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What’s going on Thursday? (The Hold Steady, Sharon Jones, Blood Orange, Future Islands, Lanterns on the Lake & more)

The Hold Steady @ Pier 26, 2013 (more by Tracy Alison)
Hold Steady

Sharon Jones @ Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Sharon Jones

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows. Here are some highlights…

Blood Orange @ Webster Hall
What with the new Blood Orange album being called Cupid Deluxe and it being pretty close the 14th, we’re gonna call this a Valentine’s show. It’s certainly Dev Hynes’ biggest show yet. He’s certainly got the charisma to work a room this size (or bigger). Sold out.

The Hold Steady, Tim Barry @ MHOW
Literate bar rockers The Hold Steady just gave us a taste of their new album which was pretty Hold Steady-sounding and should sound great alongside the band’s classic material tonight. Get there early for Avail frontman Tim Barry.

Tenement, Night Birds, Vacation, Nuclear Santa Claust, The Groucho Marxists @ Death By Audio
It’s night 1 of the 3-night Don Giovanni showcases with an all-around great lineup. Unlike the next two nights which do have some quieter artists worked into the lineups, this one is punk all night and the tiny Death by Audio, it should be a pretty wild show.

Future Islands, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Lonnie Walker @ Bowery Ballroom
Newly signed to 4AD, Future Islands will be trying out much of their new album, Singles, which won’t be out till March. Sold out.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Valerie June @ Beacon Theatre
Soul powerhouse Sharon Jones is back in action with a new album following her cancer treatment and this is her first NYC show since then (not counting the Macy’s Parade). Should be a pretty special one. Opener Valerie June should impress with her powerful pipes too.

Lanterns on the Lake @ Mercury Lounge
This UK group make ethereal, widescreen rock that works dynamics hard, soaring one moment, swooping the next. Sigur Ros or Explosions in the Sky are good touchstones, but Lanterns on the Lake are doing their own thing. This is their first of two NYC shows this week.

Peter Walker, Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, Jesse Jarnow @ Baby’s All Right
Peter Walker is a cult legend in the raga guitar world, having played since the ’60s. Tonight he’s joined by Alex Bleeker’s (of Real Estate) bluesy psychedelic rock side project and WFMU DJ Jesse Jarnow spinning all Grateful Dead and Garcia vinyl. This is the venue’s first of two shows tonight (7 PM).

Celestial Shore, Friend Roulette, Zula @ Baby’s All Right
The late show is Baby’s is this strong bill of local bands that includes mathy indie popsters Celestial Shore, chamber pop collective Friend Roulette, and psych-pop band Zula.

Big Ups, Ovlov, Frankie Cosmos. LVL UP @ Silent Barn
Here’s another great local bill that brings together post-hardcore rippers Big Ups, Dinosaur Jr lovers Ovlov, folky indie rocker Frankie Cosmos, and power pop crunchers LVL UP.

Snowmine, This is Head, Vensaire @ Glasslands
Snowmine’s new album, Dialects, is out this week and they’ll be celebrating tonight. If you’re going don’t miss Swedish band This Is Head who mirror Snowmine’s wintry tendencies.

Wet, Gems @ Westway
Two of CMJ 2013’s most talked-about acts share one bill tonight. Get hyped.

Boveda, Ex-Caves, Laura Ortman @ Union Pool
Ex-Caves are Monotonix guitarist Yonatan Gat and filmmaker Elisa Da Prato whose multimedia performance is an on-the-fly AV explosion. Tonight they’ll be collaborating with Brooklyn psych band Boveda.

Heroes of Toolik, Antietam, The Wharton Tiers, Overcat @ Cake Shop
It’s a night of NYC indie rock vets, including true survivors Antietam and esteemed producer/percussionist Wharton Tiers.

Fabolous @ Stage 48
Fabolous may not currently be as visible as when “Young’n (Holla Back)” was everywhere, but he still finds ways to stay modern like his recent collaboration with Jeremih that he just made a video for.

or 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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