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December 19, 2015

photo: Neil Hagerty of Royal Trux at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Ebru Yildiz)
Royal Trux

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

Royal Trux, Blues Control, IUD, Lexie Mountain Boys @ Webster Hall
As Royal Trux, Neil Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema made music that sounded like the rock n' roll equivilent of the final hour of a three-day very hedonistic party. After a decade apart, they're playing shows again and this is their first NYC show in a long time.

Moneen, Moving Mountains, Prawn @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Canadian post-hardcore band Moneen haven't played the US in five years and New York post-rock band Moving Mountains haven't played anywhere in two. Ahead of the show, Mov Mou released a split with Moneen covering each other's songs and one with Prawn with new material, so needless to say it's a tightly knit bill.

Steve Sobs, Jonah From Krill, The Glow, Steve Markow, Vagabon, Nicholas Nicholas, gobbinjr, The Empty Gestures, Glueboy @ Shea Stadium
This show is pretty stacked all around is pretty stacked all around with diverse local-ish talent. There's Steve Sobs and Nicholas Nicholas (both of Phantom Posse, which also features iLoveMakonnen), indie rockers Jonah Furman (Krill) and Vagabon, and more.

The Dickies, Night Birds, Fat Heaven @ Bowery Electric
Punk rock royalty The Dickies are still at it, and they make a much welcome return to NYC tonight. The great newer band Night Birds are absolutely not to miss.

CJ Ramone @ Grand Victory
CJ was a Ramone from 1989 to 1996, and now he's a Fat Wreck Chords-signed solo artist with material that's not too far removed from his old band (it was also recorded with Adolescents and Social Distortion members). He'll probably play some of that tonight, and some Ramones stuff too.

Guerrilla Toss, Eric Copeland @ Palisades
It's the DFA Holiday party featuring the frenetic Guerrilla Toss and Black Dice's Eric Copeland. It's a FREE show.

East Coast Greenway Holiday Party feat. Corporal @ Baby's All Right
When Michael Shannon isn't playing creepy loners on TV (Boardwalk Empire) or movies he fronts Corporal, an indie rock band who've been at it since the early '00s. If you dig Pavement and the like, you'll dig Corporal. Tonight is a benefit for the East Coast Greenway, "the nation's most ambitious long-distance urban trail."

San Fermin @ Bowery Ballroom
Chamber pop ensemble San Fermin wrap up their tour with three consecutive nights at Bowery Ballroom. Tonight's the final show and the band will be joined onstage by members of White Hinterland, Son Little, Oh Land and more.

Expert Alterations, EZTV, Mercury Girls, Drew Citron @ Cake Shop
Here's an excellent night of indie pop featuring Baltimore's charmingly shambling Expert Alterations, Philly's hyperactive Mercury Girls, and Brooklyn's jangly EZTV.

Todd Rundgren @ Gramercy Theatre
Hello, it's Todd: pop chameleon, record producer and general eccentric Rundgren plays tonight with a full band tonight.

Snowmine, Salt Cathedral, Bellows @ Rough Trade
It has been a while since Brooklyn's ethereal/anthemic Snowmine have played, so tonight should be a good chance to catch up.

Julie Klausner, Ted Leo, John Early, Cole Escola, Anthony Atamanuik, and more @ Sid Gold's Request Room
Local comedian, podcaster, Difficult Person, and generally entertaining individual Julie Klausner is putting on a Christmas show title "Julie Klausner's Depressing Christmas Party." Joining her will feature frequent collaborator Ted Leo, John Early (who was on Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp), Cole Escola (Difficult People), Anthony Atamanuik and more

Matmos, Chuck Bettis @ The Stone
Baltimore experimental electronic duo Matmos will soon release an album where every sound was made with a washing machine. Tonight, though they'll be collaborating with Chuck Bettis as part of his residency at The Stone.

Taking Back Sunday, Frank Iero and The Cellabration, The Superweaks @ Starland Ballroom
It's been a while since Taking Back Sunday made a great record, but their debut lives up and the lineup that recorded it is the one they're playing with these days. This is night two of two of their annual NJ holiday shows.

The Slackers, The Pietasters, The Snails, Sammy Kay and the Fast Four @ Irving Plaza
NYC's The Slackers and DC's The Pietasters have both been staples of ska since the early '90s, and they've basically never slowed down. Tonight you can get your fix of both.

PWR BTTM, And The Kids, Kississippi @ Knitting Factory
Knitting Factory has a pretty cool bill all around tonight, with local queer punk duo PWR BTTM, Northampton, MA's avant-popsters And The Kids, and Philly's kinda-folky indie rockers Kississippi.

OSHUN, Quincy Vidal, AllNat, P.U.D.G.E. @ Trans Pecos
Trans-Pecos hosts a rap/R&B show tonight, headlined by local duo Oshun, whose recent debut album sounded like the work of a much more seasoned group.

Happiness, Heaven's Jail, Such Hounds @ Union Pool
Happiness features 3/5 of Deer Tick and Ravi Shavi's Rafay Rashid, and ahead of Deer Tick's New Year' shows they're squeezing this Brooklyn gig in tonight. Phosphorescent collaborator Heaven's Jail opens.

China Crisis @ Iridium
Liverpool's China Crisis took the '70s yacht rock aesthetic and brought it into the age of mid-'80s New Romantics. Their glossy pop still sounds pretty good today.

The Yule Ball feat. Harry and the Potters, The Potter Puppet Pals, Draco and the Malfoys, Tonks and the Aurors, Ashley Hamel @ Bell House
If your two favorite things are Christmas and Harry Potter, you are probably already waiting in line to get into this show.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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December 18, 2015

photo: Foals @ Sasquatch 2014 (more by Chris and Rae Graham)
Foals

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

Foals, Circa Waves @ Terminal 5
Though they began as a quirky, twitching post-punk band, UK band Foals have gradually become more atmospheric and anthemic. Frontman Yannis Philippakis remains a wildman on stage, though.

Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly, Kirk Knight & Nyck Caution @ The Paramount
For those complaining that rap isn't what it used to be, few new school rappers pay homage to the golden era as expertly as Joey Bada$$ does. He's on Long Island tonight and plays NYC on Tuesday.

Expert Alterations, Mercury Girls, Gingerlys, Big Quiet, Kip Berman of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (DJ Set) @ Alphaville
Here's an excellent night of indie pop featuring Baltimore's charmingly shambling Expert Alterations, Philly's hyperactive Mercury Girls, and local acts Gingerlys and Big Quiet. Kip from Pains spins between bands.

From Autumn to Ashes, Fashion Week, Primitive Weapons @ Saint Vitus
Long Island post-hardcore band From Autumn to Ashes got back together earlier this year, and basically picked up where they left off in '07. Though that also means their original lead vocalist is still gone (drummer/clean singer Francis Mark took over on lead) which may disappoint some older fans.

Squeeze (acoustic) @ Playstation Theater
One of the best songwriting teams of the last 40 years, Squeeze frontmen Chris Difford and Glen Tilbrook will mix favorites from throughout their career with stories about the songs.

Pepperoni, King Missle, Rachel Trachtenberg, The Icebergs @ Shea Stadium
NYC vets King Missile, fronted by the funny and abstract John S. Hall, come out of hibernation every once and while and are always worth catching.

deadmau5, Pusha T, Justine Skye, The Cold Seas, Slonk Donkerson @ Barclays Center
This is opening night of the new TIDAL Theater at Barclays Center (aka Barclays with part of it curtained off), and while there might be more miss than hit on this lineup, it's a chance to see Pusha T who's great new album just came out today.

Perfect Pussy, Big Ups, Guerilla Toss @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Perfect Pussy's short blasts of noise punk are pretty much guaranteed to impact you in a live setting, and Big Ups' confrontational performances make for a good match. Show up early for art punk weirdos Guerilla Toss, who recently signed to DFA.

Pete Tong, Chris Malinchak, Golf Clap @ Output
England's Pete Tong has been DJing since the early '80s (for the BBC and elsewhere). Tonight he teams up with a much newer (and very promising) artist, Chris Malinchak.

Taking Back Sunday, Beach Slang, Chemistry @ Starland Ballroom
Speaking of the early '00s Long Island scene, Taking Back Sunday play their first of two holiday shows at Starland Ballroom tonight. This one's especially exciting because there's support from one of the best newer punk bands around, Beach Slang.

HR (Bad Brains) & Dub Agents, MC Jamalski, SkarroƱeros, Banddroidz @ Bowery Electric
While we wish HR was still playing in Bad Brains, any chance to see him is still one worth taking. Tonight he plays with his dub/reggae band Dub Agents.

Gotham Holiday Swing w/ Buster Pointdexter, Mercury Rev, Lee Fields & more @ Town Hall
Butler, Bernstein, and the Hot 9 are throwing their third annual 'Gotham Holiday Swing' show tonight. Most exciting to us is that the lineup includes soul vet Lee Fields and back-in-action psych rockers Mercury Rev. Also, New York Dolls frontman David Johansen is hosting in his Buster Poindexter guise.

San Fermin, Holly Miranda, Alex Edelman @ Bowery Ballroom
Chamber pop ensemble San Fermin wrap up their tour with three consecutive nights at Bowery Ballroom. Night two has the terrific Holly Miranda opening.

Escort, Speakerbot @ Brooklyn Bowl
Love pure '70s disco with sweeping strings? Escort play as a 15-piece disco orchestra. Leisure suit optional.


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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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December 17, 2015

photo: Beach Slang at BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Beach Slang

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

Beach Slang, Tim Kasher, Field Mouse @ Knitting Factory
BV is proudly-presenting this sold-out show co-headlined by Beach Slang and Cursive frontman Tim Kasher, with openers Field Mouse. Beach Slang were one of our favorite new bands of last year, and this year's debut album for Polyvinyl had them sounding as cathartic and life-affirming as ever.

Raekwon, Dave East, Kris Kasanova, Lafayette Stokely, Wordsmiff @ SOB's
Raekwon spent most of this year celebrating the 20th anniversary of his legendary Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. No idea what the setlist will be like tonight, but with those songs fresh in his head, we can probably count on hearing a good chunk of them.

Squeeze (Acoustic Show) @ Playstation Theater
One of the best songwriting teams of the last 40 years, Squeeze frontmen Chris Difford and Glen Tilbrook will mix favorites from throughout their career with stories about the songs.

Talib Kweli (host & DJ), NIKO IS, K'Valentine, Chaz Van Queen, Narcy @ Brooklyn Bowl
It's the 'Indie 500' (same name as Talib Kweli's new album) Holiday Extravaganza tonight with host and DJ Talib Kweli. A bunch of his friends are playing live sets, and it wouldn't be too out of the ordinary if he ended up doing some rapping too.

Tribute to Joni Mitchell w/ Jen Goma, Damon McMahon, Xander Duell, Miles Francis, Joan Wasser (Joan As Police Woman), Aerial East, Noah Hecht, Ryan Dugre, TEEN @ Manhattan Inn
Joni Mitchell was hospitalized earlier this year and is reportedly recovering. We have our fingers crossed that she gets better soon, but in the meantime we can enjoy her music performed by this pretty impressive lineup tonight.

Joan As Police Woman @ The Owl
Before she heads to Manhattan Inn for the Joni Mitchell tribute, Joan Wasser will perform as Joan as Policewoman at this new, very tiny Brooklyn venue tonight.

The Symptoms (Laurie Anderson, Kid Millions, Tony Diodore) @ Secret Project Robot
It was just a few weeks ago that Laurie Anderson was presenting her ambitious installation at "Habeas Corpus" at Park Avenue Armory, and here she is in a much different environment as part of trio The Symptoms which includes Oneida's Kid Millions.

Will Butler, Jo Firestone, Hearing Things @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Having released his solo debut earlier this year, Arcade Fire's Will Butler wraps up his 2015 with this holiday show featuring comedian Jo Firestone and sax-fueled surf-rockers Hearing Things.

James Murphy (DJ Set), Eric Duncan (DJ Set) @ Output
He spends most of his time on beverages these days (his line of coffee and Williamsburg wine bar) but James Murphy still likes to spin records every once and a while.

Bayside, Cheap Girls, Worriers @ Gramercy Theatre
Bayside headline this show, but we especially recommend catching the openers: the Smoking Popes-esque Cheap Girls and politically driven pop punks Worriers.

San Fermin, Sam Amidon @ Bowery Ballroom
Chamber pop ensemble San Fermin wrap up their tour with three consecutive nights at Bowery Ballroom. This is the fist and is opened by occasional collaborator Sam Amidon.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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December 16, 2015

photo: YVETTE @ Baby's All Right earlier this month (more by Mimi Hong)
IMAGE

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

Sleater-Kinney, Lee Ranaldo @ Market Hotel
This show is doubly exciting as a) it's the final, and smallest show of Sleater-Kinney's five-show NYC run; and b) it's the first official night of the renovated Market Hotel which has been closed for nearly five years.

Nothing Changes w/ YVETTE, Psalm Zero, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix @ Home Sweet Home
Tonight's edition of weekly goth/noise night Nothing Changes swings heavily toward the noise end of the spectrum with live sets from the great YVETTE, as well as Psalm Zero and Liturgy's Hunter Hunt-Hendrix.

The Black Dahlia Murder, Goatwhore, Iron Reagan, Entheos @ Gramercy Theatre
Melodic death metal staples The Black Dahlia Murder are on tour in support of this year's Abysmal, and they've got some pretty great openers, including black/death ragers Goatwhore and crossover thrash worshippers Iron Reagan.

Future Punx, Bambara, Heaven's Gate, WALL @ Palisades
This is a very solid bill of local indie rock, featuring new wave revivalists Future Punx, the very loud Bambara, the hazy rock of Heaven's Gate and WALL.

Champagne Jerry, Penis, Tami Tamaki @ The Kitchen
Part of The Kitchen's "Synth Nights" series, tonight's performance includes sets Sophia Cleary and Samara Davis' feminist punk band Penis, Swedish electronica artist Tami Tamaki, and headliner Champagne Jerry.

Jerry Lee Lewis @ B.B. King's
Rock n' roll founding father Jerry Lee Lewis just turned 80 but Killer is still going strong, having most recently released Rock n' Roll Time last year.

Pharoahe Monch, Torae, special guest Talib Kweli @ SOB's
Rap veteran and one half of Organized Konfusion, Pharoahe Monch, is still going strong (he was awesome at the Pete Rock release show earlier this year). Tonight he squeezes in one last headlining show before the end of the year, and making it doubly exciting, Talib Kweli is promising a special guest apperance.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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December 15, 2015

photo: Yoshimio @ Trans-Pecos last weekend (more by Greg Cristman)
Yoshimio

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

Sleater-Kinney, Charly Bliss @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
As Sleater-Kinney's five-show NYC run continues, the venues get smaller. Tonight they're at Music Hall of Williamsburg which is probably the ideal point between size and sound.

Harold Budd, Bradford Ellis, Jane Meru @ The Kitchen
Having worked with everyone from Eno to the Cocteau Twins, ambient icon Harold Budd plays a rare NYC show tonight as part of The Kitchen's "Synth Nights" series.

Har Mar Superstar, Father Figures, Ageist @ Baby's All Right
A one-man party machine (who often has a band), Har Mar Superstar is fearless and funny, and has a whole bunch of catchy R&B pop numbers.

Between the Buried and Me, Enslaved, Intronaut, Native Construct @ Irving Plaza
Technical prog-metallers Between the Buried and Me and Intronaut land in NYC tonight, and squeezed right between them is Norwegian legends Enslaved, who released the great In Times this year.

Yoshimio, Chuck Bettis @ The Stone
Boredoms' Yoshimi has been playing a bunch of collaborative sets over the last week. Catch her tonight drumming as part of avant electronics man Chuck Bettis' residency at The Stone.

Las Rosas, The Nude Party, Navy Gangs, Acid Dad @ Alphaville
It's a night of psych-garage pop highlighted by North Carolina's The Nude Party and headlined by locals Las Rosas.

Cake Shop Comedy @ Cake Shop
If you miss Big Terrific and Hannibal Buress' Sunday night show at Knit, and are looking for a new free, weekly comedy show that happens in a rock club and sometimes has big name talent stop by unexpectedly, "Cake Shop Comedy" might do the trick. Tonight's guests feature BV contributor Dave Hill, Josh Gondelman (Last Week Tonight), John Early (Meltdown) and Jacqueline Novak (The Late Late Show).

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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December 14, 2015

photo: Cymbals Eat Guitars at Best Buy Theater in July (more by Mimi Hong)
Cymbals Eat Guitars

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

Cymbals Eat Guitars, Laura Stevenson, Antarctigo Vespucci, Mikey Erg @ Shea Stadium
This is a good show for a good cause with sky-reaching indie rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars, punky singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson, Jeff Rosenstock and Chris Farren's Antarctigo Vespucci project, and the busiest man in punk, Mikey Erg. They're accepting coats for the New York Cares coat drive and unused toys for Safe Horizon, and all proceeds from the door will go to Safe Horizon.

Sleater-Kinney, Perfect Pussy @ Irving Plaza
Sleater-Kinney made a triumphant return this year, coming back after a ten-year hiatus with a killer new album and live shows that were electric as ever. They wrap up this year with five more NYC shows, which continue tonight. Each has a different opener, and tonight it's Perfect Pussy, whose short/fast/intense songs should be a good start to the night.

Steve Earle, Jackson Browne, Justin Townes Earle, The Mastersons @ Town Hall
Steve Earle, his equally talented son Justin, mellow vet Jackson Browne, and Texas duo The Mastersons, all play tonight to benefit autismn research.

Yoshimio/Yuka Honda/Susie Ibarra Trio , Hisham Bharoocha/Brian Chase/Ben Vida/Ryan Sawyer @ Baby's All Right
Boredoms' Yoshimio is in the midst of her five collaborative NYC shows, this being the fourth. It's with Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda and composer/percussonist Susie Ibarra. The opener is a four-way collaboration, featuring YYYs drummer Brian Chase 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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December 13, 2015

photo: Sleater-Kinney @ ACLTV (more by Tim Griffin)
Sleater-Kinney

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

Sleater-Kinney, Waxahatchee @ Terminal 5
Sleater-Kinney made a triumphant return this year, coming back after a ten-year hiatus with a killer new album and live shows that were electric as ever. They wrap up this year with five more NYC shows, starting tonight. Each has a different opener, and tonight it's Waxahatchee, whose current 5-piece lineup is their best yet.

Zula, Swings, Two Inch Astronaut, Half Waif @ Baby's All Right
Exploding In Sound labelmates Swings and Two Inch Astronaut are on tour together, and hitting NYC tonight with two quality local bands. Two Inch just dropped a new single, which does a lot of justice to '90s Dischord.

Dave Harrington & Friends Holiday Spectacular w/ members of The Antlers, Real Estate, APTBS, Yeasayer, Bear In Heaven, Tanlines & many more @ Le Poisson Rouge
Darkside's Dave Harrington leads a house band that will play a number of holiday songs tonight with a pretty incredible list of guests. Last year there were some surprises too -- will Mandy Patinkin show up agin?

Timeshares, Spill, Adult Dude, Straw Hats @ Shea Stadium
There's a lot of cool stuff on this bill: twangy punks Timeshares, the new band from Placeholder/We Were Skeletons members Spill, and the Dino Jr-ish Adult Dude.

Birthmark @ Rough Trade
Birthmark is the solo project of Nate Kinsella (of Joan of Arc, American Football, etc), but his new album is closer to bright art pop than any of his other bands. Tonight's the release show.

Steve Earle, Justin Townes Earle, The Mastersons @ City Winery
This is the rehearsal for Steve Earle and his son Justin's autism benefit at Town Hall tomorrow. Austin duo The Mastersons play as well. Sold out.

Yuppicide, Urban Waste, Ice Cold Killers, Close To The Edge @ The Grand Victory (3 PM)
NYC punk vets returned this year with their first album since 1995, which has their punk/hardcore/ska blend sounding as ferocious as ever. Today's the release show.

Des Ark, Pygmy Lush @ Union Pool
Des Ark's Feist-y new album Everything Dies is a nice mix of dark folky songs and piano ballads. It should blend well with folk/post-rock collective Pygmy Lush, who are on first.

Yoshimio/Ryan Sawyer/Hisham Bharoocha/Shahzad Ismaly, Highlife (Doug Shaw), DJ Dutch E Germ @ Max Fish
Boredoms' Yoshimio is in the midst of her five collaborative NYC shows, this being the third. Tonight's set has her playing as a four-piece with Hisham Bharoocha and Shahzad Ismaly.

Invisible Familiars @ Ace Hotel
New York singer songwriter Jared Samuel, who has played with Martha Wainwright, Sharon Jones, Cibo Matto and Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger to name a few, makes his own quirky, poppy and danceable music as Invisible Familiars. This is part of his December residency which happens every Sunday this month at Ace Hotel. Live music starts at 10 PM.

Powerhouse feat. Sasheer Zamata, Ophira Eisenberg, Corn Mo, Jo Firestone, Reformed Whores & more @ Union Hall
Aaron Glaser hosts this variety show with house band, Big City and a bevy of special guests.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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December 12, 2015

photo: Blood Orange in Webster hall in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Blood Orange

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

Blood Orange and friends @ Apollo Theater
Not counting the warm-up show at Baby's on Thursday night, it's been a year and a half since Blood Orange has played a full band show in NYC. He plays two today, with lots of special guests (Kindness, Le1f, Junglepussy, Ratking and some unannounced) and proceeds going to charity. Both sold out.

Sleater-Kinney, Torres @ Kings Theatre
Sleater-Kinney made a triumphant return this year, coming back after a ten-year hiatus with a killer new album and live shows that were electric as ever. They wrap up this year with five more NYC shows, starting tonight. Each has a different opener, and tonight it's Torres, whose Sprinter was another winner this year.

The Aimee Mann and Ted Leo Christmas Show with Jonathan Coulton, Liz Phair, John Roderick and very special guests @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The impressive lineup of Aimee Mann, Ted Leo, Liz Phair, John Roderick and Jonathan Coulton are out on a tour together, collaborating and playing holiday songs (like "Why Can't I Wreath"). With even more special guests promised, it sounds like a very good time. This is their second of two NYC shows.

Hop Along, Radiator Hospital, Des Ark @ Bowery Ballroom
Hop Along had been one of the busiest and best bands in indie rock's underground for a few years, and this year they put out their first release on a big label (Saddle Creek) and finally started getting the recognition they deserve. (Tonight's 500-cap show is sold out.) Radiator Hospital take a similar approach to blending indie rock, folk, pop and punk, and they're a great band in their own right. The darker/quieter Des Ark is too.

Speedy Ortiz, Aye Nako, Dirty Dishes, Gemma @ Palisades
This is the second of two NYC shows on Speedy Ortiz's tour benefitting the Girls Rock Camp Foundation. Both have different (and good openers), and this one has poppy punks Aye Nako, synthy indie rockers Dirty Dishes, and indie-R&B artist Gemma (mem Ava Luna, Motel Motel).

Brooklyn Rock Lottery @ Knitting Factory
A bunch of musicians from notable bands will be divvied up into "groups" today, then they'll spend the day writing and rehearsing original songs which they'll then perform at this show with proceeds going to Daniel's Music Foundation. Musicians include Luke Jenner of The Rapture, indie rock vet Doug Gillard, Autre Ne Veut's Arthur Ashin, members of Swans, The Hold Steady, Tokyo Police Club and more.

Rhett Miller's Holiday Extravaganza @ City Winery
It's an "Evening of Comedy & Music with Special Guests" at the Old 97's 3rd annual holiday show. Sold out.

Shellshag, Downtown Boys, Vacation, Bad Canoes @ The Bell House
Long-running regulars of the local DIY scene, Shellshag released their fifth album Why'd I Have To Get So High? this year on Don Giovanni and they're celebrating it tonight. It's a good (all-Don Giovanni) bill all around.

A-Trak, AraabMuzik, Falcons @ Terminal 5
Fool's Gold founder and former Kanye West tour DJ A-Trak always knows how to get a party started, and that's probably what's going to happen tonight. The great beatmaker AraabMuzik makes things even better.

Lady Leshurr, Jubilee (Mixpak), HDBeenDope @ Gramercy Theatre
Following some collaborations with Orbital and Basement Jaxx, UK rapper Lady Leshurr started getting much-deserved attention for her own material when her video for "Queen's Speech Ep. 4" started going viral. It's gotten some Azealia Banks comparisons, and it feels about as exciting as when "212" first dropped. Tonight's her NYC debut.

Mirah (w/Harsh Crowd) @ Ace Hotel
The always-great singer/songwriter Mirah plays a collaborative show today with Harsh Crowd, "a band comprised of four 13-year-olds who met at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls two summers back." It's one of Ace Hotel's '5 at 5' shows, which means it starts at 5 PM and they'll play five songs.

Gun Outfit, The Men, B Boys, Scully @ Alphaville
Gun Outfit's new album Dream All Over is punk in spirit but psychedelic folk/slowcore in sound. It's good stuff, and tonight's their second of two NYC shows in support of it. It's especially good, because Brooklyn punks/jammers/country rockers The Men areo on it too.

Whitney, Murals, The Lemon Twigs, June West @ Baby's All Right
A very solid bill featuring Whitney (ex Smith Westerns), Louisville, KY's Murals and Long Island's talented Lemon Twigs.

Elvis Perkins @ Berlin
Elvis Perkins focused on his soft folky side for this year's I Aubade. Tonight he wraps up a two-night run at Jesse Malin's new-ish East Village club Berlin.

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, Herbcraft @ Trans Pecos
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band have a jammy style that's equal parts Grateful Dead and Marquee Moon-era Television. It's good stuff.

Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir @ Union Pool
It's a night of soulful R&B with the dapper Eli "Paperboy" Reed and Union Pool mainstay Rev. Vince.

The Get Up Kids, Into It. Over It. Rozwell Kid @ Starland Ballroom
The Get Up Kids, whose punky take on emo influenced both the mainstream boom in the 2000s and the current revival, are celebrating their 20th anniversary o this tour. Good openers too: Into It Over it, the project of Evan Weiss (a guy who literally bridges the gap between 1990s and 2010s emo), and the Thin Lizzy-esque Rozwell Kid.

Punch Brothers, Gabriel Kahane @ Capitol Theatre
Chris Thile is constantly busy with a handful of projects. Tonight his band the Punch Brothers play just outside of NYC.

Couch Slut, Insect Ark, Geryon, Chain Gang Grave @ Saint Vitus
This is a pretty great local bill, with hardcore/metal/noise blenders Couch Slut, Angels of Light-related Insect Ark, experimental death metal duo Geryon (mem Krallice), and sludgy hardcore band Chain Gang Grave.

Jim Gaffigan @ Madison Square Garden
Known as the "clean" comedian who talks about food, Jim Gaffigan is nonetheless hilarious (his sitcom ain't bad either) and he plays his biggest hometown show ever tonight.

It's also SANTACON, so approach wobbly folks in red and green holiday attire with caution, if at all.

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December 11, 2015

photo: Parquet Courts (w/ Lee Ranaldo) at Webster last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Parquet Courts

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

Kevin Devine, Tigers Jaw, Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy), Cymbals Eat Guitars, Laura Stevenson, Owen @ Bell House
Everyone on this show (except Laura Stevenson) contributed to Kevin Devine's split singles series that he gradually rolled out this year. We're not sure what exactly to expect when they all come together tonight, but we're excited (and proudly presenting this show).

Joanna Newsom, Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi @ Apollo Theater
Joanna Newsom's new album Divers is yet another winner, and the new songs fit in perfectly with the old favorites (which we got a lot of at her Kings Theatre show earlier this week). Ryan Francesconi pulls double duty tonight, as a member of Joanna's band and also opening with Alela Diane. Their set is not to miss.

Parquet Courts, Pill @ Warsaw
Parquet Courts new EP, their first record for Rough Trade, has more in common with Metal Machine Music than the punky, jammy shout-a-longs on their more recent LPs, but you can expect a typically energetic show tonight. Go early for the skronky, in-you-face sax attack that is Pill.

Teenage Jesus & The Jerks, A Pleasure, Hollow Earth, Ancient Astronaut B2B (DJ Set) @ Trans Pecos
Nicolas Jaar's label Other People wraps up its four-night Trans Pecos residency with a rare live appearance from Lydia Lunch's iconic no wave band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks.

Speedy Ortiz, Downtown Boys, Eskimeax, Very Fresh @ Silent Barn
This is the first of two NYC shows on Speedy Ortiz's tour benefitting the Girls Rock Camp FOundation. Both have different (and good openers), and this time it's political punks Downtown Boys, Epoch member Eskimeaux, and Sadie Dupuis' past collaborator Cindy Lou Gooden's band Very Fresh.

Modern Baseball, Jeff Rosenstock, Tiny Moving Parts, Sorority Noise @ Webster Hall
Modern Baseball have been working on a new album, and early reports seem to indicate it's a noticeable progression. We're looking forward to hearing it, but in the meantime, tonight they'll probably play all the ones we already know, and it's gonna be a good time as alway. Jeff Rosenstock's shows are also nothing but good times, and the two other openers are worth catching too.

Hamilton Leithauser, Jack and Eliza @ Baby's All Right
With the Walkmen all but officially broken up, frontman Hamilton Leithauser took a slightly more adult turn on his old band's signature sound with last year's solo debut, Black Hours. We might get some new songs tonight. Sold out.

Patrick Watson, Timber Timbre (solo) @ Irving Plaza
With a distinctly Montreal blend of pop, classical and cabaret, Patrick Wilson's music is as widescreen as it gets. The dark folk of fellow Canadian Timber Timbre makes this a good double bill.

Andrew W.K. (solo show), Darren Keen, Rats Mouth @ Knitting Factory
As you know, Andrew WK and Christmas go hand in hand, and this is the eighth year he's done a solo holiday tour. This promises an AWK that is "up-close, intense, and partier than ever."

The Figgs, Doug Gillard @ Bowery Electric
Saratoga Springs power pop trio The Figgs are one of the most underrated bands of the last 20 years, bringing tight musicianship, catchy songs and a genuine sense of fun to their shows. Tonight's their annual holiday show which is one of the best times to see them. The great Doug Gillard opens.

Zomby, Vatican Shadow @ China Chalet
If you're into dark electronic music, this is a pretty amazing double bill with UK bass/garage/etc producer Zomby and Dominick Fernow's (also of Prurient) project Vatican Shadow.

milo, Hemlock Ernst (Samuel T Herring from Future Islands), Chris Misch Bloxdorf Dectet @ C'mon Everybody
milo released one of the year's best indie-rap albums with so the flies don't come, and tonight's his very last 2015 show in support of it. Hemlock Ernst, Future Islands frontman Samuel T Herring's rap alter-ego (who's featured on milo's album), makes this a very good double bill.

Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O'Donovan; Michael Daves @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sara Watkins has been busy lately, playing shows as a member of Nickel Creek and Watkins Family Hour (featuring Fiona Apple). Now she's playing with yet another proejct, I'm With Her. For this one, she's joined by singer/songwriter Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan (Crooked Still, Sometymes Why). Tonight's their second of two NYC shows this week.

Elvis Perkins @ Berlin
Elvis Perkins focused on his soft folky side for this year's I Aubade. Tonight he kicks off a two-night run at Jesse Malin's new-ish East Village club Berlin.

Yoshimo + Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Alex Macarte, Jeremy Hyman @ Trans Pecos
Boredoms' Yoshimio is in the midst of her five-show NYC run that has her playing a different collaborative set each night. Tonight's is with Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, who's a member of Om and plays solo as Lichens.

Nightmare of You, Brian Bonz @ Bowery Ballroom
After The Movielife broke up, guitarist Brandon Reilly embraced his love of The Smiths and wrote the self-titled debut album for this then-new band Nightmare of You, which turns 10 this year. To celebrate its anniversary, they're playing the album in full tonight and original drummer Sammy Siegler (also of Judge, CIV, Youth of Today, etc) will be in tow for this show.

Foster Care, Running, Uniform @ Union Pool
Garage punk bruisers Foster Care are, along with Pampers, one of the best NYC bands in their field. This whole bill is pretty great if you like this kind of stuff, with Chicago's Running playing as well.

Yellow Eyes, Anicon, Vilkacis, Ozama @ The Acheron
Black metal fans take note: Yellow Eyes, Anicon and Vilkacis are three of the better local BM bands around, and tonight they're all on one bill.

Thievery Corporation, The Bins @ Terminal 5
Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, DC's dub/reggae/etc-infused electronica duo will celebrate tonight at this sold-out show.

Z100's Jingle Ball feat. The Weeknd, Fetty Wap & more @ MSG
You probably want to avoid Z100's annual super-lame Jingle Ball (especially with so many good shows tonight), but there is some cool stuff on the lineup like The Weeknd and Fetty Wap.

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

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December 10, 2015

photo: Ted Leo in Central Park in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ted Leo

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

Blood Orange @ Baby's All Right
Before his two sold-out shows on Saturday at The Apollo, Blood Orange will warm up tonight at Baby's. It's a full band show and hopefully we'll get the "special guests" they're promising for the Apollo shows, too. (This was the "secret show" we had listed here previously.) $10 at the door, 7 PM.

The Aimee Mann & Ted Leo Christmas Show w/ Liz Phair, John Roderick, Jonathan Coulton, & special guests @ Town Hall
The impressive lineup of Aimee Mann, Ted Leo, Liz Phair, John Roderick and Jonathan Coulton are out on a tour together, collaborating and playing holiday songs (like "Why Can't I Wreath"). With even more special guests promised, it sounds like a very good time. This is their first of two NYC shows.

Afrika Bambaataa (vinyl-only DJ Set), DJ Slugo, Against All Logic (DJ Set), Valentin Stip (DJ Set), Solpara (live) @ Trans-Pecos
Nicolas Jaar's label Other People continues its residency at Trans-Pecos tonight. This show's mostly got DJ sets, headlined by one of the guys that helped shape hip hop as we know it, Afrika Bambaataa.

The Get Up Kids, Into It Over It, Rozwell Kid @ Bell House
The Get Up Kids, whose punky take on emo influenced both the mainstream boom in the 2000s and the current revival, are celebrating their 20th anniversary. Tonight wraps up their two-night stand in NYC (followed by a NJ show). Good openers too: Into It Over it, the project of Evan Weiss (a guy who literally bridges the gap between 1990s and 2010s emo), and the Thin Lizzy-esque Rozwell Kid.

DJDS (Jerome LOL & Samo Sound Boy), Venus X, Suicideyear @ Music Hall of Williamsurg
Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy teamed up a few years back as DJ Dodger Stadium (now it's just DJDS) and last year they released their debut album, Friend of Mine, which had them injecting a lot of emotion and personality into electronic music. They put out a couple new singles this year, which continued that trend.

I'm With Her: Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O'Donovan; Kate Davis @ Bowery Ballroom
Sara Watkins has been busy lately, playing shows as a member of Nickel Creek and Watkins Family Hour (featuring Fiona Apple). Now she's playing with yet another proejct, I'm With Her. For this one, she's joined by singer/songwriter Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan (Crooked Still, Sometymes Why). Tonight's their first of two NYC shows this week.

Strand of Oaks, Reigning Sound @ Cannon's Blackthorn
Since making the move from a folk singer to a full rock band, Strand of Oaks has continued to rise. Tonight they play a benefit for the Tommy Brull Foundation, and it's a great double bill with garage rockers Reigning Sound.

Jen Goma, Psychic Twin @ Manhattan Inn
Jen Goma plays in such bands as A Sunny Day in Glasgow, People Get Ready and has spent time in The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, too. Tonight she plays her own music under the name SHOWTIME. Free with $5-10 suggested donation.

White Pisces, The City and I, New Rips, Language @ Palisades
This is a good bill of local-ish rock, with White Pisces (ex-Street Smart Cyclist, Slow Warm Death), The City and I (mem Mannequin Pussy), and more.

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

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