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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
The Northside Festival
As you probably know from reading this site, Northside Festival is underway in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. If you have a badge, you can use it to get in to any official Northside showcase but admission is based on capacity. If it's a show you really want to go to, make sure to get there early, especially at smaller venues. Set times for most shows are available on Northside's Sched.org site. All Northside showcases listed below are indicated as such in the event title.
The Walkmen, Phosphorescent & More @ McCarren Park (Northside)
Hamilton Leithauser will again bulge his neck veins while screaming for The Walkmen today, bringing his band's dark and jangle pop to McCarrren Park along with Phosphorescent, Friend Roulette, Abadabad. If you didn't get free tickets, you can always just hang in the park and listen. Banana Republic outfits are optional.
Calexico, Susana Baca, Radio Jarocho, Akoko Nante Ensemble @ Prospect Park Bandshell (Celebrate Brooklyn)
Calexico, who also played NXNE and Bonaroo this week, round out a busy week by headlining Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park tonight. Supporting them will be Peruvian singer-songwriter Susana Baca, Mexican folk band Radio Jarocho and African vocal/percussion group Akoko Nante Ensemble. A very diverse, FREE Celebrate Brooklyn! show with talent from three different continents.
Zombies, Django Django, Adam Green & Binki Shapiro @ Central Park
You can head to Central Park Summerstage
during the day for some FREE music from baroque pop legends The Zombies and two more contemporary (but still great) artists Django Django (who just played Bonnaroo) and the Nancy&Lee stylings of Adam Green & Binki Shapiro. UPDATE: Show is now evening, starting at 6 PM. Still free.
Caged Animals, Coastgaard, The Denzels, Juniper Rising @ Dr. Martens Stage (Northside)
You know how The L Magazine does that "8 Bands You Need to Hear Right Now" issue? Four of those bands are playing an afternoon show on an outdoor stage set up at N3 and Bedford. 2 PM - 6 PM and it's FREE.
Nothing's Too Good for the Common People: A Paul Kelly Retrospective @ Cantor Film Center
Chickfactor 21 comes to a close with this free, all-afternoon screening of filmmaker Paul Kelly's work, including the NYC premieres of Lawrence of Belgravia (about the eccentric Felt/Demin frontman) and Take Three Girls: The Dolly Mixture Story, plus his collaborations with Saint Etienne, Finnestiere, What Have You Done Today, Mervyn Day? and This Is Tomorrow, the latter two of which are also making their NYC premeires. FREE and visit Chickfactor for the details and the poster is below.
Merchandise, Milk Music, Destruction Unit @ 285 Kent (Northside)
Merchandise's croon-y dream pop headlines a sold-out 285 Kent tonight along with Dino-Jr uber fans Milk Music, but another major attraction to the bill is Southwestern psych-punk favorites Destruction Unit. If you can make it to 285, do NOT miss them.
Black Flag @ Warsaw (Northside)
No matter which side of the fence you are on regarding the Black Flag reunion, one thing is for sure, the band's appearance last night and tonight is nothing short of a major event. Catch them at the Warsaw again tonight with Good For You and Cinema Cinema.
Yellow Ostrich, Braids, Widowspeak @ Cameo (Northside)
This is an all around solid bill, but we're most excited for Braids, who are doing a pretty good job reinventing themselves this year with their new style that we'll hear more of soon on Flourish // Perish, which is being released by Arbutus (Grimes, Majical Cloudz, Doldrums). If you're going to that show, be sure to catch their set.
Speedy Ortiz, Two Inch Astronaut, Fat History Month, Pile & more @ Big Snow (Northside)
If you're into DIY and '90s-inspired indie rock, the Exploding In Sound showcase at Big Snow is pretty much the place to be tonight. All of the bands are playing are great, but perhaps the most exciting band on the bill is Speedy Oritz, who just released a great single from their much-anticipated debut album, Major Arcana (due out 7/9 via Carpark). This Northside show is technically "unofficial" but your badge will save you two bucks at the door.
Chance the Rapper @ Europa (Northside)
Another hot Northside show this weekend is Chance the Rapper, whose career is seriously elevating due to the success of his Acid Rap mixtape. He plays a sold-out show at Europa tonight, so if you don't have tickets and are using a badge, get there early. He's got another (also sold out) NYC show at SOB's next week.
Intronaut, Mouth of the Architect, Sannhet & more @ Saint Vitus (Northside)
Intronaut's tech-y take on Mastodon-ian sludge isn't for everyone, and if it isn't then the post-metal gods in Mouth of the Architect or the post-everything Brooklyn favorites Sannhet just might be. Scale the Summit's instrumentalists are also on board.
Subhumans @ Bowery Ballroom
UK anarchopunk greats Subhumans are back in the US again (yay), and have roped in support from World/Inferno Friendship Society and Blanks 77 for a show at Bowery Ballroom tonight. Oof. So many great choices!
Summer Thunder w/ Inter Arma, Anicon, Pyrrhon
Inter Arma played last night's Invisible Oranges showcase with Torche at 285 Kent, and now the band headlines a FREE show at Union Pool during the day (doors at 2!) with Anicon and Pyrrhon. Drink specials, good riffs and great tacos. Win/win/win. Stick around for....
Limp Wrist @ Union Pool (Northside)
OMG. Limp Wrist is playing. The legendary Queercore punk gods will undoubtedly tear Union Pool apart and I cannot wait. Look for support from Princess Tiny and the Meats and In School. Unmissable.
Weekend, Yvette, Cities Aviv @ Knitting Factory (Northside)
Weekend's terrific, gothy new album, Jinx, is still a month away but you can get a taster tonight on this diverse bill that also features brainy Memphis rapper Cities Aviv and noisy Brooklynites Yvette. Tickets are still available for this early show. Weekend recently played two new tracks live on Newtown Radio and you can watch video of that below.
Kingdom, Dan Bodan @ Knitting Factory (Northside Festival)
Stick around the Knit for the late show with Brooklyn producer Kingdom, who just released his new EP in late May. Support will come from Dan Bodan,who played his first live U.S. show back in late May, as part of DFA's 12th Anniversary Party.
Postal Service and Ra Ra Riot @ Barclays Center
After reissuing their sole album and playing Coachella loads of other places, The Postal Service are finally in NYC to play two shows at Barclays Center with openers Ra Ra Riot. Tickets are still available.
Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's
While it was sad that The Pastels had visa issues and couldn't make it to NYC, it has made it possible for somewhat secret openers Yo La Tengo (under their oft-used Condo Fucks pseudonym) to headline Maxwell's at least one last time. There are "special guests" now too. Sold out, of course.
We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Maxwell's
We Were Promised Jetpacks are back in New Jersey today for the second time this week. The band opened for Ra Ra Riot at The Stone Pony on Thursday, and after a brief stop in Virginia, they will be headlining Maxwell's in Hoboken tonight. (Late show, after YLT.) No NYC dates announced for the Scottish indie rockers, so this is your best chance to see them in the area.
The Jazz Butcher circa mid-'80s
The Jazz Butcher, Gold Bears & more @ Spike Hill (Northside)
NYC Popfest was only a couple weekends ago, but the organizers are back with their own Northside showcase, and have pulled a coup, getting eccentric cult indie artist The Jazz Butcher for his first NYC show in over 10 years. He's brought crucial sideman Max Eider with him and let's hope he gets to sing some of his songs too. Also playing: Television Personalities' satellite members Texas Bob Juarez & Mike Stone, plus Georgia bands Gold-Bears and Small Reactions. Tickets are still available.
Christopher Owens @ The Slipper Room
The onetime Girls frontman recently released an acoustic version of his solo album, Lysandre, and has been playing similarly unplugged shows, like this -- the first of two nights at this tiny LES club.
Classixx, Fred Falke, Headband & Hooligan @ Le Poisson Rouge
After doing killer remixes for the likes of Phoenix, Ladyhawke, The Gossip and even Madonna, LA production duo Classixx put out their own very enjoyable album this year. It's a DJ set,though maybe Nancy Whang will make a guest appearance to provide vocals on their single "All You're Waiting For." Fred Falke and Headband & Hooligan make this a very danceable night out.
Quilt, Twin Peaks, Outside World, Turnip King, The Teen Age @ Public Assembly
A pretty killer indie rock line-up tonight, featuring two very good Chicago bands (Twin Peaks, Outside World), two good local bands (Turnip King, The Teen Age) and Boston psych folkies Quilt. $10 at the door.
Pharmakon, Lust for Youth & more @ Public Assembly (Northside)
Noise favorite Pharmakon leads an impressive late-night lineup alongside Sweden's Lust for Youth, Marshstepper, Body Of Light and Foreplay at Public Assembly. Its a great late night alternative of good bands, instead of drinking the night away. You can, of course, do both here.
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, La Big Vic, Lux Perpetua, Weyes Blood, Invisible Hand @ Shea Stadium (Northside)
Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker & the Freaks is back in town today for the Northside Festival at Shea Stadium. The guys recently released their latest album and had their release show at the Knitting Factory at the end of May. La Big Vic, who recently played the New Museum's "Music in the Park" series, will join them on the bill, as well as drone folk group Weyes Blood, who also opened for Bleeker back in February, indie pop Virginians Invisible Hand and Philly group Lux Perpetua.
Midnight Magic, Tippy Toes @ Trophy Bar (Northside)
Featuring a crack band of disco-adept musicians (many of whom have played on DFA Records records), Midnight Magic are a boogie wonderland come to life. Many of their members also play in Tippy Toes, a group that has been known -- on occasion -- to be fronted by Reggie Watts. You can stream Tippy Toes' new EP below. Live music from 7 PM to 10 PM during which it's $10 admission, free for the DJ party afterwards..
Sonny Smith, Little Wings @ Cake Shop
Sonny & the Sunsets played Northside last night and tonight Sonny does a spoken word piece, "Sees All Knows All" at Cake Shop. He's worth seeing in any permutation.
Son Volt, Colonel Ford @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Northside)
Alt-country vet Jay Farrar is mainly known for sad songs, but he kicks up some dust onSun Volt's latest, Honky Tonk. Some of Son Volt are also in Colonel Ford who open the show. Tickets are still available.
The Zambonis, The Sports, Stephen Clair @ The Rock Shop
22 years on and off the ice, The Zambonis are still the finest hockey-themed indie rock band in the world. No joke.
Baths @ Webster Hall
On his new album, Obsidian, Baths went from electronic musician to emotionally powerful songwriter, and it should be interesting to see how that goes over live at Webster Hall tonight. Support comes from his tourmates Houses and D33J.
Wires Under Tension @ Open Road Rooftop
Tonight the Rooftop Films Summer Series, which combines film and music, will return to the Lower East Side, as Wires Under Tension perform and "Outlandish animated creatures in outrageous situations" grace the silver screen.
The Gories, Daddy Long Legs, Jonathan Toubin @ Brooklyn Bowl (Northside)
Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Train will be hosting two Northside showcases at Brooklyn Bowl tonight. The first features The Gories, who have been remarkably quiet in 2013, and local blues trio Daddy Long Legs. The second is a speical addition of Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap & Dance Off, which has been on tour around the U.S. since SXSW.
Grupo Fantasma @ The Bell House
Legendary Latin psychedlic funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma will be at the Bell House tonight for what will surely be a trippy, groovy evening.
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