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Ex-Hex at Panorama Festival 2016 - Saturday
Ex Hex at Panorama 2016 (more courtesy of Panorama Music Festival)

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

Paul McCartney @ secret location
Paul McCartney’s new album is out today, and to celebrate he’s playing a show in a secret NYC location tonight. If you aren’t one of the lucky ones who figures out where it is and gets in, he’s also streaming the show on his YouTube channel.

Sloan @ White Eagle Hall
Canadian rock vets have been making music for 25+ years and few bands have as consistently good catalogs as them, including this year’s excellent 12. Tonight’s is “an evening with” show featuring two full sets.

Ethan Hawke, Ben Dickey, and Special Guest Charlie Sexton @ Rough Trade
Ethan Hawke will be at Rough Trade this afternoon to talk about Blaze, his feature film directorial debut which is about cult outlaw country singer Blaze Foley. along with its stars Ben Dickey and Charlie Sexton. Free, 1:30 PM.

Phil Lesh & very special friends, Harlem Gospel Choir, Terrapin Family Band, Nicki Bluhm, Eric Krasno, Talib Kweli, Robert Randolph @ Apollo Theater
This very impressive, Phil Lesh-headlined lineup is billed as Don’t Tell Me This Country Ain’t Go No Heart: A Benefit for Voter Participation, and proceeds go to Headcount. It’s the first time any Grateful Dead member will be playing Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater.

Sumac, Dalek, Infernal Coil @ Saint Vitus
Isis frontman Aaron Turner’s current band Sumac have an anticipated new album on the way, and they’ll presumably be playing some music from it tonight. Direct support comes from reunited industrial rap group Dalek.

The Queers, The Droogettes @ Rocks Off Cruise
Ramones and Beach Boys-worshipping punk vets The Queers are back in NYC to play a boat tonight.

Local H @ Asbury Lanes
Alt-rock lifers Local H are on a very special tour, where they’re promising “close to three hours of music” across two sets, with special guest John Haggerty of Naked Raygun and Pegboy joining them on guitar. The first set is a career spanning set and the second will have them playing 1998’s Pack Up The Cats in full for its 20th anniversary.

Lost Balloons, Pale Angels @ Union Pool
Lost Balloons are one of a few active Marked Men offshoots, and if you like The Marked Men, you’ll probably dig these guys too. Pale Angels make for well-matched support.

HR of Bad Brains @ The Safari Room at El Cortez
HR has been playing shows with Bad Brains again lately, and he’s also staying active as a solo artist. He plays Bushwick tonight.

Mark Kozelek @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Mark’s been busy, having released a solo album back in May, with a new Sun Kil Moon record in November and a collaborative LP with Donny McCaslin and Jim White in early 2019.

Ex Hex, EZTV @ The Bell House
The Bell House is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week, and tonight’s special is Many Timony’s glammy punk band Ex Hex (who will have a new LP out sooner than later) and Brooklyn’s jangling EZTV.

Candi Staton, Francis Aud @ Bowery Ballroom
Soul / R&B / disco great Candi Staton celebrates the release of her new album, Unstoppable, tonight.

Sound of Ceres, Sarah Kinlaw @ Alphaville
Fresh off touring with Beach House, ethereal Brooklynites Sound of Ceres kick off a three-Friday residency at Alphaville tonight.

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

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

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