Danny Brown at Pitchfork Festival 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Neutral Milk Hotel, Circulatory System @ Prospect Park Bandshell
While Jeff Mangum hasn't released any new music since 1998's In The Aeoplane Over the Sea, nobody really seems to mind now seeing how he and NMH are finally playing shows again, and many people are getting to hear those songs live for the first time. Following this past winter's shows, he and the band now return to NYC for a victory lap at these two outdoor Celebrate Brooklyn! shows, which sounds like a nice place to hear the classics. This is night 2.
The Fresh and Onlys, The Shilohs, Christines @ Glasslands
Lumped in with the SF garage rock scene, The Fresh & Onlys make a twangy, tuneful brand of psych rock with distinct postpunk flourishes courtesy guitarist Wymond Miles. They really don't sound like anyone else and are always worth catching live. Canadian ourmates The Shilohs make a decidedly Beatlesque brand of pop, and openers Christines owe just a little to '90s-era shoegaze.
FREEMAN, White Lighters @ Baby's All Right
With his long-running band a done deal, the artist formerly known as Gene Ween released his new solo album today via Partisan. He's got a soft spot for '70s pop on the new album which is an enjoyable listen.
Witch, Ruby the Hatchet @ MHOW
Though J Mascis is maybe the all time great indie rock shredder, he likes to rock out on drums too and his stoner rock band Witch (fronted by King Tuff main man Kyle Thomas) gives him a chance to do that. This Converse Rubber Tracks Live show is free if you RSVPed, which is now closed.
Field Mouse, Frances Cone, Weed Hounds, Lithuania @ Rough Trade
Field Mouse's new album is finally out now, and it mixes the shoegazy pop they'd become known for with shinier, mid '90s-style electropop-tinged alt-rock. Tonight's their record release show.
Bl'ast, Villians @ Santos Party House
Bl'ast released three albums of essential hardcore in the '80s on SST. They're now reunited, and the current lineup includes bassist Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Mondo Generator) and drummer Joey Castillo (Queens Of The Stone Age, Danzig, Eagles Of Death Metal, Goatsnake, Wasted Youth) supporting original members Clifford Dinsmore (vocals) and Mike Neider (guitar).
UPDATE: Bl'ast have actually cancelled all of their East Coast dates.
Crow Bait, Eureka California, Good Grief, Deep Pockets @ Shea Stadium
Good bill at Shea tonight spanning a few genres with the alt-country punk of Crow Bait, the indie pop of Athens, GA's Eureka California, the Superchunk-inspired Liverpool, UK band Good Grief, and shouty, slightly Hold Steady-ish punks Deep Pockets.
Man Forever, White Suns @ McCarren Park (Summerscreen)
The free Summerscreen series continues tonight. Before a screening of Cry-Baby there will be sets by the dark experimental metal band White Suns and Kid Millions' (of Oneida) project Man Forever.
Matmos, So Percussion Summer Institute, Kid Millions, Brian Chase @ Silent Barn
Speaking of Kid Millions, he also plays this show as Silent Barn that features veteran experimentalists Matmos, the So Percussion Summer Institute ("an intensive two-week chamber music seminar for college-age percussionists"), and Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase.
Beech Creeps, Mutwawa, Brat Pit, Corido Ron @ Death By Audio
Beech Creeps are a bit of an NYC noise/experimental supergroup, featuring Lehrhoff (Ex Models), Luke Fasano (Yeasayer / People Get Ready) and Mark Shue (The Library is on Fire, and Monster Crunch granola maker).
PHOX, Trails and Ways @ Mercury Lounge
Wisconsin indie pop outfit PHOX combine sunny melodies with folky arrangements (and honeyed, breathy vocals) for a sound as airy as a summer breeze. This is their second of two NYC shows this week.
Total Abuse, Rectal Hygienics, Ligature @ Home Sweet Home
Austin hardcore band Total Abuse celebrate their new "Looking For Love" 7" at tonight's edition of Nothing Chances, and they'll be joined by Chicago noise rockers Rectal Hygienics and Chris Hansell's (Warthog, Foreplay, ex-The Men) Ligature project.
Baby Mollusk, Sergio Napoletano, Barelyon @ The Rock Shop
Baby Mollusk make the sort of kinda folky kinda punky indie rock that any fans of Hop Along, Speedy Ortiz, Swearin', etc should dig.
Jesus Christ and the Hallucinogenic Allstars, Pussywolf, Pharaoh, Mount Salem @ Saint Vitus
Chicago's Mount Salem wear their proto-metal and traditional doom influences on their sleeves, but they do it well. They're over in NYC for this show.
Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q @ Best Buy Theater
Three of the best contemporary rappers come together for what should be an excellent time at Best Buy Theater tonight.
Leif Vollebekk @ SubCulture
This underrated Canadian singer-songwriter released his most recent album, North Americana, at the start of this year and its folky charms will work especially well at an intimate venue like SubCulture.
Braid, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Marietta @ Asbury Lanes
16 years after Braid's now-classic Frame & Canvas was released, the emo vets are finally back with its followup, No Coast, and it was worth the wait. It picks up where they left off but sounds like a contemporary of the newer bands in the genre too. They'll hit NYC this Saturday, but the tour's also nearby in NJ tonight. Openers A Great Big Pile of Leaves make this a great double bill and Braid fans should dig them too.
Quiet Riot, Gilby Clarke, Faster Pussycat, BulletBoys @ The Paramount
Cum on feel the noize. Girls rock your boys. We'll get wild, wild, wild...with only drummer Frankie Banali remaining from the QR lineup that did that song.
Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.
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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