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Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Outside Lands 2013 (more by Paige K. Parsons)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Har Mar Superstar @ Barclays Center
Yeah Yeah Yeahs continue to progress, now with four pretty different-sounding albums under their belts. Lately, they've been sticking to smaller NYC venues, but tonight they make the jump to their hometown's newest arena, Barclays Center. Opening the show is entertaining goofball Har Mar Superstar.
Scud Mountain Boys, Sean Rowe @ Mercury Lounge
Joe Pernice resurrected his alt-country band Scud Mountain Boys to make their first LP since Clinton was President. And they play their first NYC show in nearly as long tonight.
Terry Malts, Kissing Is A Crime, LVL UP @ Glasslands
For pop punk with a more indiepop slant, San Francisco's Terry Malts are in town, having just released their swell sophomore album, Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere which is out on Slumberland.
Deerhunter, Crystal Stilts, Blues Control @ Webster Hall
The ever-evolving Deerhunter have toyed with noise rock, shoegaze, dream pop and most other indie rock subgenres, but on their newest LP, Monomania, they dial the time machine back even further for analog-recorded glammy garage rock. They wrap up their NYC run with a sold-out show at Webster Hall tonight, and opening are Brooklyn's Crystal Stilts.
Official Deerhunter Afterparty w/ Bradford Cox (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
To keep the party going after Deerhunter's third and final night in NYC, head to Glasslands with Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox, who will be DJing.
Pixies, Meg Myers @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Pixies might have lost Kim Deal as a member (they have Kim Shattuck of The Muffs in her place) and you might not be huge on their new EP, but this is still three of the four original members of one of the most classic indie rock bands of our time, playing relatively intimate venues. Tonight they're at Music Hall of Williamsburg for their third of four NYC shows this week.
Youth Lagoon, Pure X, Tezeo @ Le Poisson Rouge
On this year's Wondrous Bughouse, Youth Lagoon went from dream pop introvert to psychedelic pop explorer, and he's been touring with his new sound (and new clothes) all year. Tonight he and Pure X hit NYC for a show at Le Poisson Rouge.
Skimask, New England Patriots, Big Ups, Alien Triology @ Death By Audio
This bill includes one of the better upcoming Brooklyn punk bands, Big Ups, who sound as '90s as they look, and come armed with a ferocious live show.
FLAG, TSOL, Cerebral Ballzy @ Irving Plaza
There's two bands currently touring as reunited versions of Black Flag. This is the one fronted by Keith Morris (who sang on the band's 1978 debut EP, Nervous Breakdown), and also includes Black Flag members Dez Cadena, Chuck Dukowski, and Bill Stevenson, plus Bill's Descendents bandmate Stephen Egerton.
Laura Veirs, Karl Blau @ Mercury Lounge
The talented (and underrated) Portland singer released her new album, Warp and Weft, last month and tonight makes her way to Mercury Lounge. Her Pacific Northwest neighbor (and also underrated) Karl Blau opens.
The Crookes, Los Encantados, Young Rising Sons @ Union Hall
This Sheffield UK band specialize in wordy, jangly guitar pop and are playing their first U.S. shows this week in NYC. They are not the next coming of Pulp or anything, but will do in a Britpop pinch.
She Keeps Bees, Reggie Watts, Mind Warrior Matthew Johnson Ph.D from Johns Hopkins, Kaoru Watanabe, Aerial East @ The Bell House
Greg Barris hosts this semi-regular "The Heart of Darkness" variety show that mixes music, comedy and talks with smart people. In the case of Reggie Watts, all three at once. Tickets are still available.
Willie Nelson @ The Capitol Theatre
It's always a treat when country music legend/activist Willie Nelson comes to town, and this week he's in the NYC-area for two shows at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre.
Blitz The Ambassador, Old Money, Boima, Caktuz @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Brooklyn rapper Blitz the Ambassador brings his afro-beat inspired sound to The Studio at Webster Hall tonight.
Fred Frith @ Roulette
Avant-garde guitar great is performing his 1980 album Gravity at Roulette with a large group of musicians. If you can't make it tonight, he does it again tomorrow too.
Hippy, Friend Roulette, Lux Perpetua, Spirit Plate @ Shea Stadium
Hippy make very solid indie guitar pop and have the good taste to cover Wire's "Mannequin" on their free-download album Almost Live. This is a pretty good bill of locals, all around, too.
Drake pop-up shop at ALIFE
Drake's new album Nothing Was The Same comes out next week (9/24) and his tour with Miguel and Future hits NYC in October, but before all of that, he'll be launching three pop-up shops today only in Toronto, NYC and LA. NYC's is at ALIFE (158 Rivington St) and they'll have free Nothing Was The Same gear available. The shop opens at 1 PM. More info here.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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