Arctic Monkeys at Free Press Summer Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Elvis Costello / Questlove
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Arctic Monkeys, Drowners @ Webster Hall
Arctic Monkeys made it out of the mid-'00s buzz bin alive and now, unlike many of their peers, they're five albums in and still making stellar material. Their newest, this year's AM, takes the Sabbath/QOTSA riffage from their last two and gives it a funky makeover with R&B falsettos and hip hop-inspired beats. And they've saved room for a bit of glam balladry too. NYC's Drowners open the show, and there's a good chance they'll appeal to devotees of Arctic Monkeys' early sound.
Elvis Costello, The Roots @ Brooklyn Bowl
With their collaborative album, Wise Up Ghost, out this week, Elvis Costello & the Roots play a record release show tonight on Questlove's stomping grounds. Sold Out. This is their only show like this current horizon, but EC does have solo dates this November.
Pet Shop Boys @ Beacon Theater
Earlier this summer Pet Shop Boys released Electric which is their most spirited, melodic record in who knows how long. Tonight's the first of two sold-out shows at Beacon, a gorgeous setting for what will likely be a highly theatrical stage show. Jacques lu Cont, aka Stuart Price who produced Electric, opens the show. Sold out.
Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, Tenement, Aye Nako @ Bowery Ballroom
Guitar shredding punk trio Screaming Females and emo-tinged songwriter Waxahatchee -- two of Don Giovanni Records' biggest (and well deserved) success stories -- are on tour with a third labelmate, Tenement, and that tour hits NYC for its second show here tonight. And to make this show even better, Brooklyn's Aye Nako -- a self-proclaimed homopop/queercore band whose melodic punk fits very well with tonight's entire bill -- opens the show.
Calvin Johnson, Poses @ Barnard College
It's a double shot of K Recs tonight courtesy Barnard college radio station WBAR. Calvin Johnson comes armed with 25 years of indie rock songwriting; Poses is Tae Won Yu of Kicking Giant (and graphic designer of many iconic indie album covers).
Crystal Stilts @ Other Music
Crystal Stilts' new album, Nature Noir, is out tomorrow (9/17) but you can pick it up tonight -- and hear them play live -- at this Other Music in-store.
David Hidalgo (of Los Lobos), Marc Ribot @ City Winery
Marianne Faithfull was supposed to play this show with guitar great Marc Ribot tonight, and though she had to cancel, Marc is still playing with David Hidalgo of Los Lobos.
Jenny Scheinman's Mischief & Mayhem, Jim Black, Nels Cline, Todd Sickafoose @ Le Poisson Rouge
This indie-appealing jazz bill includes violinist Jenny Scheinman (who's collaborated with Norah Jones, Anais Mitchell, and more) along with another of her collaborators/prolific guitar great Nels Cline, Andrew Bird collaborator Todd Sickafoose, and Jim Black (who's also collaborated with Nels before).
Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac does his weekly Night Train comedy show at Littlefield with guests Sean Patton, Brooke Van Poppelen, Mike Lawrence, Brent Sullivan, Josie Long, and Tony Deyo.
Schoolboy Q, SZA - secret NYC show
This is another of the Vitamin Water/FADER secret NYC shows, which you have to find hidden tickets (they're somewhere in NYC) to get into (follow @vitaminwater for more info). This one's with Black Hippy rapper Schoolboy Q, and the newest signee to TDE (Black Hippy's label), SZA.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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