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Kate Tempest @ SXSW last week (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

Action Bronson @ Terminal 5
Chef-turned-rapper Action Bronson releases his new album, Mr Wonderful, this week and is celebrating with two big shows at Terminal 5. Tonight's sold out but you can still get tickets to Wednesday's show.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ Cake Shop
The JSBX release their cracking new album Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015 this week and are celebrating by playing shows in every borough. Tonight brings them to NYC's Cake Shop and to get tickets you need to buy the album at Other Music.

Taking Back Sunday, The Menzingers @ The Paramount
Long Island emo vets TBS released Happiness Is in 2014 which was made with the same lineup that produced 2002's Tell All Your Friends. Philly punks The Menzingers and LA's Letlive open.

A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Loscil @ Le Poisson Rouge
Ambient duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen (aka Stars of the Lid's Adam Wiltzie and pianist/composer Dustin O'Halloran) released their sophomore album, Atomos, to much acclaim last year via Kranky. They'll get LPR nice and chill tonight.

Kate Tempest, Jack Garratt @ Mercury Lounge
She's an award-winning poet and just-published novelist, but Kate Tempest is at her most immediate as a rapper, as heard on last year's very good, gritty Everybody Down. This is her first of two sold-out NYC shows this week.

Hess is More, HITS, Lily McQueen @ Mercury Lounge
The eight-piece lineup of Hess Is More bring their jazzy/krauty/funky sound to Nublu as part of a four-night residency. If you like DFA style dancerock, they're worth checking out.

Gingerlys, Baby Acid, Physical Media, Acid Dad @ Pianos
Falling somewhere between indiepop and shoegaze are Brooklyn's Gingerlys, whose debut EP is brimming with charming pop hooks.

Not Suitable For Television: An Evening of Material Rejected from Television @ Littlefield
This series brings to life TV pilot scripts that never made to filming. Tonight's reading features Janeane Garofalo, "TV's Frank" Conniff, Jena Friedman, Brandon Scott Wolf, Andrew Law, Andy Blitz, Sabrina Jalees, and Aaron Glaser.

Radiator Hospital, Nice Try, The Meltaways, Trace Mountains @ Silent Barn
Radiator Hospital -- the band fronted by former Waxahatchee member Sam Cook-Parrott and including current Swearin' drummer Jeff Bolt -- make hyper punky/strummy pop, as heard on last year's Torch Song.

Tsu Shi Ma Mi Re, Quorum, The Fin., Zarigani$, Bo-Peep, Samurai Dynamites @ Knitting Factory
This show is being billed as "Japan Night" featuring a whole bunch of groups from that country fresh from performances at SXSW.

San Cisco @ Rough Trade
Australian band San Cisco released their bright and poppy new album, Gracetown, last week and play a free record release show tonight. No wristband required.

The Wharton Tiers Ensemble, Martin Bisi, Tenterhooks, Secret Numbers @ The Rock Shop
Between the two of them, audio engineers Wharton Tiers, and Martin Bisi have worked on records by some of the biggest names in the '80s no-wave scene. They are both musicians as well, and are on the same bill this evening.

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As you may have seen in today's "What's Going On?" post, Molly Ringwald is performing at 54 Below tonight (1/15, and Wednesday 1/16). She'll be doing a cabaret set of standards, and perhaps a cover of Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)" from The Breakfast Club which she does on her forthcoming album Except ... Sometimes that will be out in April. Tickets are available for both night.

In other John Hughes-related news, this Saturday (1/19) at Union Hall it's the debut of "Novelization: A Reading Series Based on the Original Motion Picture" which features dramatic readings of "classic" movie novelizations. For the premiere event, they're doing the novelization of Pretty in Pink and features Frank "TV's Frank" Conniff, Heidi Vanderlee (The Chris Gethard Show), Todd Hanson (The Onion) and more doing the reading, plus musical guest Hand Job Academy. Novelizations of Grease, Grease 2, Rambo IV and others will also be featured. The Pretty in Pink novelization is notable in that it came out before the movie and was based on Hughes' original version of the screenplay...where [SPOILER] Duckie got the girl. Tickets are $5 and still available. More info here.