Blondie in NJ in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Swans, Jenny Hval @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Swans has been making some of the filthiest and most life-affirming music since the early '80s, until ending their run in the late '90s. At the beginning of this decade, the band's mastermind Michael Gira reformed the band, who have now put out their third record since 2010 and throughout that record's 2+ hours, it never fails at being one of the most intense listening experiences you can have. Their live shows are only more intense. This is the second of two NYC shows for them this week, and opener Jenny Hval is worth catching too
The Faint, Suuns, Darren Keen @ Bowery Ballroom
Dancepunk vets The Faint released their first new album in six years, Doom Abuse, back in April which finds them picking up pretty much where they left off. Tonight's the second of three NYC shows. Don't miss Montreal's Suuns who open.
Built To Spill, The Warm Hair @ Brooklyn Bowl
When people talk about '90s Indie Rock, certainly at least some of that talk is aimed at Built to Spill. While their output hasn't been as consistent since Clinton left office, the hat trick of There's Nothing Wrong with Love, Perfect from Now On, and Keep it Like a Secret more than earned their place in the hall of fame.
Fu Manchu, Electric Citizen, The Unwed @ Mercury Lounge
Stoner rock vets Fu Manchu recently put out Gigantoid, the first album since 2009 which stays roughly within the same style strain they've perfected over their 27 year career.
Blondie @ Rough Trade
Punk/new wave pioneers Blondie are celebrating their 40th year as a band this year with a new album and multiple events, including this intimate show in their hometown of NYC. To get in you had to buy the new album from the Rough Trade store and receive a wristband.
Joey Ramone Birthday Bash @ Bowery Electric
Speaking of pioneering New York punk, the late Joey Ramone's birthday (he woud have turned 63 this year) will be celebrated with the annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash at Bowery Electric which features some fellow legends including Dead Boys' Cheetah Chrome, Sex Pistols' Glen Matlock, The Dictators' Andy Shernoff, and many more.
The Everymen, The Brooklyn What, Overlake, Wet Leather @ Baby's All Right
NJ's The Everymen have a boozy heartland swagger which sounds good as ever ont heir new album, Givin' Up On Free Jazz, which comes out this week.
High Dive, Bernay's Propoganda, Nana Grizol, Mikey Erg @ Death by Audio
It's a very varied bill at DbA tonight with the real-deal pop punk of queer-positive Indiana band High Dive, Macedonia dance-punks Bernay's Propaganda, many-membered folk collective Nana Grizol, and one of the busiest people in punk, Mikey Erg.
Deniro Farrar @ SOB's (FREE)
Rapper Deniro Farrar puts out his first major label release, the Rebirth EP, this week and he's celebrating with this release show. It was previously a ticketed show but admission is now free with RSVP.
Wyatt Cenac's Night Train w/ guest hosts The Kondabolu Brothers @ Littlefield
Wyatt Cenac's weekly comedy show continues tonight. This one's being guest hosted by The Kondabolu Brothers, but Wyatt will still be there, as will other guests W. Kamau Bell, Sasheer Zamata, Joe Zimmerman, Steve Wrigley, Saurin Choksi, and one surprise guest.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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