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California X at Death by Audio in July (more by Vladislav Grach)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
California X, Perfect Pussy, Yvette, Flagland, Blessed State @ Shea Stadium
Every band on this five-band bill is worth seeing, and this much talent in the tiny Shea Stadium is sure to turn into a total mess (in the best way possible). There's Amherst sludge rockers California X, seriously intense noise punks Perfect Pussy, noisy art rockers Yvette, Brooklyn garage punks Yvette, and Northampton mid-'80s style hardcore punks Blessed State.
Priests, Noun (Marissa Paternoster), Heavy Bangs, Arm Candy @ Silent Barn
This show is the live music portion of Fvck the Media's public editorial meeting. Meeting starts at 7 and then by 8 we get Arm Candy, Heavy Bangs (the new band of Cynthia from Radiator Hospital), Marissa Paternoster's (of Screaming Females) other band Noun, and passionate DC post-punks Priests.
Holograms, TV Ghost, Heaven's Gate @ 285 Kent
Sweden's Holograms offer up a bleak postpunk landscape on their new album, Forever, which should sound good in the industrial confines of 285 Kent. TV Ghost's gothy sound -- and locals Heaven's Gate -- make more an all-around noisy/angsty evening.
San Fermin @ Ace Hotel
While they play Music Hall of Williamsburg next week, chamber pop outfit San Fermin play a free show today as part of Ace Hotel's "Five at Five" series.
The Soupcans, BBIGPIGG, Fins, Desert Sharks @ Cake Shop
Toronto's The Soupcans make speedy post-hardcore filled with all the anger, sarcasm, and weirdness you need. They're in NYC for two shows this weekend, both of which should get pretty intense. Connecticut noise rockers Fins are on tonight's bill and they're worth catching too.
Andrew Cedermark, Average Girl, Cosmonaut @ Cameo Gallery
Ex-Titus Andronicus member Andrew Cedermark has been on his own for a few years, having last released his Home Life album this year.
Household, Aye Nako, Air Waves, Sapphire Mansions @ Death By Audio
This whole bill is good, though we'd especially recommend catching Aye Nako who do pop punk right, and Household who are celebrating the release of their new Elaine's EP. It's also a release show for Sapphire Mansions' new mini-LP as well, so be sure to visit the merch table.
TEEN, Forest Fire, Splashh, Valleys @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This weekend's Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows are curated by Kanine Records, who offer up a good bill tonight, with UK band Splashh (in a stripped down line-up), Montreal's ethereal Valleys, and local band TEEN. It's free and you can do some holiday shopping while you're there too.
Negative Approach, The Casualties, Nuclear Santa Claust @ Europa
Tonight Europa's got a double-header of classic punk from Negative Approach and The Casualties, and local openers Nuclear Santa Claust do justice to the sound those (and other) bands helped create.
The Range, Octo Octa, Obey City @ Glasslands
It's a solid night of IDM at Glasslands with upcoming Rhode Island producer The Range and Brooklyn deep house regular Octo Octa.
A$AP Ferg, Joey Fatts & A$hton Matthews, Overdoz, 100s @ Irving Plaza
Rocky wasn't the only A$AP member to put a great record this year. A$AP Ferg's Trap Lord was a solid statement of its own that made Ferg more than just "part of A$AP Rocky's crew" and "Shabba" is up there with the best rap singles of the year.
Mori @ Pop Montreal (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
French Horn Rebellion, Savoir Adore, Rush Midnight @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
FHR and Savoire Adore are BFFs, collaborate together and are often tourmates, so don't be surprised if you can't tell where one band stops and the next starts tonight. Adding to the dancepop vibes are the Police-ish sounds of Rush Midnight.
Revenge, Abazagorath, Krieg, Woe @ Saint Vitus
Canadian war metal band Revenge descends upon NYC for a two-night stand at Saint Vitus this weekend. Local black metallists Woe kick things off, and they are not to miss.
Flosstradamus, Been Trill, DJ Spinz @ Terminal 5
Flosstradamus have been putting on great dance parties for years, and now they're bigger than ever before, taking on a sold out show at NYC's huge Terminal 5.
Low Fat Getting High, Huntronik, Hundos, Haybaby @ The Grand Victory
Brooklyn's Low Fat Getting High make fast 'n' catchy punk songs, and with almost no time between songs, their shows feel even faster. It's a total blur and a great time.
Anna von Hausswolff, Noveller @ Union Hall
Master of the church organ, AvH will bring her cathedral vibes -- and otherworldly voice -- to Union Hall tonight.
Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple, Frank Bango @ The Bell House
While both members of The dB's, Stamey and Holsapple tonight are playing their collaborative 1991 album, Mavericks (made while the dB's were broken up), in full.
Darlene Love @ BB King's
The "He's a Rebel" singer and '60s girl group icon delivers the hits tonight
Liquor Store, Hector's Pets, 1-800-Band, Citizen Blast Kane @ Union Pool
NJ garage rockers Liquor Store are about to head out on a tour of the US, but before they leave they play this local tour kickoff show tonight.
Math the Band, Stephen Brodsky, Chumped, Kerbivore @ The Gutter
This is a pretty diverse and all-around great happening at The Gutter tonight. Math the Band have played shows with Peelander-Z and Andrew WK which makes a lot of sense because they're also a "party-first-songs-second" kind of band. Cave In frontman Stephen Brodsky is playing solo, Brooklyn's lyrical, scrappy pop punks Chumped are always worth catching, and Staten Island indie rockers Kerbivore are pretty solid too.
Painted Zeros, Turnip King, No One and the Somebodies, Hippy, Gingerlys @ Emet
This is a benefit for all-ages concert listings zine Showpaper, featuring a host of quality local bands.
The Saddest Landscape, My FIctions, Trophy Scars, Sleep Bellum Sonno @ Stevens Institute Of Technology
Tonight, Hoboken's Stevens Institute of Technology gets a killer post-hardcore show in their Jacobus Lounge with likeminded bands The Saddest Landscape and My Fictions who just released a collaborative split which hopefully means some collaborating tonight. Hometown art rockers Trophy Scars are on the bill too.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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