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What’s going on Monday? (Polica, AC Newman, Lust for Youth, Phantogram, Dave Harrington, Haley Bonar, more)

Polica at Radio City in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Polica

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

Polica, Lolawolf @ Bowery Ballroom
Polica’s mix of R&B, indie pop and a folkier sense of songwriting make for an eclectic mix that’s always fun live thanks to Channy’s dance moves and the double drummer attack.

Dave Harrington (of Darkside), Valentin Stip (DJ set) @ Baby’s All Right
When not playing in Darkside with Nicolas Jaar, Dave Harrington continues to make excellent music on his own. Tonight’s his EP release and he’ll be joined by a DJ set from Valentin Stip of Nico Jaar’s label.

Liquor Store, White Mystery, Dirty Fences, Neighbors @ Cake Shop
It’s a punk rock night with Chicago duo White Mystery bringing a dose of color (red) to an otherwise all-NYC bill.

Primitive Hearts, Pookie & The Poodlez, RIPS, Souvenir Stand @ Death by Audio
It’s a double-dose of California wimp punk pop, with Oakland’s Primitive Hearts and Pookie & the Poodlez. Check out their split 7″ below.

Incan Abraham, Cultfever @ Mercury Lounge
LA’s Incan Abraham sound like they’ve absorbed much of the popular indie pop of the last few years with their ’80s synths, reverb and breezy rhythms.

Lust For Youth @ Rough Trade (7 PM free in-store)
Copenhagen’s Lust For Youth make danceable synth pop with a melodramatic vocalist who has more in common with their post-punk neighbors Lower than other contemporary bands tagged “synth pop.”

Haley Bonar, Lapland, Ocean Carolina @ Rough Trade
Bonar is a distinctive singer-songwriter, rarely sticking to singer-songwriter tropes, always opting for inventive instrumentation and arrangements as a showcase for her clear voice and songwriting chops. Her new album, Last War, is well worth checking out.

Ask Me Another w/ Doug Liman @ The Bell House
WNYC’s popular puzzles and games show goes live in front of a studio audience tonight. This episode’s guest: filmmaker Doug Liman who got his start directing Swingers but now makes big budget blockbusters like the just-released Edge of Tomorrow.

Night Train w/ Chris Gethard, Kate Berlant, Brooks Wheelan, Sheng Wang, AC Newman
It’s a particularly good edition of Wyatt Cenac’s night train tonight, with Chris Gethard, Kate Berlant, SNL castmember Brooks Wheelan…and New Pornographers’ AC Newman. Only $8.

Phantogram, Lip Talk @ Terminal 5
Phantogram went from being ethereal pop to pure pop on their new album, Voices.

DakhaBrakha, Poor Rich Boy @ Brookfield Place (FREE)
Ukraine’s DakhaBrakha combine the traditional music of their home country with more Western sounds. They just played Bonnaroo over the weekend and will play this free NYC show before returning home. Pakistan’s Poor Rich Boy open.

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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