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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.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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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.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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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.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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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.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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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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photo: Interpol @ T5, December 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Interpol at Terminal 5
photo: Todd Terje @ Pitchfork 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Todd Terje at Pitchfork

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

Interpol, Cosmicide @ Celebrate Brooklyn
Interpol's 2014 album El Pintor was a nice return to form for the the NYC band, with some of their strongest songs in some time. Tonight's big outdoor show is with Cosmicide, the new band from Secret Machines' Brandon Curtis (who is also an auxiliary live member of Interpol).

Todd Terje & The Olsens, Joakim, JDH & Dave P @ Terminal 5
Todd Terje's debut full length, It's Album Time, is a a playful album, with toe-dips into tropicalia, Morricone-style exotica, neon Miami Vice synths and the straight-up dancefloor bangers that are his singles. He'll bring it all to life with his bongo-and-cowbell-crazy live band The Olsens tonight.

Neil Young & Promise of the Real, Puss 'N Boots, Reverend Billy @ Jones Beach
Neil Young is a lot of things -- folk rock pioneer, alternative music icon, and also a hater of agriculture behemoth Monsanto, which his new album with Promise of the Real (the band featuring Willie Nelson's sons) is about. He's supporting that album on this tour, but playing lots of hits too. Opening is fellow Monsanto hater Reverend Billy and Norah Jones' country band Puss 'N Boots.

The Mekons, Viktor Fiction @ Bowery Ballroom
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.

Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Dillon Cooper @ Irving Plaza
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 their second of two NYC shows tonight.

Slayer, King Diamond, HELLYEAH, The Devil Wears Prada, Whitechapel, Thy Art Is Murder, Sworn In, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Code Orange, Kissing Candice @ PNC Bank Arts Center
It's the first 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.

Samantha Urbani @ Baby's All Right
Onetime Friends frontperson Samantha Urbani is striking out on her own, having released a couple promising solo tracks recently. She just made her solo live debut a couple weeks ago and here's another chance to catch her.

The Gaslight Anthem, Matthew Ryan @ The Paramount
The Gaslight Anthem continue to move from a punk band into alternative rock and folk rock territory, and their recent setlists have been mixing up their various sounds pretty well.

Human Bodies, One Master, Syphilitic Lust, Salo @ Acheron
Boston's Human Bodies put black metal and punk in a blender, and come out with something that's raw, eerie, and surprisingly kinda catchy. It's good stuff.

Mountains, Prince Rupert's Drops, Josh Millrod @ Union Pool
Union Pool hosts a cool multi-genre show tonight with drone duo Mountains and psych pop band Prince Rupert's Drops.

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 20, 2015

photo: Raekwon @ Chicago's House of Blues last week (more by James Richards IV)
Raekwon in Chicago

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

Nude Beach, Honey @ Baby's All Right
Brooklyn's Nude Beach excel at the kind of anthemic, heartland indie rock that the Midwest did so well in the '80s. Tonight they are well matched with Honey's blistering, no-nonsense Detroit-style punk.

Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Dillon Cooper @ Irving Plaza
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 hit NYC tonight.

Floetry @ BB King's
British neo-soul/hip hop duo Floetry broke up after their 2005 sophomore album, Flo'Ology, and Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart (aka The Floacist) embarked on separate solo careers. Now they're back in action, and on a reunion tour which hits NYC twice. This is the second.

Night Train w/ Jean Grae @ Littlefield
Jean Grae fills in for regular Night Train host Wyatt Cenac and welcomes guests Phil Hanley, Matt Goldich, Sean Patton, and Naomi Ekperigin.

Chris Gethard: Career Suicide @ Union Hall
Chris is doing another of his "Career Suicide" shows at Union Hall, which will have "an hour of stand up focusing on suicide, alcoholism, and all the other funniest parts of life."

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 19, 2015

photo: Mitski @ MHOW in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mitski

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

U2 @ Madison Square Garden
Rock and pop superstars U2's eight-show run at Madison Square Garden continues. Word from earlier stops on the "Innocence + Experience" tour say that U2 have created a stadium spectacle like never seen before -- which is just what you'd expect from them (and these ticket prices).

Elvis Depressedly, Mitski, eskimeaux, Emily Yacina @ Shea Stadium,
Mitski's 2014 album Bury Me at Makeout Creek gets better every time, with its mix of art rock, folk, and lo-fi indie. Tonight's her second of two NYC shows on her tour with the Run For Cover-signed Elvis Depressedly and Epoch member Eskimeaux.

Arabrot, Pinkish Black, Ghold @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Norway's Arabrot make noise rock that seems more intent on alienating music fans than bringing them together, but it may just be good enough to do the latter anyway. Goth duo Pinkish Black are just as worth catching.

Planes Mistaken for Stars, UnWed, The Sun The Moon The Stars @ Saint Vitus
Planes Mistaken for Stars put out three great forward-thinking post-hardcore albums in the 2000s. One of those albums, No Mercy, just got reissued on Deathwish, and the band is now on tour in support of that.

Ed Askew @ Ace Hotel
Ed Askew is one of the late '60s psych-folk singers who benefitted from internet exposure and is now able to play shows and release new music very consistently. Any time you can catch him, it's a treat.

Ava Mendoza's Chaser, Lucas Brode, Millevoi-Lopez-Shea, Kevin Shea's Sexy Thoughts @ Palisades
For a night of avant-garde guitar-based music, Palisades is where you want to be.

Floetry, Janine & the Mixtape @ BB King's
British neo-soul/hip hop duo Floetry broke up after their 2005 sophomore album, Flo'Ology, and Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart (aka The Floacist) embarked on separate solo careers. Now they're back in action, and on a reunion tour which hits NYC twice. This is the first.

Justin Vivian Bond @ Rockwood Music Hall
A regular in NYC's drag scene for years, and once a member of the duo Kiki and Herb (with Kenny Mellman, who is now in The Julie Ruin), Justin Vivian Bond hits Rockwood Stage 2 tonight.

Kornel Kovacs, Alejandro Sab @ Output (Panther Room)
Swedish producer Kornel Kovacs recently released an EP on Numbers, which has also been home to Rustie, Jamie xx, and more. If you like that kinda stuff, you might dig Kornel too.

Nas documentary 'Time Is Illmatic' screening, Pete Rock @ Queensbridge Park
'Time Is Illmatic' tells the story of Nas' groundbreaking debut, 1994's Illmatic. It will be screened tonight in Queensbridge Park with a set from the legendary Pete Rock, one of the producers on the album.

Real Numbers, 1-800-BAND, Bananamou, Consolidated Plastics @ Cake Shop
Milwaukee's Real Numers make mod-ish, tinny and relentlessly catchy indiepop that owes a whole lot to Television Personalities. Tonight's their final of three NYC shows; headliners 1-800-BAND make great Nerves-style powerpop and are worth catching as well.

Summer Scum 4 @ Trans-Pecos
This two-day, all-day fest features a cavalcade of noise, drone, outsider music and, of course, scum. Saturday's artists include Pharmakon, Gnawed, Hollow Seed, and loads more.

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

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