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Robyn at Aragon Ballroom
Robyn in Chicago on Wednesday (more by James Richards IV)

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

Robyn, Channel Tres, Kindness @ Madison Square Garden
Robyn returned in 2018 with her first album in eight years, Honey, and it was not just a worthy followup to Body Talk but one of the best albums of the year. She’s now supporting it on tour, including tonight’s massive, almost entirely sold out show at NYC’s Madison Square Garden.

The Sound of Animals Fighting, Planes Mistaken for Stars, The Saddest Landscape, Lorelei K @ Terminal 5
Experimental post-hardcore collective The Sound of Animals Fighting (members of RX Bandits, Circa Survive, and more) are on their first tour in five years and third tour ever, which lands in NYC tonight for their second NYC show ever. For this tour, they’re joined by Keith Goodwin (Good Old War, Days Away) for the first time since the 2006 shows, as well as Matthew Kelly (The Autumns). Making this rare show even more exciting is two great, long-running post-hardcore bands Planes Mistaken for Stars and The Saddest Landscape, who also haven’t played NYC in a while. And rounding out the all-around solid bill is alt-pop singer Lorelei K.

Cass McCombs, Sam Evian @ Bowery Ballroom
Cass McCombs went in more of a Grateful Dead-inspired direction than ever on this year’s great Tip of the Sphere, and he did so without losing sight of his own trademark sound. He’s supporting the album on tour now and this is his second of two NYC shows.

Elton John @ Barclays Center
Elton John’s very long goodbye tour treks on, with this the first of two Barclays dates. He’s been doing a spectacular show with tons of hits, and tonight is sure to be no exception.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Don Q, Trap Manny @ Brooklyn Steel
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie continues his meteoric rise with two sold-out NYC shows this wek, this being the second.

The Black Queen, Uniform, Kanga @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Dillinger Escape Plan are no more, but vocalist Greg Puciato is keeping busy with his dark electronic group The Black Queen, who also count Telefon Tel Aviv’s Joshua Eustis and DEP/NIN collaborator Steven Alexander as members. They’re on tour now with noisecore trio Uniform, which is a great pairing.

New Colossus Festival
If you miss the days of running around the Lower East Side and East Village during CMJ, New Colossus is here to put a little of that feeling back, with shows packed with emerging artists from around the world happening at Pianos, Arlene Grocery, The Delancey, Coney Island Baby, Bower Electric and Berlin Under A.

Yawn, Lava Fizz, Radiant Baby, Lev Snowe, Baywaves, Jonathan K, Ellis, Fatherson, Shade, St. Woods, Hussy @ Pianos (DAY SHOW)
If you also miss the days of calling in sick to work and heading to Ludlow St to catch a bunch of free CMJ day shows, New Colossus is bring that spirit back. This Pianos show features Montreal’s Radiant Baby and lots more. There’s a free day show at Arlene Grocery, too.

The Ninth Wave, Weeping Icon, Nastie Band, The Casual Sexists, TV Sets, Bruiser Queen @ Berlin Under A
A highlight of the New Colossus Festival, this show features local psych-punks Weeping Icon, St. Louis garage punks Bruiser Queen (who have a new 7″ coming out on Jesse Malin and Don DiLego’s Velvet Elk Records), and more.

Fontaines DC, Body Type @ Union Pool
Irish band Fontaines DC will soon be touring all over the place with IDLES but you can say you saw them here first, their NYC live debut. (They played last night too, so second.) If you got tickets, that is, as this show is sold out.

Weeknight, Beech Creeps, 1000 Yard Stare, Shop Talk @ The Glove
Gothy duo Weeknight would make a good house band at Twin Peaks’ Roadhouse, with their lonesome, twangy synthpop. they celebrate their new album tonight with great support from the highly underrated Beech Creeps.

TRISOMIE 21, Public Memory, Korine @ Brooklyn Bazaar
French coldwave vets TRISOMIE 21, who formed in 1981, just began their first-ever North American tour on Wednesday in Montreal and tonight is their first U.S. show.

The Monkees ft. Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz @ The Paramount
Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith will be playing Monkees favorites tonight, and you can expect tributes to Peter Tork and Davy Jones as well.

Hilary Woods, Fielded, Kinlaw @ The Park Church Co-Op
Dublin dark singer/songwriter Hilary Woods released her very good debut album Colt on Sacred Bones last year, and tonight she plays Greenpoint’s gorgeous Park Church Co-Op, which should be a great place to see her.

Sir Babygirl, Sunspeaker, Cat Cohen @ Baby’s All Right
Self-described “queer pop star” Sir Babygirl recently released her debut album Crush On Me, which combines a love of late ’90s / early ’00s teen pop with DIY production and mentality. If you wish the bubblegum pop of the past wasn’t so heteronormative, Sir Babygirl is here to fix that.

Fates Got A Driver (ex-Taking Back Sunday), At The Ready @ Knitting Factory
Though longtime/original Taking Back Sunday guitarist Eddie Reyes (also formerly of The Movielife, Mind Over Matter, and more) left TBS after nearly 20 years, he’s still an active musician and now playing with his new band Fates Got A Driver, whose music recalls the early 2000s post-hardcore/emo scene that TBS came from.

Nothing, Tony Molina, Candy @ Amityville Music Hall
Here’s a cool triple of bill of three acts that all share a punk spirit but sound very different: shoegazers Nothing, indie rocker Tony Molina, and hardcore crew Candy. They’re playing three NYC-area shows this week, this being the third and final one.

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

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