Kurt Braunohler @ Williamsburg Park, 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Kurt Braunohler, Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, Hannibal Buress, Nick Turner, Ted Leo (musical guest) @ The Bell House
Kurt Braunohler just released his first comedy album -- on indie rock label Kill Rock Stars -- and is hosting a release party tonight featuring a cavalcade of comedy talent, plus indie rock's friend-to-funny, Ted Leo. Sold out.
Pete Rock Vs. DJ Premier @ East River Park (FREE)
Producer, rapper and DJ Pete Rock will be at East River Park for a Lyricist Lounge-sponsored turntable battle against Gang Starr's DJ Premier.
Skibeatz & The Sensei's, Nitty Scott, Smoke DZA, DJ Bice @ Mercury Lounge
Famed hip hop producer Ski Beatz is doing another of his Mercury Lounge shows tonight, and this one includes two of NYC's better local rappers, Nitty Scott and Smoke DZA. If you're into local hip hop, there's no better option than this one tonight.
Low Fat Getting High, The Can't Tells, The Teen Age, Realtions, Samsel & The Skirt @ Pianos
The Can't Tells' August residency at Pianos wraps up today, and among other bands, it includes promising Brooklyn punk band Low Fat Getting High, who are always worth catching.
Boyfrndz, Celestial Shore, Zula, Weekend Money @ Knitting Factory
Groove-oriented Austin trio Boyfrndz aren't too far, sonically, from Bear in Heaven, making spacy rock that you can dance to, too. You can stream their new EP, Natures, below.
Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk, Guerilla Toss, Advaeta, Bambara @ 285 Kent Avenue
Noir-tinged postpunks Advaeta are about to hit the road and are playing a kickoff show tonight. Things start loud with Bambara and end on a somber note with experimental/ambient Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk.
The Detroit Cobras, The A-Bones @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
Vets of the modern garage rock scene, The Detroit Cobras are one of the few bands to work almost exclusively with covers and still retain cool cred. They're also vets of Rocks Off parties, and partying with them on a boat sounds like a fun late summer night.
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo @ The Paramount
Late '70s/'80s pop/rock star Pat Benatar and her longtime guitarist Neil Giraldo bring the hits to Long Island for a show at The Paramount tonight.
Fred Frith, Laurie Anderson @ The Stone
Avant-garde guitar great Fred Frith (the man behind 1974's legendary Guitar Solos) is beginning his residency at The Stone tonight, which runs through September 1. For both the early and late shows tonight (8 PM and 10 PM), Fred will be joined by art pop mastermind Laurie Anderson on violin and keyboards.
Matthew Sweet @ City Winery
Matthew Sweet went from being a college-radio cult favorite in the '80s to being a genuine alt-rock hitmaker in the '90s and gun-for-hire songwriter and guitarist in the '00s. His melodic skills and and catalog of great songs will be on display tonight.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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