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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, La Femme, Midnight Masses @ Bowery Ballroom
Celebrating their 20th anniversary as a band, Trail of Dead are touring their classic 2002 album Source Codes and Tags. If you're going tonight, get there in time to see French band La Femme (a weird double bill, admittedly).
The Range, Natasha Kmeto, Hirshi b2b Kroba @ Glasslands
Rhode Island's The Range makes excellent IDM, as heard on 2013's Nonfiction and his just-released Panasonic EP. Catch him at the small-ish Glasslands tonight before he plays 3 huge shows with CHVRCHES.
Four Visions, Home Alone, RL Kelly, Ricky Eat Acid, Alex G, Elvis Depressedly @ Shea Stadium
This show is stacked with local-ish lo-fi songwriters, including Alex G, his pal R.L. Kelly, Sam Ray (with his sample-happy Ricky Eat Acid project), and more.
Darwin Deez, The Ballroom Thieves, King Holiday, Such Hounds, Caveman DJ set, Ben Lovett DJ set @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Tonight's BKNB programming was curated by Communion, the label run by Mumford & Sons's Ben Lovett. Eccentric pop dude Darwin Deez headlines and it's an evening of friendly sounds all around. Plus: Lovett as your DJ, and of course gourmet food stalls, beer/wine, shopping, ping pong, mini golf and more.
Magik Markers, Endless Boogie, Mike Wolf DJ set @ Union Pool
Noise trio Magik Markers' new album was recorded partially in J Mascis' attic in Amherst, and as you might expect, sounds completely void of any type of studio work. Expect a din tonight.
Kidrockers w/ Adam Green and San Fermin @ NYU Skirball Center
The popular series that presents grownup music for kids (and their parents) moves from its usual Brooklyn Bowl confines to NYU for this show featuring professional wildcard Adam Green and the string-laden San Fermin.
Joseph Arthur @ BRIC House
The multitalented Joseph Arthur returned with two albums this year -- The Ballad of Boogie Christ acts 1 and 2 -- and will release a Lou Reed Tribute later this year.
Man Forever, William Basinski @ Merkin Concert Hall
The fest that pairs pop musicians with modern composers concludes tonight with this collaboration between Man Forever (aka Oneida drummer Kid Millions) and The Disintegration Loops creator Williams Basinski.
Tacocat, Mannequin Pussy, Desert Sharks, Bluffing @ Death by Audio
Seattle's palindromic Tacocat just released the very fun NVM, that's part '90s indie rock attitude, part surfy twang, with a little bubblegum to make your cup runneth over. Their shows are a lot of fun, and with an undercard of well-chosen local bands, this'll be a good night out.
Raspberry Bulbs, Virile Games, Anxiety Hammer, DJ Anthony Pappa @ Baby's All Right
NYC's Raspberry Bulbs may owe some of their sound to black metal, but ultimately they're a raw, fast punk band with songs that just beg to be seen live. You can do just that at Baby's All Right tonight.
Mates of State @ Joe's Pub
Part of their "seated acoustic piano / drums / voices / strings / horns" tour, Mates of State play early and late shows at Joe's Pub tonight.
Dead Rider, Les Bon Hommes, Aperiodic @ Cake Shop
Chicago experimental rockers Dead Rider are one hell of a weird band that are sure to leave at least some kind of impression. Tonight they team up with Les Bon Hommes, whose lineup features members of Deerhoof and Rainer Maria.
Gorgon City, Kidnap Kid, Jonas Rathsman @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Another of the UK dance-pop makers (Disclosure, Rudimental, Duke Dumont), London duo Gorgon City have a major label debut LP coming out this year, and it won't be surprising if they hit it big like many of their contemporaries already have. So catch them at MHOW tonight before they're selling out Terminal 5.
Wo Fat, Roadsaw, Lo-Pan, Geezer, Neon Warship @ Saint Vitus
Lo-Pan revel in bluesy riffs and stoner grooves, which should fit pretty well with the rest of tonight's heavy lineup at Saint Vitus.
Anwar Sadat, Patrick Higgins, Algis Kizys, Fangs @ Bowery Electric
Louisville post punks Anwar Sadat make fast, heavy post-punk that doesn't feel weird being compared to Big Black or The Jesus Lizard. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows, and the lineup is stacked with Zs member Patrick Higgins, ex-Swans member Algis Kizys (joined by current Swans member Norman Westberg, Unsane/Foetus member Vincent Signorelli, and Lynn Wright), and Fangs (aka Sonic Youth/Swans producer Martin Bisi joined by members of Phantom Family Halo and Eula).
The xx @ Park Avenue Armory
The xx finally conclude their run of 25 shows at the Park Avenue Armory tonight. The shows are extremely intimate (holds 40 people) and very sold out.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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