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9 Shows You Need To See This Week

By Daniel Jumpertz | October 29, 2014 7:58pm
 Jerry Lee Lewis and Mavis Staples are highlights on the live scene this week.
9 Shows You Need to See This Week
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Thursday, Oct. 30
In Memphis, alongside his Sun Records label mates Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis cut some of the most electrifying early rock 'n' roll songs, including "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On" and "Great Balls of Fire," before imploding in the wake of the controversy surrounding his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin when he was 22. If you want to experience living history, this is the gig to see. B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, 237 W. 42nd St., Times Square. $125.

Dum Dum Girls formed in 2008 as a '60s-inspired bedroom recording project by Kirsten Gundred. They have released three full-length albums, most recently “Too True," described by Mojo Magazine as "a perfect pop balance of cliche and rawness, with mythic ambition and songs that make you a three-minute hero.” Playing in support are Brooklyn-based indie-pop duo Ex Cops and Christines at Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg. $20.

Friday, Oct. 31
In 2006, eclectic event promoters Check Yo Ponytail began exposing Los Angeles to artists like Skrillex, Grimes, Com Truise and Blood Orange. This fall they’ve packaged a tour that's traveling across America, hitting Warsaw tonight with Australia’s electro-house duo The Presets headlining alongside Antwon, '80s-inspired singer Chela and DJ Franki Chan. From 8 p.m., at Warsaw, 261 Driggs Ave., Greenpoint. $30.

Saturday, Nov. 1
L.A. trio The Glitch Mob fuses big bass beats with catchy electronic bleeps. With their latest album, “Love Death Immortality,” revealing a more stadium-friendly sound, The Glitch Mob enjoyed their first Top 40 release on the Billboard 200. At Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St., Midtown. $40.

Sunday, Nov. 2
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill presents “An Unpredictable Evening with Todd Rundgren” this evening. Since his debut with cult psychedelic rockers The Nazz in 1967, Rundgren has been an innovator. He scored solo hits in the early '70s including "Hello It's Me" and "Can We Still Be Friends" and produced albums for Cheap Trick, XTC and Hall And Oates. Today he's a computer software developer, video pioneer, conceptualist and an interactive artist. “State,” his 2013 studio album, was written, performed and produced by Rundgren alone and was described by the All Music Guide as an “imperfect but satisfying art-pop album,” From 8 p.m. $42. Also Monday.

Monday, Nov. 3
Freddie Gibbs is a hip-hop rapper from the streets of Gary, Indiana, the home town of Michael Jackson. Gibbs recently collaborated with multi-instrumentalist music producer Madlib on the acclaimed “Piñata” album. Rough Trade NYC, 64 N. Ninth St., Williamsburg. From 8 p.m. $20.

Tuesday, Nov. 4
Mavis Staples is a gifted R&B and gospel singer, actress and civil rights activist who first recorded with The Staple Singers, her family's band, in the mid '50s. She went solo in the late '60s and has been lately enjoying the attention of notable producers Ry Cooder (2007's "We'll Never Turn Back") and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy (2010's "You Are Not Alone"). Tonight at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center she is performing music from her acclaimed album "One True Vine.” 7 p.m. $45.

On Tuesday, San Francisco’s noisy pop legends Deerhoof kick off a run of three nights at Baby's All Right, with a different cast of support acts each night. 146 Broadway, Williamsburg. $18.

Wednesday, Nov. 5
Nude Beach are launching their album “77” with a late show tonight at Mercury Lounge. Echoing the tones and moods of artists like Springsteen and The Flamin’ Groovies, Nude Beach have found that listenable niche between radio-friendly guitar rock and underground chaos. 217 E. Houston St., Lower East Side. $12.