Ex Hex @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Ex Hex @ MoMA
Having spent time in Autoclave, Helium and, most recently, Wild Flag, Mary Timony has an impeccable indie rock CV. But her new project, Ex Hex, goes straight for the groin with '70s-style glammy power pop. Tonight's show is part of the MoMA Nights series and is free with museum entry.
Jon Hopkins, JDH & Dave P @ Le Poisson Rouge
Having helped create textural work with Imogen Heap, Brian Eno (and Coldplay), Jon Hopkins delved into dance music for the first time on 2013's Immunity, a concept album exploring, instrumentally, an epic night out. While it may not feature any Disclosure-style dancefloor bangers, Immunity is an absolute stunner, a record that needs to be heard as a whole, and one whose synthesizers throb like a beating heart.
Circa Survive, UME, New God @ Bowery Ballroom
This is a small show for Circa Survive and naturally sold out, but if you're going we recommend getting there early for Austin's hair-swinging, guitar-shredding Ume. You can also catch them at the smaller NYC venue Pianos, tomorrow.
Kestrels, Adult Dude, Wild White, Feral Future @ Cake Shop
Canadian shoegazers Kestrels and NYC '90s-style rockers Adult Dude bring plenty of loud guitars to Cake Shop tonight.
Oneida, Dysrhythmia, Beech Creeps @ Glasslands
Brooklyn stalwarts Oneida are always worth seeing, and tonight is with long-running Philly experimetal band Dysrhythmia.
Mobb Deep @ Queensbridge Park (FREE)
Mobb Deep have been super active this year, celebrating their classic LP The Infamous, releasing their first new music in a while, and playing a good amount of shows. Tonight's is free.
Weatherbox, Dikembe, Deep Pockets @ Saint Vitus
Weatherbox's new LP (their first in five years), Flies In All Directions, is an excellent and highly diverse rock record that includes bare-bones acoustic parts, high-energy punk-ish rock, eccentric indie pop, and more. Tonight their tour with emo rockers Dikembe hits Saint Vitus.
Flume, Goldlink, Noah Breakfast @ Terminal 5
Australian producer Flume saw a HUGE bump in his career recently, partially thanks to a Lorde remix. Tonight's his second of three sold out Terminal 5 shows this week, and it's worth showing up on time for rapper Godlink.
Cities Aviv, Sick Feeling, Georgia @ Trans-Pecos
Trans-Pecos hosts this show headlined by NYC rap weirdo Cities Aviv.
Queen w/ Adam Lambert @ Madison Square Garden
While many may scoff at this being called "Queen" in any way shape or form, there is no denying that Brian May and Roger Taylor will play songs by their old band with American Idol season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert subbing for the irreplaceable Freddie Mercury.
End of Love, The Tall Pines, Margo Valiante, Chris Lind @ The Bowery Electric
Americana powerpop band End of Love existed in the early '00s in NYC. Original members Jay Deegan, Jennifer Groves, and Irwin Menken reformed the band with a couple additions you may recognize: Wilco's Nels Cline on guitar and Big Star's Jody Stephens on drums. That line-up makes their live debut tonight.
Gigawatts Fest ft. Vensaire, Boytoy, Sunflower Bean, Truthers, Bluffing, Piers @ Radio Bushwick
The four-day Gigawatts Festival begins tonight with a solid lineup of mostly local bands.
Grum, Cut Snake @ Output
Output's weekly INPUT party always brings forward-thinking dance music to the Brooklyn venue. This week it's Scottish producer Grum.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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