The Cure | photo by the Ninth

This is a week to give thanks. Thanks to family, friends, good health, good food, and…..multi-night runs in NYC! Yep, for some reason, this week in NYC shows seems to be the week of two- and three-night stands including Allen Toussaint, the Cure, moe., M83 and Robert Randolph & the Family Band, just to name a few.

Here’s the breakdown of the week’s concert highlights with some video accompaniment…

Classic NOLA piano and songwriting legend, Allen Toussaint, is setting up shop at Joe’s Pub for a few nights this week. Considering his past accomplishments and overall songwriting prowess, this seems like great opportunity to catch him in a small club.

I’m absolutely loving M83’s latest album, Hurry Up We’re Dreaming, and I keep hearing great things about the live show. M83 is setting up shop for two nights in NYC w/ Active Child opening. Both shows are sold out, so if you can snag tickets, consider yourself lucky. If not, I highly recommend giving the latest record a few spins.

Singer-songwriter extraordinaire, Bob Schneider, will be bringing his acoustic schtick to City Winery on Tuesday…bound to be a good time, as always.

Hot off their latest buzzy release and pseudo indie rock stardom, Real Estate returns to NYC with a show at the Bowery Ballroom.

Wednesday night, B.B. Kings goes hip-hop with Funkmaster Flex flexing his muscles on the 1s and 2s with a bunch of other 90s-era hip-hop peeps.

Another one of the weekend “residencies” is Robert Randolph, who’ll be taking over at Brooklyn Bowl with his Family Band for shows on Wed, Fri, and Sat….Robert Randolph + Brooklyn Bowl = HEAT. Guaranteed.

Of course, if you need to a bit more guitar in your jamz, then the dual-guitar attack of moe. might be an even better bet. They’ll be hitting Terminal 5 for a two-night stand on Fri & Sat, with Dumpstaphunk opening.

For something a bit darker and moodier but totally classic, check this out….The Cure will make their triumphant NYC return with a three-night run at the Beacon Fri through Sun. Nice.

(ahh, man, I love this song!)

Also on Sunday night, there’s an interesting little super group at B.B. Kings, called Spectrum Road, featuring Jack Bruce, Vernon Reid, John Medeski, and Cindy Blackman. Don’t think you can go wrong with a crew like that…

Of course, those are just my quick picks for the week. As always, there’s a lot more to choose from if those shows don’t quite suit your fancy. Read on for the full show listings…

Interesting shows from this week’s NYC concert calendar:

Allen Toussaint @ Joe’s Pub
Leon Russell @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Zach Deputy w/ Big Daddy Love @ Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn)

Allen Toussaint w/ Peter Case @ Joe’s Pub
Bob Schneider @ City Winery
M83 and Active Child @ Webster Hall
Robert Randolph & The Family Band @ Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn)

Allen Toussaint w/ Gonzalo Grau Y La Clave Secrete @ Joe’s Pub
Funkmaster Flex w/ EPMD, Ghostface Killah, Black Moon, and 5 more… @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
M83 and Active Child @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Brooklyn)
Mary J. Blige @ Terminal 5
Real Estate w/ Big Troubles @ The Bowery Ballroom
Robert Randolph & The Family Band @ Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn)

THANKSGIVING — go enjoy some turkey, bitchezzzz

moe. w/ Dumpstaphunk @ Terminal 5
The Cure @ Beacon Theatre
Dark Star Orchestra @ Best Buy Theater
Guster w/ Wellmont Theatre @ Wellmont Theatre (Montclair, NJ)
Moe.’s Official After w/ Floodwood, Al Schnier, Vinnie Amico of Moe. and more @ Sullivan Hall
Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Family Bowl w/ Free Bowling @ Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn)

The Cure @ Beacon Theatre
Dark Star Orchestra @ Best Buy Theater
Guster @ Wellmont Theatre (Montclair, NJ)
Holy Ghost w/ Jessica 6, Eli Escobar, and Midnight Magic @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Brooklyn)
moe. @ Terminal 5
Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Cosmo Baker @ Brooklyn Bowl (Brooklyn)

Spectrum Road Ft. Jack Bruce w/ Vernon Reid, John Medeski, and more @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
The Cure @ Beacon Theatre