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The Meadows 2017 - Friday
Jay-Z at The Meadows 2017 (more by P Squared)

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

Jay-Z @ Webster Hall
Webster Hall finally re-opens tonight, and they’re kicking things off on a very high note with New York’s own Jay-Z. Webster Hall is of course a VERY small show for Jay, and tickets unsurprisingly sold out immediately, and Jay is using the intimate occasion to do one of his “B-Sides” shows which feature older songs and deep cuts.

The WFMU Record Fair @ Brooklyn Expo Center
It’s WFMU’s annual fundraiser and vinyl-a-palooza with tables of vintage wax filling up nearly every inch of the Expo Center, plus food, drinks, games, live radio broadcasts and more. Friday hours are a little different this year: 4-8 PM. We’ve got a coupon for $3 off admission.

PUP, Ratboys, Diet Cig @ Brooklyn Steel
PUP are fresh off releasing Morbid Stuff, their best album yet and one of the year’s best punk albums, and they’re bigger than ever. This show is long sold out and PUP already revealed that they’ll be back in NYC this fall for a show at the larger Terminal 5.

Foxing, Now Now, Daddy Issues @ Warsaw
Foxing are still riding high off the release of their great 2018 album Nearer My God, which was their most ambitious and genre-defying album yet. Their live show is also exceptional in a different way than their albums, so it’s exciting that they’re back in NYC tonight, especially with quality co-headliners Now, Now and openers Daddy Issues.

Hot Water Music, Errortype: 11, Iron Chic @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Gravelly-voiced punk greats Hot Water Music are on the road playing two of their most loved albums in full, Caution and No Division. Tonight’s No Division night in Brooklyn. Likeminded newer band Iron Chic and the reunited Errortype:11 open, and that’s a pretty amazing triple bill.

Tribeca Film Festival
The 2019 edition of the Tribeca Film Festival continues today with movies all over the city, including Trey Anastasio documentary Between Me and My Mind at Beacon Theatre which includes a performance by Trey Anastasio Band.

Yo La Tengo, Yung Wu @ The Stone Pony
Part of the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival, Yo La Tengo perform with a rare opening appearance by Yung Wu (aka The Feelies but with percussionist Dave Weckerman taking lead).

King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard (Q&A, signing) @ Rough Trade
The Gizz’s new album, Fishing for Fishies, is out today and the band’s Stu Mackenzie and Eric Moore will be on hand to talk about the album and sign copies too.

Confidence Man, Nothing Matters @ Knitting Factory
These are dark times and sometimes you just want music that’s first and foremost fun. Australian dancerock duo Confidence Man deliver hook-forward danceable pop — descended from the late-’00s era that gave us New Young Pony Club, Teddy Bears and The Ting Tings — that knows just how frivolous it is and embraces it.

Orville Peck, Devon Church, Tierra Del Fuego @ Elsewhere
Masked and mysterious, lone ranger dreampop country crooner Orville Peck just released his debut album via Sub Pop.

Desertfest w/ Black Cobra, Here Lies Man, High Tone, Son Of A Bitch, Heavy Temple @ Saint Vitus
The first-ever NYC edition of stoner metal festival Desertfest is this weekend at Saint Vitus and The Well, and today’s lineup includes San Francisco sludge greats Black Cobra, Afrobeat metal band Here Lies Man, and more.

Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore, Gary Olson @ Union Pool
Folk singer Meg Baird and harpist Mary Lattimore teamed up last year for the collaborative album Ghost Forests, which was pretty much the best of both worlds for fans of these two artists. Tonight, they bring those songs to life at Union Pool.

Cokie the Clown and the Fentanyls @ Brooklyn Bazaar
NOFX frontman Fat Mike just released his debut album under his Cokie the Clown alter-ego today, and though the album has a little bit of NOFX-style punk, it’s mostly an album of downer ballads that fit the “sad clown” vibes of this project. He celebrates the LP in Brooklyn tonight.

Laura Gibson, Jesse Marchant @ The Loft at City Winery
Indie singer/songwriter Laura Gibson released her enjoyable new album Goners last year on Barsuk, and she brings her tour in support of it to NYC tonight.

Emily Reo, Foxes in Fiction, Felicia Douglass @ Baby’s All Right
Fresh off releasing her shimmering new alt-pop album Only You Can See It, Emily Reo brings her tour with her old pals Foxes In Fiction to Baby’s tonight.

Blockhead, Nick Hook @ Mercury Lounge
Mercury Lounge’s 25th anniversary celebration continues tonight with long-running underground rap producer Blockhead, who put out his new guest-filled LP Free Sweatpants this year.

Sheer Mag, Night Birds, The Smarthearts @ White Eagle Hall
Classic rock-inspired Philly punks Sheer Mag are on tour now and they’re hitting Jersey City tonight with surf/skate punks Night Birds and the Sheer Mag-related Smarthearts.

Kirk Douglas with Hundred Watt Heart @ Chelsea Music Hall
The Roots’ Kirk Douglas has a new Led Zeppelin-esque project called Hundred Watt Heart and they’re playing a free NYC show tonight for the Soul in the Horn party. Talib Kweli is one of the DJs for the evening, and special guests are common at these parties.

Classic Deep Purple Live performed by Glenn Hughes @ Iridium
Glenn Hughes was one of the vocalists in Burn-era Deep Purple and his wail still sounds great today. If you’re looking to hear that era of the band performed the way you remember it, this is one of your best bets.

Ratas En Zelo, Isador, Liberty Styles, Laura Peñate  @ Market Hotel (ABOLISH ICE: Benefit for New Sanctuary Coalition)
Market Hotel hosts a multi-genre show for a good cause, headlined by local punks Ratas En Zelo who are always worth catching.

Jackie Mendoza, New Optimism, Pecas @ Park Church Co-Op
California’s Jackie Mendoza makes hazy dreampop inspired by her Tijuana upbringing and might be the only artist in her genre center her music around the ukulele. She’s signed to Luminelle Records that is also home to Anemone, Helena Deland, Munya and more. Tonight’s her EP release show.

The O’Jays @ The Apollo
Still led by Eddie Levert, The O’Jays will bring their many hits — including “Love Train,” “Back Stabbers,” and “Use ta Be My Girl” — to the iconic Apollo tonight.

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

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