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What’s going on Wednesday? (The Ex, METZ/Bully, Bilal, RJD2, Trae Tha Truth, My Teenage Stride & more)

photos: The Ex at Monty Hall, 2015 (more by PSquared)
The Ex

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

The Ex, Bill Laswell, Colin Stetson, Happy Apple @ Le Poisson Rouge
Part of Winter Jazzfest, Dutch anarcho/post/punk/jazz collective The Ex headline this bill that features a bunch of other cool folk like Colin Stetson and Bill Laswell. Fingers crossed for a big group collaboration.

METZ, Bully, Palm @ Bowery Ballroom
METZ shows tend to be sensory overload experiences, with deafening volume set against strobes and stark lighting. Tonight’s their first of two NYC shows with terrific tour mates Bully (melodic, punky indie rock). Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday.

Bilal @ City Winery
Neo-soul singer Bilal has been at it for years, and in 2015 he returned with his solid In Another Life and made notable contributions to Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly. Tonight he kicks off his “winter residency” at City Winery (it’s just two shows, the second is next month). He’s promising “an electronic jazz presentations of his greatest works, feat. an all star cast of musicians and surprise guest.”

RJD2, Photay @ Brooklyn Bowl
The great underground hip hop producer RJD2 recently announced a new album, Dame Fortune, prefaced by the soulful single “Peace of What.” It sounds like his new stuff is something to look forward to, and we’ll likely hear some old faves tonight too. Local regular Photay opens tonight.

Trae Tha Truth, Sean Elliot @ Black Bear
Long-running, prolific Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth returned last year with Tha Truth and he’s already back this year with a great new single featuring Rick Ross and T.I.

El Goodo #15 w/ Dead Stars, Slonk Donkerson, My Teenage Stride, No Ice @ Shea Stadium
A super solid night of Brooklyn indie rock, including ’90s indie rock torchbearers Dead Stars, the very hooky Slonk Donkerson, and scene stalwarts My Teenage Stride.

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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