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What’s going on Thursday? (Cursive, Seth Avett/Jessica Lea Mayfield, SMD, Young Thug/Travi$ Scott, Girl Band, more)

photo: Cursive @ FFF Fest 2012 (more by Glen Brown))
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…

Cursive, Beach Slang, John Congleton and the Nighty Nite @ Saint Vitus
Cursive are currently celebrating their great cello-filled 2003 album, The Ugly Organ, on this tour (with the album’s cellist, Gretta Cohn), and one of 2014’s best new punk bands Beach Slang is supporting. Indie rock go-to producer John Congleton’s band opens too. Tonight’s the last of three sold-out NYC shows.

Soak @ Rockwood Music Hall
UPDATE: travel delays postponed this show until Sunday (3/15) Nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2015 Poll, Berdie Monds-Watson (aka SOAK)’s music is delicate, sometimes beautiful, heartfelt stuff and her beyond-her-years voice carries much of the emotion. It’s a little like Camera Obscura…with a widescreen lens. This is her first NYC show.

Alabama Shakes, Songhoy Blues @ Beacon Theatre
Blues rockers Alabama Shakes got pretty huge off the strength of their 2012 debut, Boys & Girls, and needless to say there’s a lot of anticipation for its followup, Sound & Color, which comes out this April. Maybe they’ll preview some of it tonight, their second of two Beacon Theatre shows this week.

Seth Avett, Jessica Lea Mayfield @ Town Hall
Two mainstays of contemporary folk, Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield, have paid tribute to a man who’s influenced just about everyone in this scene, Elliot Smitt, on their new collaborative album. Tonight their tour in support of it hits NYC.

Girl Band, BBIGPIGG, Sick Feeling @ Baby’s All Right
Dublin Ireland quartet Girl Band (all-guys, for the record) hit hard with noisy, loud guitars and shouted vocals in the fine punk tradition of McLusky or The Fall. (Or, the shouty punks of your choosing.) Tonight’s their first American show and they also play Mercury Lounge on Friday.

Young Thug & Travi$ Scott @ Webster Hall (two shows)
Two of rap’s most rapidly rising stars come together for this double header at Webster Hall tonight, both of which are sold out. Young Thug put out three acclaimed mixtapes last year, and his singles “Stoner” and “Danny Glover” are basically inescapable. Travi$ Scott has been behind the scenes on Kanye, Drake and Big Sean’s new stuff, and his own new music (particularly new single “High Fashion”) is coming into its own too.

Simian Mobile Disco, Roman Flügel, JDH & Dave P @ Output
UK duo Simian Mobile Disco will be mixing it up with influential German electronic artist (and Ongaku/Klang/Playhouse label founder) Roman Flügel tonight.

Chris Brokaw, Norman Westberg, Matthew Mullane, DJ Ryan Naideau @ Union Pool
It’s an evening of contemporary guitar music with some pretty impressive names: Come/Codeine’s Chris Brokaw, Swans’ Norman Westberg, and VDSQ’s Matthew Mullane. Ryan Naideau (of Nude Beach and other bands) is on DJ duty.

The Monte De Rosas Band, Cool Ghouls, Nic Armstrong, Gunfight @ Cake Shop
San Francisco’s Cool Ghouls straddle a line between the present and the past. In tight with the current garage/psych scene, their sound also hearkens back to the days of Haight-Ashbury scene. Their very good sophomore album, A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rhye, was produced by Sonny Smith.

MillionYoung, Heat, See Through Dresses, Fatherson @ Pianos
Their tourmates Summer Heart got stuck in Sweden but Millionyoung continue on without them tonight. Also on the bill: Montreal’s Heat who make Strokes-y pop.

Advaeta, Beech Creeps, Dan Friel, Moondudes @ Silent Barn
It’s a night of experimental indie rock with the dirty, dissonant noise punk of Beech Creeps and electronic tinkerer Dan Friel.

Redinho, Lindsay Lowend, Gilligan Moss @ Cameo Gallery
It’s a late-night dance party at Cameo with Redinho (another breakout from the Numbers label, that’s also home to SOPHIE) and bass/glitch hop producer Lindsay Lowend.

Sage Francis, Ceschi, Metermaids @ Knitting Factory
Alternative rapper Sage Francis ended his hiatus last year with the new album Copper Gone, and he’s continuing to support it on his current tour.

Tom Scharpling, Jon Wurster @ The Bell House (2 shows)
Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster, the brains behind the newly relaunched The Best Show, have a 16-disc box set of the best bits from the show’s WFMU days coming out via the Numero Group this month and are doing four live shows over two nights at The Bell House. You can still get tickets to the 10:30 PM show.

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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