Carcass @ Gramercy Theatre, 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
EMA @ Suny Culture Shock 2012 (more by Kellyanne Petry)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Carcass, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, Noisem @ Best Buy Theater
Fellow veteran death metal bands Carcass and Gorguts reignited their careers with new albums last year that were not only better than most people expect from reunion albums, but just two of the best metal albums of the year in general. It was a treat seeing both bands on the road last year too, and tonight should be even more of a treat seeing them together. The rest of the lineup's not too shabby either.
EMA, Chez Deep @ Union Pool
EMA's new album, The Future's Void, is not only a worthy followup to her excellent 2011 debut, but possibly an even stronger album. It goes through industrial, '90s alternative, sad singer/songwriter and more across its very diverse 10 songs. Her tour with Downtown Boys hits NYC at a couple larger venues later in the year, but tonight catch her release show at the intimate Union Pool.
Kevin Barnes, Fancy Colors @ LPR
Of Montreal start their tour in about a month and tonight frontman Kevin Barnes plays solo tonight.
NGUZUNGUZU, Slava, DJ Clent, Ian Isiah @ Baby's All Right
NGUZUNGUZU and Slava bring their outsider electronics to Baby's tonight, and Ian Isiah's auto-tuned R&B should fit right in.
Murphy's Law, Agitator, Goosebumps, Nuclear Santa Claust, Mayor Creep @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight might get a bit rowdy with a lineup of of punk, headlined by hardcore vets Murphy's Law.
Immortal Technique, Brother Ali @ Brooklyn Bowl
Fellow "conscious" rappers Immortal Technique and Brother Ali bring the tour they're on together to Brooklyn Bowl for their second of two NYC shows this week.
Mount Sharp, Journalism, 178 Improvisation Product, Heidemann @ Cake Shop
Les Savvy Fans take note: 178 Improvisation Product features LSF frontman Tim Harrington, plus members of post-punk outfit Liquid Liquid. Should be interesting.
Actress, Dutch E Germ, HUERCO S. @ Cameo Gallery
UK IDM wizard Actress returns to NYC tonight, and joining him is excellent local support from ex-Gang Gang Dance member Dutch E Germ and Software-signed minimalist Huerco S.
Cities Aviv @ Knitting Factory
Inventive rapper Cities Aviv released his latest album, Come to Life, which continues to keep him out of pigeonholes. Tonight's show is part of the Knit's "Free Fridays" series. Doors at midnight and no cost to you, the music listener.
Golden Pelicans, Liquor Store, Foster Care @ Death by Audio
This show got canceled. Find something else to do!
James Vincent McMorrow, Aidan Knight @ Bowery Ballroom
James Vincent McMorrow isn't the most original songwriter (Bon Iver and James Blake seem like obvious influences), but he can write some pretty gorgeous music. Tonight's his last of his three sold-out NYC shows.
Banquets, Placeholder, What Moon Things, Vasudeva, Living Room @ Suburbia
There's some good Northeast US punk and indie rock on this bill, and if you're going we especially think you shouldn't miss Lancaster, PA's Placeholder, whose blend of '90s indie, melodic punk and post-hardcore is heavier and rowdier live than it is on record.
Lau, Gramercy Arms @ Mercury Lounge
Edinburgh folk trio Lau who have been named "Best Group" at BBC Radio 2's Folk Awards on four occasions and don't play such small places in the UK.
Wheat, Chris Mills and The Distant Stars, My Teenage Stride @ Union Hall
Boston's Wheat have been making dreamy, autumnal music since the late-'90s. It's been five years since their last record, White Ink Black Ink, maybe we'll find out what's next tonight.
JTC, ITAL, Earthen Sea (ex Black Eyes), Aurora Halal @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn electronic regulars Ital and Aurora Halal recently played Unsound Fest together supporting their upcoming collaborative EP. Tonight they share a bill again, and also on this show is Earthen Sea, the project of Jacob Long, who (like Ital) used to be in Dischord art punks Black Eyes.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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