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What’s going on Wednesday? (Sharon Van Etten, Helmet, Paul Collins, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Helado Negro & more)

photo: Sharon Van Etten in Austin in 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…

Sharon Van Etten, Leon Bridges @ Warsaw
Sharon Van Etten’s 2014 album, Are We There, ended up on a ton of year-end lists (including our own), and deservedly so because few of her peers can craft a song like SVE. Tonight she begins her 2-night stand at Warsaw. Both sold out.

Helmet @ Bowery Ballroom
20 years ago Helmet released their third album, Betty, which saw them pushing alt-metal’s boundaries and incorporating sounds from outside the genre. Now for its anniversary, they’re playing the album in full on this tour which hits NYC for three sold-out shows. This is the first.

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, GDFX, GABI, Austin Cesear @ Baby’s All Right
On his new album A Year with 13 Moons, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma weaves sonic tapestries of ethereal beauty, chilled out beats and white noise. Is it a little like Ulrich Schnauss? At times, yes. (It’s weirder,though.) He plays tonight with GABI who is signed to Mexican Summer imprint Software.

Paul Collins’ Beat, Dirty Fences, Memorial Gore @ Cake Shop
Former Nerves songwriter and power pop godfather Paul Collins helped pioneer a jangly sound that’s still being imitated today. Catch him tonight with two local garage pop bands.

Helado Negro, thingNY @ Merkin Concert Hall
Part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, Helado Negro (aka Robert Carlos Lange) performs his “Brain Finger Composition,” in which he controls musical parameters using yarn tethered to live musicians, with help from experimental music collective thingNY.

Beverly @ Jewish Museum
This is the opening celebration of the Jewish Museum’s “Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power,” with a performance by Brooklyn indie pop band Beverly. Also: open bar.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg’s Cameo. No word on who’s performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.

Colin Hay @ City Winery
Who can it be now? It’s former Men at Work singer Colin Hay, who plays the final of his three City Winery shows this evening.

Assembly: Aaron Arntz, Ben Campbell & Christopher Bear @ Manhattan Inn
Grizzly Bear drummer Christopher Bear’s trio with live GB member Aaron Arntz and Joakim collaborator Ben Campbell play this free late show at Manhattan Inn tonight. 10:30 start.

Res @ Rockwood Musc Hall
Res is probably best known for frequently collaborating with Talib Kweli and forming the group Idle Warship with him, but tonight she plays this show on her own.

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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