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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Moderat, Nikoloa Baytala, Taimur & Fahad, Lauren Ritter @ 1260 Atlantic Ave
Moderat, the excellent collaborative project between Modeselektor and Apparat, just played Moogfest last night, and before leaving the US they're also taking the opportunity to play NYC tonight.
Gaslamp Killer, Edan, Nick Catchdubs, Pablo Ygal @ 88 Palace
The Gaslamp Killer's been making excellent forward-thinking instrumental hip hop for over a decade now. Meanwhile, Edan's psychedelic rap opus Beauty and the Beat is one of the best alternative rap albums of the 2000s. Tonight should be an interesting show.
The Suzan, The Naked Heroes, Juan Wauters (of the Beets), Wild Yaks, Household, The Wives @ Baby's All Right
Tonight is The Good Festival which "celebrates local music and good food initiatives with cooking demos + sustainable-living workshops between bands' sets." It's also the final show by underrated Brooklyn postpunk band Household who're going their separate ways after tonight.
The Uncluded (Kimya Dawson + Aesop Rock), The Pizza Underground, Baby Dayliner @ Brooklyn Bowl
The Uncluded combines rapper Aesop Rock with anti-folk singer Kimya Dawson, and if that combination sounds weird to you, you'll just have to see it to believe it. You can do just that at Brooklyn Bowl tonight.
Oberhofer, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves, Canon Logic, Mt. Royal, Tasseomancy, Pegasus Warning (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
There's some cool bands at the BK Night Bazaar tonight, including indie popsters Oberhofer, mathy chilled-out emo band A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Katrina Ford (of Celebration)'s new band Mt. Royal, former Austra members Tasseomancy, and more. Like all BKNB shows, admission is free.
Bambara, Baked, Kal Marks, Slothrust @ Death By Audio
If your tastes run towards the loud and sludgy, this show would probably be a good one to check out. Bambara are dark and gothy with a drummer who at times sounds like he's destroying his kit. Slothrust, meanwhile, make grungy, blues pop and are pretty good at it too.
Serena Maneesh (and vocal ensemble), Frodge Halitli @ Issue Project Room
It's been years since Oslo shoegazers Serena Maneesh played NYC, and tonight they change that with this show, which is also the last night of the first-ever US edition of Oslo's Ultima Festival.
Jessica Lea Mayfield, Gambles, Chalk and Numbers @ Rough Trade
Jessica Lea Mayfield now has three albums, none of which sound alike. On her new one, she brings in more distorted guitar and heavier blues influences than ever before, but her voice remains wispy. It's a good mix.
Corrosion of Conformity, Kings Destroy, Roadsaw, Ruby The Rabbitfoot @ Saint Vitus Bar
North Carolinian thrash/sludge/crossover institution Corrosion of Conformity haven't been in town in a bit, but tonight they make their much-needed return.
Pet Shop Boys @ Terminal 5
Long before James Murphy ever thought of it, Pet Shop Boys were mixing irony and dance music, and have made a long career of it with dozens of UK Top 1o hits. Coming off the very good Electric, the current tour is an AV-and-costume-filled extravaganza
Couch Slut, Nebudon, Ocrilim, Child Abuse @ Trans-Pecos
It's monthly "Chaos Bodies" series that spotlights "Out-goth, post-industrial, & post-metal" curated by Charlie Looker (Extra Life) and Andrew Hock (Castevet), both of the newish industrial metal band Psalm Zero. Tonight it's Orthrealm's Mick Barr in his solo project mode, Ocrilim, noise merchants Child Abuse, plus Couch Slut, and Nebadon.
Anya Marina & friends, Morgan Murphy, Phil Hanley, Nova of Pacha Massive, Roger Greenawalt, and more @ Union Hall
Singer/songwriter Anya Marina returns to Union Hall tonight and she's promising to cover Huey Lewis and honor some requests.
Audion (Matthew Dear), Tiga, Tim Sweeney @ Verboten
Matthew Dear with his Audion moniker and Tiga teamed up earlier this year for a collaborative single, "Fever," and tonight they'll share a stage at new-ish club Verboten.
Slaughterhouse @ Best Buy Theater
Hip hop supergroup Slaughterhouse (Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Royce da 5'9") are planning to release a new album, Glass House, and are supporting that on their current tour which hits NYC tonight.
Andrew WK @ SubCulture
This is the second of two of Andrew WK's Grand Piano Parties this weekend. While we don't always associate Andrew WK with grand pianos, we're sure he'll deliver on making it a party.
Culture Shock @ SUNY Purchase
It's the second day of Purchase's annual two-day Culture Shock festival and features a variety of great stuff, including rap oddball Lil B, indie rockers Speedy Ortiz, the eccentric Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, NYC queer rapper Cakes Da Killa, pop/folk pnks Modern Baseball, art punks Guerilla Toss, Wham CIty Comedy, and more. The festival is technically only open to students, alumni, and their guests.
Heliotropes, Dead Stars @ Union Pool
Two good local indie rock bands tonight: the riff-heavy Heliotropes, and the '90s-indie-loving Dead Stars.
Brooklyn Zine Fest @ Brooklyn Historic Society
It's the first day of the two-day Brooklyn Zine Fest which includes 75 exhibitors and various panels.
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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