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December 21, 2014

The Front Bottoms at Best Buy Theater in June (more by Mimi Hong)
Front Bottoms

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

'Champagne Jam' w/ The Front Bottoms, Craig Finn, Kevin Devine, Magic Mike, So So Glos, Big Ups, Kitty, GDP, Baby Baby, Chris Gethard, Emperor X, Prawn, Tiny Moving Parts, The Guru, Girl Spells @ Webster Hall
BrooklynVegan is proud to co-present this show with headliners The Front Bottoms, which includes a lot of other cool stuff too like Hold Steady singer Craig Finn in solo mode, Meredith Graves' new pal Kevin Devine, post-hardcore noisemakers Big Ups, quirky rappers Kitty and GDP, mathy emo bands Prawn and Tiny Moving Parts, the very funny Chris Gethard, the magician Magic Mike and still more.

Matchess, Cigarettes After Sex, Gel Set, PROMISE LAND @ Baby's All Right
When she's not unleashing her powerful pipes as part of Chicago postpunk outfit Verma, Whitney Johnson makes beguiling soundscapes under the moniker Matchess. She released Seraphastra on cassette in 2013 which got a vinyl release this year via Trouble in Mind. There are vocals but it's more siren song than banshee here.

Heathers, My Favorite, Gingerlys, Expert Alterations @ Cake Shop
NYC indiepop cult heroes My Favorite reformed for this year's Popfest and appear to be back in business for real. They play tonight with the shoegazy Gingerlys and Los Angeles band Heathers.

members of The Antlers, Bear in Haven, Real Estate, Here We Go Magic, People Get Ready, Darkside & more @ Glasslands
Ex-Darkside member Dave Harrington put this show together which includes a ton of cool people from the local NYC scene including The Antlers' Peter Silberman, Bear In Heaven's Jon Philpot, Real Estate's Alex Bleeker, Here We Go Magic's Luke Temple, People Get Ready's Jen Goma and more.

Jawbreaker Reunion, Manors, Adult Mom, Free Cake For Every Creature @ Silent Barn
The Le Sigh, a blog highlighting women in music and art, are celebrating their new zine and compilation tape at this show which includes a lot of artists they cover in the DIY pop spectrum.

Tyler, The Creator, Taco @ Terminal 5
Get wild with Odd Future's craziest MC, Tyler the Creator, at T5 tonight. Sold out.

Harry and the Potters, The Potter Puppet Pals, Draco and the Malfoys, Tonks and the Aurors, Lauren Fairweather, Whomping Willows @ The Bell House
Superfan muggles may wish to attend this Harry Potter themed holiday show, all others may wish to find other entertainment.

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

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December 20, 2014

Fat White Family at Baby's All Right earlier this month (more by Gretchen Robinette)
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Quilt @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Fat White Family, PC Worship, Degreaser, Sunflower Bean @ Baby's All Right
Now calling Brooklyn their home base, UK band Fat White Family will be rubbing their scent on local venues more regularly -- which is good for music fans and maybe bad for clubs' cleaning staffs. It should be said that despite their (deserved) wild rep, FWF have a load of great songs and keep it together live, despite antics.

Matisyahu @ Best Buy Theater
Happy Hanukkah! Matisyahu is here to celebrate the holiday with his annual Festival of Light tour.

Lemuria, Slothrust, Aspiga, The Young Leaves, Prince @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Buffalo's Lemuria have been one of the most consistent makers of indie punk for years now, and they haven't slowed down yet. Their tourmates Prince, just so there's no confusion, are also a punk band, not the singer.

Aye Nako, Heathers, Littler, Fern Mayo, Vagabon @ Shea Stadium
Another good place for indie punk fans to be tonight is Shea Stadium where Brooklyn's great Aye Nako headline.

Widowspeak, Quilt, What Moon Things @ Glasslands
Widowspeak and Quilt have both played Glasslands numerous times over the years and share and share a folky quality to their music. (If you haven't heard Quilt's album from this year, do remedy that). Tonight they both say goodbye to the venue that's last night is New Year's Eve.

Com Truise, Figgy, Nitemoves @ Glasslands
The end of Glasslands is near, so get there while you still can. Tonight's is a dancefloor-moving bill headlined by Com Truise.

Nick Lowe, Los Straightjackets, The Cactus Blossoms @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
You may remember that Nick Lowe released holiday album, Quality Street, last year. He'll be in the spirit again this year, here for two shows, this being the second.

Orden Mundial, Mommy, Blank Spell, Pox @ The Acheron
Hardcore band Orden Mundial are in town all the way from Spain. Tonight's their second of two NYC shows this weekend, so catch them before they're back on the other side of the Atlantic.

Chris Gethard, Dan Licata, Elsa Waithe, BK Beefcakes, Shannon O'Neill, Conner O'Malley @ Union Hall
This show is called "Chris Gethard Fucking Loves Weirdos," which should give you the general tone of what to expect.

Tyler The Creator, Taco @ Starland Ballroom
Odd Future's krazy kid Tyler the Creator headlines NYC's Terminal 5 soon. That's sold out, but if you didn't get tickets there's also a chance to see him in NJ tonight.

The Slackers, Mephiskapheles @ Bell House
Happy Skalidays! Celebrate them right with The Slackers and Mephiskapheles.

Awkwafina, Bebe Panthere, Les Bonhommes @ Knitting Factory
Entertaining NYC rapper Awkwafina (known for hits like "My Vag" and "NYC Bitche$") headlines this bill. It's worth getting there early for the Deerhoof/Rainer Maria-related Les Bonhommes too.

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

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December 19, 2014

Run DMC
Photo: Run DMC at Made In America 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

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

Run-DMC, LL Cool J, DJ Z-Trip, Lecrae, K. Michelle, Diggy Simmons @ Barclays Center
While original Run DMC members Darryl McDaniels and Joseph Simmons reunited back in 2012 for their first shows since the passing of Jam Master Jay, tonight's Xmas show at Barclays Center will be their first public show in the legendary hip hop group's hometown since coming back.

RatKing, Show Me The Body, Young Gutted, '86 @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Run the Jewels may have ran the world of alt-rap this year, but their recent tourmates Ratking's debut album, So It Goes, was another of 2014's finest moments in that genre. Catch them in their hometown tonight for free.

DonChristian, Tigga Calore, Joey LaBeija, False Witness, LE1F (DJ Set) @ Cameo Gallery
If you're into Le1f, there's a chance you're already familiar with this pal, rapper/singer DonChristian, and an even better chance that you'd like his style. He plays Le1f's Kwanzaa show later this month, but tonight he headlines his own NYC show, and Le1f's DJing it.

TK Wonder, Kissey, Evvy, DJ Anthony Bones @ Glasslands
Getting her start in the spoken word scene, Baltimore native TK Wonder blends hip hop, electronic and R&B styles. Also on the bill is Kissey who collaborates with TK under the name Wonderkiss.

Mates of State, Dreamshow @ Mercury Lounge (2 shows)
Indie pop duo Mates of State have two shows at Mercury Lounge tonight (the early show is sold out), and they're promising to debut a bunch of new songs.

RL Grime, Lunice, Branchez @ Terminal 5
Trap producer RL Grime put out his debut LP this year, and quickly got a lot more famous -- tonight's his biggest NYC show yet by far, and it's sold out.

RL Grime, Abjo, Andre Power @ Output
After T5, keep the party going at Output.

Cannabis Corpse, Mammoth Grinder, Inanimate Existence, Mother Brain @ Saint Vitus
Punny stoners Cannabis Corpse and Texas thrashers Mammoth Grinder bring their killer double-billed tour through NYC tonight. Show up early for local two-man band Mother Brain.

Heaven's Gate, The Gradients, Washer, DONE, Half Human @ Silent Barn
It's been more than a year since post-shoegazers Heaven's Gate released their excellent debut album. A new EP is supposedly on the way soon, and perhaps we'll get a taste of that tonight.

Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes & Anna Bass, Buster Poindexter, Regina Carter, Pedrito Martinez, Sofia Rei, Bria Skonberg, The Xylopholks, Molly Ryan, Kat Edmonson @ Town Hall
It's the second annual Gotham Holiday Swing variety show featuring everyone from This American Life host Ira Glass (once again performing with Monica Bill Barnes & Anna Bass), David Johansen in Buster Poindexer guise, Kat Edmonson and more, all backed by Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks Orchestra.

Matthew Dear, Paco Osuna, Aril Brikha, Michael Gracioppo @ Verboten
Hard to pigeonhole, electronic musician Matthew Dear is a mad scientist making dance music hybrids from a number of disparate beakers. While his live shows can be elaborate spectacles, he's in DJ mode tonight alongside Spanish spinner Paco Osuna.

Slava, Draveng, Head Hurtz, Physical Therapy @ Baby's All Right
Doors are at midnight for this late night dance party with Berlin's Draveng and a local faves.

Shilpa Ray, Wild Bore, Young Runner, Stuydeyed @ Cake Shop
Brooklyn punk blueser Shilpa Ray's latest release is 2013's It's All Self Fellatio EP, but she recently announced that she'll follow it with a new album on Northern Spy. Maybe we'll hear some of that tonight.

Zula, eskimeaux, Rivergazer, Trace Mountains, Jordan Martin @ Shea Stadium
A lot of cool names from the local scene are on this bill, including prog poppers Zula, Eskimeaux (the project of Epoch Collective member and Frankie Cosmos band member Gabby Smith), the Porches-related Rivergazer, and Trace Mountains (Dave from LVL UP).

Orden Mundial, Crazy Spirit, Puce Mary, Survival @ Palisades
Danish noise artist Puce Mary's last show in NYC was with Pharmakon earlier this month, and if you like her you'll probably like Puce Mary too. The rest of the bill is on the punk side, with Spain's Orden Mundial, NYC's ripping Crazy Spirit, and local regulars Survival.

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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December 18, 2014

Real Estate at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Real Estate

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

Soulside, Sweet Jesus @ Saint Vitus
Before there was Girls Against Boys, members of that band were in Dischord/DC post-hardcore band Soulside, who broke up back in 1989 but have influenced a ton of bands since. Now they're back and tonight's their second of two NYC shows at Saint Vitus (both sold out). Opening is Sweet Jesus, who feature members of Have Heart, Verse, Dropdead and Soul Control, and are a pretty good fit.

Opeth, In Flames, Red Fang @ Terminal 5
Metal vets Opeth continued their trek into straight up progressive rock on this year's Pale Communion. Tonight they play the big Terminal 5 with Swedish DMers In Flames and Portland riffers Red Fang.

Walter Martin, Kat Edmonson @ Joe's Pub
Having released holiday single "I Walk So Slow (Under The Mistletoe)," together Walter Martin (of Walkmen) and Kat Edmonson will now celebrate the season with a festive show.

Real Estate, Shorts @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Real Estate cap off a very busy year with this free show presented by Converse Rubber Tracks. All free tickets have been claimed already, natch.

Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Loudon Wainwright III, Justin Vivian Bond, Cibo Matto, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Sloan Wainwrigh @ Town Hall
Rufus & Martha Wainwright are celebrating the holiday shows with two shows at Town Hall this week, this being the second. The lineup is loaded with diverse and impressive names including much of the Wainwright family, country singer Emmylou Harris, NYC indie vets Cibo Matto, and the long-active all-around great performer Justin Vivian Bond.

Ice Choir, Maxo, DV-i @ Cameo Gallery
With his current project Ice Choir, Kurt Feldman (TPOBPAH, Depreciation Guild) uncannily recreates '80s new romantic synthpop. Tonight's a release show celebrating their new "Pure Holiday" single.

Maxo, Life Size Maps, Limited, Visuals @ Baby's All Right
Fans of Ice Choir might be a little torn tonight, as Limited (aka Alex Craig of Big Troubles and Ducktails) is working in the same millieu, and tonight's show also features Maxo who is also playing tonight's show at Cameo.

Delicate Steve, Celestial Shore, Jason Bartell (of Fang Island) @ Glasslands
Glasslands has less than two weeks left, and tonight you can check out an excellent lineup of indie rock bands that all exude instrumental technique. Go while you can.

The Black Madonna, Jacques Renault @ Glasslands
The string of final Glasslands shows continues late tonight after the Delicate Steve show with Jacques Renault's 'Let's Play House' party, which has called the Williamsburg venue home many times.

Mitski, Bellows, Small Wonder, 100 Watt Horse @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Mitski's latest album, Bury Me At Makeout Creek, has made her one of the local Brooklyn scene's more exciting new artists, and it's gotten a bit of year-end acclaim. Tonight she plays with two bands in the talented Epoch collective, Bellows and Small Wonder, as well as 100 Watt Horse.

Nels Cline Ring Nebula Project, Ava Mendoza's Unnatural Ways, Cactus Truck, Cloud Becomes Your Hand @ Trans-Pecos
Two impressive avant-guitarists, Nels Cline and Ava Mendoza, lead bands for tonight's show. Also on the bill is Cactus Truck (from the Netherlands) and one of NYC's better experimental pop bands, Cloud Becomes Your Hand.

Nashville Pussy, Valient Thorr, Against The Grain @ Gramercy Theatre
Nashville Pussy and Valient Thorr bring a double dose of southern heavy metal and partying to Gramercy Theatre tonight. Beers shall be flung.

Har Mar Superstar, Jim Jones, Michael Cummings (of Skaters) @ Bowery Electric
This is the holiday edition of party 'Sally Can't Dance' featuring a host of cool guest appearances, including Har Mar and Jim Jones, plus DJs Jesse Malin and Alix Brown.

Talibam!, Matt Nelson, Brian Chase, robbie l, Adam Starbucks @ Manhattan Inn
Longrunning Brooklyn duo Talibam! headline this night of experimental/drone/noise that also features Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase. Free, though donations are suggested.

Krill, Palberta, Big Neck Police, Show Me The Body, Big Neck Police @ Shea Stadium
Krill's third album, A Distant Fist Unclenching, is coming out on February 17 via Exploding In Sound / Double Double Whammy, and its new single "Torturer" is another good example of their Spencer Krug meets Western Mass-style rock. You can stream it below.

Pilot to Gunner, Bound and Buried, The Judas Knife, Our Skies Are Noise @ The Acheron
Early 2000s-era post-hardcore band Pilot to Gunner were inactive for a while, but lately they've been anything but. Here's another chance to catch them in their hometown.

John Hodgman @ Grand Masonic Lodge
John Hodgman hosts his monthly Secret Society Meeting, this time given a subtitle, "Public Holiday Spectacle." Note though previous Secret Society meetings have been at Union Hall, this is at the Grand Masonic Lodge in the Flatiron District.

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

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December 17, 2014

Rufus
Soulside
Photos: Rufus Wainwright at Clearwater Fest 2014 (more by Chris La Putt) / Soulside

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

Soulside, Sweet Jesus @ Saint Vitus
Before there was Girls Against Boys, members of that band were in Dischord/DC post-hardcore band Soulside, who broke up back in 1989 but have influenced a ton of bands since. Now they're back and tonight's their first of two NYC shows at Saint Vitus (both sold out). Opening is Sweet Jesus, who feature members of Have Heart, Verse, Dropdead and Soul Control, and are a pretty good fit.

Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Loudon Wainwright III, Justin Vivian Bond, Cibo Matto, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Sloan Wainwright @ Town Hall
Rufus & Martha Wainwright are celebrating the holiday shows with two shows at Town Hall this week, this being the first. The lineup is loaded with diverse and impressive names including other Wainwrights, country singer Emmylou Harris, NYC indie vets Cibo Matto, and the long-active all-around great performer Justin Vivian Bond.

How to Dress Well, Ian Williams, Com Truise & more @ Verboten
This SPIN/Microsoft-presented show "pairs groundbreaking artists across the worlds of music, digital design, and visual art to build one-of-a-kind, collaborative pieces of content." It features How to Dress Well with multi-media artist Melissa Matos (TRUSST), Ian Williams (of Battles/Don Cab) with visual artist Ron Amstutz, and Com Truise with videographer Deborah Johnson (aka CandyStations). To get in, you had to RSVP.

Beach Fossils, PC Worship, Jerry Paper, Red Sea @ Glasslands
NYC indie pop band Beach Fossils have played Glasslands many times over the years, and tonight they return to say goodbye before it closes at the end of the month. It's a cool bill all around, with noise rockers/Parquet Courts pals PC Worship, Jerry Paper (who just signed to Beach Fossils' new label), and Atlanta's tropical/synth poppy Red Sea.

Jordan Lee (Mutual Benefit), Widest Smiling Faces, Cave Cricket, Yaman Palak @ Silent Barn
Jordan Lee's Mutual Benefit project often, um, benefits, from the many musicians he has with him, but he puts on a good show on his own too.

Wynter Gordon, Ronald Paris (of Porches), Frankie Cosmos, Tassemonacy + Steven Reker @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Porches frontman Aaron Maine (aka Ronald Paris) and his girlfriend/collaborator Frankie Cosmos play together a lot, and they've got a big Bowery Ballroom show coming up in February. Tonight they strip things down for solo sets in a smaller room, and weirdly enough the show's being headlined by R&B/pop singer Wynter Gordon. Also weirdly (but cool), the ex-Austra duo Tasseomancy plays a collaborative set with Steven Reker to open the night.

Budos Band, The Citizens Band, Jonathan Toubin (DJ) @ Baby's All Right
This is the "Peace & Love Holiday Ball" which benefits both The David Lynch Foundation and the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund. The Budos Band, who usually play much bigger rooms than Baby's, are headliners, with Omaha, NE's funky instrumentalists The Citizens Band playing too, and Jonathan Toubin will be your DJ for the evening.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Cameo. 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.

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December 16, 2014

How to Dress Well @ The Slipper Room in June (more by Chris La Putt)
HTDW

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

How to Dress Well, Porcelain Raft, Heems (DJ) @ Glasslands
How to Dress Well continues to progress from his lo-fi R&B beginnings into a real-deal songwriter with much higher production, and this year's "What Is This Heart?" is his best example of that yet. Tonight's his first of two NYC appearances in NYC this week (though tomorrow's will be a less conventional show), and this is one of the last-ever shows at the soon-to-close venue. Sold out.

Reflection Eternal, Black Moon, Smif N Wessun, Chelsea Reject, Niko Is @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
It's Duck Down's annual holiday party, headlined by Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek's duo Reflection Eternal, who haven't played since 2010. Fellow Duck Down vets Black Moon and Smif N Wessun are on there too, along two newer artists. BrooklynVegan is proudly co-sponsoring this one.

Yelawolf @ Gramercy Theatre
Fast-talking southern rapper Yelawolf returns to NYC to headline Gramercy Theatre tonight. He's got a new album in the works for 2015. Maybe he'll play some of that tonight.

Frenchkiss Holiday Party @ Baby's All Right
Record label Frenchkiss is celebrating the holidays at Baby's tonight and a special guest is promised. Any idea who it'll be?

Rhett Miller, Jen Kirkman, Dave Hill, Wyatt Cenac @ City Winery
It's Rhett Miller's annual holiday show with a variety of music and comedy performers (Dave Hill is kinda both).

Gross Relations, Total Girlfriend Experience, Hounds Basket, Dahl Haus @ Knitting Factory
Recalling the fuzzy/synthy indie rock of bands like The Rentals, Brooklyn band Gross Relations make easily digestible pop of their own. They headline this local lineup tonight.

Dan St. Germain's "Christmas Spooktacular" @ Union Hall
Famed bearded New York comic Dan St. Germain is bringing his stand up to Union Hall tonight. He's truly redefined the comedy hustle, performing at every venue from The Stand to Conan in the past few months. Now, he's showcasing his talents in his home turf and bringing some talented friends along with him. Joining the "Spooktacular" is none other than Brooks Wheelan (SNL), Jared Logan (Comedy Central), Kevin Barnett (Sleepwalk With Me), Jacqueline Novak (fresh off her new album "Quality Notions"), and comedy duo Team Submarine (Chicago Sketchfest, NPR, UCB).

Slonk Donkerson, Dances, Heliotropes, Jangula @ Rough Trade
Here's a very solid lineup of Brooklyn indie, including the straight-up guitar pop of Slonk Donkerson and the heavy riffage of Heliotropes.

Estelle @ BB King's Blues Club
UK R&B and soul star Estelle (best known in the U.S for her 2008 hit "American Boy" with Kanye West) will be back with her fourth album, True Romance, early next year. Get an early taste at this intimate show tonight.

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

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December 15, 2014

Modern Baseball at BK Bazaar in September (more by Mimi Hong)
MoBo

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

Modern Baseball, Knuckle Puck, Foxing, Crying, Somos @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This tour is loaded with cool stuff from the lyrical, youthful Modern Baseball, to the delicately arranged and cathartic Foxing, to the gameboy-fueled pop punks Crying, to guitar slingers Somos. This is the second of two NYC shows.

Tinashe, Main Girl @ Highline Ballroom
Tinashe's debut album, Aquarius, was one of the year's best alt-R&B records, and its placement on several year-end lists has been deserved. She was last in NYC for Power 105.1 Powerhouse but tonight she returns to headline her own show.

Cold Skin, Divorce Money, Outside World, Red Sea @ Silent Barn
This is a cool bill all around with Tampa's surfy hardcore band Cold Skin, Atlanta's tropical/synth poppy Red Sea, punky indie rockers Outside World, and Beach Fossils-related hardcore band Divorce Money.

yMusic, DM Stith, Battle Trance @ Baby's All Right
A few of the members of indie/classical group yMusic just wrapped up a BAM run backing Gabriel Kahane, and tonight they play their own show for the New Amsterdam Presents Winter Benefit. Also on the bill is DM Stith (who, like yMusic, has worked with Sufjan Stevens and My Brightest Diamond) and the sort-of tUnE-yArDs-related Battle Trance.

Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
It's a holiday edition Wyatt Cenac's weekly comedy show, with Ari Shaffir, Dan St. Germain, Jen Kirkman, and Adrienne Iapalucci on hand for good cheer.

Eugene Mirman, Janeane Garofalo, Jen Kirkman, Gary Gulman @ Union Hall
For another holiday comedy option within walking distance of Littlefield that ALSO features Jen Kirkman, stop by Union Hall for Mehran Khaghani's show -- the rest of the line-up is pretty great.

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

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December 14, 2014

Nick Lowe in Chicago in 2011 (more by Matt Ziegler)
Nick Lowe

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

Nick Lowe, Los Straightjackets @ Bowery Ballroom
You may remember that Nick Lowe released holiday album, Quality Street, last year. He'll be in the spirit again this year, here for two shows, this being the first.

Wrekmeister Harmonies @ Signal
This year, JR Robinson released a new work with his experimental metal project Wrekmeister Harmonies called Then It All Came Down. Tonight, JR's performing the piece live in NYC with a killer collective that includes members of Slint, Om/Grails, Indian, Liturgy, Bloodliest and more.

Crocodiles, Spacin', Cassie Ramone, Dee Dee (DJ) @ Glasslands
The Glasslands goodbye shows continue, tonight being California transplants Crocodiles who channel JAMC/Spacemen 3 vibes with pop smarts. Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls will be your DJ for the evening.

Black Breath, Mutilation Rites, White Widows Pact, Blackest @ Saint Vitus
Black Breath fuse together the sounds of death 'n roll and early crossover thrash into a mix that's pretty much whiplash-inducing the whole time. Support comes from a few NYC bands, including local black metal faves Mutilation Rites.

Justin Timberlake @ Barclays Center
As far as pop stars go, few push musical boundaries like Justin Timberlake, whether he's delivering still-futuristic sex love sounds, beating alt-R&B at its own game, or honoring classic pop singers of the past with the choice of covers he works into his sets.

John Waters @ City Winery
If your perspective on the holidays is a little more cynical, chances are John Waters' annual Christmas show will be more up your chimney.

Sunflower Bean, The Due Diligence, Honduras, Happy Lives, Cosmonaut, granny, Holy Tunics @ Baby's All Right
The nice folks at 1.21 Giggawatts have put together this brunchtime show featuring a whole bunch of very good local bands. Drink a bloody mary, catch some music. $5.

Narcissister, Shannon Funchess, Bunny Michael, Melanie Bonajo, People At Parties, Bottoms @ Baby's All Right
This is the second installment of NIGHTSOIL a "Musical Celebration of Our Sexual Psychedelic Power, Uniting the Feminine and the Masculine" featuring a host of performers to "spread love, new perspective, and challenge systematic inequality by UNITING TOGETHER."

Nude Beach, JP5, Shocked Minds @ Union Pool
Nude Beach returned this year with 77, another dose of their rockin' power pop that sounds like it could've come right out of '77. Support comes from two other local rock n roll crews.

Heaters, The Mystery Lights, Savants @ Mercury Lounge
Grand Rapids, MI psych band Heaters fall on the groovy side of the garage, making dancefloor-friendly party rock. Catch them tonight with terrific local band The Mystery Lights.

Invisible Familiars, Sweepstakes @ Union Pool
New York singer songwriter Jared Samuel, who has played with Cibo Matto and Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, is behind Invisible Familiars. His music is quirky, poppy and danceable as you'll be able to hear when Invisible Familiars' debut album comes out next month via Other Music. This is a free afternoon show (2 PM) in Union Pool's front room.

The Wonder Years, State Champs, Have Mercy, Transit, Candy Hearts, Man Overboard, Crime in Stereo, No Good News, Front Porch Step, Handguns, Light Years, Seaway, Head North, The Sixties, Young and Heartless @ Webster Hall
While pop punk has been having a bit of a resurgence in indie rock lately, this lineup is very POP punk, not exactly Japandroids or anything. That said, there's a few cool outliers on this bill like melodic hardcore band Crime In Stereo and post-hardcore up-and-comers Young & Heartless. And if you like this pop punk stuff at all, few bands do it better than The Wonder Years.

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

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December 13, 2014

Fat Whites at Baby's All Right for BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Grooms @ Death by Audio's final show (more by PSquared)
Grooms

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

Fat White Family, Surfbort, EZTV @ Baby's All Right
Now calling Brooklyn their home base, UK band Fat White Family will be rubbing their scent on local venues more regularly -- which is good for music fans and maybe bad for club's cleaning staffs. It should be said that despite their (deserved) wild rep, FWF have a load of great songs and keep it together live, despite antics.

Celestial Shore, Grooms, The Teen Age, The Glazzies @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
It's a high quality night of local indie rock at Brooklyn Bazaar, especially Grooms whose new album explores keyboards and krautrock to great effect, and Celestial Shore who balance precision and songcraft. It's a free show and you can get some holiday shopping done while you're there.

Computer Magic, Mainland, The Prettiots, Keith Sweaty @ Glasslands
Danielle "Danz" Johnson makes winning synthpop as Computer Magic and will be saying goodbye to Glasslands tonight (which closes in two weeks) with help from the spacey pop of Mainland and The Prettiots.

YOB, Occultation, Ecstatic Vision @ Saint Vitus
Doom metal had quite the year in 2014, and looking at the year-end lists we've seen so far, it's pretty much between the Pallbearer album and YOB's Clearing the Path to Ascend for 2014's doom valedictorian. Tonight concludes their 2-night stand at Saint Vitus with great and different openers each night. Sold out.

Chat Logs, Anwar Sadat, Tropical Trash, Bad Behavior @ Shea Stadium
Louisville's Anwar Sadat make the kind of noisy post-punk that would've fit in well on Touch & Go in the '80s/'90s. Their new EP, Obedience, came out earlier this month.

Bluffing, Kal Marks, Two Inch Astronaut, Lady Bones, Big Neck Police @ Silent Barn
Eccentric Boston indie rockers Kal Marks celebrate their new EP on Exploding In Sound called Just A Lonely Fart at this show. They're joined by their EIS labelmates Two Inch Astronaut who do '90s Dischord-style post-hardcore, NYC indie popsters Bluffing, and more.

Chumped, Adult Dude, Chris Gethard, Jeff Rosenstock, Cayetana @ Suburbia
Brooklyn's best real-deal pop punk band Chumped released their debut LP this year, Teenage Retirement, and from the response it's been getting it looks like it won't be long before you can't see them in local DIY venues anymore. But before that happens, catch tonight's LP release show at the very DIY Suburbia with a stacked bill of Philly indie rockers Cayetana, Brooklyn's Dino Jr/Superchunk lovers Adult Dude, former Bomb the Music Industry singer Jeff Rosenstock, and the very funny Chris Gethard.

Broad City @ Bell House
Comedy Central's Broad City was one of 2014's runaway hits, a raunchier, more stoned, and funnier flipside to to the world of HBO's Girls (which has its merits too), all while managing to be a little closer to most young peoples' struggling NYC experiences. Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson have been taking the show on the road, and return for two sold-out hometown performances tonight.

Devin, Haunted America, Ravi Shavi @ The Flat
It's been a while since we've heard new music from Devin, who released his retro rock 'n' roll debut LP on Frenchkiss in 2012. Tonight he's joined by Epoch band Haunted America and Deer Tick's pals Ravi Shavi.

Hector's Pets, JP5, A. Rex and J. Rex @ Grand Victory
Garage rock fans will want to head here tonight for Burger-related Hector's Pets, Nashville's JP5, and locals A. Rex and J. Rex.

Aimee Mann, Ted Leo, Fred Armisen, Susanna Hoffs, Jonathan Coulton @ Town Hall
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo (who collaborate as The Both) bring their Christmas show to NYC tonight, with help from Bangles singer Susanna Hoffs, geek rocker Jonathan Coulton, and Portlandia's Fred Armisen.

Anicon, Yellow Eyes, Kosmodemonic @ Union Pool
Two NYC metal bands, the proggy Anicon and the blackened Yellow Eyes, have been on the road together and tonight they wrap it up in their hometown. Also on the bill is psychedelic locals Kosmodemonic.

Rye Coalition, Black Wail @ WFMU Monty Hall
NJ rock and rollers Rye Coalition haven't put out new music in years, but the long-running band have been keeping at it in the live show department.

Hot Tuna @ Beacon Theatre
Hot Tuna are a pretty active band, especially considering how long they've been around, but tonight's an extra special show. Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady will be joined by their former Jefferson Airplane bandmate Marty Balin. Marty sang lead on a ton of their best songs, so hopefully that means we'll hear some Airplane faves (She Has Funny Cars?) tonight.

Gay Panic, Trophy Wife, Tiny Tusks, Worriers @ Rock Shop
On this bill we're especially excited about Worriers, the excellent melodic punk band fronted by former The Measure [sa] singer Lauren Denitzio. The rest of the bill is also all queer and/or women-fronted bands.

Murray Hill, Bridget Everett @ Le Poisson Rouge
Have yourself "A Murray Little Christmas" as "the hardest working middle-aged man in show business" welcomes Bridget Everett, Perle Noire, Trixie Little, Mr. Gorgeous, Carmine Covelli, and The Craig's List Quartet for a night of holiday good cheer.

Flosstradamus, GTA, Curtis Williams, Two-9 @ Terminal 5
Chicago beatmakers Flosstradamus know how to get a room moving, so it's no surprise that they're taking over the huge Terminal 5 for two nights, this being the second. Openers should be a good time too.

Boston Strangler, waste management, Peacebreakers, Oblivionation, Jock's Blood, Moron @ Acheron
If you like the aggressive sounds of late '80s Boston hardcore, you're in luck because so do Boston Strangler and they do a ton of justice to those classic bands.

Gabriel Kahane @ BAM
Composer/singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane, who's collaborated with Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens, Blake Mills and others, is performing his newest work, The Ambassador, from December 13-10 at BAM with fellow Sufjan collaborators Rob Moose, Alex Sopp (both of yMusic), and Casey Foubert, as well as Ted Poor, Laura Lutzke, Nathan Schram, and Gabriel Cabezas (also of yMusic).

Fake Blood, Sinden, Alex English @ Slake
UK producers Fake Blood and Sinden share a quirky style with eyes on the dancefloor, ears for pop.

For those out in the daytime, keep in mind today is both Santacon and the Millions March protest...let's just hope those things don't collide.

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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December 12, 2014

Swans in Chicago in June (more by Brigid Gallagher)
Swans

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

Swans, Liturgy @ Warsaw
More than 30 years into their career and Swans are arguably better than ever -- their last two records, including this year's To Be Kind, were pretty much instant classics. Tonight they squeeze in one last 2014 hometown show and they've got another (much newer) intense NYC band to open. Sold out.

Swearin', Quarterbacks, Bethlehem Steel, Mean Creek @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
There's no lack of modern indie rock bands worshipping the '90s, but Swearin' are really one of the better ones, with actual songs that are as strong as some of the bands who influenced them.

YOB, Tombs, Kings Destroy @ Saint Vitus
Doom metal had quite the year in 2014, and looking at the year-end lists we've seen so far, it's pretty much between the Pallbearer album and YOB's Clearing the Path to Ascend for 2014's doom valedictorian. Tonight begins a 2-night stand at Saint Vitus with great and different openers each night. Both sold out.

Centro-Matic, Anders Parker Cloud Badge @ Mercury Lounge
Denton, TX's Centro-Matic have been together for nearly 20 years, mining a vein of psych somewhere between Crazy Horse and The Flaming Lips, having released 11 albums -- all pretty good -- including this year's rootsy Take Pride in Your Long Odds. All good things must (should?) come to an end, and Centro-matic announced that the band are going on indefinite hiatus...after this tour. This, the second of their two shows here, may be your last chance to see them in NYC.

Cymbals Eat Guitars, Alex G @ Knitting Factory
Cymbals Eat Guitars made their boldest LP yet with this year's LOSE, and if you like traditional-style indie rock, not many other records in 2014 hit the spot like that one did. Alex G's DIY pop opus DSU was one of 2014's memorable records too, making this a solid double bill.

Porches, LVL UP, What Moon Things, Cantina @ Palisades
Porches is co-headlining Bowery Ballroom in February but you can catch them in scruffier surroundings tonight with a host of worthy openers.

Modern Baseball, Knuckle Puck, Foxing, Crying, Somos @ Gramercy Theatre
This tour is loaded with cool stuff from the lyrical, youthful Modern Baseball, to the delicately arranged and cathartic Foxing, to the gameboy-fueled pop punks Crying, to guitar slingers Somos. This is the first of 2 NYC shows. MHOW on Monday.

Anamanaguchi, Sharp Eagle Platform, Finn Diesel, Maxo, Bruce Smear, Doss @ Baby's All Right
Eight-bit wonders Anamanaguchi are opening for Dillon Francis's shows at Terminal 5 next month, but you can catch them in cozier confines tonight.

Animal Collective (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
Avey Tare and Panda Bear won't be there tonight, but the other two members of Animal Collective will be spinning the hits (or whatever it is they spin) from midnight til late.

Your Old Droog, Dave East @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Your Old Droog got so many Nas comparisons at first that he was rumored to even secretly be the classic rapper himself. He isn't, but he's certainly got his own lyrical chops.

Coy Kids, Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang, Dream Child, Against Grace, Left Me Bashful, Sursum Verbo @ Pianos
Bubu musician Janka Nabay plays this mid-evening at one of his favorite haunts tonight. His set is listed from 10 PM - midnight, so you could be in for an epic set.

Flosstradamus, GTA, Curtis Williams w/ Two-9 @ Terminal 5
Chicago beatmakers Flosstradamus know how to get a room moving, so it's no surprise that they're about to take over the huge Terminal 5 for two nights, one of which (tonight) is already sold out. Openers should be a good time too.

Demetri Martin @ Capitol Theatre
Master of witty deadpan one-liners Demetri Martin brings his short tour just out of NYC tonight, and he'll be back in February to play the city proper (with two other area dates before and after).

Aimee Mann, Ted Leo @ The Space at Westbury
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo (who collaborate as The Both) will bring their Christmas show to NYC proper on Saturday, but tonight's the second of two other shows in the area before that. Helping them get in the holiday spirit is Susannah Hoffs of The Bangles and geek rocker Jonathan Coulton.

Excepter, Guardian Alien, PCPC, Rat Piss Aquarium (Weyes Blood solo) @ Trans-Pecos
This is a release party for Parquet Courts/PC Worship side project PCPC's book that they made in lieu of making any kind of record so they'd have something at the merch table on their European tour. Playing live music will be Greg Fox in Guardian Alien Mode, Excepter, and Rat Piss Aquarium which is "Natalie Weyes Blood harshin."

The Figgs, BLOCKHOUSES @ Bowery Electric
The Figgs have been creating great power pop for two decades now, with no signs of stopping any time soon. Steeped in the tradition of The Replacements, Cheap Trick and Elvis Costello, their annual Christmas shows are always a great time to catch them as the coming of winter seems to kick the trio's playing up just a notch.

Vitamen, Baby Dayliner, Mishka Shubaly @ Union Pool
Snarky pop trio The Vitamen called it quits in 2005 and are not getting back together, but they are dusting off their instruments for this one-off show with their old pal Baby Dayliner (who they used to back).

Larry and The Babes, Sunflower Bean, Heeney, Nonsense, The Britanys @ Aviv
Brooklyn's newest DIY showspace tonight has a lineup of some of the hardest-working bands in the borrough, namely Sunflower Bean and Heeney.

Gabriel Kahane @ BAM
Composer/singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane, who's collaborated with Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens, Blake Mills and others, is performing his newest work, The Ambassador, from December 13-10 at BAM with fellow Sufjan collaborators Rob Moose, Alex Sopp (both of yMusic), and Casey Foubert, as well as Ted Poor, Laura Lutzke, Nathan Schram, and Gabriel Cabezas (also of yMusic).

Z100 Jingle Ball @ Madison Square Garden Arena
Depending on which corner of the "indie music internet" you frequent, you may like to know this lineup includes Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams, Kiesza, Charli XCX and others. Or perhaps you might like to avoid this at all costs.

American Hi-Fi, Charly Bliss @ Mercury Lounge
Pretty sure American Hi-Fi stopped being the flavor of the weak in like, 2002 the latest, but it's 2014 and here we are.

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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