You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
The Northside Festival
The Northside Festival's four-day takeover of North Brooklyn is in full swing today with basically every venue in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick involved. There are lots of shows but we've highlighted our picks here -- noted by the "(Northside)" in the event name.
Andrew Jackson Jihad, Cheap Girls, Dogbreth @ LPR
Andrew Jackson Jihad make a quality mix of folk punk and anti-folk, while Cheap Girls are more akin to '90s alternative bands like the Smoking Popes or a punkier Gin Blossoms. Indie punks Dogbreth are worth showing up early for too.
Beirut, RatKing, Malang Jobarteh @ 50 Kent
It's been a few years since Beirut put out a new album, but a live show from the balkan-inspired indie band is always welcome, new music or not. Opening the show is local rap group Ratking and kora player Malang Jobarteh.
Cody ChesnuTT @ Apollo Theater
A charmer and more than a little eccentric R&B/soul singer plays one of NYC's most famous venues tonight. Hopefully we'll get some new songs -- it's been two years since Landing On A Hundred.
Lust For Youth, Pharmakon, Container, Croation Amor, Uniform @ Baby's All Right (Northside Festival)
Good late night (10 PM) bill with moody Copenhagen synth popsters Lust For Youth, NYC noise artist Pharmakon, electronic noisemaker Container, Loke Rahbek of LfY's ambient project Croatian Amor, and The Men/Drunkdriver-related duo Uniform.
Sharon Van Etten, Jana Hunter @ Bowery Ballroom
We still remember when Sharon played the upstairs at Pianos as part of one of our CMJ day parties, so we couldn't be more pleased that her career has really taken off. This is her last of three sold-out NYC shows this week.
Baths, American Royalty, Beacon @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar (Northside Festival)
Baths took an unexpected turn towards emotional songwriting on last year's Obsidian LP and this year's Ocean Death EP, while still keeping his electronic pop style intact.
Chumped, Benny The Jet Rodriguez, Adult Dude @ Cake Shop
Chumped and Adult Dude bring quality local punk to Cake Shop tonight to accompany LA's likeminded Benny The Jet Rodriguez who play their second NYC show of the weekend tonight.
CFCF, Aquarian, Gobby, Kuhrye-oo, Feral, Ian Isiah @ Cameo Gallery (Northside)
NYC's label UNO is known for great, forward thinking electronic music. Tonight they celebrate their UNOversary yet again with a great lineup all around, headlined by Montreal's CFCF.
Incan Abraham, Little Sur, Crush Distance @ Glasslands (Northside Festival)
Fans of "whoa-oh-oh" filled, anthemic indie rock should probably head here tonight for LA's Incan Abraham who's catchy songs are filled with those high-drama moments.
Mas Ysa, Torn Hawk, MTT @ Knitting Factory (Northside Festival)
NYC indie pop guy Mas Ysa teams up with buzzy nostalgic producer Torn Hawk at Knitting Factory tonight.
Clouder, Miniboone, Old Monk, Haybaby, The Meaning of Life, The Planes,traumahelikopter, The Party Faithful, Loose Buttons, Two Seconds to Midnight @ Matchless
There are bands all day at Greenpoint's Matchless. The day portion is free; the not-free (unless you have a badge) evening portion is a little meatier with sets from mathy, Pavement-y band Old Munt, and quality locals Haybaby and Miniboone.
Thee Oh Sees, The Blind Shake, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard @ McCarren Park (Northside Festival)
Though it's a completely different line-up than we've seen before, John Dwyer doesn't half-ass things and we'll take any chance to see Thee Oh Sees we can. Plus it's free, really hard to complain about that. Also! The opening bands are really good too: Australia's King Gizzard, and Minneapolis animal-beat punks The Blind Shake. This will be fun.
Courtney Barnett, Benjamin Booker @ MHOW
Australia's Courtney Barnett is a real charmer, spinning between-song stories as well as her clever, seemingly stream-of-concious lyrical style. She's no slouch on guitar either... and getting more popular by the second. Sold out, but some Northside badges will be taken (no wristbands though).
Ozomatli (Ozokidz) @ Prospect Park Bandshell & Rough Trade
Los Angeles latin/rock/hip-hop fusion ensemble Ozmatli play a family-friendly Ozokids show as part of Celebrate Brooklyn! in the afternoon before their Rough Trade show with Raya Brass Band at Rough Trade tonight.
Aretha Franklin @ Radio City Music Hall (Blue Note Jazz Festival)
The Queen of Soul returns to Radio City for what will surely be another excellent hits-filled show. Her first of two nights this week.
Marissa Nadler, Pharmakon, Youth Code, Pyrrhon, Couch Slut @ Saint Vitus (Northside Festival)
Great and very diverse bill all around with the haunting dream folk of Marissa Nadler, the noise of Pharmakon, the EBM/industrial of Youth Code, the freakish tech-death metal of Pyrrhon, and sludgy local band Couch Slut.
AKUA, Starchild, Lydia Ainsworth, Solar Year @ Shea Stadium (Northside Festival)
MTL duo Solar Year offer an ethereal brand of electronic music is icy, with vocals that work like an instrument more than something where lyrics are important. With eerie projections, they're more interesting live than your average laptop act.
Grrrl Fest w/ Potty Mouth, Shellshag, Palehound, Fleabite & more @ Silent Barn
Grrrl Fest is a "benefit celebrating young women in the arts" with crafts, music, dancing, book sale, art sale, zine sale, t-shirt making, African beading, button making, zine workshop, glitter tattoos, hair braiding, tarot card reading, spoken word and much more. Some great bands lined up for this too including punky indie rockers Potty Mouth, local DIY regulars Shellshag, local newcomers Palehound, and a lot more.
Boytoy, Little Racer, The Teen Age, Bluffing, Weekender @ Grand Victory (Northside Festival)
Some really good Brooklyn pop on this Northside bill: Boytoy make spunky '90s-style poppy indie rock, as do Little Racer and The Teen Age too.
Nothing, Superheaven, UnWed @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Nothing are the shoegaze band you can mosh to, and for good reason -- their shows are high energy and unpredictable.
Summer Thunder w/ Joe Bataan, 178 Improvisation Product @ Union Pool
NYC latin soul legend Joe Bataan recorded one of the first rap records to chart ("Rap-O, Clap-O," watch the video below), had disco hits as well and has dabbled in just about every genre imaginable. Today he headlines this afternoon's free Summer Thunder show at Union Pool.
Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, traumahelikopter, Your Friend, Neighbors, Piers @ Space Ninety 8 Stage
Missed Eagulls when they opened for Titus the other night? Catch them for free as part of this outdoor stage lineup on Bedford Ave. this afternoon. Eagulls are on at 3:30 PM.
Ski Lodge, Literature, Lushes, My Teenage Stride, Chalk and Numbers @ Union Pool (Northside Festival)
For a jangly Saturday NOrthside option, Union Pool is hosting a solid lineup of indie pop, headlined by Ski Lodge who are currently working on their second album. Also on the bill are Philadelphia's Literature, whose excited brand of jangle has them bouncing off the walls, plus NYC indiepop vest My Teenage Stride, the vintage '60s pop sounds of Chalk & Numbers, and more.
Dead Milkmen, Rasputina @ Warsaw
Philadelphia wiseass legends The Dead Milkmen are still a lot of fun 30 years into their career. Just try not singing along to "Punk Rock Girl."
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