Delorean at Bowery Ballroom in 2010
Brendan Canning at Pop Montreal 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Neutral Milk Hotel, Elf Power @ BAM
After releasing one of the most classic indie albums of all time with In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel pretty much disappeared with frontman Jeff Mangum choosing to remain mostly out of the public eye. A few years ago, Mangum began touring again, but it wasn't until late 2013 that Neutral Milk Hotel returned to the road. Their reunion tour finally comes to NYC this week and this is the second of five shows here.
Delorean, Mas Ysa @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Spanish synthpop band Delorean may not be as buzzy as they were back in 2010 (which feels like way more than four years ago), but they're still making shiny, catchy tunes and tonight's show is sold out. NYC indie pop guy Mas Ysa opens.
Brendan Canning (of Broken Social Scene), White Hinterland @ Mercury Lounge
While Broken Social Scene is on hiatus, both co-founders are focusing on their solo projects, and tonight Brendan Canning finally makes his way to NYC after having to postpone his last tour. White Hinterland makes solid indie pop and is about to release her first album since 2010, Baby, on April 1 via Dead Oceans. You can listen to its new single, "Ring the Bell," below.
The Detroit Cobras, Nude Beach, The Above @ The Bell House
Detroit Cobras have been doing garage rock covers for about two decades now, and they'll bring the fun back to Brooklyn tonight. If you're going, get there early for Nude Beach, whose punky take on Elvis Costello-style power pop is pretty great.
French Horn Rebellion, Seasick Mama, Heavenly Beat, Pizza Underground @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This week's BKNB line-up is a well-curated bunch of '80s-leaning dance acts from the wispy psuedo-Swedish Heavenly Beat, the Miami Vice-style cod reggae of Rush Midnight, and the big hook party jams of French Horn Rebellion. Sandwiched in there as well are Macaulay Culkin's novelty VU tribute band, The Pizza Underground. Free.
Woodsman, Herbcraft, Fire Talk @ Mercury Lounge
Mixing drony folk, motorik rhythms and the occasional chopped-up beat, Brooklyn's Woodsman are set to release their self-titled third album, on February 5. This is the kickoff to their tour with Herbcraft.
Reverend Horton Heat, Nekromantix, Deke Dickerson, The Creepshow, Reformed Whores @ Irving Plaza
In the world of surf-rock, the Rev is a lengend, bringing a crazed twang to his raucous instrumentals and psychobilly freakouts.
Prurient, Azar Swan, Clay Rendering @ Saint Vitus
Dominick Fernow is a man of many sounds (and projects) in the worlds of noise, power electronics, and industrial, and tonight he brings his Prurient project (just days after releasing a noisy new single) to the black walls of Saint Vitus. Also don't miss the goth pop of Azar Swan and the post-industrialism of Clay Rendering (who are on Dominick's Hospital Productions label).
Damien Jurado, Courtney Marie Andrews @ Bowery Ballroom
You can pretty much always depend on Damien Jurado to deliver excellent indie folk songs, and his newest album Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son (out this week on Secretly Canadian) lives up to that promise.
Trust, Heathered Pearls (DJ), FJTRSPA (DJ), Creatures (DJ) @ Glasslands
Toronto resident Robert Alfons is Trust, for all intents and purposes, who makes sinister minimal synth. With a new album, Joyland, out in March expect lots of new stuff at the late show. Sold out.
DMX, Rakim, Naughty by Nature, EPMD, Brand Nubian, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Biz Markie, Black Sheep @ Radio City Music Hall
Tons of old school rap that needs no introduction at tonight's 'Masters of Ceremony' show at Radio City.
Travis Morrison, Jeff Rosenstock, Max Low, Patrick Salt Ryan @ The Grand Victory
The Dismemberment Plan may be active again, but frontman Travis Morrison still makes time for his solo project. And on the other hand, Bomb the Music Industry! may have just ended, but frontman Jeff Rosenstock isn't going anywhere, as he's playing solo tonight too.
R. Stevie Moore, Gary Wilson @ Issue Project Room
Godfather of home recording R. Stevie Moore is guaranteed to put on a quirky show, but for some (especially those who like Ariel Pink), he'll likely be very inspiring too. Meanwhile, fellow cult legend Gary Wilson was making ahead-of-its-time new wave in the '70s and has also made fans of newer musicians like Beck and Questlove.
Andrew Cedermark, Tape Deck Mountain, Tiger Dare @ Glasslands
A former member of Titus Andronicus, Andrew Cedermark makes laid-back rock that fits right in on Underwater Peoples (former home of Real Estate).
North Highlands, Black Girls, Arms, Fasano @ Death By Audio
Superior locals North Highlands and Arms highlight this show which also features Richmond Virginia's Black Girls (stream their album below).
EL-P, The BOTS @ Converse Rubber Tracks
To celebrate the culmination of Converse Rubber Tracks' creative workshops, rapper El-P and rock duo The Bots play this final concert, which is free but you had to enter via Converse for a chance to get in.
JD Samson & MEN, Bright Light Bright Light @ Littlefield
Kathleen Hanna's band The Julie Ruin is probably the most talked-about post-Le Tigre project at the moment, but if you were into Le Tigre's dancey, passionate jams, JD Samson's band MEN continues to provide those. This show is a benefit for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, "which provides empowerment, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ youth in New York and New Jersey."
Darlings, The Doozies, Island Twins, Sundelles @ Shea Stadium
Darlings, who make crunchy/catchy indie rock, curated this bill, "handpicked for maximum good times."
Tournament, Liquor Store, Moon Dudes, Giggly Boys @ Legion Bar
There's some solid local punk at Legion tonight with the melodic aggression of Tournament and the garage rock leanings of Liquor Store.
Old Cole Younger, Beach Party, DJ Tennessee Thomas @ Baby's All Right
Cole Alexander of The Black Lips is in NYC tonight with his Old Cole Younger project (ahead of his band's upcoming tour) and LA garage punks Beach Party 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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