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What’s going on Thursday? (Lykke Li, Mastodon, Lily Allen, Afghan Whigs, Chad VanGaalen, Cibo Matto & more)

Lykke Li @ Party at the Garden 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Lykke Li

Afghan Whigs @ Coachella 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Afghan Whigs

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

Lykke Li @ Apollo Theater
Following Tuesday’s Party at the Garden appearance, Swedish songstress Lykke Li — whose new album I Never Learn was just released — plays a proper show at another of NYC’s more stately venues.

Psychemagik, Joakim, JDH & Dave P @ LPR
UK duo Psychemagik make disco synth-funk that fans of Daft Punk, Justice or DFA Records will likely dig, and Joakim, having opened for Holy Ghost, should be a good fit.

Mastodon, Gojira, Kvelertak @ Terminal 5
It’s a great triple bill for metal at Terminal 5 tonight with the Georgia sludge masters Mastodon who have a new album out (stream a track), French progressive death metal vets Gojira, and Norwegian black ‘n’ roll guitar swingers Kvelertak. Sold out.

The Afghan Whigs, Carina Round @ Brooklyn Bowl
’90s-era indie rockers Afghan Whigs released Do to the Beast last month, their first album in 16 years. Greg Duuli and co don’t really sound worse for wear. Sold out.

The Underachievers, Denzel Curry, Dillon Cooper @ Irving Plaza
NYC rap duo The Underachievers never go easy on the drug references, and we’re not endorsing anything, but they make the right kind of music to go with the blunt smoke that will likely fill Irving tonight.

Tokyo Police Club, Geographer, Said the Whale @ Webster Hall
Agreeable Canadian indie band TPC just released their new album, Force Field, which offers up more of the band’s breezy guitar pop.

Blood Red Shoes, Radkey @ Mercury Lounge
Brighton, UK duo Blood Red Shoes raise a ruckus, making highly danceable rock (and putting on a well-regarded live show). The band’s self-titled fourth album came out in March.

Chad VanGaalen, Cousins, Bry Webb @ The Bell House
CVG’s 2013 album, Shrink Dust, was quirkier and more eccentric side — tons of terrifically weird sounds going — than the indie folk most associate with him. Openers are good too: Halifax duo Cousins, and Bry Webb of The Constantines.

Amen Dunes, Helm, Hubble @ Baby’s All Right
Spooky, spectral folk artist Amen Dunes went straight for the heart on new album, Love, his most straightforward album to date. Support at this show comes from London experimentalist Helm and Hubble (aka Ben Greenberg of The Men and other bands).

Cibo Matto, Javelin, JD Samson (of Le Tigre) @ Brooklyn Bridge Park
The second of the free Celebrate Brooklyn Dance Parties, tonight’s show brings us food-obsessed Japanese duo Cibo Matto, chillwave survivors Javelin and Le Tigre/MEN’s JD Samson on DJ duties. All this set against the spectacular view of Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan’s skyline.

Jackmaster, Free Magic, Sheepshead @ Cameo Gallery
Jackmaster co-runs the Numbers label, who has put out music by Rustie, Jamie xx, Hudson Mohawke, SBTRKT and others. While those names may be bigger than Jackmaster, his own music is worthy as well.

Sugarm, Mincemeat Or Tenspeed, Darren Keen, Radio Shock @ Death by Audio
It’s a full night of electronic/noise/experimental at Death by Audio tonight, capping off with Sugarm who’s becoming a regular around here.

Lily Allen @ Highline Ballroom
Having released Sheezus, her perhaps ill-advisedly titled first album in five years, Lily Allen is also playing her first NYC show in half a decade. Even if it’s not the return-to-form we were hoping for, it’s still nice to have her back.

Daedelus, Shigeto, Mark Guillana, Elvind Opsvik, Graham Haynes @ Littlefield
After playing Wednesday’s Night of Improvised Round Robin Duets, Daedelus and Shigeto will try some songs they’ve actually played before.

Metronomy, Cloud Control @ MHOW
Metronomy’s new album, Love Letters, was an all-analogue affair, coming off more like something from the ’70s, though still viewed through leader Joe Mount’s quirky worldview. Live, it’s a little more dancey… and a a little more magenta.

Nadastrom, Sabo, Ape Drums @ Output
This week’s INPUT party at Output is doubling as one of Dave Nada’s Moombahton Massive parties, and as you may expect, it’s a night full of moombahton from Dave’s own project Nadastrom (with Matt Nordstrom), plus Sabo and Ape Drums.

Oberhofer, Radical Dads, Chaos Chaos @ Pier 2 at Brooklyn Bridge Park
This is a free outdoor show, and one of the official pre-parties for the NYRR Five-Borough Series, tonight featuring Oberhofer, Radical Dads, and Chaos Chaos.

Les Bonhommes, Crosss, Invisible Days, Jeremy and the Symbols @ Shea Stadium
There’s some good bands at Shea tonight including Deerhoof/Rainer Maria-related band Les Bonhommes and Canadian heavy psych band Crosss.

Analog Rebellion, Pretty & Nice, Art Decade, Honduras @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Fans of superior guitar pop could do a lot worse than this show, with Boston’s new wave/power pop combo Pretty & Nice, Brooklyn’s Brit-garage lovers Honduras, and more.

Glass Animals, People Get Ready, Kitty, Moons, Fascinator, Kitty Cash, Blondes, and DJ Banacrisp @ The Westway
This is a benefit show for Fountain House which aids the recovery of men and women with mental illness. It’s a jam packed bill at this very small way West Side club.

A Place to Bury Strangers, Spires, LODRO @ The Wick
Ten years on, APTBS are still one of Brooklyn’s loudest bands. They’ll be letting ‘er rip — and trying out songs from their new album — tonight with openers Spires and Lodro, the latter of whom are a last-minute sub for Grooms.

Pigeon, Reverse the Curse, Signals Midwest, Living Room @ Grand Victory
It’s a varied bill at Grand Victory tonight, and if you’re stopping by it’d be worth catching melodic Cleveland punks Signals Midwest, whose most recent album came out last year on Tiny Engines, home to The Hotelier, Somos, Little Big League and others.

Eddie Izzard @ Beacon Theatre
Eddie Izzard brings his current show (which he’s translated and performs in three languages!), “Force Majeure,” to North America and a string of shows at Beacon.

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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