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  The Week: Music
Influences: Joni Mitchell
The folky songsmith discusses great artists and synchronicity. Just don’t call her a poet.
  Beat Salad
You may not know their names yet, but Montreal’s Mutek Festival—now branching out to New York—brings some of
the hottest acts in techno to town this week.

1. Akufen
One of Montreal’s best-known producers, Marc Leclair pioneered microhouse, in which tiny snippets of random sounds are mixed into dance-friendly rhythms.

2. Deadbeat
Best known for his manipulation of creative hardware, Deadbeat creates minimal, dubbed-out ambient music and rambling, pensive techno.

3. Crackhaus
Though less well known than Akufen, this duo produces microhouse that’s earning them a devoted following in Canada and the States.

Tonic, 107 Norfolk St., nr. Delancey St., 212-358-7503. 5/7 at 9 p.m.


Club Calendar
The Weekly Party List
On Thursday, May 5, the GBH crew will throw the official New Order concert after-party at the Maritime Hotel's Hiro Ballroom. Not only will DJs Alex English and Alex Malfunction spin classic brit-pop, new wave, and electro in honor of the band, but bassist Peter Hook will stop by to spin an exclusive New Order DJ set....MORE....


High Priority
New Order
The seminal dance-rock act plays a hotly anticipated show in celebration of the release of their new album, Waiting for the Sirens' Call.

• Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St., nr. Eighth Ave., 212-307-7171. 5/5 at 8 p.m. Sold out.


The Books
Sample-heavy acoustic rock. With Keith Fullerton Whitman and Greg Davis.

Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard St., nr. Broadway, 212-219-3132. 5/2 at 8:30 p.m.


Jazzy neo-folk, with whispery vocals from the enchanting Ambrosia Parsley. With Angela McClusky and King of France.

Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St., at Bowery, 212-533-2111. 5/3 at 7 p.m.

"Welcome to our Week"
Some of the funniest talents on the local circuit perform a free night of stand-up.

Rififi, 332 E. 11th St., nr. First Ave., 212-677-6309. Thursdays at 8 p.m.

Marian McPartland
The jazz piano legend performs in celebration of her 85th birthday with a rotating cast of all-star guests like Ravi Coltrane, Regina Carter, and Karrin Allyson.

Barnard College, 304 Barnard Hall, 3001 Broadway at 116th St., 212-258-9595. 5/3-5/8 at 8 p.m.

Da Beatminerz
The local rap collective. With hip-hop legend Prince Paul, Nicolay, and Geology.

Rothko, 116 Suffolk St., nr. Rivington St., 212-475-7088. 5/6 at 9 p.m.
All Shows
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Bruce Springsteen
His innovative collection of character studies dares to be both brooding and hopeful.
New Order
The band that invented moody eighties dance-rock makes fresh contact with its inner loveliness.
The Kings of Leon
A Nashville quartet breathes new life into the dubious legacy of southern rock. coherent whole.
Q&A With Al Green
"I listened to everything. But I liked hip-hop a lot, especially Queen Latifah and Run-D.M.C. My parishioner would say [makes a scornful tone] “Reverend!” but I didn’t pay him no mind."
Kemado's Lone-Star Invasion
Kemado Records, a downtown label with a stable of intimidatingly hip New York acts, blew through Austin, Texas, last week and burned a New York brand on the weeklong South by Southwest festival.
The Tori of My Life
How I fell out of love with my pop crush.
The Bravery: a Man, a Band, a Plan
New York’s next really big thing.