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8 Shows You Need To See This Week

By Daniel Jumpertz | November 6, 2014 7:42am
 Stevie Wonder, DJ Shadow and Tame Impala are highlights on the live scene this week.
8 Shows You Need To See This Week
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Thursday, November 6
On Thursday night, Stevie Wonder will revisit his classic double album chart-topper from 1976, “Songs In The Key Of Life.” Propelled by the hit singles “I Wish,” “Sir Duke” and “Isn’t She Lovely,” the album is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest albums of all time. Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, Midtown. Tickets start at over $225 on StubHub and $280 on Ticketmaster.

Friday, November 7
Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, which kicks off Friday and concludes Saturday, presents the "Renegades of Rhythm," a tour starring master instrumental hip-hop producers DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist playing the original vinyl collection of Afrika Bambaataa. Verboten, 54 North 11th Street, Williamsburg. 7 p.m. $35.

Saturday, November 8
Dig Deeper is a monthly party featuring live soul music by original, often forgotten or overlooked legends. Saturday evening the “Dig Deeper” crew present Detroit soul legend Pat Lewis’s first solo performance ever in New York City. Pat Lewis was a backing vocalist on Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight” and has also worked with Aretha Franklin, George Clinton, and Isaac Hayes. At Littlefield, 622 Degraw St., Brooklyn. From 9 p.m., $15/$20.

Sunday, November 9
Super Furry Animal’s Gruff Rhys will play a free show Sunday at Rough Trade NYC. For his current project “American Interior,” Rhys retraced the bizarre story of his 18th century relative, the impoverished farmhand John Evans, whose story is brought to life using picture, sound and the written word. Doors 11:30 a.m., signing following performance. 64 North 9th St., Williamsburg. Free.

Monday, November 10
West Australian rockers Tame Impala’s retro rock fuzz recalls the great visionary artists of the '60s, including the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. Pitchfork opined that “by maximizing the use of the available technology, they tap into the progressive and experimental spirit of psychedelic rock, and not just the sound.” In support, the super-catchy and upbeat Afro-inspired jangle pop of Delicate Steve perform. 8 p.m. at Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway at West 74th St., Upper West Side. $45.

Australian band Seekae combine jittery electronics, playful samples and conventional instruments into often soulful and atmospheric cuts. Early show, 6:30 p.m. start. Mercury Lounge, 217 E Houston St, Lower East Side. $10.

Tuesday, November 11
Aside from once being one of Jimi Hendrix’s favorite guitarists (when he played with '60s psych rockers Moving Sidewalks) ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons has cemented his place alongside the late Stevie Ray Vaughan as one of the finest rock 'n' roll guitarists to emerge from Texas. Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave, Williamsburg.  8 p.m. $30.

Wednesday, November 12
Montreal producer Tim Hecker has built a reputation over seven full-length albums as a meticulous and powerful electronic music creator. His most recent album, 2013’s “Virgins” was described by the UK magazine Uncut as “masterful, though it'll leave you feeling like a speck of gravel in self-destructing world.” As part of Pitchfork Magazine’s Tinnitus Music Series. The Wick, 260 Meserole Street, Brooklyn. 8 p.m., $15