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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Pig Destroyer, Pharmakon, Evian Christ, Richard Hell (reading), Peter Sotos, Julianna Barwick @ Basilica Hudson
The two-day Basilica Sound Scape begins today in Hudson, NY. Today's got a diverse lineup that includes music from ambient art pop artist Julianna Barwick, murky hip hop producer (and Kanye West collaborator) Evian Christ, industrial-noise artist Pharmakon, and grindcore shredders Pig Destroyer. Plus, punk legend Richard Hell will be reading from his work, and more. More details here.
Chelsea Wolfe, True Widow @ Bowery Ballroom
Chelsea Wolfe's now 4-for-4 on the album-to-year ratio. Her newest, Pain Is Beauty, is her boldest and most cleanly produced work yet, but it doesn't lose the intensity of her earlier, rawer work. Tonight she brings her tour with Relapse-signed slowcore trio True Widow. Get ready to be entranced.
Deer Tick (performing "In Utero"), T. Hardy Morris @ Brooklyn Bowl
You may know that every now and then, Deer Tick does this thing where they drink a ton of beer (well they probably do that at every show), call themselves "Deervana," and play an entire set of Nirvana songs. They did it at Brooklyn Bowl in 2011, and they'll do it at that venue again tonight, but this time playing 1993's In Utero in full, in celebration of the album's 20th anniversary.
Pinback, Deathfix @ Irving Plaza
Makers of intricately layered, expertly played indie rock, Pinback returned last year with Information Retrieved, their first new album in half a decade. This will be the band's third time through NYC in the last year. Tickets are still available.
Grant Hart, Slonk Donkerson, Franny & Zooey @ Cake Shop
Earlier this year, onetime Husker Du singer/drummer Grant Hart released The Argument, a concept album based on Milton's Paradise Lost which has earned him his highest accolades of his post-Du career.
Blowoff (Ft. the DJ sounds of Bob Mould & Richard Morel) @ Gramercy Theatre
Meanwhile, Hart's former bandmate, Bob Mould, performs tonight as one half of Blowoff, his electronic-leaning pop rock project.
Maria Minerva (DJ Set), Alice Cohen, Sateen @ Body Actualized Center
Art pop songwriter Alice Cohen has been making music for decades, and her current project as a solo artist is a regular on the NYC DIY scene. Tonight she plays Body Actualized Center, along with Sateen, and Maria Minerva DJs.
Jana Hunter, Horse Lords, The Dreebs, 75 Dollar Bill @ Death By Audio
Jana Hunter's Lower Dens project and fellow Baltimoreans Horse Lords are featured on opposite sides of the new 7" in Famous Class' LAMC series. You can stream it below. Tonight's the record release party.
Majical Cloudz, Moon King @ Glasslands
Montreal's Majical Cloudz make soulful, minimal music that can be a captivating live experience, due mainly to Devon Welsh intense stage presence. This is the first of two NYC shows this weekend, both of which are with Toronto's Moon King who are definitely worth getting there early for.
Chrome Canyon, Cale Parks (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
If you like early-'80s neo-futuristic synth music and enjoy theremins, Chrome Canyon's otherworldly stage show could be the trip you're looking for.
Houses, Jamaican Queens, Modern Merchant @ Mercury Lounge
Two laptop-leaning indie pop bands, Houses and Jamaican Queens, are on the road together and today they play their second of two NYC shows together at Mercury Lounge.
Scout Niblett, Dope Body @ Saint Vitus
Scout Niblett has been doing the grungy singer/songwriter thing (not unlike early PJ Harvey) for a while now, and her newest album is a very good addition to her already solid discography. Tonight she brings her tour with noise rockers Dope Body to Brooklyn's mostly-metal bar Saint Vitus.
Youth Code, Night Sins @ Saint Vitus
After the Scout Niblett show, Saint Vitus hosts a late show with a couple acts that recall the heyday of EBM and industrial (Youth Code) and gothy postpunk (Night Sins). Both have new albums too.
Celestial Shore, Empress Of, TEEN, Bueno @ Silent Barn
Brooklyn's beachy Celestial Shore are celebrating the release of their new album, 10x, tonight with some pretty good party guests: TEEN and Empress Of are both bands who could probably headline a place like Silent Barn on their own.
Glass Candy, Chromatics @ Terminal 5
Terminal 5 can turn off their air conditioning tonight, as these two Portland practioners of icy Italo-disco (which share member Johnny Jewel) should chill things out nicely.
Cuntz, Degreaser, Yo! Bum Rush The Show @ The Flat
Cuntz are over from Australia to bless the US with their rackety rock n' roll for the first time ever. This is their second of two shows.
Peter Hook & The Light (Movement & Power, Corruption & Lies), Slaves of Venus @ Webster Hall
Peter Hook's striking low-slung presence -- and signature style -- was missing from New Order's show here earlier this summer, but now he's here with his band The Light performing New Order's first two albums in full.
Holy Ghost! (DJ Set), Wolfram, Justin Miller @ The Panther Room
Holy Ghost!, who have a new album out this week, revel in vintage sounds. How long into their set before they drop some early-'80s Arthur Baker?
Xeno & Oaklander, Bootbacks, Tempers, DJ Mar Bar @ Union Pool
Speaking of vintage sounds, Xeno & Oaklander, who perform their minimal synth like it was still 1981 -- what's a laptop? -- will do so tonight as part of night of similarly moody danse.
Pictureplane, James Ferraro, Gatekeeper (DJ Set) @ 285 Kent Avenue
Another of the many recent chances to catch NYC party-starter Pictureplane, and this one's with experimentalist James Ferraro.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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