Thursday's must-see concerts

Antony and the Johnsons

Antony and the Johnsons

Antony and the Johnsons at Radio City
In a word: swoon. Comissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, Antony's epic concert--performance piece will include songs from all four of his albums, performed by a 60-piece orchestra. Read more about the megatalented singer-songwriter-playwright-artist in our interview, here.

Cloud Nothings at the Studio at Webster Hall
Raucous, bratty punk-pop outfit Cloud Nothings tours behind its just-released new album, Attack on Memory (check out our review here), which teems with delicious hooks. Expect the live show to get messy.

Too $hort at Knitting Factory
You'll know veteran Oakland rapper Too $hort from collabs with Biggie and Tupac back in the day and with Wiz Khalifa, in "On My Level," last year. Tonight and tomorrow he plugs a new disc, No TrespASSing, at the Knit, with help from L.A. crew Greedy Ent.

Petula Clark at Feinstein's
English singer and actor Petula Clark, known for hits like "I Know a Place" and "Downtown," gives her first local nightclub performance since the 1970s. Now nearly 80 herself, she can still sell the heck out of a number. Through Feb 4.

Melvin van Peebles and Laxative at Zebulon
Best known for his groundbreaking 1971 blaxploitation film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song and his Broadway musical Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death, Melvin Van Peebles plays cozy Billyburg haunt Zebulon, for free.

Hollis Brown with D.M.C. at S.O.B.'s
Last year, rambunctious, twangy blues-rock locals Hollis Brown forged an improbable yet harmonious partnership with hip-hop elder D.M.C. (he of "Run" fame). Tonight the band and the rapper premiere a new video.