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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
4Knots Festival w/ Kurt Vile, The Men, Parquet Courts & more @ South Street Seaport (FREE)
The Village Voice has put together a pretty sweet line-up for their third 4Knots at the South Street Seaport. Kurt Vile at the magic hour sounds pretty sweet. Cross your fingers it doesn't rain, and let's hope there are no spontaneously-combusting vending machine incidents this year. 1 PM - 8 PM.
Os Mutantes, Javelin, Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang @ Prospect Park (FREE)
The Brazilian psych-pop legends' joyous music is custom built for an outdoor setting like this. Support comes from local synthpop act Javelin and ceaselessly energetic Janka Nabay.
Ecstatic Summer w/ Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family), Reggie Pace (Bon Iver), Holly Herndon & more @ Brookfield Place Winter Garden (FREE)
Ecstatic Summer 2013 begins its first of two days at Brookfield Place today as part of the River to River Festival. Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family), Reggie Pace (Bon Iver), Holly Herndon and more will be premiering new compositions performed by members of The National, yMusic, Plastic Ono Band and more. It also involves ping pong as a rhythmic device. Sounds cool! Like all River to River events, this one is free and open to the public. 5 PM start. UPDATE: Because the chance of thunderstorms today, the event has moved inside to Brookfield Place Winter Garden.
Endless Boogie, TV Baby, Degreaser @ Union Pool (FREE)
Another free Saturday afternoon concert option for you is Union Pool's Summer Thunder series, today with a very rock n' roll line-up. And for those worried about the weather, the bands play inside. The fun starts at 2 PM with bands going on later in the afternoon.
Hectors Pets, Skullshitter, Blackout @ Acheron (FREE)
The Bushwick punk and metal club is hosting this free afternoon show and BBQ. Added incentive: food is from the talented folks at adjacent Anchor Inn. 4 PM.
For more on-the-cheap fun, check out our NYC Free Shows calendar.
Juan Atkins, Lee Gamble, Heatsick, Koyxen, Bill Kouligas @ MoMA PS1 (Warm Up)
The summer's most foward-thinking electronic music concert series in NYC, Warm Up, begins today at 3 PM (doors at noon) in the courtyard of Long Island City's MoMA PS1. Today's show features Detroit techno veteran Juan Atkins, UK ambient musician Lee Gamble, Berlin producer Heatsick, abstract IDM wizard Koyxen, and PAN label head Bill Kouligas. This show also doubles as the final event of the PAN_ACT festival.
Rapture on the River @ Hudson River Park's Pier 26
This is the only official women's event for NYC Pride 2013, a daytime danceparty featuring DJs Dimples and Whitney Day.
Scott Miller tribute @ Cake Shop
The world tragically lost one of its great popsmiths last month when Game Theory/Loud Family frontman Scott Miller died. Tonight such musicians as A.C. Newman, Will Sheff of Okkervil River. Ted Leo, Doug Gillard will be paying tribute to Scott, with proceeds going to help his surviving wife and daughters. A few tickets are still available.
Donnie & Joe Emerson, Backwords @ Mercury Lounge
This sibling duo self-released their sole album back in 1979 to relative obscurity, but gained cult status over the years, culminating last year with a reissue by Light in the Attic (stream it on Spotify) and their song "Baby" being covered by Ariel Pink. We're not sure why, exactly, they're playing NYC tonight but we're not looking this gift horse in the mouth. Tickets are still available.
Lil B, Clams Casino, Keyboard Kid @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
If you wanna keep the fun going after 4Knots, head to Brooklyn for the official after party at MHOW, which is being headlined by Lil B, and also includes sets by cloud rap producers Clams Casino and Keyboard Kid. Sold out. If you don't have tickets, maybe pray to the Based God?
The Cat Empire, Blackalicious @ Best Buy Theater
West Coast hip hop duo Blackalicious were the last-minute replacement for Big Boi at the Prospect Park show he had to drop of off last week, and they'll be playing NYC again tonight at Best Buy Theater opening for The Cat Empire.
Dawn Richard, Wendy Williams (host) @ Highline Ballroom
Tonight, Highline Ballroom is hosting an unofficial NYC Pride Week event hosted by TV's Wendy Williams, and R&B singer Dawn Richard, whose solid album, GoldenHeart, came out earlier this year, will be performing.
Old 97s @ Brooklyn Bowl
Alt-country vets Old 97s wrap up their 3-night stay at Brooklyn Bowl tonight. Tonight they perform 1997's Too Far to Care and more, and support comes from Brooklyn indie pop band Via Audio.
Archie Pelago, Cromie & Sage Caswell, Barille, REM KOOLHAUS, Nooka Jones, C-Sick @ Cameo
Like to dance all night? Percussion Lab and TURBOTAX are throwing a party at Cameo tonight (11 PM doors) with a live set from Archie Pelago and a number of solid DJs. If you are headed there, don't miss Braille, who you may also know as one half of Sepalcure.
Steve Gunn, Highlife, Loren Connors, Tom Carter @ Union Pool
After playing 4Knots twice (solo and part of Kurt Vile's band), Steve Gunn will head over to Williamsburg for a headlining set at Union Pool.
Martyrdoom @ Paper Box
Bestial Mockery, Desolate, Hour of 13 and many more play as part of this weekend's metal fest. Is it too hot to wear a studded leather jacket or a denim vest covered in patches? We'll find out later.
Destroy This Place, Shark?, Your Skull, Slow Warm Death @ Death by Audio
Ryan Allen of early/mid-00s Detroit-area band Thunderbirds Are Now!, is now fronting a band called Destroy This Place, who will make their way over to NYC tonight for a show at Death by Audio. If you're headed to this show, it's especially worth showing up early for Brooklyn garage punks Slow Warm Death.
Eraas, Ritual Howls, Shannon Funchess (of Light Asylum - DJ set) @ Glasslands
For a less controversial night of gloomy dance music, head to Glassland (right next door to 285 Kent) for Brooklyn's dark, rhythmic Eraas. They're due for a new album, so maybe they'll be performing new material tonight. The evening also features gothy Detroit trio Ritual Howls as well as a DJ set from Shannon of Light Asylum.
John Waters @ City Winery
Lover of kitch, director of filth (in the best way), Baltimore legend and filmmaker John Waters is doing a one-man-show tonight (his second night there) at City Winery. Tickets are still available.
Ha Ha Tonka, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin @ Mercury Lounge
MIssouri indie pop band Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin are set to release a new album, Fly By Wire, on September 17 via Polyvinyl. They'll likely tour in support of that album closer to its release, but you can catch them in NYC tonight opening for Ha Ha Tonka at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. You can check out the song "Nightwater Girlfriend" from SSLYBY's new LP, below.
David Byrne & St. Vincent @ Capitol Theatre
If you haven't managed to catch this collaborative tour yet, Port Chester's Capitol Theatre would be a lovely place to make up for that.
It's also a good night to head to Brooklyn's Big Snow, which is hosting a pretty solid lineup of Crazy Pills, Dead Stars, The Suicide Dolls, and Haybaby.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - "Nightwater Girlfriend"