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Okkervil River @ Lincoln Center (photo by Sachyn Mital)

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

WFMU Record Fair @ Brooklyn Expo Center
The 2018 edition of WFMU’s annual celebration of vintage vinyl (and fundraiser for their station) kicks off tonight and there are over 200 vendors selling wax. Doors are offiicially at 7 PM but if you buy a weekend pass you can get in at 4 PM. We’ve got a coupon for $2 off daily admission and on Saturday and Sunday there are live performances and film screenings.

Okkervil River, Bridget St. John @ Rough Trade
Indie rock vets Okkervil River released their latest album, In The Rainbow Rain, today, and it reminds you that they’re still in very fine form (as their recent SXSW shows also did). Tonight’s the sold-out release show, and making it extra awesome, folk legend Bridget St John opens.

Viv Albertine Q&A @ Rough Trade
The former Slits guitarist just released her second memoir, To Throw Away Unopened, and she’ll be talking about it and signing copies of the book at this free Q&A. 7 PM.

Sonny and the Sunsets, EZTV @ The Bell House
On his new album Rod for Your Love, Sonny Smith hooked up with Dan Auerbach of Black Keys/Arcs who signed him to his new label, Easy Eye Sound, and also produced the album. It’s his first album in a long time under his own name, and it’s also a back-to-basics record for Smith, whose last few Sonny & The Sunsets records flirted with synths and new wave. If you dig the “Too Young to Burn” era, Rod for Your Love is definitely in that vein. Sonny’s an engaging performer and, if you catch him on the right night, a great storyteller.

Half Waif, Hovvdy, Lily and Horn Horse @ Baby’s All Right
Art pop musician Half Waif released her great third album (and first for Cascine), Lavender, today, and she celebrates with this Brooklyn show.

Minus the Bear, The Coathangers @ Irving Plaza
Math-pop vets Minus the Bear are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their proggiest album, Planet of Ice, by performing the album on tour. Tonight’s their third of three NYC-area shows with their Suicide Squeeze labelmates The Coathangers.

Meshell Ndegeocello, Hanna Benn @ (le) poisson rouge
Le Poisson Rouge’s 10th anniversary series continues tonight with genre-defying funk/soul/jazz/hip hop/rock/etc musician Meshell Ndegeocello. She recently released her new covers album, Ventriloquism.

Blitz The Ambassador, Lido Pimienta, The Chamanas @ BRIC House
Toronto’s Lido Pimienta, whose album La Pipessa won the 2017 Polaris Music Prize, plays this free show that’s part of the BRIC Open festival.

Peter Hook & The Light @ Brooklyn Steel
While New Order have kept a very similar setlist over the last 10 years of touring, former bassist Peter Hook and his current band The Light are more than happy to deep-dive through his old bands’ catalogues. For this tour he’s playing both New Order and Joy Division’s Substance compilations in full. The band features David Potts, who was singer for Hook’s ’90s band Monaco, who sounds a lot like Bernard Sumner and The Light shows are more fun than they probably have a right to be.

The Zambonis, Eradicator, Cold Wrecks, Early Riser @ Bushwick Public House
The world’s greatest (only?) hockey-themed pop-punk band (who kinda sound like The Replacements) are still on the ice some as they near their 30th anniversary.

Jonathan Toubin NY Night Train 10th Anniversary @ Home Sweet Home
Jonathan Toubin has been spinning “maximum rock’n’soul” vintage 45s at the “Shakin All Over”  party at Home Sweet Home for 10 years. Celebrate with him tonight.

Durand Jones & The Indications, Cassandra Jenkins @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Soul band Durand Jones & the Indications recently released a deluxe version of their self-titled debut album on Dead Oceans, and now they’re supporting it on tour. They play NYC tonight with talented singer/songwriter Cassandra Jenkins and again in May at Rough Trade.

Gov’t Mule @ The Capitol Theatre
Warren Haynes is busy as ever, and right now he’s on tour with his band Gov’t Mule who play two nights at the Cap this weekend (this is the first). In the summer, they’ll be back in the area for their ‘Dark Side of the Mule’ shows with The Avett Brothers.

Michael Nau & The Mighty Thread, The Dove & The Wolf, Mr. Husband @ Union Pool
Michael Nau of Page France and Cotton Jones has been busy with his solo career lately, and he returns to NYC tonight in the midst of a short Northeast tour.

BOYTOY, Metalleg, The Muckers @ Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn garage-psych quartet BOYTOY celebrate the release of their new album, Night Leaf, tonight.

Sunflower Bean @ Space Ninety 8
Having just played Bowery Ballroom last night, Sunflower Bean play Williamsburg’s Space Ninety 8 Urban Outfitters tonight. It’s a free show and there’s complimentary Sixpoint beer. 7 PM, RSVP here.

For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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