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What’s going on Sunday? (HEALTH, Thor, Okkervil River, Flamin’ Groovies, H2O, Pill, Frankie Cosmos & more)

photo: HEALTH at Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)
Health at Levitation 2015

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

HEALTH, Pictureplane, Very Much (DJ Set) @ Le Poisson Rouge
HEALTH tone down the noise a bit (but not completely) on their terrific new album Death Magic, which is the catchiest thing they’ve done yet. They didn’t “go pop” though; it’s still very weird. Pictureplane is a great fit to open the show.

Thor:”I Am Thor” Documentary Screening and Performance @ Saint Vitus
“Jon Mikl Thor was a bodybuilding, steel bending, brick smashing rock star in the 70’s & 80’s whose theatrical band THOR hit the scene alongside Metallica and Kiss, but never achieved the gold record status of its contemporaries.” The new documentary on him screens at Vitus tonight.

Flamin’ Groovies, Nude Beach, Miriam @ Baby’s All Right
Powerpop legends Flamin’ Groovies are back with guitarist Chris Wilson and a barrelful of good time, hook-filled classics. Next year’s their 50th anniversary with a new album on the way. They’re well-matched with Nude Beach.

Okkervil River (performing Black Sheep Boy) @ Bowery Ballroom
Okkervil River’s acclaimed album Black Sheep Boy turns 10 this year and the band are celebrating with a tour where they’re playing it live in full. This is the second of three nights at Bowery Ballroom. Sold out.

Jim Tews “Felines of New York” Book Release @ Littlefield
Jim Tews new photo book Felines of New York exposes the “furry underbelly of New York City’s most glamorous, self-important residents.” This release show will feature cat-related comedy from Todd Hanson (founder of The Onion), Maeve Higgins, Mike Polk, Doogie Horner, Mrs. Smith, Team Submarine, and Dr. Brett Levitzke,

Pill, Courtship Ritual, Winkie, The Naked Heroes, Plaque @ Palisades
Newly signed to Mexican Summer, Brooklyn’s skronky, sax-fueled post punks Pill are always fun live. The headline this dark-tinged bill that also features the slinky Courtship Ritual and the decidedly goth Winkie.

Future Punx, Way Out, Suicide Slide, Jason Bartell (of Fang Island) @ Union Pool
Future Punx released their terrific debut album, This is Post Wave, which is part concept album and part manifesto. All to a danceable, very new wave beat.

This American Life Presents: 12 Days of Christmas The Improv Show @ Bell House
Ira Glass and the TAL folks have put together an impressive lineup of talent for this holiday themed improv show, featuring with Mike Birbiglia, Chris Gethard, Tami Sagher, Aidy Bryant, Scott Adsit, and Sasheer Zamata. Unsurprisingly this is sold out.

H2O, Angel Du$t, Give @ Santos
New York punks H2O celebrated their 20th anniversary this year and released the new album Use Your Voice, which… certainly sounds like H2O. That’s not a bad thing though, they’re good at what they do.

Frankie Cosmos, All Dogs, Eskimeaux, Florist @ Webster Hall – Marlin Room
Frankie Cosmos’ twee-ish sound gets a bit more danceable on her new EP, which she celebrates tonight. Good openers too: scrappy pop punks All Dogs and Epoch bands Eskimeaux and Florist.

Johanna Warren, Two Inch Astronaut, Jonah Furman, Thelma @ Palisades
This is a cool bill, with the folky Johanna Warren, post-hardcore band Two Inch Astronaut, former Krill singer Jonah Furman, and Thelma.

Tribute to Nina Simone feat. Nick Hakim, Xenia Rubinos, Deva Mahal, Jaime Woods, Amy Leon, J. Hoard, Paris Monster @ Manhattan Inn
One of the first shows booked since The Hum’s Rachael Pazdan began booking Manhattan Inn is this tribute to the legendary Nina Simone, with a pretty great lineup of musicians.

Hans Chew, Rhyton @ Mercury Lounge
This is a good double bill of experimental music, with Hans Chew (of D. Charles Speer & the Helix and other projects) and trippy rock band Rhyton.

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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