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Julia Holter at Primavera Sound
Julia Holter at Primavera Sound 2016 (more by Chris Graham)

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

Julia Holter, Jessica Moss @ Warsaw
Julia Holter is on the road supporting last year’s Aviary, which was sort of a return to the atmospheric sounds of Ekstasis and was very well received. This is her first NYC show since its release.

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Anderson .Paak’s career got a massive boost after he was featured on Dr. Dre’s 2015 album Compton, and last year Paak made his first album for Dre’s Aftermath label and first with Dre executive producing, Oxnard. He clearly aimed to make a very ambitious, capital-C Classic, and his efforts resulted in some pretty great songs. He’s supporting the album on this tour which finally lands in NYC tonight.

Jonathan Richman, Tommy Larkins @ Bowery Ballroom
His debut album with The Modern Lovers is a stone cold classic and if he did nothing else that would be enough, but JoJo has continued to make great, heartfelt music over the last 45 years, including last year’s SA. Live on stage, with Tommy Larkins on drums, is still the best place to experience his magic.

Thomas Middleditch & Ben Schwartz @ Carnegie Hall
You may mainly know Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz from Silicon Valley and Parks & Rec, but they are both supertalented improv comics and they show off their quick wits at these longform improv shows.

Show Me The Body, Tripp Jones, Slim Poppins, Dreamcrusher, Twisted Thing @ Brooklyn Bazaar
NYC hardcore weirdos Show Me The Body recently announced their first album for Loma Vista, Dog Whistle. It comes out in March but they’re playing this hometown show ahead of its release. Maybe they’ll debut some new songs?

Empress Of, Salt Cathedral @ Elsewhere Hall
Last year, Empress Of released her sophomore album Us, which was similar to the art pop of her 2015 debut Me but went in some new directions too. She’s supporting it on this tour and hitting Elsewhere Hall tonight and tomorrow.

Sunwatchers, Oneida @ The Glove
Brooklyn’s improvisational psych/jazz/punk quartet Sunwatchers celebrate the release of their new album, Illegal Moves (which is out via Trouble in Mind), tonight with Brooklyn indie rock greats Oneida.

Kim Petras, Ty Sunderland @ Elsewhere Zone One
Fast-rising pop singer Kim Petras recently released what she calls “the last songs of this era,” including a collaboration with SOPHIE. Her Elsewhere Zone One show is her first headlining show ever, and her first of two sold out nights at the venue.

Adia Victoria, Joshua Asante @ Rough Trade
Nashville singer/songwriter Adia Victoria just released her new album Silences, which was co-produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, and she celebrates at this record release show tonight.

Cheap Trick, Aaron Lee Tasjan @ The Capitol Theatre
Cheap Trick brought style, a quirky sense of humor, and and a glammy pop sensibility to rock at a time when it desperately needed all those things. We need it now, too.

Richard Buckner, Henry Black @ Mercury Lounge
Singer-songwriter Richard Buckner is currently on a living room tour but as most NYC living rooms are small, he’s playing Mercury Lounge.

The Losers Lounge Tribute to Aretha Franklin @ Joe’s Pub
Led as always by the great Joe McGinty, he and his orchestra, plus a bunch of guest vocalists, will pay tribute to the Queen of Soul at two shows tonight. These are always a lot of fun.

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

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