Irish singer James Vincent McMorrow plays the Music Hall of Williamsburg. About his self-produced second album “Post Tropical” PopMatters music blog says, “there was always an arctic edge to McMorrow — for which he has his ghostly falsetto at least partly to thank — "Post Tropical" only deepens the powerful sense of cold and chill that cloaks his work.” Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th St, Williamsburg. $22.

Saturday, April 12
Balancing detailed and delicate production with soulful vocals, Trixie Whitley can be seen as picking up where her late father, acclaimed blues guitarist Chris Whitley, left off. After a few EPs fronting Daniel Lanois’ Black Dub project, she released her first solo LP "Fourth Corner" in 2013 to much fanfare, with Paste Magazine calling it “fascinating and immersive, a perfect setting for her pipes….” Doors 7:30 p.m., set time 10:30 p.m. at the Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston St. Lower East Side. $10 in advance, $12 day of show.

Celebrating the reissue of her classic 1995 album “Wrecking Ball,” Emmylou Harris is performing a one-off show at Fort Greene’s BAM. The album’s producer Daniel Lanois will be performing an opening set, with Lanois, guitarist Jim Wilson, and drummer Steven Nistor joining Harris for the album’s performance. 8 p.m. 30 BAM, Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn. $70 and upwards.

Brooklyn experimental rock duo Lushes are playing a free all ages show at Williamsburg’s Rough Trade from 1:30 p.m. today. 64 North 9th St, Williamsburg.

Sunday, April 13
Cleveland’s Cloud Nothings have just released their fourth album “Here And Nowhere Else,” described by the Consequence Of Sound blog as “Twenty minutes of pedal-to-the-floor, tension-igniting rock ‘n’ roll.” Get sweaty at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th St., Williamsburg. $20.

Monday, April 14
Young Australian electronic music producer Flume (Harley Streten) appears alongside American EDM pop duo The Chainsmokers - best known for their dance hit “#Selfie” - in an MTV promotion “2014 Artists to Watch.” 7 p.m., Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th St. Chelsea. Tickets start at $71 via Stubhub.

Tuesday, April 15
With the recent release of his “best of” hits package “Vibrate,” Rufus Wainwright is kicking off a U.S tour at The Town Hall. Expect many back catalog favorites since his 1998 self-titled debut album. From 8 p.m at The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd St, Midtown, $35.00 - $85.00.

Wednesday, April 16
Nina Persson captured hearts in the mid-90s as singer and songwriter with Swedish band The Cardigans, but has also nurtured the experimental side project A Camp over two studio albums. She just launched her debut solo album “Animal Heart,” which was written and recorded in the wake of her cancer diagnosis. The album was written with her husband Nathan Larson (Shudder To Think) and Eric Johnson (formerly of The Shins) at her family home in Harlem. 8 p.m. at Baby's All Right 146 Broadway, Williamsburg, with White Prism and Earl Burrows in support. $20.