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Eternal Summers @ MHOW in February (more by Amanda Hatfield)
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

Phosphorescent, Heaven's Jail @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Phosphorescent wraps up a great year that's seen a pretty significant increase in critical and fan love for the band with the last show of his four-night, sold-out run at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

Gorguts, Origin, Nero Di Marte @ Saint Vitus
Death metal vets Gorguts returned earlier this year with Colored Sands, their first post-reunion album and first in general since 2001, and it's very deservedly ended up on tons of metal AOTY lists. It's been a hell of a year for them, and tonight's your chance to catch them one last time before the year ends. Sold out, but if you didn't already get tickets, there's always next year with Carcass.

Lightspeed Champion @ Cameo
Before he was Blood Orange, Dev Hynes was more of a folk troubadour type as Lightspeed Champion. Tonight he's dusting off that persona for this free, early, solo show at Cameo. 6 PM and you do need to RSVP.

TONSTARTSSBANDHT, Porches, Turnip King, Slonk Donkerson, Sunflower Bean @ Trans Pecos
Here is a great night to check out Todd P's new venue Trans Pecos (aka the old Silent Barn space), with five melodic local indie rock bands.

Eternal Summers, Pre War @ Cake Shop
We are very excited to hear Eternal Summers' new album, The Drop Beneath, which is out March 4 via Kanine. They'll probably be playing more than a few of those new songs live tonight.

Oliver, Classixx @ Slake
While the West 30s club locale might not be the most ideal, if you have to be in a big club like this, you do have two appealing pop-friendly producers headlining.

Bobby Womack @ City Winery
R&B legend Bobby Womack, who released the terrific The Bravest Man In The Universe (produced in part by Damon Albarn) last year, is back in NYC for a three night stint at City Winery, this being night 2. Tickets are still available.

Tennis System, Slow Warm Death, Nuraxi, Dialogue @ Shea Stadium
If you like Wavves-style sludgy pop, you might want to check out tonight's headliners Tennis System whose new EP, Part Time Punks Sessions, is pretty good low-fi shoegaze. And if you like demonic garage punk, don't miss Slow Warm Death.

The Ocean Blue, Dead Leaf Echo, Dead Heart Bloom
Veteran modern rock band The Ocean Blue made a nice return this year with Ultramarine, their first album in 14 years, which found the band's signature breezy style still sounding good in 2013. They're closing out this year with a headlining Bowery Ballroom show with likeminded openers Dead Leaf Echo and Dead Heart Bloom.

The So So Glos, California X, Palehound, Darlings @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Pretty strong lineup all around with the punky So So Glos, sludgy Amherst rockers California X, singer/songwriter-meets-noise-rocker Palehound, and the indie pop of Darlings. Like all Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows, the music is free, and there's shopping, food, and more fun too.

LVL UP, Julia Brown, High Pop, Alex G, Pill Friends @ Silent Barn
The Birdtapes label celebrates its 1-year anniversary with this show that has a good lineup of indie rock bands on the label and/or friends of the label.

Martin Rev, Child Abuse, Netherlands, Forma @ Bowery Electric
When he's not making noise with his veteran synthpunk duo Suicide, Martin Rev is a solo artist who has been pretty active again this year. All great (and equally noisy) openers too.

Cro-Mags, Meyhem Lauren, Danny Diablo & The NYHC Allstars, Block McCloud, Wisdom In Chains & more @ Santos
NYC crossover thrash vets Cro-Mags may have had some trouble in recent history, but they're still kicking and will grace their hometown with another show tonight. Their set is part of Diablo Fest which includes a ton of performers like local rapper Meyhem Lauren.

Yo Gabba Gabba! @ Beacon Theatre
Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!, the touring version of the Nick Jr. show that is known to feature indie/alternative music, returns to Beacon Theatre for six holiday shows this weekend. Three of them are tonight, and the remaining two are tomorrow.

Brand New, The Front Bottoms @ Starland Ballroom
Brand New do the second half of their discography tonight (they did the first half in Long Island last night), and if you're one of the lucky ones with those hard-to-get tickets, don't miss showing up for The Front Bottoms.

Dillon Francis, Cashmere Cat, Anamanaguchi @ Terminal 5
This should be a pretty fun show all around, with Dillon Francis, whose song "Without You" with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs was a pretty big hit in the dance world this year, plus fast-rising producer Cashmere Cat, and chiptune rockers Anamanaguchi. It's sold out and the same lineup does it again tomorrow (also sold out).

Lil Kim, Fabolous, Mobb Deep, Warren G, Ja Rule, Redman, Method Man @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
Ton of great names coming together for Hip Hop Reunion II tonight, including golden-era veterans Lil Kim, Mobb Deep, Method Man, Red Man, Warren G, and the slightly less veteran but still fun Fabolous. Also, Ja Rule

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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by Victor Massari

Alex G
Alex G

20-year-old Philly singer/songwriter Alex G has a vast discography with multiple releases dating back to 2010. On his two most recent LPs, Rules, and Trick, he captures the essence of songwriters like Elliott Smith and Isaac Brock, while combining elements of psychedelia and experimentation. On record, he plays almost all the instruments himself, but live he's joined by a full band, who add a sense of fullness not heard on his lo-fi recordings. You can catch him with that band in NYC when they play Knitting Factory on January 5 with Great Caesar, The Guru and Cold Fronts. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's his only announced date at the moment.

Maybe you caught him in NYC last month when he played the Birdtapes Halloween party at Silent Barn with Boy Crush (Sean from High Pop), Trace Mountains (Dave from LVL UP), Shelf Life (Scotty from Olive Drab), and Starry Cat (Sam from Julia Brown).

Also on that bill was likeminded songwriter R.L. Kelly (aka Rachel of Kiss Kiss Fantastic), who Alex recently released a split with on Birdtapes, which you can stream below.

R.L. Kelly is also featured on a new compilation tape put together by the THE LE SIGH, a new zine and blog highlighting women in music and art, which Birdtapes is also releasing. Other artists featured on the tape include Potty Mouth, Priests, and Frankie Cosmos. The compilation is in honor of The LE SIGH zine's debut issue, which will be celebrated with a launch party at Silent Barn on November 17. Frankie Cosmos is playing the party, along with Baby Mollusk, Lizard Kisses, and Whatever, Dad. The zine+tape bundle will be available to purchase at the show, and gets released online the next day (11/18).

Flyer for that party, along with song streams and live videos below...

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by Andrew Sacher

LVL UP

LVL UP is an indie rock four-piece, who notably shares two members with Spook Houses, and one with Sirs. Their debut full length, Space Brothers, came out in early 2012 via Evil Weevil and they're set to follow that with the Extra Worlds 7", which is due out on April 6 via Double Double Whammy. You can stream the scrappy rocker, "Graveyard," which will appear on that 7", at the bottom of this post. Meanwhile, we've also got the premiere of the video for "Nightshade" off of Space Brothers, a slow-burner that sees co-frontman Nick Corbo howling like Jeff Mangum over chords that sound better fit for a Built to Spill record. It's a solid cut and you can watch the video below.

Last Friday (2/8) during the snow storm, I wandered into a Purchase College apartment (which the members attend/attended) to catch LVL UP packing in some kid's living room, with about 90% of the crowd moshing and shouting the words. They'll be taking that raucous live show on the road this month for a few Northeast dates, including one in Brooklyn on February 23 at Shea Stadium with Krill, Porches, Butter the Children, and High Pop. A list of all dates, which includes shows with Waxahatchee, Eternal Summers, Joyce Manor, and others, is below.

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