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Nick Cave at Beacon Theatre in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Devendra Banhart, Nicole Atkins @ Prospect Park Bandshell
What can you say about Nick Cave? He's a living legend and remains an absolutely magnetic live performer. There's little chance of rain tonight, but Nick will bring the thunder anyway. Tickets are still available.
Darren Hayman, The Smittens, Pale Lights, Let's Whisper @ Cake Shop
In certain circles, '90s-era indiepop band Hefner are talked about in the same fervorous tones as The Smiths and Pulp. Tonight, singer Darren Hayman (who has put out music steadily since Hefner's demise) plays his first NYC show in over 15 years. The rest of the bill, put together by the NYC Popfest folks, is pretty good, don't miss Pale Lights (featuring members of Comet Gain and Crystal Stilts) if you're going.
Heat @ Cake Shop
Immediately after the Darren Hayman show is an afterparty featuring Montreal band Heat who clearly owe more than a little to NYC's rock n' roll lineage.
Heat @ Rough Trade
You can also catch Heat earlier today at a free in-store at Rough Trade. 2PM set time.
A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Ice Choir, Jason Bartell (of Fang Island) @ Baby's All Right
Philly shoegazers A Sunny Day in Glasgow made a big leap forward with their new album, Sea When Absent, fully utilizing new singer Jen Goma's powerful pipes. The band are scattered around the country, who knows when they'll play again?
Motion Studies, Special Guest, Psychic Twin, New Myths @ Cameo Gallery
Miss LCD Soundsystem? Motion Studies do the live dance band thing pretty well. Get there early for synthpop act New Myths, too.
Bad Canoes, Black Rainbow, Low Fat Getting High, Shellshag, CCTV @ Death by Audio
San Francisco DIY punks Black Rainbow's members came up in the same scene that the members of Shellshag were part of before they moved here, and like that band, Black Rainbow still sound great and relevant today. This is their second of two NYC shows of the weekend. Shellshag are on this one too, as are Marissa Paternoster's (of Screaming Females) other band Bad Canoes, and solid local punks Low Fat Getting High. (Swearin' were initially on the bill but dropped.)
Midlake (acoustic) @ Joe's Pub
Midlake and singer Tim Smith parted ways a year ago, and the band scrapped a half-finished album, eventually making Antiphon which is out this week. Minus Smith, Midlake have eschewed much of their mossy folk in favor of proggy rhythms and engaging arrangements. Not a bad thing at all. This show is acoustic.
Nashville Pussy, Fifth on the Floor, Hail Action @ Knitting Factory
Nashville Pussy have been doing the sleazy cowpunk thing for nearly 20 years and are a reliably sloppy good time.
Cashmere Cat, Total Freedom, GoldLink, UNiiQU3, Suicideyear @ MoMA PS1
Warm Up continues today with yet another dose of forward-thinking electronic (and related genres) music under the sun. Headliner Cashmere Cat is increasingly becoming a big deal and should really get the party started. Rapper GoldLink should be another highlight as well.
A Place to Bury Strangers, Body Language, Cities Aviv, Hunters, What Cheer Brigade, Ski Lodge, Monogold, Tiny Victories, Honduras, Modern Rivals @ Onderdonk House
This is the first day of the 2014 Out in the Streets which is happening at the historic Van Onderdonk House in Ridgewood Queens. The bucolic setting should be an odd juxtoposition with APTBS' wall of noise. Lot of good bands on this bill, which starts at 2 PM.
Drenge, Wax Witches, The Teen Age @ Rough Trade
Falling somewhere between post-Nirvana grunge and early '00s garage revival, UK duo Drenge are adored by the British music press. Will NYC take to them as well?
Mortician, Devourment, Midnight, Lust of Decay, Diminished, Plague Window, Rottenness, Sexcrement, Invidiosus, Doesn't Matter, Bottomless Pit, Tomorrow's Victim @ Saint Vitus (NY Deathfest)
Maryland doesn't get all the fun. NY has a Deathfest now too (no affiliation), though it's a smaller one but does include some great names in metal like Midnight, Mortician, Devourment and more.
Braid in Chicago in June (more by Jeff Ryan)
Braid, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves, Marietta @ MHOW
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. Openers A Great Big Pile of Leaves make this a great double bill and Braid fans should dig them too.
Bob Nanna (DJ set), Chris Broach (DJ set) @ Cameo Gallery
After the Braid show keep the party going at Washed Up Emo's afterparty which Braid co-lead singers Bob Nanna and Chris Broach will be DJing.
Chumped, Save Ends, Laureate, Cassavettes @ Suburbia
If you're into '90s-style pop punk done right (unpolished and with feeling), you'll want to be at Suburbia tonight where the whole lineup fits that description.
Skeletons, Zs, PC Worship, Hubble, Unicornicopia, Onierogen, Gabi, Greg Fox, American Academy of Achievement, DUH, Diamond Terrifier (DJs) @ Trans Pecos
If you're into experimental music, you might already be planning on going to this show which features a formidable line-up of improvisational, noise and plain out-there talent.
Jonathan Toubin (DJ Set), Baxx Sisi's, The Mystery Lights, "Special Guest" @ Union Pool
Professional party dude Jonathan Toubin helms this edition of Union Pool's free Summer Thunder Series. The "Special Guest" is someone who is just in NYC for the day/night, apparently, any guesses on who it is?
The Antlers, Mr. Twin Sister @ Webster Hall
The Antlers' 2009 album, Hospice, may still remain their "classic," but its two followups have also both been excellent, including this year's Familiars which may be their slowest, saddest stuff yet (and filled with awesome horns).
Kiss, Def Leppard @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Do you wanna rock and roll all night and party every day? Do you like sugar poured on you (metaphorically)? Then get the hell to PNC Bank Arts Center tonight!
Sadgiqacea, Hivelords, Insect Ark, Sangrasha @ The Acheron
Sadgiqacea and Hivelords both hail from Philly and make hefty doom, and tonight their tour together hits NYC. Support comes from ex-Angels of Light member Dana Schecter's Insect Ark project and metallic hardcore rippers Sangrasha (who just dropped their Kurt Ballou-produced LP).
Prodigy @ Levi's Commuter Workspace
Mobb Deep have been very active this year, but tonight Prodigy takes a step away from his main group for a solo show. It's free, you just have to RSVP.
Ryan Hemsworth @ Surf Lodge
If you're looking for an excuse to spend the weekend in the Hamptons, perhaps a free show from electronic producer Ryan Hemsworth would give you the extra push? He'll provide just the kind of chilled out vibes.
Eric Copeland, DJ Dog Dick, King Conqubine, Fluct, Ian Drennan, Robot Death Cult @ Body Actualized Center
It's a night of outsider dance with Black Dice's Eric Copeland. Things could get strange.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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