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Big Star
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Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...

First and foremost, today is the Gay Pride Parade in Manhattan!

Today is also your last chance to drink at Motor City. RIP Motor City.

Big Star's Third: An Orchestrated Performance @ Central Park Summerstage (FREE)
A tribute to Alex Chilton, the Summerstage show is a Who's Who of powerpop, '80s jangle, and other devotees, including Mike Mills, Jody Stephens, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Marshall Crenshaw, Pete Yorn, Reeve Carney, Mitch Easter, and more. 7PM - 10 PM.

X-Ray Spex Tribute w/ Militia, The Suzan, The Shivering Brigade @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Speaking of good tribute shows, X-Ray Spex (whose singer Poly Styrene passed away in 2011) are being honored at The Studio at Webster Hall today with sets from Militia, The Suzan, and The Shivering Brigade. Tickets for this show are still available.

Geto Boys @ BB King's
Legendary rap crew Geto Boys are still kicking, but they don't make their way to these parts very often, so tonight's a rare opportunity to see them in NYC, and one that's not to be missed. Recent setlists have included classics like "Still," "Mind Playing Tricks On Me," "Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta," and so much more, so tonight should be a pretty fun show.

Reigning Sound @ Maxwell's
Memphis' soulful garage rockers Reigning Sound (fronted by true-believer Greg Cartwright) just played 4Knots and they're sticking around for another show at Maxwell's. Tickets are still available. Go to Maxwell's while you still can.

Phosphorescent @ The Surf Lodge (FREE)
Still riding high on excellent new album Muchacho, Phosphorescent plays a free show at one of the most idyllic venues in the NY area: Montauk's Surf Lodge. So if you're out that way, why wouldn't you go?

Real Estate, Glenn Mercer Band @ Kasschau Memorial Shell
Like they did last year, Real Estate will play a show in their former hometown of Ridgewood, NJ tonight to benefit the Nick Currey Fund for cancer research (the show is free but donations are welcome). Tonight's show is also with Glenn Mercer of The Feelies (whose July 4 run at Maxwell's is just around the corner).

Small Black, Heavenly Beat @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Having come out the other side of chillwave, Brooklyn synth pop combo Small Black released the enjoyable Limits of Desire earlier this year. Tonight they play a hometown show breezy openers Heavenly Beat. Tickets are still available.

Plow United, Mikey Erg, The Blank Postcards, Chris Gethard @ Saint Vitus
'90s era pop punks Plow United reunited this year, and they're back for another NYC show tonight at Brooklyn venue Saint Vitus. Also on the bill is Mikey Erg (of The Ergs), The Blank Postcards, and comedian Chris Gethard (whose show the band appeared on back in March).

Steve Arrington, Chin Chin, Kwesi Kankam, DJ Lady Miss Kier @ Union Pool
Steve Arrington of Ohio funk band Slave (who were around from the '70s to the '90s) is playing a small Brooklyn show tonight at Union Pool, backed by Chin Chin, who also open. Lady Miss Kier of Deee-Lite will be on the boards tonight too.

Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family), Reggie Pace (Bon Iver), Holly Herndon & more @ Brookfield Place Plaza (Ecstatic Summer)
Ecstatic Summer 2013 wraps up its two-day stay at Brookfield Place Plaza today as part of the River to River Festival. Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family), Reggie Pace (Bon Iver), Holly Herndon and more will be premiering new compositions performed by members of The National, yMusic, Plastic Ono Band and more. Like all River to River events, this one is free and open to the public. 5 PM start.

Night Beds, Jenny O, Idiot Glee @ Glasslands
Indie folk band Night Beds (led by main man Winston Yellen) released their debut album, Country Sleep, earlier this year, and having done a good amount of touring for it already, they'll return to NYC for a Glasslands show tonight.

Twin Berlin, Happy Lives, Le Goons, Hippy, Dog Water @ Cake Shop (FREE) Looking to catch some good new local talent for not much money? Tonight's show at Cake Shop is free. '90s-leaning indie rockers Hippy are especially worth checking out and you can stream their newest album, Almost Live, below.

Burnt Ones, Pop Zeus, Rips, The Chickenhawks @ Death by Audio
Good local talent over at Death by Audio too, where Brooklyn power pop band Pop Zeus play, and are worth catching.

Hugh Masekela @ Jazz Standard
The legendary horn player wraps up his 4-night run at the Jazz Standard tonight.

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Motor City

We knew it was coming but now we know when. Ludlow St. bar Motor City's last day of slinging booze and rock n' roll will be June 30. A week before -- Sunday, June 23 -- they're throwing a big goodbye party from 4 PM - 4 AM. The day will feature live music from Tall Black Girls, Baby Shakes, The Othermen, The Swingin' Neckbreakers (w/ special guest Jukebox Jodi) from 5 PM - 7 PM. After that DJs will include Jonathan Toubin, Alex Corporan, Dion Lunadon (APTBS), Jo Murray, Baz, Trash Only, and Gizmo with dancing from Anna CopaCabanna.

The party is free, so come out and say goodbye to a Lower East Side institution. With Max Fish leaving soon too, Ludlow St. will be a different place.

Motor City

Time Out commenter Jukebox Jodi writes:

Been bartending at Motor City since the doors opened almost 17 years ago! We play all kinds of Rock'n'Roll, R&B, Soul, Garage, from the 50's and 60's to Punk to Rock to now. We have set the standard for the best Music on the Lower East Side and everyone has tried to copy us,but we always manage to stay one step ahead of them! Wednesday Happy Hour and Friday Nights are my nights in which the above mentioned music is showcased! Weds. I do gourmet cocktails for 2 for 1 Happy Hour, and Friday Nights we have the amazing Go-Go Goddess, "Anna Copa Cabana" shaking her shimmy to the 60's grooves dance party! Stop by for some fun!
That comment, which sums up what it was like at the LES mainstay, was written in October. Now comes word that the around-18 year old bar is closing soon. According to a long-time DJ there, one of the owners sent out an email yesterday letting people know that the lease is up on February 28th, and that they'll be closed by June.

Head over to 127 Ludlow Street for one last drink while you have the chance, and leave your Motor City experiences here in the comments.

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The Facebook Invite reads:

For those of you who know Jonathan you know hands down he is one of the greatest and most generous human beings on this planet and right now he needs all of us to show him some love. Friday night there will be a benefit for Jon at both Home Sweet Home & Motor City. Please come out!


8PM - 9PM Ethan Miller
9PM - 10PM Andy Animal/Danny Goldshtein
11PM - 4AM Josh Styles/Billy & Miriam of NORTON RECORDS

There will also be a raffle for a bunch NORTON RECORDS merchandise!
$10 suggested donation! ALL MONEY GOING TO JONATHON!


10PM - 4AM Drew Redmond/Jerry Lee

Suzanne Rogaleski will be donating a private trapeze lesson to raffle winner!

Jonathan is currently in a Portland hospital after a horrible freak accident yesterday.

Screaming Females @ Terminal 5 in December (more by Chris La Putt)
Screaming Females

New York Night Train, the almost-nightly dance party run by DJ Jonathan Toubin, will be hosting New Year's Eve events at three LES venues this year. Cake Shop, Home Sweet Home and Motor City (127 Ludlow) are signed on for the event with all-night liquor licenses. Cake Shop is the real highlight though. Bands playing the basement there include Talk Normal, Screaming Females, Frankie and the Outs and CSC Funk Band (ex-USAisamonster), while the other two venues get a few bands (like A.R.E. Weapons) and a slew of DJs, comedians, burlesque performers and more. More details are below.

For Frankie & The Outs, it's one of two New Years Eve shows. They'll also be at the Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn with Beach Fossils, We Are Country Mice, Lemonade and Surfer Blood. Tickets are on sale.

Screaming Females have a few upcoming shows too - they play with Bouncing Souls in Asbury Park on December 29th, and kick off their February tour with JEFF the Brotherhood with a Feb. 6 Bowery Ballroom showcase for their label Don Giovanni.

Before then, there are plenty of chances to catch the NY Night Train crew in holiday party mode. Tonight (12/21) Jonathan Toubin DJs with Revered Vince Anderson at his weekly Union Pool residency. Toubin will also be spinning at the BV-sponsored Jewltide 7 party happening at Southpaw on Christmas Eve (12/24). Tickets are on sale and the flyer is below with a full schedule...

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