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Quicksand at Concord Music Hall
Quicksand in Chicago last month (more by James Richards IV)

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

Quicksand, Glassjaw, Primitive Weapons @ Brooklyn Steel
Veteran New York post-hardcore bands Glassjaw and Quicksand both made major comebacks last year, having released their first albums in 15 and 22 years, respectively, both of which were very, very good, and picked right up where the bands’ respective discographies left off. They’re on tour together now, and tonight’s their second of two hometown-area shows. Both of these are with a newer New York post-hc band, Primitive Weapons (who share members with some older ones like Mind Over Matter and Errortype:11).

Against Me!, Cherry Glazerr, Taking Meds @ House of Vans
Since their comeback, Against Me! have been one of the most vital punk bands around, and their live shows are always an amazing time filled with positive, life-affirming vibes. This one’s also got killer direct support from garage punks Cherry Glazerr, who also…

Cherry Glazerr, Sloppy Jane @ Rough Trade (late show)
…head to Rough Trade for a smaller, headlining, late-night show afterwards. Opening is punk/art group Sloppy Jane, whose live show is unforgettable.

Beyonce & Jay-Z, Chloe x Halel 2 MetLife Stadium
Beyonce & Jay-Z recently released their collaborative album Everything Is Love, and it very much lives up to the hype. They’re now playing their first North American shows since its release, and this is their second of two MetLife Stadium shows.

Paint it Black, Screaming Females, GIVE, The HIRS Collective, Bacchae @ House of Independents
Philly melodic hardcore greats Paint It Black’s shows have been few and far between lately, and tonight they’re returning to the stage for an Asbury Park one-off with a killer support lineup: shredding punk trio Screaming Females, classic rock-inspired hardcore band GIVE, queer/grindcore collective HIRS, and post-punk band Bacchae.

Noname, Topaz Jones, Jazze Belle @ Prospect Park
This is one of the free BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival shows in Prospect Park, and it’s got a great lineup, headlined by Noname, whose skilled rapping is matched by her ace live band. There’s quality direct support from funk/rap crossover artist Topaz Jones.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Rocks Off Cruise
Funk legend George Clinton is forever relevant. He helped define psychedelic funk and soul as we know it in the early ’70s, he left a gigantic mark on hip hop, he went on to collaborate with many of the hip hop artists he inspired, and he still makes worthwhile music today. Earlier this year, Parliament released their first album in 38 years.

Alan Braufman featuring Cooper-Moore & James Brandon Lewis, Standing on the Corner @ National Sawdust
Downtown New York jazz vet Alan Braufman recently reissued his 1975 free jazz classic Valley of Search, and he’s performing it in Brooklyn tonight with Cooper-Moore (who played on the original 1975 album) and James Brandon Lewis. Opening the show is rising NYC avant-jazz group Standing on the Corner, which makes for a very cool multi-generational bill.

Seu Jorge @ Blue Note (2 shows)
Brazilian singer and Life Aquatic troubadour Seu Jorge continues his 10-night Blue Note residency.

Peter Wolf @ Lincoln Center/Damrosch Park Bandshell
Best known as the voice behind such J. Geils Band hits as “Love Stinks,” “Freeze Frame” and “Centerfold,” Peter Wolf plays tonight with the Super Souled Banned that includes Kool & the Gang’s Ronald Bell, the Beastie Boys’ Mix Master Mike, and guitarist Ray Parker Jr. (yes of “Ghostbusters” fame).

Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, Culture Club @ Stone Pony
No B-52s at this show (unlike much of their tour) but you do get hitmakers Culture Club and Tom Bailey who was singer of Thompson Twins. Sing loud to “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?,” “Hold Me Now” and more Big ’80s Hits.

Harmony Tividad (Girlpool), Ellen Kempner (Palehound), Maia Friedman (Dirty Projectors + Uni Ika Ai), Renata Zeiguer, Opal Hoyt (Zenizen), Zoë Brecher (Sad13), Loni Landon Dance Project, DJ Haram (Discwoman) @ Pioneer Works
Pioneer Works is co-presenting this show The Hum, and the night will begin “with a conversation on building community through collaboration in the performing arts” with The Hum’s Rachael Pazdan.

Kings of Leon, Public Access T.V. @ Pier 17 Rooftop
Having played the first official concert of the Pier 17 Rooftop Concert Series, Southern indie rock giants Kings of Leon and locals Public Access T.V. do it again tonight.

Titus Andronicus, Acid Dad @ Junction
As part of the Tommy Brull Foundation’s Shine A Light Music Series, Titus Andronicus play a full-band show at Long Island’s Junction tonight (most of their 2018 shows have been “acoustic”).

Show Me The Body, TrippJones, Dreamcrusher, Dogbreath, Bearcat, The Loosie Man @ Market Hotel
Show Me The Body have an impossible-to-pin-down sound that’s rooted in punk but goes far beyond the confines of the genre, and their crazy live show is where it’s at.

Dreadnought, InAeona, Bangladeafy!, Piggy Black Cross @ The Kingsland
Last year, Colorado’s Dreadnought released the excellent A Wake In Sacred Waves, which is sort of part doom metal, part psychedelic folk, and one of the better “metal” albums in recent memory that “just rock” fans would like. Tonight, they’re in NYC.

Green Velvet Presents La La Land w/ Carl Craig, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ Set), Prok & Fitch, Dajae, JDH & Dave P (Fixed) @ Brooklyn Mirage
Chicago house vet Green Velvet has put together a pretty awesome-sounding dance party that takes over indoor/outdoor venue Brooklyn Mirage tonight.

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

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