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Austra at MHOW in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
CHVRCHES, XXYYXX @ Terminal 5
Scottish electropop trio CHVRCHES have gone from playing Mercury Lounge in March to Terminal 5 tonight, all without an album out. That changes this week with the release of The Bones of What You Believe. Before they go on, XXYYXX will get your feet moving too.
Austra, Diana @ Webster Hall
Toronto goth pop band Austra now have two excellent albums under their belts, and anyone who's seen them knows their animated live show more than does them justice.
Lee Scratch Perry, SubAtomic Soundsystem, Daedelus, Addis Pablo @ Le Poisson Rouge
Reggae legend Lee "Scratch" Perry is eccentric. Also undeniably brilliant. Doors for this show are at 10 PM, so don't expect him to take the stage until laaaaaate.
Las Rosas, The Wrong Words, The Young Sinclairs (members of Eternal Summers), Christines @ Cake Shop
Here's a crazy good bill for lovers of guitar pop. San Francisco's The Wrong Words make nervy power pop; Roanoke, VA's Young Sinclairs (who share a drummer with Eternal Summers) play superior, harmony-laden janglepop (stream a track below); and tonight's the first live show from new Brooklyn band Christines who definitely give off serious Felt vibes.
Spray Paint, Pampers, Degreaser, Beech Creeps @ Death By Audio
Austin, TX's Spray Paint make claustrophobic no-wave style garage, which pairs well with the distorted art punk of Brooklyn's Pampers.
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ Passenger Bar (FREE)
It's always a treat to get sweaty with Jon Spencer, especially a free tiny show like this.
Jonah Matranga, Psychic Friend @ Mercury Lounge
Far frontman Jonah Matranga has previously recorded solo music as Onelinedrawing, but for his new album he's doing it under his own name, and if the sound of this new song is indicative of what's to come, it sounds like he's going in an acoustic direction. Tonight's Mercury Lounge show is being opened by Psychic Friend, aka Will Schwartz (of Imperial Teen and Hey Willpower), who makes Todd Rundgren style piano pop.
Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, Cassandra Jenkins @ Glasslands
Brooklyn folk singer Lady Lamb the Beekeper released an impressive new album this year, and she's spent a lot of time on the road in support of it. But now she's back home, and will play a local show tonight.
Mascott, Joey Sweeney & the Long Hair Arkestra @ Mercury Lounge
Mascott (aka Kendall Meade) just released her new EP, Cost/Ammount, and tonight's the release show and her first in two years. Playing in her band tonight are Doug Gillard and Jennifer O'Connor.
Portland Cello Project, Jolie Holland @ Le Poisson Rouge
This stringed ensemble turns contemporary pop into classical jams your uptight uncle would like. Last year's Homage features their arrangements of hip hop songs from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, and others.
Brooklyn Bluegrass Bash w/ Chris Thile & more @ The Bell House (2 PM)
The second annual Brooklyn Bluegrass Bash sees Chris Thile (Punch Brothers) joined by collaborator Michael Daves, Sarah Jarosz joined by Alex Hargreaves and Nathaniel Smith, and so much more for this full day of foot-stompin', finger-pickin' fun.
The A-Bones, Lenny Kaye, Andy Shernoff & more @ Bowery Electric
Bowery Electric hosts the Waggytail Rescue 10th Anniversary tonight with quality garage rock, punk, and the like from The A-Bones (who count Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan as a member), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Andy Shernoff (Dictators), and more. More info and full lineup at the Facebook event. Next month, The A-Bones play The Bell House with The 22.214.171.124.'s.
Dessa, Sombear @ Bowery Ballroom
Doomtree's Dessa mixes it up between spoken word, conscious rap, and neo-soul, always making for an interesting show.
Hannibal Buress @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Get there early.
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The Young Sinclairs - "Engineer Man"