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July 30, 2015

photo: Dinosaur Jr at MHOW in 2014 (more by Caroline Harrison)
Dinosaur Jr

photo: Radioactivity on a bridge in Austin in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Radioactivity

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

Primus, Dinosaur Jr., Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger @ JBL Live at Pier 97
It's a Lollapalooza '93 reunion with Primus and Dinosaur Jr. There's no Front 242 or Fishbone? Instead, opening is Sean Lennon's The GOASTT.

Radioactivity, Flesh World, Honey Radar @ Baby's All Right
It's a pretty killer triple-bill featuring motorik punks Radioactivity, the chainsaw pop of Flesh World, and Indianapolis' sludgy Honey Radar.

Weekend, Regal Degal, Laced, Geoff Rickly (DJ Set) @ Shea Stadium
It's been a couple year's since Weekend's last album, Jinx, and we are curious as to what's up with the band these days.

Boxed In, Ben Talmi @ Baby's All Right
If you dig George FitzGerald's new album, you probably also dig Boxed In, who contributed a lot of the album's live vocals.

Watkins Family Hour @ City Winery
Watkins Family Hour is something of a super collective, led by 2/3 of Nickel Creek and including a bunch of other members, the most famous one being Fiona Apple. They recently released their self-titled debut album, which entirely features covers (Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, more). Tonight concludes their three-night run at City Winery, and then they play a free Lincoln Center show in August.

Blake Mills, Julian Lage @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
While Blake Mills may be best known to some as a collaborator of Fiona Apple (who probably can't join him tonight, since she's playing her own NYC show), he's a worthy artist on his own too. Blake plays City Winery tomorrow too.

We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Mercury Lounge
Melancholic Scottish indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks return to NYC in continued support of their third album, last year's Unraveling. This is a much more intimate show than last week's at Pier 84.

Benji B, Jay Daniel, Skepta, Martyn @ Output
This is one of the several chances you have to see UK grime artist Skepta in NYC this week. The bill also has three DJs who will keep the party going all night.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony @ Highline Ballroom
It's been 20 years since long-running Cleveland hip hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony released their beloved sophomore album, E. 1999 Eternal. In celebration of that, they're playing it in full tonight.

Migos @ Highline Ballroom
If you're not soaking up hip hop nostalgia at the Bone Thugs show, maybe you'll be getting down to a much newer group, Migos. They just put out their official debut album, Yung Rich Nation, and this is the release party.

Severed Head Of State, Razorheads, Indignation @ Acheron
Crust supergroup Severed Head of State include members of World Burns To Death, Tragedy, J Church and more). Their shows are pretty rare, so if you're a fan, this one is definitely worth catching.

Saintseneca, Radiator Hospital, Accidental Seabirds, Dentist, Bone & Marrow @ Asbury Lanes
Saintseneca make layered, harmony-laden indie folk, but they stick much closer to their DIY roots than most bands who fit that description. They'll be in NYC in August, but this show is nearby and also features the great indie rock band Radiator Hospital.

Silver Apples, Bookworms, Giant Claw @ Trans-Pecos
For nearly 50 years, Silver Apples (these days the torch is carried by founder Simeon) have been making mind-expanding minimal electronic psych.

U2 @ MSG
Rock and pop superstars U2 are almost through their eight-show run at Madison Square Garden. As you may have heard, Bono, The Edge and crew have managed to reinvent the stadium spectacle for this tour and reviews have been pretty favorable.

Sunflower Bean, Honduras, Heaven's Gate @ Rough Trade
Tonight's the record release party for Sunflower Bean's new 7" and they say it's their last NYC show for a while. Openers Honduras and Heaven's Gate are both worth catching as well.

The Sadies @ Union Pool
Toronto alt-country act The Sadies have been at it since the late '90s and released Internal Sounds in 2013 and a collaborative album with Gord Downie last year.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

P.S. Austin City Limits announced single day lineups and put single day tickets on sale.

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July 29, 2015

photo: Girlpool at MHOW in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Girlpool

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

Girlpool, Florist @ Baby's All Right
Buzzy duo Girlpool put out their debut album this year, which has is up a similar alley to last year's EP: socially conscious lyrics sung in unison.

White Lung, The Men, Skepta, karaoke w/ Andrew W.K. @ The Gutter
This is a stacked show in a tiny venue with two great punk bands, White Lung and The Men, grime artist Skepta, and karaoke with the king of partying, Andrew WK. It's a Vice/Ray-Ban party that you had to RSVP for.

TV Girl, Novelty Daughter, Current Joys @ The Studio at Webster Halls
TV Girl released the highly-underrated French Exit last year which is a nice mix of indie pop, an early '90s/Daisy Age approach to sampling/beats, and a highly cynical lyrical view of relationships. Their live show is fun, too.

Users, Good Field, Reservations, David Moss @ Littlefield
Austin's Reservations began as a folky duo of Jana Horn and Paul Price, having released a self-titled EP in 2012. Since then they've added drummer Jason Baczynski and have just released their debut full-length, Taking Time. With a smoky/dusty sound, you can draw comparisons to Widowspeak or Sharon Van Etten, but Reservations are doing their own thing too. Good Field (which is fronted by Price) plays as well.

Lee Bannon, Tint @ Baby's All Right
After the Girlpool show, stick around Baby's for a set with hip hop producer Lee Bannon, who's worked with Joey Bada$$ and more. UPDATE: This show is cancelled.

Skepta @ Palisades
In addition to that Vice/Ray-Ban party, UK grime artist Skepta also plays his own show at Palisades tonight. Sold out.

Watkins Family Hour @ City Winery
Watkins Family Hour is something of a super collective, led by 2/3 of Nickel Creek and including a bunch of other members, the most famous one being Fiona Apple. They recently released their self-titled debut album, which entirely features covers (Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, more). This is night 2 of 3 at City Winery, and this one includes special guests Mikaela Davis & Ashley Monroe.

Josephine Foster, Ed Askew Band, Colby Nathan @ Trans-Pecos
If you like late '60s/early '70s bare-bones folk, tonight's show is a tough one to pass up. Ed Askew was actually doing it back then and he continues to be great now, and Josephine Foster is a newer artist who does justice to that era.

Die Choking, Blänk, Sangharsha, Ides, Hounds @ Saint Vitus
Die Choking are new-ish Philly band with members of Total Fucking Destruction and Cop Problem, who make brutal rapid-fast glory. They put out two EPs last year and their first full length comes out this October.

Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick @ The Paramount
Two '70s acts whose most famous albums might be live ones (Frampton Comes Alive and Cheap Trick: Live at Budokan) know how to bring a crowd to their feet and keep them there. Just go easy with cellphone pics in front of Frampton, ok?

Boxed In, Future Punx @ Mercury Lounge
If you dig George FitzGerald's new album, you probably also dig Boxed In, who contributed a lot of the album's live vocals. Tonight's bill is good all around (if not a bit odd) with new wavers Future Punx opening (and playing their last NYC show till October).

Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson @ PNC Bank Arts Center
While Smashing Pumpkins' recent recorded output doesn't quite live up to their '90s material (last year's Monuments to an Elegy wasn't half bad though), this tour is especially worth seeing because original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is back in the fold. Marilyn Manson co-headlines.

Dazed and Confused screening, Slothrust @ McCarren Park (Summerscreen)
Richard Linklater's ode to his late '70s youth starring a whole bunch of young actors, most of whom are now famous, shows at Summerscreen tonight. The screening is well matched with Slothrust who probably own the Dazed & Confused soundtrack. Free: doors at 6 PM, music shortly thereafter with the movie beginning at sundown.

Howling, Ame, Nikola Baytala @ Output
Howling is the duo of Berlin producer Frank Weidemann (aka Âme) and LA-via-Australia singer RY X (of The Acid). They make the kind of singer/songwriter electronic music that fans of The xx and James Blake will probably dig. Ame plays a solo set tonight too.

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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July 28, 2015

photo: Django Django @ Bonnaroo 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...

Culture Club @ Beacon Theater
The original lineup of '80s icons Culture Club didn't make it over as planned last fall but are here now for their second of two nights at Beacon Theatre. Expect multiple costume changes, plus all the hits and probably a few songs from their new album, Tribes, that's due out early next year.

Django Django, Beat Connection @ Webster Hall
With their second album, Born Under Saturn, furthering the band's mix of dancepop and surf rock, this will be the first NYC show Django Django has played since the new album's release. Their live show is always a treat.

Titus Andronicus @ Shea Stadium
Titus Andronicus' ambitious new 29-song rock opera takes them through a ton of different sounds, all while keeping the aesthetic of raw garage punk band. It's the final night of their sold-out 5-night run at Shea Stadium, but they play NYC again in October.

The Appleseed Cast, Adjy, Annabel @ The Studio at Webster Hall
The Appleseed Cast are celebrating the 15th anniversary of their 2000 sophomore album, Mare Vitalis, which was pretty much the perfect halfway point between their emo roots and the post-rock territory they would explore later on. The Tiny Engines-signed Annabel are a newer band who do justice to the emo/indie style of that era. Adjy replaced Dads, who had to drop off this tour. BV editor Andrew Sacher is also DJing between sets.

Watkins Family Hour (ft. Sean & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Fiona Apple, more) @ City Winery
Watkins Family Hour is something of a super collective, led by 2/3 of Nickel Creek and including a bunch of other members, the most famous one being Fiona Apple. They recently released their self-titled debut album, which entirely features covers (Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, more). Tonight begins their 3-night run at City Winery, and then they play a free Lincoln Center show in August.

The Wilful Boys, Droor @ Tender Trap
Wilful Boys are a crew of Australians living in NYC, making shouty, shriiingy punk rock. That's a style Australians seem especially good at and singer/drummer Steven Fisher's vocals don't so much drip with attitude as they are jet-propelled at your face. This is a free show.

Hot Soup Comedy @ Irish Exit
Lots of big names (Louis CK, Jim Gaffigan, Hannibal Buress) make surprise drop-ins at this free weekly comedy show at Midtown East's Irish Exit. Starts at 8 PM.

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

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July 27, 2015

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

Titus Andronicus @ Shea Stadium
Titus Andronicus' ambitious new 29-song rock opera takes them through a ton of different sounds, all while keeping the aesthetic of raw garage punk band. Night 4 of their sold-out 5-night run at Shea Stadium.

Culture Club @ Beacon Theater
The original lineup of '80s icons Culture Club didn't make it over as planned last fall but are here now for their first of two nights at Beacon Theatre. Expect multiple costume changes, plus all the hits and probably a few songs from their new album, Tribes, that's due out early next year.

The English Beat @ City Winery
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."

U2 @ MSG
Rock and pop superstars U2 are now a little more than halfway through their eight-show run at Madison Square Garden. As you may have heard, Bono, The Edge and crew have managed to reinvent the stadium spectacle for this tour -- which is just what you'd expect from them (and these ticket prices).

Dawes, First Aid Kit, Andy Shauf @ Central Park SummerStage
For a good triple bill of folk music, Central Park is pretty much the place to be tonight. Three different nationalities will be represented, with LA's Dawes, Sweden's First Aid Kit, and Canada's Andy Shauf.

Krallice, Radiation Blackbody, Feast of the Epiphany @ Acheron
Local black metal greats Krallice appear to be teasing a new album, but while we don't have any real details on that, we do know they and their related projects remain active as a live band.

Mas Ysa, Kelsey Lu, Michael Beharie, Wish @ Baby's All Right
Once a fixture on the Brooklyn DIY scene, Mas Ysa (aka Thomas Arsenault) now lives in Upstate NY. His danceable debut album, Seraph, just came out and he celebrates tonight in his former home.

Nels Cline & Scott Amendola with the Les Paul Trio @ Iridium
There's rarely a lack of chances to catch guitar great Nels Cline in NYC. Tonight he's with The Les Paul Trio at the Iridium for two shows (8 PM and 10 PM).

Night Train w/ Aparna Nancherla @ Littlefield
Aparna Nancherla fills in for regular Night Train host Wyatt Cenac and welcomes guests Rob Cantrell, Ayanna Dookie, Guy Branum, and Robert Dean.

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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July 26, 2015

photo: Braid at MHOW in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Braid

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

Gigawatts Festival @ The Wick, The Well & Our Wicked Lady
It's the third and final day of Brooklyn's Gigawatts Festival, and it's wrapping up with a band. Between the stages at The Wick & The Well, there will be sets from emo veterans Braid, indie pop/punks Swearin' and Chumped, jangly alt-rockers Cheap Girls, anthemic rippers Beach Slang, and more. A third stage at nearby venue Our Wicked Lady hosts more experimental music, like Guerilla Toss and Guardian Alien.

Titus Andronicus @ Shea Stadium
Titus Andronicus' ambitious new 29-song rock opera takes them through a ton of different sounds, all while keeping the aesthetic of raw garage punk band. Night 3 of their sold-out 5-night run at Shea Stadium.

The English Beat @ City Winery
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."

Slayer, King Diamond, Hellyeah, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Sworn In, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Code Orange Kids, Feed Her To the Sharks, Kissing Candice @ Jones Beach
It's the second of two NYC-area stops of this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour, which makes a step up from last year's co-headliners (Korn and Avenged Sevenfold) by bringing in two legends: thrash pioneers Slayer and the theatrical King Diamond. It's worth catching the younger hardcore-leaning Code Orange too.

U2 @ Madison Square Garden
Rock and pop superstars U2 are now halfway through their eight-show run at Madison Square Garden. As you may have heard, Bono, The Edge and crew have managed to reinvent the stadium spectacle for this tour -- which is just what you'd expect from them (and these ticket prices).

They Might Be Giants @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Longtime Williamsburg residents They Might Be Giants will play their second album, Lincoln, in full tonight, so those of you who have been pining for deep cuts like "Snowball in Hell" and "Piece of Dirt," you'll get your wish tonight.

Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe, Dej Loaf @ Barclays Center
If the idea of a big mainstream rap/R&B show in a huge venue turns you off, that's understandable but this bill is actually pretty great all around. Nicki's touring in support of her best album yet, and Meek just dropped a new quality LP of his own last month. Rae Sremmurd have two of the most unstoppable rap hits in recent memory, and the same can be said for Tinashe for R&B. Dej Loaf is showing a lot of promise too.

Dej Loaf @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall (late)
To see Dej Loaf in a much smaller environment than Barclays Center after that show, head to the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. This kicks off at 11 PM, and two DJs open the night.

Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, Mr. Walt, Evil Dee, The Mood Doctors, Easy Money, Queen Herawin (w/Juggaknots), DJ JS-1, Your Old Droog, PumpkinHead Tribute, DJ Scratch, eMC, Rock Steady Crew @ Central Park SummerStage
The Rock Steady Crew celebrates its 38th anniversary with this free daytime show (2-7 PM) that has very long-running Brooklyn hip hop group Whodini (since the early '80s), the only slightly-less long-running rapper Big Daddy Kane (since the late '80s), rising Nas soundalike Your Old Droog, Masta Ace's group eMC, and more.

Sylvan Esso @ The Surf Lodge
Last night, electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso played to a massive crowd in Prospect Park. Tonight, they'll be play Surf Lodge which holds about one tenth of that. So if you're out in Montauk, this seems like a fun option.

Daddy Long Legs, Bloodshot Bill, Birdcloud, Apache, and Alana Amram & the Rough Jems, DJ Cole Alexander @ Black Bear Bar
Sailor Jerry is presenting this show featuring Montreal's bluesy Bloodshot Bill and Black Lips' frontman Cole Alexander on DJ duty.

Tall Juan, Friend Roulette, Slingshot, Borts Minorts, The Regrets @ Nola Darling
This is a diverse bill with garagey singer Tall Juan, indie pop act Friend Roulette and the totally weird Borts Minorts, and more.

Blues Control, New Humans, Das Audit, Pill, Sergej Jensen / Magnus Schaefer @ Houdini Kitchen Laboratory
There are worse ways to spend a Sunday afternoon at this free show happening in the garden of this Ridgewood pizzeria.

Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds, Norman Westberg (Swans), o13 @ Bowery Electric
Kid Congo Powers has played in The Gun Club, The Cramps and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, which is an impressive enough CV to just rest on your laurels, but he's still making cool new music. Tonight's show also features Norman Westberg of Swans.

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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July 25, 2015

photo: Sylvan Esso at Terminal 5 in January (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Sylvan Esso

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

Gigawatts Festival @ The Wick, The Well & Out Wicked Lady
Brooklyn zine 1.21 Gigawatts has really upped its game on its annual festival this year, with three nights at connected venues The Wick, The Well and, down the street, Our Wicked Lady, featuring seriously stacked bills. Saturday's action starts at 1 PM and features Anamanaguchi, Miniature Tigers, Ava Luna, Potty Mouth, Pile, Jack and Eliza, Fort Lean, The Mystery Lights, Honduras, Quarterbacks, Maxo, Slonk Donkerson, Future Punx, Motion Studies, Mannequin Pussy, SHAPES, The Bottom Dollars, EULA, Forever Lesbians, Shark?, The Gradients, Sofa Club, Larry and The Babes, Jangula, Piers, Warm the Duke, Retail, Bugs in the Dark, Hound Basket, and Whiskey Bitches.

Sylvan Esso, Porches @ Prospect Park
Electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso bring a lot more charm and charisma than you might expect from a group that doesn't have a drummer. This is their biggest headlining show in NYC to date. Rising band Porches open. Free.

Titus Andronicus @ Shea Stadium
TItus Andronicus' ambitious new 29-song rock opera takes them through a ton of different sounds, all while keeping the aesthetic of raw garage punk band. Night 2 of their sold-out five-night run at Shea Stadium.

Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds, Degreaser, Art Gray Noizz Quintet @ Union Pool
Kid Congo Powers has played in The Gun Club, The Cramps and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, which is an impressive enough CV to just rest on your laurels, but he's still making cool new music. They headline today's free "Summer Thunder" show. This should be a good one. Starts at 2 PM.

Baauer, Skepta, DJ Slimzee, Tory Lanez, Sicko Mobb, Dark0, Joey LaBeija @ MoMA PS 1
Warm Up continues with the guy who made "Harlem Shake," UK grime staple Skepta, rap weirdos Sicko Mobb and more.

Taso, Sicko Mobb, Ricky Eat Acid, Tripletrain @ Palisades
After Warm Up, keep the party going with Sicko Mobb, who head to Palisades for a late show.

Memory Tapes, Computer Magic, School Dance @ Baby's All Right
It's been a couple years since chillwave survivor Memory Tapes has released a new album. We got a couple new tracks earlier this year but to find out what might be next, catch him live tonight.

Plastic Pinks, Tall Juan, Cara Bella (DJ) and Selector F YEs (DJ) @ Elvis Guesthouse
Miami's glammy garage rockers Plastic Pinks headline this show that's being presented by the party-forward folks at Burger Records. Things could get crazy.

Woodsman, Tonstartssbandht, Jovontaes, Herbcraft @ Palisades
Brooklyn-via-Denver blissful droners Woodsman are about to start work on their fourth album that should be out in early 2016. Until then, catch them tonight as part of this experimental-leaning bill.

Bombino, Young Fathers, Fantastic Negrito @ Central Park SummerStage
African guitarist Bombino has worldwide acclaim, and probably owes some of his U.S. rock fan crossover to his 2013 album on Nonesuch, Nomad, produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. Opening is hyped Scottish alt-rap group Young Fathers and blues singer Fanastic Negrito. This is a free day show, going from 2-7 PM.

Main Attrakionz @ Rough Trade (2 PM)
Main Attrakionz came from the buzzy cloud rap movement of the early '10s, and though that buzz died, they continue to make quality music. This is a free in-store in support oft heir new album, 808s & Dark Grapes III.

Screeching Weasel, The Queers, The Mr. T Experience @ Webster Hall
Screeching Weasel have a new lineup and a new album on Todd Congelliere's Recess Records, which basically sounds like a Screeching Weasel. (For a band like them, that's a good thing.) Tonight's show is good all around with the bands old pals and fellow Ramones devotees The Queers and The Mr. T Experience.

Aye Nako, In School, Vagabon, Palehound @ Silent Barn
This is a good bill all around of local-ish punk and indie rock, and it doubles as the release party for Aye Nako's new EP on Don Giovanni.

'Going Off Track' w/ Blake Schwarzenbach, Vanessa Bayer, Eddie Stern, Christopher Norris @ Union Hall
The 'Going Off Track' podcast -- with United Nations member and music writer Jonay Bayer, Steven's Untitled Rock Show's Steven Smith & Mike Cangemi, and The Goops' Brad Worrell -- tapes today. This one includes punk veteran Blake Schwarzenbach (Jawbreaker, Jets to Brazil), Jonah's sister Vanessa (SNL, 'Sound Advice') and more.

Captain We're Sinking, Somos, The Holy Mess, Sunk, Arson Welles @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
Riis Park Beach Bazaar hosts free daytime shows on Rockaway Beach, and today they've got a mostly punk lineup. We especially recommend catching Somos, who add a bit of Pacific Northwest-style indie to their sound.

Beach Slang, Hurry @ Asbury Lanes
Beach Slang's album is finally done being recorded, and while we wait for it to come out, they're doing a long weekend of shows. Tomorrow they're in NYC, but this one's close by and with solid indie rockers Hurry.

Big Blood, Human Adult Band, Picastro @ WFMU Monty Hall
Big Blood have been making truly eccentric psychedelic folk for almost a decade. This year they released two albums, Double Days I & II, which feature covers of Black Sabbath, The Cure and "Wild Mountain Thyme" arranged in unique ways to fit right in with the 16 originals.

The Flag, Courtship Ritual, GDFX, Parlor Walls @ Union Pool
Ted McGrath, formerly of Antimagic and These Are Powers, currently makes music under the name The Flag. His new album, Heat Waves, just came out and tonight's the release party. Check out the video for "To Wear the Vest of Wealth" below. Also worth catching are duo Courtship Ritual who make slinky, sultry post-punk.

Leon Bridges @ Surf Lodge
Texan Leon Bridges looks and sounds like he stepped out of 1962, and his take on vintage soul and R&B has become massively popular. If you're out in Montauk this weekend, here's a chance to see him at a venue smaller than he'll likely play any time soon. And it's free.

Def Leppard, Styx, Tesla @ PNC Bank Arts Center
If you dig hair metal at all, few bands had more hits than Def Leppard (Hysteria had seven singles alone). Tesla being part of this tour makes sense, but Styx?

Sinmara, Lluvia, Predatory Light, Slidhr, Aureole, Vilkacis @ Saint Vitus
It's the final day of Brooklyn metal festival Dissociative Visions, with Sinmara, Lluvia, Predatory Light, Slidhr, Aureole, and Vilkacis.

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

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July 24, 2015

photo: Titus Andronicus at NYU Strawberry Fest 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
Titus Andronicus

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

Titus Andronicus @ Shea Stadium
TItus Andronicus' ambitious new 29-song rock opera takes them through a ton of different sounds, all while keeping the aesthetic of raw garage punk band. Tonight begins their sold-out 5-night run at Shea Stadium.

Gigawatts Festival @ The Wick
Free Brooklyn zine 1.21 Gigawatts has really upped its game on its annual festival, with three nights at connected venues The Wick and The Well featuring seriously stacked bills. Tonight's the kickoff with The Black Lips, A Place to Bury Strangers, Cerebral Ballzy, Amanda X, Liturgy, Celestial Shore, Rivergazer, Heaven's Gate, Surfbort, Palehound, Paperhaus, Anomie, Journalism, Vulture Shit, Bambara, Acid Dad, O-Face, Parlor Walls, Huffers, and Secret Crush. Bands start at 4 PM.

Creepoid, Marriages, Geoff Rickly, DJ Nicky Palermo (of Nothing) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This bill is pretty excellent all around. There's the shoegaze of Creepoid, the gothy post-rock of Marriages, who are led by powerhouse vocalist Emma Ruth Rundle, and a solo acoustic set from Thursday/United Nations/No Devotion frontman Geoff Rickly (who also runs the label Creepoid and Nothing are on).

Jason Isbell, Dawn Landes @ Prospect Park
Jason Isbell just released his fifth solo album, Something More Than Free, and if you've been keeping up with his solo career it shouldn't surprise you that the songwriting on it is quality stuff. This show is free, and Dawn Landes makes it a great double bill.

Planning for Burial, Iron Gag, Prostitution, Somnuri @ Grand Victory
For fans of truly dark music, last year didn't get much better than Planning for Burial's Desideratum on The Flenser. More recently he put out a split with Mother Room.

Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe, Dej Loaf @ PNC Bank Arts Center
If the idea of a big mainstream rap/R&B show in a huge venue turns you off, that's understandable but this bill is actually pretty great all around. Nicki's touring in support of her best album yet, and Meek just dropped a new quality LP of his own last month. Rae Sremmurd have two of the most unstoppable rap hits in recent memory, and the same can be said for Tinashe for R&B. Dej Loaf is showing a lot of promise too.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Washer, Macula Dog @ Alphaville
Baltimore beat duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat are a shouty, punky, party-friendly good time...funny guys, too.

Mr. Twin Sister, Moon King @ Bowery Ballroom
We're still not sure why they added the title to their name but there's no denying the lushly orchestrated dance music on Mr. Twin Sister's debut album that evokes mid-'90s Bjork and Everything But the Girl. If you're going tonight, do get their early for Toronto's Moon King who make exciting, motorik, shoegazey pop.

Shuggie Otis, Douglas and The Goodhearts, Father Dude @ Brooklyn Bowl
'70s cult soul icon Shuggie Otis resurfaced a few years and we're glad to have him back playing classics like "Strawberry Letter 23" and "Aht Uh Mi Hed."

Primus, Dinosaur Jr., Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger @ Stone Pony
It's a Lollapalooza '93 reunion with Primus and Dinosaur Jr -- what, no Front 242 or Fishbone? Instead, opening is Sean Lennon's The GOASTT.

Sergio Mendes @ BB King's
Tropicalia and lounge legend Sergio Mendes, famous for his hit "Mas, que Nada!," is a huge influence on pop to this day (take to listen to Todd Terje's album for a very recent example). He's still making music too, having released Magic last year.

Rocky Votolato, Dave Hause, Chris Farren @ Mercury Lounge
Three singer/songwriters with punk roots (using the term loosely) team up for this show. Rocky recently released a full-band album on No Sleep, and he's touring with a full band too. Chris just put out a collaborative album with Jeff Rosenstock as Antarctigo Vespucci this week. Dave doesn't have anything new out, but does have plenty of material to pull from.

Slaughterhouse @ Rough Trade
The new boxing flick Southpaw hits theaters today, and rap group Slaughterhouse (who appear on the soundtrack) will celebrate that with this show. To get in, you need to purchase the soundtrack from the Rough Trade store today.

Iron Chic, Beach Slang, Broadcaster, Scout Boys @ Amityville Music Hall
Beach Slang will be in NYC for Gigawatts Fest this Sunday, but ahead of that they're just outside of the city for this Long Island show. Making this one extra appealing are the very good LI bands Iron Chic and Broadcaster.

Pure Disgust, Barge, Depths of Reality, NYC Headhunters, Concealed Blade @ Palisades
Earlier this year, DC hardcore band Pure Disgust released the Chained EP on Katorga Works. Like a lot of that label's recent releases, it's raw and dirty but catchy too. Stream it below.

Tokimonsta, Gavin Turek, Sofi Tukker @ Baby's All Right
Electronic dance musician Tokimonsta normally plays way bigger venues than Baby's All Right, so this show should be pretty nuts. Not surprisingly, it's sold out.

Your Old Droog, Chelsea Reject @ Baby's All Right
Your Old Droog hasn't totally escaped those Nas comparisons yet, but he does continue to gradually come into his own. Chelsea Reject is becoming a regular on Duck Down shows, and is also worth catching.

One Tail One Head, Sortilegia, Vanum, Hæthen, Eos, Vorde @ Saint Vitus
This is the second of the two-day Brooklyn metal festival Dissociative Visions.

The Jones Family Singers @ Joe's Pub
Acclaimed Texas gospel group The Jones Family Singers incorporate rock and soul into thier joyous sound, as heard on their new album Live From Mt. Zion. They celebrate its release tonight.

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

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July 23, 2015

Mekons
Mekons
A$AP Rocky

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

A$AP Rocky, Vic Mensa, Bodega Bamz, Remy Banks @ Best Buy Theater
It's weird to think A$AP Rocky was once part of the small "cloud rap" movement, as he's now one of our most exciting major label rappers. This year's At.Long.last.A$AP is a departure from the party jams of his last album and dives deeper into psychedelic territory.

The Mekons @ Jalopy Theatre
Much like The Fall, long-running band The Mekons have dabbled in just about every musical genre you can think of in their nearly 40-year existence but they always mainly just sound like themselves. Mekons shows tend to be long and boozy with a very, very devoted fanbase. They're one of the greats.

Iron and Wine & Ben Bridwell @ Webster Hall
Iron & Wine (aka Sam Beam) and Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell put out a covers album earlier this year that tackles a lot of diverse stuff -- Pete Seeger, Spiritualized, Sade, Talking Heads and more. Now they're on the road together playing those covers, and some of their own stuff too.

Dee Dee (of The Dum Dum Girls) @ Moscot LES
Dum Dum Girls' frontperson Dee Dee Penny will perform solo at this free show at MOSCOT's store on Orchard St. Complimentary beer and wine for folks over 21, too. You gotta RSVP.

U2 @ Madison Square Garden
Rock and pop superstars U2's eight-show run at Madison Square Garden continues. As you may have heard, Bono, The Edge and crew have managed to reinvent the stadium spectacle for this tour -- which is just what you'd expect from them (and these ticket prices).

Bostich + Fussible, Wolfgang Flür/MusikSoldat (ex-Kraftwerk) @ Lincoln Center
Part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival, the "two founders of Tijuana's audio-visual collective mesh brassy live instrumentation, norteño sounds, and catchy techno dance beats with mesmerizing live-action and projected images in a show the Los Angeles Times calls 'visually stunning, rhythmically dense.'" Free!

EZTV, Nude Beach, Mercury Girls @ Union Pool
EZTV owe a lot to the late-'70s powerpop scene that was equally enthralled by punk's energy and Big Star's beauty; Nude Beach make heartland punk like you might have heard in Minneapolis in 1984; and Montreal band Mercury Girls (featuring Fucked Up drummer Jonah Falco) make dark-hued postpunk.

Tommy Stinson, Simon Doom, Diane Gentile @ Bowery Electric
Bassist in The Replacements and Guns n' Roses (and frontman of Bash n' Pop), Tommy Stinson is in the spotlight tonight.

Little Boots, Prinze George @ Brooklyn Bowl
Master of the Tenori-on, dancepop artist Little Boots just released her third album, Working Girl, and celebrates tonight.

Jill Scott, BJ the Chicago Kid @ Kings Theatre
Neo-soul great Jill Scott has a new album titled Woman coming out this week, and from the singles she's put out it sounds like more of her quality work. This is her second of two NYC shows with solid opener BJ the Chicago Kid.

We Were Promised Jetpacks, Krill @ Pier 84
Melancholic Scottish indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks return to NYC in continued support of their third album, last year's Unraveling. Boston's quirky Krill are worth catching too. Part of Hudson River Rocks, this is a free show.

Son Lux, Landlady, Olga Bell @ Rough Trade
Son Lux are continuing to tour in support of this year's art-poppy Bones, and making tonight's show an even better bill is Dirty Projector and solo artist Olga Bell.

Stitches, Main Attrakionz, Buckwheat Groats @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Speaking of the cloud rap movement A$AP Rocky came from, Main Attrakionz came from it too. They never became big stars like him, but they're still making good music like this year's 808s & Dark Grapes III. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows in support of it, and this one's with the "Brick In Yo Face" dude Stiches.

Joell Ortiz, !llmind, Emilio Rojas, Billionaire Buck, Sons of 84 @ The Wick
NYC staple Joell Ortiz returned last week with the new album Human, produced entirely by !llmind. The two of them team up tonight in celebration of that.

Primitive Man, Opium Lord, Opening Bell, The Communion, Mountain God @ Saint Vitus
Denver's Primitive Man pull from sludge, metal, punk and more, defying any individual genre. They've got an EP, a split LP, and a standalone single out this year, so needless to say there's plenty of new music to hear tonight.

Steeleye Span @ BB King's
Steeleye Span hailed from the same British folk scene as Fairport Convention, and they put out at least a few classic albums in the '70s. The only original member is Maddy Prior, though her voice alone is a good enough reason to check out this show.

Def Leppard, Styx, Tesla @ Jones Beach
If you dig hair metal at all, few bands had more hits than Def Leppard (Hysteria had seven singles alone). Weirdly enough, this tour is also with Styx.

Alt-J @ iHeartRadio Theater
Alt-J rose to fame very quickly, and this is a small show for the band who have already headlined MSG. To get in you had to win tickets from iHeartRadio.

CHVRCHES, BAIO @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
CHVRCHES showed their pop dreams from the beginning, but their new single especially sounds made for the radio. Vampire Weekend's Baio has a new album on the way too.

Volahn, Hand of Glory, T.O.M.B., wulfkrieg @ Acheron
This show doubles as the first night of the 'Dissociative Visions' festival, and it's headlined by black metal master Volahn.

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

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July 22, 2015

photo: Modest Mouse @ Forrest Hills Tennis Stadium, 2014 (more by PSquared)
Modest Mouse
photo: Mourn @ Mercury Lounge in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mourn

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

Modest Mouse, Gene Ween @ Prospect Park
Whether or not you're in love with Modest Mouse's new album, their recent live shows have been super locked-in performances and filled with favorites from all over their career. Tonight's show is sure to be a good one, and even better thanks to opener Gene Ween.

Jill Scott, BJ the Chicago Kid @ Kings Theatre
Neo-soul great Jill Scott has a new album titled Woman coming out this week, and from the singles she's put out it sounds like more of her quality work. This is her first of two NYC shows with solid opener BJ the Chicago Kid.

U2 @ Madison Square Garden
Rock and pop superstars U2's eight-show run at Madison Square Garden continues. As you may have heard, Bono, The Edge and crew have managed to reinvent the stadium spectacle for this tour -- which is just what you'd expect from them (and these ticket prices).

Courtney Barnett, Speedy Ortiz, Torres @ Terminal 5
Courtney Barnett's rise has been steady but still kind of astonishing -- this is her fifth sold-out NYC show in as many months. A real down-to-earth charmer (and heckuva guitarist, too), she deserves it. Still, we miss seeing her in places like Glasslands (we also miss Glasslands). Great support for this show, too, so get there early.

Sonny and the Sunsets, Sarah Bethe Nelson @ Baby's All Right
Sonny Smith is a terrific songwriter -- wry wit, heartbreaking at times, and always thoughtful. You can hear it in action on the band's new album, Talent Night At The Ashram. Sonny is always worth seeing.

Summerscreen: 'Dirty Dancing', Prince Rama @ McCarren Park
Nobody puts Baby in the corner, but you might get stuck in the back if you don't secure your spot early to this very popular free movies series. Knowing Prince Rama, they probably have some dirty dancing of their own cooked up for their pre-movie performance.

Mourn, Shana Falana @ Rough Trade
Barcelona's young punky indie rockers Mourn made their US debut with two shows in NYC this past March, and they're back following an appearance at last weekend's Pitchfork fest. Their debut album is solid Hole/PJ Harvey style angst and they've got enthusiasm to spre.

Mercury Girls (Toronto), Survival, Honey, Worse @ The Acheron
This show marks the debut of Toronto's Mercury Girls, which features Fucked Up drummer Jonah Falco, and whose sound is fuzzy, dark post punk. (Not to be confused, though it is confusing, with Philadelphia's jangly Mercury Girls.) This is a solid bill, we like Honey especially.

Cold Cave, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Black Rain @ The Wick
With a collaborative cassette being released just for this show (only 100 made) there might be some cross-polination onstage as well at this night of dark, twisted postpunk.

Raekwon & Ghostface Killah @ The Paramount
Raekwon's timeless debut solo album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, turns 20 this summer and in celebration of that, he and fellow Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah (who's on almost every track of that LP) are touring, and play Long Island tonight.

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

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July 21, 2015

photo: Hudson Mohawke at SXSW 2015 (more, courtesy of Vans)
Hudson Mohawke

Scottish producer and Kanye collaborator Hudson Mohawke is touring this year, including a US run with R&B singer The-Dream. That run hits NYC on November 18 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

HudMo also made a video for "Warriors" off his new album, Lantern. The video was directed by Eric Yue and stars Pusha T. You can watch that, with the list of tour dates, below...

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