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May 3, 2015

photo: Eleanor Friedberger @ MHOW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Eleanor Friedberger, Cassandra Jenkins, Lily McQueen @ Rough Trade
Eleanor Friedberger has been chilling on the West Coast, writing and recording her new album for Merge. She's back in Brooklyn now and will be giving some of her new songs a spin tonight.

Micachu @ MoMA PS1
MoMA PS1's "Sunday Sessions" are wrapping up for the season, and finish today with a performance by Micachu titled "Local Holiday, Local Sun, Locals, Local Rain, Local Number, Local Drink, Local Customs." It's a one-off show featuring new material and projections from her sketchbook.

WFMU Record Fair @ Brooklyn Expo Center
Calling all crate-diggers: the annual vinyl fantasia hosted by WFMU moves across the East River this year into the brand new Brooklyn Expo Center. In addition to all the used wax, there are live perforamnces and beer and snacks. You can get two bucks off admission with our coupon.

Eric Clapton @ MSG
Eric Clapton is nothing short of a legend, with influential material recorded with Cream, Derek & the Dominoes, Blind Faith, The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, and in his lengthy solo career. Tonight's the second of two MSG shows this weekend, in celebration of his 70th birthday.

Kid Millions, Ninos Du Brasil @ Brooklyn Museum
Red Bull Music Academy continues with an original percussion-based composition for 20 performers by Kid Millions of Oneida. Italian duo Ninos Du Brasil, who are also heavy on the percussion, open the show.

Underdog, Living Laser, The Mistaken @ Saint Vitus (afternoon show)
NYHC vets Underdog combined their hardcore roots with reggae and sounds closer to traditional rock. They've been reunited for a while now, but chances to see them are still infrequent.

Doyle, Heavygrinder, Blackest @ Saint Vitus
Former Misfit Doyle formed his eponymous band a few years back and released the album Abominator in 2013. He's currently on tour playing songs off that album, and you'll likely hear a few Misfits tunes too.

Krieg, The Banner, Outer Heaven, Stinger @ Acheron
Neil Imperial is a veteran of the USBM scene, and one of his roles is leading the band Krieg, who released Transient, their first album since 2010, late last year.

ZZZ's, LODRO @ Baby's All Right
Japanese trio ZZZ's make noisy, shriiiing-y, intense postpunk skronk. They're gearing up for Austin's Levitation Fest with a few Brooklyn shows this weekend. See 'em tonight with Brooklyn's moody LODRO. Doors are at 11 PM so you can watch Mad Men and Game of Thrones and still make the show.

Spandau Ballet @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Best known for syrupy '80s ballad "True," Spandau Ballet were originally of the artier bands in the UK New Romantic movement. The original lineup -- including brothers Gary & Martin Kemp -- are back together and touring for the first time in ages. Also recommended is Spandau Ballet doc Soul Boys of the Western World which is currently showing at IFC Center.

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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May 2, 2015

photo: Twin Peaks at BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Sufjan Stevens, Moses Sumney @ Kings Theatre
Sufjan's newest album is his most bare-bones release yet, and with its lyrics mostly centered on his mother's death, it's his most depressing too. This is his last of three NYC shows on his current tour.

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Boyfrndz, Your Favorite Enemies @ Le Poisson Rouge
Post-hardcore vets ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead are still going strong, having last released the album IX last year. If you like Trail of Dead, openers Boyfrndz may be up your alley too.

Fishbone, Easy Star All-Stars, The Skints @ Brooklyn Bowl
Still with core members Angelo Moore, Norwood Fisher and Walter Kibby, LA's groundbreaking ska/punk/funk/soul explosion Fishbone released the Intrinsically Intertwined EP this year, their first new material in three years. Of course, live is the optimal Fishbone experience. Today they play an afternoon and a night show.

Spandau Ballet @ Beacon Theatre
Best known for syrupy '80s ballad "True," Spandau Ballet were originally of the artier bands in the UK New Romantic movement. The original lineup -- including brothers Gary & Martin Kemp -- are back together and touring for the first time in ages. Also recommended is Spandau Ballet doc "Soul Boys of the Western World" which is currently showing at IFC Center.


Twin Peaks, White Reaper, Honduras @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Chicago's raucous Twin Peaks tend to whip crowds into a frenzy and tonight will likely be no exception. This is the second night at MHOW in a row for Honduras who last night opened for Blur.

Life of Agony, Heavygrinder @ The Wick
Life of Agony haven't played NYC, let alone Brooklyn, in a very long time, but after returning last year for a NJ show with Mina (formerly Keith) Caputo on vocals, they're finally ready to do it again this week. Tonight's their second show at The Wick this week.

WFMU Record Fair @ Brooklyn Expo Center
Calling all crate-diggers: the annual vinyl fantasia hosted by WFMU moves across the East River this year into the brand new Brooklyn Expo Center. In addition to all the used wax, there are live perforamnces and beer and snacks. You can get two bucks off admission with our coupon.

Turn To Crime, Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk @ Union Pool
Turn to Crime, the current band of Derek Stanton (formerly of Awesome Color), make music that ranges from antsy post-punk to somnambulistic torch songs to something you might call pop. But it all exists in Stanton's particular overcast universe, with his soulful, world-weary vocals pulling you from one song to the next.

Cities Aviv, Sick Feeling, Show Me The Body @ Palisades
It's a very cool multi-genre bill at Palisades with rapper Cities Aviv, hardcore band Sick Feeling, and eccentric rock band Show Me The Body.

Frankie Cosmos, No One & The Somebodies, Outside World, Memorial Gore, Marigolds @ Cake Shop
This is part of Cake Shop's 10th Anniversary Celebration that's happening all month, featuring twee folk singer Frankie Cosmos, Chicago transplants Outside World and more. The venue is promising all sorts of surprises, so be prepared.

Empress Of, A/JUS/TED (DJ Set), Special Guests (DJ Sets) @ Elvis Guesthouse
Empress Of, aka NYC art-pop musician Lorely Rodriguez, will preview music from her forthcoming debut album for XL/Terrible with this five-night stand at Elvis Guesthouse. Tonight's the last night and who knows who the special guest DJs are. Seriously, any guesses?

GHE20G0TH1K w/ Sissy Nobby, Venus X, Ma Nguzu, Mike Q, Divoli S'Vere, Total Freedom @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
As part of Red Bull Music Academy, there's a big GHE20G0TH1K party tonight with the first-ever NYC performance from New Orleans Bounce artist SIssy Nobby, a handful of regulars, special guests, and more.

A Tribe Called Red (7:30pm), Tracie Morris (with Mr. Jerome Harris and Jemman), Camp & Street (4pm), LE1F (4pm), DonChristian (4pm), Rahel (4pm), Junglepussy (4pm) @ Whitney Museum
The Whitney Museum of American Art is throwing a block party welcoming "visitors of all ages with free art and performance, including hands-on activities and participatory events." It's a cool, hip hop-oriented bill.

The Baseball Project, The Gay Blades @ Rough Trade
Spring means baseball and that means The Baseball Project (Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey and half of REM) are playing shows. Even if you only have a passing interest in America's Pastime, they're still a lot of fun. But being a baseball fanatic helps.

Bambi Kino @ Union Hall
Very Special Beatles tribute act Bambi Kino focus on the early years of the Fab Four when they lived in Berlin. The band features Doug Gillard and Nada Surf's Ira Elliot

Kids in the Hall @ Capitol Theatre
Thirty-two Helens agree: this reunion shows for much-loved Canadian comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall will be a lot of fun.

Edan & Paten Locke, 79.5 @ Baby's All Right
Psychedelic rapper Edan teams with past collaborator Paten Locke for this late-night Chances with Wolves party at Baby's All Right.

The Yin Yangs, Friend Roulette, Bootblacks, Slonk Donkerson, Bambara, Heaven's Gate, Jangula, Piers, Haybaby, Wade and Sons, Abhay Singh & Friends, The Semaphore, Semaphore, William Irish @ Silent Barn
This all-day party is called Sam Fest (named after the guy who booked the show) and features a whole bunch of great local bands, including Heaven's Gate, Bambara, Haybaby and lots more. It's only $5 and schedule is here.

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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May 1, 2015

Blur @ Berlin Fest 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Blur, Honduras @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Blur are full of surprises this year -- a terrific new album, The Magic Whip, and now this, their first NYC show with Graham Coxon in 15 years. They're playing the new LP in full (and hopefully a few oldies). Doors are at 5 PM with Honduras playing at 5:45 PM, so arrive early (if you managed to get tickets, they don't guarantee entry, it's still based on capacity). And let's hope they announce a proper tour soon. For those who do make it in, this should be a woohoo time.

Sufjan Stevens, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens @ Kings Theatre
Sufjan's newest album is his most bare-bones release yet, and with its lyrics mostly centered on his mother's death, it's his most depressing too. This is his second of three NYC shows on his current tour. The Daptone-signed Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens open.

Eric Clapton, Andy Fairweather Low @ Madison Square Garden
Eric Clapton is nothing short of a legend, with influential material recorded with Cream, Derek & the Dominoes, Blind Faith, The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, and in his lengthy solo career. Tonight's the first of two MSG shows this weekend, in celebration of his 70th birthday.

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Your Favorite Enemies, Boyfrndz @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
After that Blur show, MHOW hosts a late show from post-hardcore vets ..And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead who are still going strong, having last released the album IX last year. If you like Trail of Dead, openers Boyfrndz may be up your alley too.

Bush Tetras (35th Anniversary Show), Karyn Kuhl Band, Hugo Burnham (of Gang of Four), Don Fleming @ Le Poisson Rouge
NYC post-punk band Bush Tetras celebrate their 35th anniversary tonight with some cool special guests including BALL's Don Flemming and Gang of Four drummer Hugo Burnham.

HEEMS, Michael Christmas, zZz, Pill, IYEZ @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Former Das Racist member Heems headlines this show, and there's a multi-genre undercard with more hip hop from Michael Christmas, and post-punk from the other three bands.

Four Tet b2b Floating Points @ Sugarhill Disco
IDM mastermind Four Tet and jazzy UK bass producer Floating Points are teaming up once again to DJ together in NYC tonight. Like last night, it starts at 10 PM and they're going all night (no opener).

Toro Y Moi, Vinyl Williams, Sinkane @ Terminal 5
Chillwave survivor Toro Y Moi rediscovered the guitar on his enjoyable new album What For? but his funky, relaxed spirit remains.

Life of Agony @ The Wick
Life of Agony haven't played NYC, let alone Brooklyn, in a very long time, but after returning last year for a NJ show with Mina (formerly Keith) Caputo on vocals, they're finally ready to do it again this week. Tonight's their first show at The Wick, and they do it again tomorrow too.

The Kids in the Hall @ Town Hall
Fourteen Helens agree: These reunion shows (two tonight) for much-loved Canadian comedy trouple The Kids in the Hall will be a lot of fun.

Empress Of, Dave Harrington (DJ Set), Ezra Koenig (DJ Set), Los Cubanos (DJ Set) @ Elvis Guesthouse
Empress Of, aka NYC art-pop musician Lorely Rodriguez, will preview music from her forthcoming debut album for XL/Terrible with this five-night stand at Elvis Guesthouse. Tonight's Night 4 and features guest DJs Dave Harrington (Darkside) and Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend).

Action Bronson, DJ Alchemist, Meyhem Lauren @ Starland Ballroom
Action Bronson returned this year with a new album, Mr. Wonderful, which has him in typically solid form. Tonight's a good bill all around.

Juan Wauters, Homeshake @ New York University
The onetime Beets frontman releases his terrific new album, Who Me?, next week. Today he plays a free show with Homeshake that is free and open to the public.

The Muscadettes @ Maxwell's
Montreal's shouty duo The Muscadettes are here to have fun and make sure everyone else does too. Like early B-52's or Fuzzbox, they're in the same vein.

Misery Index, Lord Dying, Organ Dealer, Pink Mass @ Saint Vitus
It's a great double bill for metal tonight with Baltimore death metallers Misery Index (who last released The Killing Gods in 2014 on Season of Mist) and Portland sludgesters Lord Dying (who put out Poisoned Altars on Relapse earlier this year).

J Fernandez, Lazy Queen, Cluster Sun @ Bowery Electric
Chicago songwriter J. Fernandez brings a motorik quality to his music that recalls American Analog Set or Stereolab, but there's a magic hour sunlight vibe to his melodies as well. His new album's out in June.

VEXX, Nancy, Pox @ Silent Barn Mateo's Room
Olympia's Vexx make punk that's indebted to the genre's late '70s/early '80s days, but singer Maryjane Dunphe has a unique pop sensibility that stop them from sounding at all dated. They play NYC again next week with Pissed Jeans. Update: Tonight's show moved to Mateo's Room.

Torrential Downpour, Syphilitic Lust, The Sheltering Sky @ The Acheron
It's a good local bill with NJ's boundary-pushing metal weirdos Torrential Downpour, Brooklyn's raw, dirty Syphilitic Lust, and the Unearthly Trance-related The Sheltering Sky.

Joe Pug, Field Report @ Bowery Ballroom
Maryland singer/songwriter Joe Pug headlines this show, and if you're going it's worth showing up early for Justin Vernon associate Field Report (playing solo) too.

So Percussion, Miya Masaoka, Brothers Balliett @ BRIC House
Now in its 14th year, the annual Look & Listen Festival showcases the best of contemporary classical music in a visual art setting. The night's headlined by the So Percussion ensemble. This should be pretty cool.

Photay, Ricky Eat Acid, Maxo, Doss, Eaves @ Palisades
Palisades hosts a good electronic bill tonight, including the prolific Sam Ray's project Ricky Eat Acid (he's also of Teen Suicide and Julia Brown).

Guerilla Toss, Horse Lords, Big Neck Police, Booker Stardrum, Weston Minnisali @ Shea Stadium
It's a night of avant, angsty, percussion-fueled fun with Boston's Guerilla Toss and Baltimore's Horse Lords.

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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April 30, 2015

photo: Fat White Family at Baby's in 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
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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, Sun Club, Roya @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
UK band Fat White Family are back entertaining/scaring audiences with their dark-hued brand of scuzz-rock. It should be said that despite their (deserved) wild rep, FWF have a load of great songs and keep it together live, despite the antics (and, according to The NY Post, the smell). If you're up for post-show mischief, head to nearby Passenger Bar for the afterparty.

Four Tet b2b Floating Points @ Output
IDM mastermind Four Tet and jazzy UK bass producer Floating Points are teaming up to DJ Output together tonight. No opener, so they're going all night long.

Yonatan Gat, Tonstartsbandht, Pill, Sunflower Bean @ Aviv
Onetime Monotonix member Yonatan Gat smudges the line between performer and audience -- as long as you're prepared to be an active participant, his shows are a lot of fun. He headlines this particularly solid bill that also features Montreal noisniks Tonstartsbandht, sax-fueled skrokers Pill, and the ubiquitous Sunflower Bean. If you've been meaning to check out new DIY spot Aviv, this would be a good one to go to.

Six Organs of Admittance, Elisa Ambrogio @ Baby's All Right
Ben Chasny's long-running experimental rock project Six Organs of Admittance remains prolific and released its newest album, Hexadic, earlier this year via Drag City. Making the night a great double bill, support comes from his labelmate and past collaborator Elisa Ambrogio (of noise band Magik Markers), who put out a very not-noisy solo album last year.

The Muscadettes, Raccoon Fighter, Dances, Will Sheff (DJ) @ Baby's All Right
Montreal's shouty duo The Muscadettes are here to have fun and make sure everyone else does too. Like early B-52's or Fuzzbox, they're in the same vein. Free midnight show. In the front room Will Sheff of Okkervil River will be DJing.

Empress Of, Patrick Wimberly (DJ Set), Dev Hynes (DJ Set), Lee Bannon (DJ Set) @ Elvis Guesthouse
Empress Of, aka NYC art-pop musician Lorely Rodriguez, will preview music from her forthcoming debut album for XL/Terrible with this five-night stand at Elvis Guesthouse. Tonight has Dev Hynes on DJ duty so who knows what may happen.

Blockhead, Mono/Poly, Ellie Herring, DJ Ryan Rasheed of Prefuse 73 @ Good Room
In addition to producing a large amount of Aesop Rock's material, Blockhead has had a lengthy solo career putting out instrumental hip hop on Ninja Tune. He's in solo mode tonight.

Dragons of Zynth, Valley Lodge, Danny Fingers and The Thumbs @ Rough Trade
Long-running NYC art-rock band Dragons of Zynth (who were on hiatus for a while) headline tonight. This bill also features Dave Hill's band Valley Lodge whose song "Go" is the theme song for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

As Friends Rust, UnWed, Pagan Girls @ Saint Vitus
As Friends Rust came out of the same late '90s Gainesville punk scene as bands like Hot Water Music, and after being gone for a while, tonight they play their first NYC show in 7 years. Also on the bill is UnWed, who count Hot Water Music bassist Jason Black as a member.

Kool A.D., Lakutis, TECLA, Kassa @ Santos Party House
Heems has been an especially active solo artist lately, but he's not the only Das Racist member keeping at it. Kool AD, who last released Word O.K. last year, plays a hometown solo show tonight with Lakutis and more.

Big Ups, EULA, Painted Zeros, Charly Bliss @ Silent Barn
Local post-hardcore band Big Ups are somewhere between Fugazi and Slint, and having a very animated frontman doesn't hurt them any, either. Right before them it's EULA, who recall the NYC noise rock scene of the 1980s (and worked with producer Martin Bisi from that scene on their newest record).

Lord Huron, Hamilton Leithauser @ Terminal 5
Folk rocker Lord Huron headlines the night, and if you're going to this show we recommend showing up for The Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser.

Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt @ Capitol Theatre
Get your dose of quality Americana tonight with these two country-folk greats.

Ben Folds, yMusic @ Town Hall
Ben Folds' collaborative new album with classical sextet yMusic still doesn't have a title or release date, but you can hear it tonight, live, when Ben and yMusic play this sold-out show.

Mark Ronson (DJ Set), Blu Jemz @ Verboten
He's responsible for the song you can't avoid short of gouging your eardrums out...producer, gad-about, and "Uptown Funk" creator Mark Ronson spins records tonight.

The English Beat, The Skints, Easy Star Allstars @ Paramount
If you aren't too concerned that Dave Wakeling is the only original member of the band, and don't mind hearing General Public songs too (and maybe even "She's Having a Baby"), you'll probably have a good time singing along to "Save it for Later," "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "Tenderness."

Dave Harrington Group, Diamond Terrifier (DJ( @ Cameo Gallery
Darkside is no more (or at least on hiatus), but both members are staying active on their own, and tonight Dave Harrington performs a live improvised score to Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds."

'Salad Days' screening @ Nitehawk Cinema
The 'Salad Days' documentary chronicles the 1980s DC punk scene, which birthed Minor Threat, Fugazi, Bad Brains, Void, Faith, and so many more now-legendary bands. It's screened in NYC before, and does again tonight.

Phantom Posse, Pope Coke, Moon Bounce, Blood Moon @ Palisades
Quickly-rising rapper iLoveMakonnen just played two sold-out NYC shows this week and he has tonight off before continuing his tour in DC tomorrow. It looks like maybe, just maybe, he'll show up at this small show with Phantom Posse, the musical collective that frequently counts him as a member.

Andy Hull, Dustin Kensrue, Tanner Merritt @ Bell House
It's the second of two NYC shows for Manchester Orchestra frontman Andy Hull, and the last one had Brand New's Jesse Lacey and Kevin Devine show up to sing with him. Will any guests come out tonight? Dustin Kensrue (frontman of the reunited Thrice) co-headlines.

Heaven, New Myths, Midnight Plus One, Gold Lake, Wrong Dots @ Pianos
Local shoegazers Heaven and slinky/sleek New Myths headline this bill of quality local acts.

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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April 29, 2015

photo: Bully at BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Bully, Slothrust @ Baby's All Right
Nashville's brash, buzzy and melodic Bully just wrapped a tour with JEFF the Brotherhood. Hopefully we'll get some songs from their forthcoming debut album. They'll be back in June for Northside.

Crocodiles, Shark Week, Christines @ Union Pool
Crocodiles launch their tour with Shark Week tonight at this show that doubles as a release party of their new album, Boys. The band stay the course with their post-VU fuzzpop which, if not groundbreaking, always sounds right and is a lot fun live. Local shoegazers Christines open.

The Relationship (mem Weezer), Gringo Star @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Original (and current) Weezer guitarist Brian Bell takes on the role of frontman with his new-ish band The Relationship, who released their newest 7" earlier this month on Burger Records.

Benjamine Clementine @ Bric House
UK singer Benjamin Clementine's hyped debut, At Least For Now, came out earlier this year and it got him called a "male Nina Simone" more than once. He made his US debut at Joe's Pub last night, and plays NYC again tonight.

iLoveMakonnen, Key!, Sonny Digital @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
It's the second of two sold-out NYC shows for the very popular rap newcomer iLoveMakonnen on his current tour.

Crushed Out, Sweet Spirit, The Next Great American Novelist @ Cake Shop
Austin, TX band Sweet Spirit make honest, no-nonsense guitar pop and have caught they ear of Britt Daniel who's taking them out with Spoon on a few West Coast dates. Tonight's their first-ever NYC show. Stream a song below.

Shy Girls, Tei Shi, Young Ejecta @ Bowery Ballroom
If you're going to this sold-out show tonight, try to get there in time for openers: Argentina/NYC/Montreal artist Tei Shi's slinky brand of danceable pop -- and ethereal voice -- have garnered accolades; and Young Ejecta's sultry electropop is cool too.

Empress Of, Chrome Sparks (DJ Set), LE1F (DJ Set), Obey City (DJ Set) @ Elvis Guesthouse
Empress Of, aka NYC art-pop musician Lorely Rodriguez, will preview music from her forthcoming debut album for XL/Terrible with this five-night stand at Elvis Guesthouse. For those keeping score, this is Night 2.

Jeffrey Lewis, Candy Boys, Phoebe Kreutz, L.A. Boobs, Franzi Kafka, Little Cobweb @ Sidewalk Cafe
NYC anti-folk great Jeffrey Lewis plays his hometown a lot, and where better to see him than returning to his roots at SideWalk Cafe, the venue where he got his start.

Hudson River Park's Spring Fling w/ Janelle Monae, The Misshapes
This expensive gala ($350 is the cheapest ticket) at The Winter Garden at Brookfield Place features the boundary-pushing neo-soul/art pop of Janelle Monae.

The English Beat, The Skints @ Gramercy Theatre
If you aren't too concerned that Dave Wakeling is the only original member of the band, and don't mind hearing General Public songs too (and maybe even "She's Having a Baby"), you'll probably have a good time singing along to "Save it for Later," "Mirror in the Bathroom" and "Tenderness."

MS MR @ Rough Trade
Brooklyn pop act MS MR has a very catchy new single, "Painted," which teases their new album that's due out at some point this summer. More teasing should happen tonight.

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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April 28, 2015

photo: DIIV @ MHOW in 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

DIIV, Sunflower Bean @ Baby's All Right
DIIV are finally getting around to releasing a new album -- the hard-to-google-and-say Is the Is Are -- and we'll hopefully hear a lot of it tonight at this sold-out warm-up for their upcoming festival tour season.

Ben Folds, yMusic @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Ben Folds' collaborative new album with classical sextet yMusic still doesn't have a title or release date, but you can hear it tonight, live, when Ben and yMusic play their second of three sold-out NYC shows.

AlunaGeorge, Kali Uchis @ Rough Trade
Electronic pop duo and Disclosure collaborators AlunaGeorge have a new album on the way, and to preview the material they're playing just two US club dates. There's tonight's NYC gig and later this week they're in LA. Sold out.

iLoveMakonnen, Key!, Sonny Digital @ Bowery Ballroom
No jokes about what day of the week it is, but the rapper best known for the inescapable "Tuesday" kicks off a two-night stand in NYC tonight. Both shows are sold out.

Pile, Yazan, Vulture Shit, Captain Wizard @ Baby's All Right
Pile returned this year with their newest album, You're Better Than This (on Exploding In Sound), another dose of their blend of '90s-style indie rock and post-hardcore. They were last here in February, but tonight's their first NYC show since the album's release.

Benjamin Clementine @ Joe's Pub
Tonight's the US debut of Benjamin Clementine, whose hyped debut album At Least For Now is out now and has gotten him called a "male Nina Simone" more than once.

Bellows, Small Wonder, Rivergazer, Sharpless @ Palisades
In celebration of Father/Daughter Records' new compilation, Faux Real II (which has real indie bands covering fictional bands from movies and TV), three of the bands will play a Brooklyn show tonight. Also on the bill is Bellows, who aren't on the compilation but are part of The Epoch collective with Small Wonder and Sharpless.

Wiki & Sporting Life (of Ratking), Onyx Collective, Julian Soto, Yung Gutted, special guests @ Knitting Factory
Two thirds of NYC alt-rap group Ratking are playing as a duo at this show, and special guests are promised.

The Karen Gala @ BAM
BAM sends off retiring president Karen Brooks Hopkins with this pricy, "Brooklyn black tie" affair featuring appearances by Mavis Staples, Steve Reich, Rufus & Martha Wainwright and more.

Empress Of @ Elvis Guesthouse
Empress Of, aka NYC art-pop musician Lorely Rodriguez, will preview music from her forthcoming debut album for XL/Terrible with this five-night stand at Elvis Guesthouse which begins tonight.

Cambodian Rocks @ WFMU Monty Hall
Dengue Fever's Chhom Nimol headlines this evening of music covering the wide range of musical styles coming out of Cambodia in the 60s and 70s. Also performing: members of Baksey Cham Krong, The Drakkar, and the songs of Sinn Sisamouth will be performed by his grandson, Sinn Sethakol.

Speaking of WFMU, today on Brian Turner's show (3-6PM) is the second half of his special dedicated to the mighty Fall. Former members Brix Smith and Marc Riley will call in for the show which will also feature lots of rare live recordings.

The Late Night Disaster with Rob Blatt @ Union Hall
This is a "new variety show dressed up like a traditional late night talk show" and for the inaugural show they've lined up appareances from Jon Glaser, Sarah Screams, Ginny Leise, Soojeong Son, Julio Torres and more.

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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April 27, 2015

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

Ben Folds, yMusic @ Bowery Ballroom
Ben Folds' collaborative new album with classical sextet yMusic still doesn't have a title or release date, but you can hear it tonight, live, when Ben and yMusic play their first of three sold-out NYC shows.

Kimya Dawson, Paul Baribeau, Toby Goodshank, Hamell on Trial, Roger Manning @ Trans-Pecos
Tonight's pretty much the place to be if you're an anti-folk fan. Moldy Peaches members Kimya Dawnson and Toby Goodshank both play solo, plus folk-punk staple Paul Baribeau is on the bill, as are two veterans of the genre, Roger Manning and Hamell on Trial.

Lucius, Field Mouse @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn's Lucius are co-fronted by Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, who have lent their harmonies to Wilco, The Rentals, and San Fermin. Tonight's show with alt-pop band Field Mouse is free, but you had to RSVP and that's now closed.

Night Train w/ Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
Will Miles, Clark Jones & Kenny DeForest fill in Wyatt Cenac and Night Train guest hosts, and welcome Dan Boulger, Amber Nelson, Nate Fernald, Sam Johnson, and Andrew Michaan.

The Hum @ Manhattan Inn
This is the final installment of free Mondays in April series "The Hum" which is touted as a "platform for unique first time collaborations between musicians working in various genres such as R&B, indie, beat-boxing, classical, punk and more with live projected video art." Tonight's performers include Xenia Rubinos, Jen Goma (A Sunny Day in Glasgow), Cassandra Jenkins and Caroline Davis and more.

Doug Loves Movies @ Gramercy Theatre
Doug loves weed, and he also digs cinema. He'll be indlulging the latter -- taping his Doug Loves Movies podcast -- with surprise guests tonight. Sold out.

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April 26, 2015

photo: Repulsion at Warsaw in 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Repulsion

photo: some of the guests from Wednesday's Big Terrific (by Ryan Muir)
Big Terrific

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

Big Terrific @ Warsaw
Williamsburg's long-running comedy night comes to an end with two big shows at Warsaw. Original hosts Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman and Max Silvestri are all here and Joe Mande will be on hand for both shows as well. As to who else may show up at these sold-out farewells, we'll just have to wait and see.

Mobb Deep, Funkmaster Flex, Alchemist, Smif-N-Wessun @ BB King's
The legendary Queensbridge rap duo Mobb Deep celebrated the 20th anniversary of their seminal 1995 album, The Infamous, yesterday, and today they're blessing their home city with a show. It's a great lineup all around, with veteran DJs Funkmaster Flex and Alchemist on board, plus another '90s-era NYC duo, Smif-N-Wessun.

They Might Be Giants @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This is the fourth of five shows at MHOW that They Might Be Giants are doing this year, and tonight's is a celebration of their recently-relaunched Dial-a-Song service as well as a release party for their new album, Glean.

Repulsion, Dehumanized, Skullshitter, Lucid Terror @ Saint Vitus
Repulsion were initially only around for a few years in the '80s, and their brief career resulted in the sole full length, Horrified, which was one of the earliest records to start pushing thrash metal in an even more terrifying direction that eventually became known as grindcore. They've been reunited for over ten years now, but chances to see them are still infrequent. If you're thinking about this one, don't miss it.

Today is the Day, Lazer/Wulf, Tiger Flowers, Marching Teeth @ The Paper Box
Today Is the Day returned last year with their tenth album, Animal Mother, another fine example of their noisy, shapeshifting metallic hardcore. They return to NYC tonight and this show is a great bill all around.

Zongo Junction, Wild Yaks, Invisible Familiars, ET Anderson @ Baby's All Right
It's the conclusion of the 2015 edition of Brooklyn's annual pysch-heavy Brain Cave Festival which boasts an eclectic lineup (including the rowdy Wild Yaks and Beatlesque Invisible Familiars) and visuals by Drippy Eye Projections.

Jeff Rosenstock, Chumped, All People, The Moms, Sammy Kay @ Asbury Lanes
After years fronting Arrogant Sons of Bitches and then Bomb the Music Industry!, Jeff Rosenstock struck out as a solo artist and released this year's We Cool?, which is an excellent indie/punk album. If you're going, don't miss his pop-punky tourmates Chumped.

Expert Alterations, Pale Lights, Cheap Sneakers, Green Pages @ Alphaville
A fine night of jangly, '80s-style indiepop awaits at this Bushwick spot tonight with Slumberland Records' newest band, Expert Alterations, headlining. Also on the bill are Green Pages which features members of The Beets, Sapphire Mansions and Cause Co-Motion, as well as Pale Lights (members of Crystal Stilts and Comet Gain).

Bonnie Stillwatter (aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy + Watter) @ The Studio at Webster Hall
The great Bonnie "Prince" Billy (aka Will Oldham) has a new collaboration with psych rock band Watter (mems of Grails, Slint) and following yesterday's pop-up shows, tonight they'll DJ a free party at The Studio at Webster Hall.

The Macaulay Culkin* Show @ Shea Stadium
In addition to his cable access show (where he took over Chris Gethard's timeslot) comedian Brett Davis co-hosts (with Sally Burtnick) the monthlyThe Macaulay Culkin Show. The April edition (4/26) will feature Seaton Smith, Phoebe Robinson, Jason Saenz, Unisex, Max Wittert, Brian Fiddyment and Edy Modica.

White Prism @ Ace Hotel
If your taste in synthpop leans towards the Italo stylings of Sally Shapiro, you might want to check out Brooklyn's White Prism, whose new album, Open Heart Job, was just released. They're playing every Sunday in April at Ace Hotel.

Culturama @ Trophy Bar
This pop-up vinyl shop in the back of Trophy Bar (located under the picaresque J/M line) will feature tons or rarites, still-sealed deadstock and lots dollar records, plus live vinyl DJ sets from Edan, Sean Rowlands and Thanksgiving Brown. 4-8 PM.

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April 25, 2015

photo: Speedy Ortiz at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Speedy Ortiz

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

Speedy Ortiz, Mitski, Krill @ Bowery Ballroom
Speedy Ortiz's new album, Foil Deer, takes the band into new sonic directions without losing their style of discordant indie rock that made us love the music in the first place. Very powerful lyrically too. Both openers tonight are great -- the artful, unique NYC songwriter Mitski and the Boston indie rock band Krill.

WBAR-B-Q w/ Perfect Pussy, Dubbel Dutch, Big Ups, Thug Entrancer, Bodega Bay, Palberta, Swings, Stud1nt, Diet Cig @ Barnard College
It's Barnard College's annual WBAR-B-Q with noise punks Perfect Pussy, dance producer Dubbel Dutch, post-hardcore band Big Ups, ambient musician Thug Entrancer, and more. As always, it's free, all ages, and open to the public.

Into It. Over It., Major League, Tiny Moving Parts, Collect Yourself, Safety @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Into It. Over It. is one of the many bands led by the great Evan Weiss, who's been one of the key guys in this whole "emo revival" thing, working with Mike Kinsella to You Blew It! to The Jazz June and more.

The Juan Maclean (live), Julien Tregoat (DJ set), Computer Magic (live) @ Union Pool
Tonight's the last of The Juan Maclean's six-show Brooklyn residency. These shows mark the debut of their new four-piece lineup which we've heard is killer. Sold out.

Primus @ The Paramount
Primus will be out with Dinosaur Jr this summer but tonight they continue their Charlie & the Chocolate Factory concept album extravaganza with the Funghi Ensemble.

Bonnie Stillwatter (aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy + Watter) @ various NYC bars
The great Bonnie "Prince" Billy (aka Will Oldham) has a new collaboration with psych rock band Watter (mems of Grails, Slint) and in honor of that, they've teamed up with beer company Stillwater Artisinal Ales for today's celebration. They'll play one song each at NYC bars Jimmy's No. 43, Cooper's Craft & Kitchen, Fool's Gold, Spuyten Duyvil, and The Well, and each bar will have their new record and Stillwater Beer available to purchase. Full schedule and more info at the above link.

Tall Firs, Sue Garner, Lee Ranaldo, Alan Licht @ Trans-Pecos
Tonight's event is billed as "an evening of short, stripped down performances by musicians from our community here in NYC. We're tying to create an intimate environment with a mellow, share-a-tune vibe. No "third wall" allowed." Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo is among the artists performing.

Hurray for the Riff Raff, Clear Plastic Masks @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Hurray for the RIff Raff put out Small Town Heroes on ATO last year, which was the kind of country indebted to decades-old styles rather than the genre's current trends, without sounding retro. Tonight's their second of two sold-out NYC shows on this tour.

Dorthia Cottrell, Blackout, Shroudeater @ Saint Vitus
Dorthia Cottrell fronts the awesome doom metal band Windhand, but this year she also decided to strip things down and put out a psych-folk solo album. Both styles suit her well.

Museum of Love @ Good Room
The DFA band Museum of Love, featuring Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem, are resident DJs at Good Room and tonight spin with Italy-based produced Bottin.

The Waterboys, The BlueBonnets @ Irving Plaza
Longrunning Irish band The Waterboys just released Modern Blues, their first album of entirely original songs in eight years.

Holy Sons, Lichens, Ancient Ocean, Mixed Doubles, Ancient Sky, Worthless, Public Speaking, Catrina Calavera @ Baby's All Right
It's the 2015 edition of Brooklyn's annual pysch-heavy Brain Cave Festival which boasts an eclectic lineup and visuals by Drippy Eye Projections. The fest continues on Sunday.

Rule of Thirds, Survival, Pawns, Nandas @ Silent Barn
Australia's Rule of Thirds put out a killer deathrock/punk EP in 2013, and they just recently followed it with their first full length. The LP's a bit more on the Joy Division side, and they're good at both sounds. Tonight's their last NYC show on this tour.

Container, Eric Copeland (of Black Dice), Sasha Jan Rezzie @ Palisades
Tonight's show is part of Bushwick venue Palisades' 1-year anniversary, and it features noisy electronic great Container and Black Dice's Eric Copeland in solo mode.

Wray, Mobile Steam Unit, GEPH @ Baby's All Right
It's the second of two NYC shows for Alabama shoegazers Wray on their current tour.

Expert Alterations, My Teenage Stride, Summer Saints, The Bad New Ones @ Pet Rescue
A fine night of jangly, '80s-style indiepop awaits at this Bushwick DIY spot with Slumberland Records' newest band, Expert Alterations, and NYC royalty My Teenage Stride headlining. WFMU's Paul Bruno will be DJing in-between sets.

Fielded, Phork @ Elvis Guesthouse
Avenue A's new hot spot (and Baby's All Right sister venue) Elvis Guesthouse hosts a $5 show tonight with dark pop purveyor Fielded.

Wizard Rifle, Netherlands, The Austerity Program, Tween @ The Acheron
Portland's noisy, sludgy Wizard Rifle return to NYC tonight with Timo Ellis's synth-punk band Netherlands and post-hardcore duo The Austerity Program.

Cheetah Chrome, Split Squad, The Fleshtones @ Bowery Electric
It's a very late-'70s NYC kind of evening with Dead Boys' Cheetah Chrome, The Split Squad (which features members of Blondie, Plimsouls & more) and "super rock" creators The Fleshtones.

Arc Waves, Crown the Invisible, Dead Heart Bloom, Boyd Shropshire @ Cake Shop
Boyd Shropshire has been playing in Philly bands for years -- you may remember him from mid-'00s indie rockers Human Television and he's also spent time with Kurt Vile & the Violators. Shropshire's most recent solo album, Victory Weather, was released last year.

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

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April 24, 2015

photo: Moss Icon at LPR in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Moss Icon

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

Moss Icon, Guerilla Toss, Beech Creeps, Multicult, Voice Coils @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Moss Icon were initially around in the late '80s and early '90s and played a type of post-hardcore that influenced many of the emo bands who came in their wake. They've been reunited for a few years, but chances to see them are few and far between. Not to mention this is free, and the openers are pretty good too.

Monty Python @ Beacon Theatre
Part of the Tribeca Film Festival, the surviving Pythons will all be on hand for this screening of The Holy Grail which is 40 years old this year. Try not to yell "Ni!" to much if you're going, ok?

The Juan Maclean (live), Heidemann (live) @ Union Pool
Now in the second half of their six-show Brooklyn residency, DFA mainstays The Juan Maclean move to Union Pool for the final three shows. They're playing as a four-piece and we hear their Cameo shows last weekend were killer. Sold out.

Hurray for the Riff Raff, Clear Plastic Masks, Gill Landry @ Bowery Ballroom
Hurray for the RIff Raff put out Small Town Heroes on ATO last year, which was the kind of country indebted to decades-old styles rather than the genre's current trends, without sounding retro. Tonight's their first of two sold-out NYC shows on this tour.

Expert Alterations, Tall Juan, Green Pages @ Threes Brewing Co
A fine night of jangly, '80s-style indiepop awaits at this Gowanus venue/brewery tonight with Slumberland Records' newest band, Expert Alterations, headlining. Also on the bill are Green Pages which features members of The Beets, Sapphire Mansions and Cause Co-Motion.

Incantation, FaithXtractor, Putrisect @ Saint Vitus
US death metal vets Incantation may have had a handful of lineup changes over the year, but they're still kicking with new albums (like last year's Dirges of Elysium) and tours.

Hivern Discs (John Talabot, Marc Pinol), JDH & Dave P, Frank Tony @ Output
The Hivern Discs label is sponsoring this DJ tour which features an extended set tonight for Talabot who is promising to testing out new material on club-goers.

Iamsu!, Rome Fortune, Dave Steezy, Chris Miles, Mani Draper, Vashtie @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
These two rappers, California's Iamsu! and Atlanta's Rome Fortune, are currently on tour together and hitting NYC tonight with a handful of openers.

John Mellencamp, Carlene Carter @ Apollo Theater
Having recently released new album Plain Spoken, John Mellencamp brings his rousing, no-nonsense heartland rock to the Apollo tonight.

Livver, Rozamov, Godmaker, Dead Empires @ The Acheron
Seattle's Livver mix noise and hardcore, and they're joined by some cool openers tonight including Boston's sludgy Rozamov.

Shellshag, Crazy & The Brains, Coconut Milk, Drilling For Blasting @ Silent Barn
Two distinct forces in the local scene team up for this show: there's long-running eccentric rock duo Shellshag, and NJ's Crazy & the Brains who throw xylophones into classic-style punk.

Yelawolf @ Rough Trade
Southern rapper Yelawolf has a new album which he celebrates with today's in-store and signing. To get in, you have to purchase the new album from the Rough Trade NYC store and get a wristband.

Mumblr, Soda Bomb, Twag, Hypoluxo, The Obsessives @ 104 Emerson Place
Lomg Island's Soda Bomb make crunchy, fuzzy power pop that fans of Wavves and Weezer will probably dig.

Tim Fite, Shiro & the Raw Dogs, Joey G, Drewseph @ Black Bear Bar
Brooklyn artist Tim Fite's last album was 2014's iBeenHACKED, which he described as "a music/art project satirizing and celebrating the highs and lows of digital culture, examining the ways technology and connectivity are hacking our daily lives, and altering the codes that we live by."

Dead Leaf Echo, Spires, Dinowalrus @ Alphaville
Anglophile alert: while none of these three shoegazybands are actually from the UK, most of their record collections probably are. This is a good triple bill for anyone who owns Ride or Primal Scream albums.

Breakfast In Fur, Rhino House Band, Maybird, Sam Yield @ Cake Shop
Hudson Valley quartet Breakfast In Fur make anthemic, sweeping dreampop, as can be heard on their recently-released Flyaway Garden.

San Fermin, Son Little @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
With a sound somewhere between indie and Broadway, San Fermin make stirring, baroque pop. This is their second of two release shows at MHOW for their new album, Jackrabbit.

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

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