Le1f at Afro-Punk 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Phish @ MSG
Love 'em or hate 'em, Phish's New Year's run at Madison Square Garden is always quite the event for jam fans, and it begins tonight, with one show a night leading up to New Year's Eve.
Prince @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Prince never slows down, having spent most of 2013 playing epic-length shows and releasing a series of digital singles that found him regaining some creative juice (and his classic sound). Tonight's the second of three holiday shows he's got lined up at Mohegan Sun.
The Front Bottoms, Chris Gethard, Tiny Moving Parts @ Shea Stadium (BV-presents)
The Front Bottoms mix folk, pop, and punk without ever fully being folk punk or pop punk, and it's the kind of stuff that begs to be shouted along to in a dingy venue like Shea Stadium. We're thrilled to present just that at our holiday party tonight. Sold out unfortunately, but if you've got tickets, see you there!
Psychic TV, Daddy Long Legs, Bryin Dall @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
It will be more like A Night Bizarre this weekend when Genesis P. Orridge and crew headline this free shopping/eating/minigolfing space this weekend. Having made everything from pure noise, pysch-pop, acid house and everything in between -- this year's Paramartha rattles around ambient blues dirges -- who knows what to expect.
Shigeto, Seams, Braille (DJ), Lord Raja @ Glasslands
Here's a chill evening of downtempo electronics, headlined by Ann Arbor, MI's Shigeto (whose No Better Time Than Now came out this year on Ghostly, International). Seams, meanwhile, is the nom-de-laptop of Berlin-based British producer James Welch whose brooding new album, Quarters, is out now on Full Time Hobby.
John Zorn Improv Night @ The Stone
The Stone's founder and artistic director John Zorn is in the midst of his annual Improv Week at the venue. Tonight features Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet), Jon Madof (guitar), Dave Scanlon (guitar), Annie Gosfield (keyboards), Frank London (trumpet), Adam Rudolph (percussion), Brian Marsella (keyboards), Billy Martin (percussion), Briggan Krauss (sax), and Zorn himself on sax.
The Bouncing Souls, Titus Andronicus, Mephiskapheles, The Organ Thieves @ The Stone Pony
NJ punk heroes The Bouncing Souls are on night 2 of their four-night 'Home for the Holidays' shows at home state venue The Stone Pony tonight. Like every night, there's three openers, all chosen by The Souls, and tonight's especially great because one of those openers is Titus Andronicus, who are NJ punk heroes in their own right.
Le1f, House of Ladosha, Ian Isiah, Junglepussy, Lakutis, Mess Kid & more @ Brooklyn Bowl
Boundary-pushing New York rapper Le1f is squeezing in one more hometown show before the end of the year, and with the huge amount of guests announced for this one, it's sure to be wacky, fun, and memorable (or maybe you won't remember any of it, but that would probably be fun too).
Suffocation, Pyrexia, Dehumanized, Torturous Inception, Day of Doom @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Long Island death metal band Pyrexia are doing a few year-end shows in their hometown area, two of which are in NYC. This one's opening for another Long Island death metal band, Suffocation, veterans of the genre whose 2013 LP Pinnacle of Bedlam is their seventh album in over 20 years.
Morne, Fórn @ Acheron
Boston doom/sludge greats make their way to NYC tonight with likeminded Boston band Fórn. Brooklyn's Tombs were supposed to be on this show, but unfortunately they had to drop off.
Baauer, Ryan Hemsworth, CZ, Alex English, rekLES @ Webster Hall
Baauer is more than the man behind the "Harlem Shake" meme. He can get a crowd going, and he's sure to do that at Webster Hall tonight.
Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute, Post Junction @ Bowery Ballroom
Sure, there's tons of bands playing their own music tonight, but if you're looking for some fun in the party-filled week that is Christmas-New Year's, heading to Bowery Ballroom to hear a bunch of Talking Heads hits could very well be that fun.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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