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Foals at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by Kurt Christensen)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Slint, Spires That in the Sunset Rise @ MHOW
It's the last night of Slint's 3-night run in NYC on their current reunion tour, which is their first US tour since 2007. The shows have been seeing the band play all of Spiderland, in addition to some cuts of Tweez and a couple outtakes as well, and the reviews all seem to be pretty positive. Tonight is sold out.
Foals, Cage the Elephant, J. Roddy Walston and The Business @ Terminal 5
Though they're best-known for their slow build anthems, Foals' twitchy anarchic beginnings rear their head live. Singer Yannis Philippakis is a fearless daredevil on stage, prone to flying leaps into the audience. Be prepared to catch him.
TOY, Heaven @ Mercury Lounge
TOY's record are good, but it's on stage where they excel, cranking the volume, and locking into a motorik groove.
Ben Kweller, Slothrust @ Bowery Ballroom
Ben Kweller has been a solo artist a lot longer that he was frontman of Radish though the two total over 20 years in the biz. He most recent album was 2012's Go Fly a Kite.
The Loom, Whiskey Bitches, Dead Stars, Ghost Punch @ Cameo Gallery
Neo-folk act The Loom headline this ecclectic bill that also features punky Whiskey Bitches and '90s loving Dead Stars. Presented by NYC-Taper, if you miss the show you can still listen to live recordings via his blog.
Endless Boogie, Degreaser, Call Of The Wild, Cyanide Tooth @ Death by Audio
Endless Boogie and Degreaser are both bands with helpfully descriptive names. Endless Boogie find a groove and ride it all day; Degreaser use thick distortion like an industrial solvent.
Jeremy Jay, Heavenly Beat @ Glasslands
Jeremy Jay has always had a penchant for '80s synths but on new album Abandoned Apartments, he dips into icier textures than we've heard from him before. It would be wrong to say he's gone goth, but you may have heard some of these keyboard sounds on Cure records.
Torres, Young Unknowns, Eastern Midwestern, Photo Ops @ Glasslands
Torres' confessional folk gets grungy on record, but live it's even more so, and main member Mackenzie Scott has an ace band to help her bring the songs to life.
Atmosphere @ Highline Ballroom
Alternative rap vets Atmosphere are still kicking and will release their seventh album (and first since 2011), Southsiders, this week via longtime label home Rhymesayers. Tonight's show is sold out.
Joan As Police Woman, Cuddle Magic @ Rough Trade
Joan's new album, The Classic, it finds her in classic (and classy) R&B mode and contains some of her most ebullient songs yet,
Laurie Anderson (violin), Okkyung Lee (cello) @ The Stone
NYC noise cellist Okkyung Lee begins her residency at The Stone tonight which continues through May 11. She's got some pretty impressive guests lined up for the whole thing, including art pop veteran Laurie Anderson at tonight's 10 PM set.
Jolie Holland, Kyp Malone @ Union Pool
With a new album, Wine Dark Sea, out later this month, Joelie Holland is playing Union Pool every Tuesday in May. Also on the bill: Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio.
RL Grime, Dubbel Dutch @ Webster Hall
Trap producer RL Grime knows how to get a room dancing, which probably explains why he's quickly playing increasingly large venues, tonight's Webster Hall show being his biggest in NYC yet.
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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