Posted in To Do | music on August 22, 2014

Arcade Fire in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
Arcade Fire

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Arcade Fire, The Unicorns, Dan Deacon @ Barclays Center
Arcade Fire's massive Reflektor tour finally rolls into NYC tonight, for its first of three huge arena shows at Barclays Center. What New York-centric songs will they cover? What bobblehead celebrities will make an appearance? These shows are also doubly special because they're three of the VERY few reunion dates for fellow Canadian indie faves the Unicorns. And night three (Sunday) will be triply special with NYC punk legends Television.

X @ City Winery
LA legends X will be performing their first four albums in full over a four-night stand at City Winery. Tonight is their classic second album, Wild Gift. Sold out.

OFF!, Bad Antics, Gay Kiss @ Europa
Keith Morris' classic-hardcore-style supergroup OFF! are unfortunately without their regular drummer for this tour, but they didn't get just anybody to replace him. Dale Crover of the Melvins will be sitting behind the kit tonight, so this should be a cool one to catch.

Kevin Morby, Steve Gunn, Daniel Bachmann, Weyes Blood @ Baby's All Right
Guitar-slinger Steve Gunn, who you may have seen play with Kurt Vile's band, will release his new album, Way Out Weather, on October 7 via Paradise of Bachelors. Catch some of that live tonight as he tours with the terrifically talented Kevin Morby (Babies, Woods) and by all means get their early for Weyes Blood.

TEEN, White Hinterland, VietNam, Bebe Panthere @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight is headlined by the neo-R&B sounds of Brooklyn's TEEN.

Black Wine, Grand Pantry Men, Sore Saints, Brick Mower, Brett Davis, Tim Duffy @ Death by Audio
Black Wine's punky new album is out now on Don Giovanni and tonight's the release party with their labelmates Brick Mower, comedy from Brett Davis and Tim Duffy, and more.

Dead Gaze, Mystery Lights @ South Street Seaport
The penultimate Seaport Music Festival show of 2014 features Mississippi noise-pop band Dead Gaze whose most recent album, Brain Holiday, came out last year on FatCat. Opening are NYC's psych-garage rockers Mystery Lights.

The Clean, Roya @ Glasslands
Infinitely influential New Zealand legends The Clean just got their entire output released on one four-LP vinyl box via Merge and play their second of two sold-out NYC shows tonight. Opening is Roya which features Clean drummer (and Brooklyn resident) Hamish Kilgour on drums and Rahil of Habibi on lead vocals.

Kitty, Buckwheat Groats, AWKAFINA, Maxo, Swag Toof @ Palisades
If you like your rap with a sense of humor (and hey, who doesn't?), there's plenty of that here.

Mates of State, Mike Lawrence, Sheng Wang, Christie Young @ Pine Box Rock Shop
Mates of State have been putting out quality indie pop of the Barsuk/Polyvinyl variety (the labels they are/were signed to) for over a decade now, and though it's been three years since a new album, they'll have no lack of solid material at this free show.

RJD2 @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
Hop aboard tonight's cruise and get a healthy helping of alt-hip hop beats from the man who's been behind Aesop Rock, Cage, Soul Position and plenty more.

The Sidekicks, Sundials, Dowsing, Chumped @ Saint Vitus
If you dig bands that toe the line between indie rock and punk, all four of the ones on this bill at Saint Vitus tonight do that and they do it well.

Baked, Porches, Celestial Shore, Bueno, Steve Hartlett @ Shea Stadium
Shea Stadium once again plays host to a fill full of quality DIY rock coming from four NYC regulars and a solo set from Ovlov's Steve Hartlett.

Beiju, ONWE, Bodega Bay, Babychange, Madam West @ Bowery Electric
It's no surprise to see an indie band with a little irony thrown it, but ONWE practically relies on it. It's catchy stuff either way.

Guided By Voices, Boogarins @ The Paramount
The ever-prolific Guided by Voices will play surely another marathon set tonight, boozy and riff-filled. Brazil's Boogarins are worth showing up early to catch.

Kristeen Young, Handjob Academy, Wildcat @ Union Pool
If you're not worrying about catching a cold from Kristeen Young (ask Morrissey), she plays tonight with clever/funny rap trio Handjob Academy.

Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Vibe Lounge (Long Island)
Cymbals Eat Guitars make some serious rock music on their new album, LOSE, which expands upon their already-solid sound and includes some of their best songs yet. Tonight they're on Long Island. After this, five more NYC shows to go.

Earthless, The Shrine @ Mercury Lounge
Earthless are trusty providers riffs on riffs on riffs, and The Shrine may not offer the same kind of 14-minute epics, but they've got some shredders too.

Oddball Comedy Festival w. Bill Burr, Chris Hardwick, Dave Attell, Hannibal Buress, Jeff Ross, Louis CK, Sarah Silverman, Brody Stevens @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
This year's traveling comedy cavalcade is a hard to pass up lineup, featuring Louis CK, Chris Hardwick, Hannibal Burress, Sarah Silverman and more.

Mr. Scruff, Monk One @ Output
Known for his 1999 hit "Get a Move On" and DJing marathon sets, veteran Ninja Tune act Mr Scruff brings a light, playful touch to his brand of electronica.

Kurtis Blow, Doug E Fresh, Rob Base, Melle Mel @ @ BB King Blues Club
It's a night of real old school rap at BB King's, headlined by Kurtis Blow whose first album came out in 1980.

Pete Swanson, Alberich, Vereker @ Baby's All Right
Pete Swanson once named an album Punk Authority, which is actually a very fitting title, but don't expect guitars at Baby's tonight. It's gonna be noise-fueled electronics all the way.

Jordan Carlos, Kyle Grooms, Hadiyah Robinson, Mike Recine, Eli Yudin, Jason Saenz @ Union Hall
The Brooklyn Comedy Fest continues tonight with this special edition of "Cheap Date," featuring free snacks, sketches, amazing prizes... and notable comedians.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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Comments (21)

time to witness the greatest show of all time. Arcade Fire + The Unicorns + Dan Deacon all in one night.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 12:36 AM

What a horrible day. Even Ebola is more attractive.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 3:22 AM

Safe to assume the unicorns will be on before Deacon?

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 8:51 AM

I find it interesting for AF The Fri show on Sthub is maintaining at 25 Sat 25 and Sunday 50!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 8:58 AM

Less people bought tickets for Sunday, so less tickets are on the aftermarket.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 9:02 AM

how is mario rubacalba not playing with off! tonight? he's playing in earthless at mercury.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 9:08 AM

The Clean box doesn't contain their entire discography. It does include all the early singles and EPs from before they released an album and a selection of songs off of their first few LPs.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 9:17 AM

Seeing Television is way better than watching TV.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 10:42 AM

LOL at 10:42

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 11:00 AM

this is not a joke: groupon was selling half price tickets to the Arcade Fire shows.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 11:18 AM

^Groupon sells tickets to many shows at jones beach and pnc too. what is your point?

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 11:28 AM

^ point is that AF is supposedly a legit band, not some washed up act trying to cash in on lazy fat suburbanites. I's quite sad.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 11:34 AM

They're a legit band who overshot and added a third show that probably shouldn't have been schedule. It happens.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 11:42 AM

from AF's perspective..they are already in town, equipment is already set up for two shows not a big deal to book a third even if it half sells..still more money to be made so why not

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 11:43 AM

11:28, the point is, if they are trying to dump off tickets on Groupon, that means that they are having a hard time filling remaining seats. 3 arena shows was a bit much. Even 2, after a not-so-hot album may not have been wise.
Looking forward to paying 20 bucks to see them tonight.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 11:47 AM

12:36, "the greatest show of all time"? Really?

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 11:56 AM

HA HA Guided By Voices goldstar has free tickets!

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 2:25 PM

saw them free on tuesday in massachusetts. show filled up maybe 60 percent of a 20,000 person ampitheater. they closed the lawn off and let people with lawn seats move down to the actual seats. that said, at least 1,000 of those seats went unfilled because they were bought by scalpers on stubhub.

friday and saturday will be pretty packed by the time the band goes on, sunday will be iffy.

i don't understand why they get such a bad rap, though. they toe the line between sincerity, melodrama and irony pretty well, especially live. and they're giving at least $10k to charity every night they play a show, that's not exactly chump change. oh, yeah, hipsters, that's right

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 4:34 PM

AF got super popular, so naturally lots of people turned on them. Newest record wasn't their best, but still. I bet half the people whining about this band on here were the same ones desperately trying to get tickets to the Judson Memorial Church shows.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 4:48 PM

got my tickets for $24 off stubhub for saturday. that's 5 bucks per song off funeral they play, likely. here's hoping they play more than one song off neon bible.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 5:33 PM

AF started earlier than I thought tonight, 9pm on stage. The floor area was sold-out but half-empty. Check the scalper sites at 645pm for very good deals. It was an entertaining show -- except for Regina. She's the Linda McCartney part two.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2014 11:22 PM

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