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The Music of David Bowie at Radio City Music Hall
Blondie at Radio City in 2016 (more by PSquared)

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

Blondie, Liz Phair, SASAMI @ House of Vans
This is an awesome multi-generational bill, with NYC punk pioneers Blondie headlining. Right before them, it’s ’90s indie rock icon Liz Phair, who was probably influenced by Blondie, and before Liz, it’s up and coming indie rocker SASAMI (ex-Cherry Glazerr), who was probably influenced by both Blondie and Liz Phair. The show is free with RSVP, which is now closed, and even if you RSVPed, it’s first come, first served. So get there on time!

Animal Collective (performing Sung Tongs), Laraaji @ Town Hall
Animal Collective recently announced a new album (that Panda Bear is not part of), but before it’s out, Panda Bear and Avey Tare are wrapping up a tour that has them performing their beloved 2004 album Sung Tongs as a duo. A far cry from the more electronic pop sounds that AnCo are known for now, Sung Tongs came out during the band’s “New Weird America” phase, and accordingly, the duo is performing the album with acoustic guitars and floor toms. This is their second of two shows at Town Hall, and cult artist Laraaji’s opening set is not to miss.

Petal, Camp Cope, Sidney Gish @ Bowery Ballroom
This is a great indie rock triple bill, with co-headliners Petal and Camp Cope, and promising opener Sidney Gish. Petal’s new album Magic Gone a more emotionally resonant and more musically diverse album than their debut, and Camp Cope’s new How to Socialise & Make Friends is one of the year’s most defiant, empowering indie-punk albums.

Weezer, Pixies, Sleigh Bells @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Though both bands’ new material isn’t so hot (and both are missing an essential bassist/backing vocalist), Weezer and Pixies are both responsible for some of the best indie/alternative rock albums ever, so it’s pretty exciting that they’re on the road together.

Lydia Lunch’s RETROVIRUS, Bambara, Sloppy Jane, Twin Guns @ Brooklyn Bazaar
No wave legend Lydia Lunch headlines this show with her RETROVIRUS project, and there are some cool openers that Lydia probably influenced, like noisy rockers Bambara and art punk group Sloppy Jane.

Anoushka Shankar, My Brightest Diamond @ Prospect Park
This is a cool, free double bill with sitar player Anoushka Shankar (daughter of Ravi) and art pop musician My Brightest Diamond, who has a new album on the way.

The Soul Rebels, Secret Sound @ Asbury Lanes
NOLA brass band The Soul Rebels always put on memorable shows, often because they bring out very cool guest rappers. But even with no guests, their show is worth experiencing.

Toots & the Maytals, Victory @ The Capitol Theatre
Reggae legends Toots & the Maytals, still led by frontman Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, are just outside of NYC tonight for a show at Port Chester’s Capitol Theatre.

Cindy Lee, Moon Diagrams @ Secret Project Robot
Patrick Flegel, formerly of Canadian band Women, now performs haunted pop under the name Cindy Lee and live shows are rare occurrences. Making this a sweet double bill is Moon Diagrams, aka Deerhunter’s Moses Archuleta.

Reigning Sound, The Piggies @ Monty Hall
Memphis soulful garage vets Reigning Sound headline Jonathan Toubin’s Soul Clap & Dance Off in Brooklyn on Saturday, but play this intimate show in Jersey City tonight.

Dramarama, Prima Donna, Palmyra Delran & the Doppel Gang @ Coney Island Baby
Jersey shore ’80s/’90s alt rockers Dramarama were college radio faves thanks to anthemic singles like “Anything Anything (I’ll Give You)” and “Last Cigarette.”

Sidi Toure @ The Safari Room at El Cortez
Malian artists and legendary Songhaï folk musician Sidi Touré led Gao’s regional orchestra, The Songhaï Stars, before going out on his own. He just released new album, Toubalbero, via Thrill Jockey.

Champagne SuperChillin, Tall Juan, Schade @ Our Wicked Lady
While their name might make you expect some sort of yacht rock Oasis tribute band, Champagne Superchillin are, in fact, Francophone-style psych-pop from right here in Brooklyn.

Springsteen on Broadway
The Boss continues his sold-out “Springsteen on Broadway” run at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which has now been extended through December. At these shows, Bruce is giving fans shows “that are as personal and as intimate as possible.”

Janeane Garofalo, Christian Finnegan, Wil Sylvince, Moody McCarthy, Akaash Singh, Dave Kinney @ EastVille Comedy Club
EastVille just moved from the East Village to downtown Brooklyn and tonight has two shows with mostly the same lineup except: the 8 PM show is headlined by Janeane Garofalo and the 10 PM show is headlined by Christian Finnegan.

Knapsack @ Crystal Lake
New stand up showcases crop up in New York every week, it seems, but rarely do they launch with such an impressive lineup as Knapsack, the new free showcase from Matt Strickland (MTV) and Colby Smith (Radio Free BK). Seaton C. Smith (Inside Amy Schumer, Conan, Late Night with Seth Meyers) has continued to conquer the NYC stand up scene since his Mulaney days. He’s joined by Louis Katz (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s Comedy Underground w/Dave Attell), Samantha Ruddy (Comedy Central, Brooklyn Magazine’s 50 Funniest People), Dan Black (Death By Roo Roo), Joe Rumrill (The Chris Gethard Show), and Mary Kate Doherty (MTV’s 420 Theater).

In Bad Taste @ Vital Joint
Ayo Edebiri, Ben Marshall, & Nicole Boyce host this monthly stand up show featuring PowerPoints, musical comedy, and more. This month’s showcase includes comedy from Edy Monica (The Special Without Brett Davis), Colin Burgess (UCB, Comedy Central), Sophie Zucker (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), and Andres Govea.

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

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