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BAND OF GYPSYS

The tale of the fiery gypsy Carmen, which began as a novella and was adapted into a genre-bending opera by Georges Bizet, has inspired several ballets, the most recent of which, by Spaniard Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, premiered two years ago in Chicago and won a raft of laurels. Now Eduardo Vilaro, who handed Chicago’s Luna Negra Dance Theater to Sansano when he became director of New York’s Ballet Hispanico in 2009, has transplanted the work to the 44-year-old, Manhattan-based troupe; it makes its local debut, for one night only, at the historic Apollo, the first full-length narrative dance to grace Ballet Hispanico’s repertory. Combining contemporary choreography with Spanish paso doble and flamenco, the 75-minute CARMEN.maquia has sets and costumes that evoke the paintings of Pablo Picasso.

Sat., Nov. 22, 8 p.m., 2014

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PRESTIGE TV

Though they’ve been shaking up the alt-rock scene since the early aughts, TV on the Radio really hit their breakthrough in 2006 with the release of the universally acclaimed Return to Cookie Mountain. Led by the epic single “Wolf Like Me,” the album ushered in a new era of NYC indie. Prior to this year’s Seeds, out the same day as their Apollo Theater show, TV on the Radio had been off the musical radar since 2011’s Nine Types of Light; their break may have been slightly encouraged by the tragic death of bassist Gerard Smith. Following a few years of grieving, and with the memory of their beloved bandmate still lingering in all they do, TV on the Radio are back and as eviscerating as ever, showcased by the LP’s lead single, “Happy Idiot.”

Tue., Nov. 18, 8 p.m., 2014

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SAVE YOUR SOUL

Sam Smith is the real deal. Something about the way he belts lyrics that sound like his deepest, darkest secrets makes his music simultaneously painful and cathartic. Since appearing on Disclosure’s breakthrough single, “Latch” in 2012, 22-year-old Smith has been rising on his own, seeing his career skyrocket with the release of his debut EP, Nirvana, a bewitching sampler of what would come on his follow-up full-length album, In the Lonely Hour, released in May. With a bite like Amy Winehouse and a knack for perfectly capturing the many facets of love and heartbreak à la Adele, Smith keeps British soul alive in a way that makes you want to curl up inside the walls of his vocal range.

Tue., June 17, 8 p.m., 2014

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Eels

The Eels have been around for a while, making a name for themselves as one of those iconic movie soundtrack bands, playing reflective, scuzzed out, multi-genred interpretations of alternative rock jams that have shown up in popular films ranging from American Beauty and all three of the Shrek movies, to Holes and Jim Carrey’s Yes Man. Their sound is a recognizable one, yet after releasing 11 albums since their debut in 1996, they can’t be pinned down to one style, phase, or production approach. Keeping things even more exciting are the weirdo characters frontman Mark Oliver Everett portrays with every album, singing through the perspective of others as a means to share with listeners the lessons people usually have to learn the hard way—until now, that is. Eels’ recent release, The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, is a character-less, more transparent approach, revisiting mistakes of Everett’s youth while exploring obligation and indebtedness, regret and denial, and ultimately hope as an after-effect of learning from his poor decisions. They just embarked on their North American tour, so be sure to catch them at one of their upcoming performances and enjoy wallowing in Everett’s enlightening, electrifying misery.

Sun., June 1, 7:30 p.m., 2014

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QUEEN OF PAIN

Sweden has provided some of pop’s finest talent, and Lykke Li is no exception. What she has offered us over the course of three LPs are gorgeous, intricate sonic tapestries made all the more compelling by her biting soprano voice. Since the release of her debut single, “Little Bit,” a uniquely minimal love song, Li has demonstrated a malleable sound that appeals to music fans across the board as well as a variety of artists. She’s had that initial single remixed by the likes of Drake and AutoErotique, while some of her other songs have passed through the hands of Tyler, the Creator; Beck; Friendly Fires; A$AP Rocky; and even Glee. Lykke Li brings all the soul on her own at the storied Apollo Theater as she celebrates her latest album, I Never Learn.

Thu., May 15, 8 p.m., 2014

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Africa Now!

Mali-born, Paris-based Fatoumata Diawara is young, gorgeous, and rocks out a little more than fellow Wassoulou-style singers Oumou Sangaré, for whom she has supplied backing vocals, or Rokia Traoré. Led by singer-songwriter Reuben Koroma, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have evolved into road-seasoned ambassadors of peace through reggae-inflected afropop. Les Frères Guissé, from northern Senegal, play Sahel music reminiscent of Ali Farka Touré and add close, sweet harmonies.

Sat., April 5, 8 p.m., 2014

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Gary Clark Jr.

Whether heralded as the next great bluesman or a soul and rock extraordinaire, Gary Clark, Jr. has put in the work to achieve such accolades. Although the 29 year-old has only one nationally available full-length to his name, last year’s excellent Blak and Blu, he duked it out on the stages of Austin, Texas, way before he became a go-to guest guitarist for people like Mick Jagger and Stevie Wonder. Tonight, he’ll enjoy a little of the success he’s reaped so far.

Thu., Nov. 14, 8 p.m., 2013

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Preservation Hall has been a New Orleans institution for more than 50 years, but the trad-jazz ambassadors have only recently released their first collection of new material, That’s It! Produced by the PHJB’s Ben Jaffe and Jim James of My Morning Jacket, the new material does not reinvent the New Orleans shuffle, though it does include new tunes that sound like old ones. It’s unclear under how these songs fit into the club’s policy of “traditional requests” for $2, “others” for $5, and “The Saints” for $10, but rest assured that their greatest hit will be performed for no additional cost.

Sat., Nov. 16, 8 p.m., 2013

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Paul Weller

For nearly 40 years, the English rocker known colloquially as the Modfather has occupied a space between timely and timeless, whether resuscitating Mod fashion with his punkish new wave group the Jam, reinventing himself as a synth-pop soul singer with the Style Council or doing whatever he pleases with his solo records. This week, he’ll find himself in a variety of timely-yet-timeless places, when he graces the stages of the Apollo, Webster Hall and the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Judging from recent set lists, he’ll play career-spanning concerts in each venue.

Thu., July 25, 8 p.m., 2013

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Charles Bradley

It was a hard road, and always will be, but now in his mid-sixties, Charles Bradley has cornered the market on telling it like it is. His sophomore album, Victim of Love drips with that same concoction of sweat, feeling, and carnal passion that brought him from unknown James Brown impersonator to one of Daptone’s flagship artists, presented with a live backing band that rocks the old-school horn lines. If Morgan Freeman is the voice of god, Bradley is the voice of Brooklyn.

Thu., May 16, 8 p.m., 2013