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Car Seat Headrest at Market Hotel
Car Seat Headrest at Market Hotel in May (more by P Squared)

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

Car Seat Headrest, Naked Giants, Don Babylon @ Brooklyn Steel
Will Toledo and the rest of CSH play their first of two nights at Brooklyn Steel. You can still get tickets for tonight while Saturday is sold out.

Meat Beat Manifesto, Author and Punisher, Hellbent, Architect @ Irving Plaza
It’s night 2 of the industrial-minded Cold Waves festival, tonight headlined by UK greats Meat Beat Manifesto and also featuring one-man industrial band Author & Punisher.

ADULT., Plack Blague, Wetware @ Saint Vitus Bar
Not part of Cold Waves but certainly in the same universe is Detroit’s ADULT. who are celebrating the release of their very good new album, This Behavior.

Childish Gambino, Rae Sremmurd @ Madison Square Garden
Donald Glover is saying the next Childish Gambino album will be his last and this current tour will be his last tour with the project. Album details are still TBA, but he dropped a few new singles this year (including the great “This Is America” and its even better video), and he’s been doing a good mix of the new and the old at these shows. This is his first of two MSG shows, both of which are with hitmakers Rae Sremmurd, which is a very strong double bill.

Eyehategod, The Obsessed, Tombs, Unearthly Trance, Sanhedrin @ Brooklyn Bazaar
NOLA sludge lifers Eyehategod and reunited doom legends The Obsessed are on a tour together, and this amazing double bill is made even more amazing by the three killer local support bands this NYC show has: Tombs, Unearthly Trance, and Sanhedrin.

Okkervil River, Chris Mills @ Asbury Lanes
Indie rock vets Okkervil River are back in town supporting this year’s enjoyable In The Rainbow Rain. Having just played Brooklyn last night, they’re in Asbury Park tonight.

Kath Bloom, Linda Draper @ Wonders of Nature
Cult folk musician Kath Bloom is reissuing some of her classic ’80s albums with Loren Connors this year, and she’s also got a few shows, where she’ll presumably mix it up between her classics and her worthy recent material.

Chamberlain, Ricky Lewis @ Bowery Ballroom
Indianapolis post-hardcore/emo vets Chamberlain (fka Split Lip) reunited in 2009 and now they’re back again to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their Americana-inspired 1998 album, The Moon My Saddle.

Zeta, Recalculating, The City & Horses, Ala Muerta @ Gold Sounds
Venezuelan experimental post-hardcore band Zeta have a sound with elements of screamo, jazz, ska, and more. They kinda sound like a mix between Circle Takes the Square and At the Drive In, but even that description doesn’t do them justice. They’ve also been touring like crazy lately, and going by recent videos, their live show looks killer.

Mad Decent Block Party w/ Diplo, What So Not, TroyBoi, Walshy Fire, Diablo @ Brooklyn Mirage
Mad Decent Block Party skipped NYC last year but now it’s back (in a new location, Avant Gardner). Label head Diplo headlines.

Donny McCaslin @ Rough Trade
Saxophonist Donny McCaslin played on Bowie’s Blackstar, and has a collaborative album with Mark Kozelek and Jim White out next year, but he also makes his own music, too. He’s got a new solo album out in October and plays two nights at Rough Trade.

Ash, Lost Boy? @ Mercury Lounge
Getting their start in the mid-’90s when they were still in their teens, Ireland’s Ash hit it big with their second album 1977 and continued to have UK hits into the 2000s. They’re still going strong having released Islands earlier this year.

Sound of Ceres, Conor Hanwick @ Alphaville
Fresh off touring with Beach House, ethereal Brooklynites Sound of Ceres continue their  three-Friday residency at Alphaville tonight with onetime Drums member Connor Hanwick.

Basilica Soundscape w/ Efrim Menuck, Grouper, Spellling, Miho Hatori, Usnea, Hanif Abdurraqib, Boy Harsher @ Basilica Hudson
The 2018 edition of Basilica Soundscape kicks off tonight with a typically disparate group of artists, plus art installations, readings and unique collaborations.

MC50, Detroit Cobras @ The Paramount
Wayne Kramer celebrates the 50th anniversary of his classic proto-punk band MC5 with an assembled supergroup called MC50 that includes Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), drummer Brendan Canty (Fugazi), bassist Dug Pinnick (King’s X), and frontman Marcus Durant (Zen Guerrilla).

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
Alec Ounsworth and his current lineup of CYHSY bring the mid-’00s vibes to the open sea.

Maria Bamford @ The Bell House
It’s a shame that Maria’s terrific Amazon series, Lady Dynamite, didn’t get picked up for a third season — it was a truly original show from a truly original comedian.

Maxband (members of Parquet Courts), Drawing Boards, Bloodless @ Union Pool
Max Savage, drummer for Parquet Courts, has his own group, Maxband who play tonight with Drawing Boards (ft. members of Dirty on Purpose, Darlings, Sisters, and TEEN).

Justin Vivian Bond: A Star is Borned @ Joe’s Pub
Kiki & Herb cocreator Justin Vivian Bond brings this new show which stemmed “from a comic strip – called The Adventures of Chipra – created by Mx Bond’s 7th grade classmate who was all too well aware of the young ‘Chip’ Bond’s obsession with Barbra Streisand. A Star is Borned plumbs the depths of the over-the-top classic Hollywood melodrama ‘A Star is Born’ and the careers of the three queer icons who have made the role their own – until now!”

Gary Clark Jr. @ The Capitol Theatre
This is a rescheduled date for Gary who was originally supposed to play in June and his second of two nights at The Cap.

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

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