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Jawbox at Brooklyn Steel
J Robbins with Jawbox at Brooklyn Steel in June (more by P Squared)

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

J. Robbins (of Jawbox), LAPeCHE, Ageist @ Saint Vitus
Jawbox made a triumphant return this year with their first shows in 20+ years, and frontman J Robbins is also staying busy with his solo career. He released his first-ever (and very good) solo album, Un-becoming, and then a two-song single, and now his solo tour hits NYC for a BrooklynVegan-presented show. Opening are two bands who have worked with J Robbins: LAPêCHE (who also opened part of the Jawbox tour earlier this year and feature members of Small Brown Bike and Strikeforce Diablo) and Ageist (members of Thursday, Errortype:11, Primitive Weapons, more).

Bad Bunny @ Barclays Center
Bad Bunny remains unstoppable. He followed a string of gigantic singles with his excellent debut album X 100PRE at the tail-end of 2018 and then put out a great collab album with J Balvin this year, plus he released even more singles. He returns to NYC to headline the massive Barclays Center tonight.

The Cult, Spirit Animal @ The Wellmont Theater
The Cult are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their breakthrough album A Sonic Temple which score then a U.S. Top 40 hit with “Fire Woman.”

Bob Dylan @ Beacon Theatre
The great Bob Dylan wraps up his intimate ten-night run at Beacon Theatre with his band. Setlists at the previous nine shows have been all but identical (and loaded with hits) but maybe he’ll switch it up for the finale?

Bedouine, Sam Cohen @ (le) poisson rouge
Even more than on her debut album, Azniv Korkejian is channelling ’60s/’70s outsider folk on this year’s terrific Bird Songs of a Killjoy. Sam Cohen, who’s been busy in Kevin Morby’s band lately, makes for a great double bill.

Twin Peaks, Lala Lala, OHMME @ Webster Hall
Chicago indie rock band Twin Peaks embraced ’70s rock on their new album Lookout Low which suits them surprisingly well. First of two NYC shows this weekend.

She & Him, Pete Lee @ Kings Theatre
Elf co-star Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward‘s She & Him have two Christmas albums under their belt, and they’ll bring those songs and probably more for a night of jazzy yuletide songs.

Julianna Barwick @ Commend
Julianna Barwick used AI to create her new album Circumstance Synthesis, which comes out on Rvng Intl. imprint Commend There on December 20. She celebrates tonight at Commend in NYC (172 Forsyth Street).

The Hold Steady @ Brooklyn Bowl
This is night three of The Hold Steady’s annual four-night holiday show run at Brooklyn Bowl. There’s a different opener every night, and tonight it’s indie rock up and comers Lilith.

Ezra Collective, A D A I R @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Ezra Collective are one of the leading names of the current UK jazz renaissance, and they’re back in NYC tonight supporting their great 2019 album You Can’t Steal My Joy.

Avey Tare @ Public Records
Animal Collective’s Avey Tare made a bit of a return to his mid 2000s freak folk days on this year’s Cows on Hourglass Pond, and yesterday he followed it with the Conference of Birds / Birds in Disguise EP. Tonight he wraps up a two-night stand in NYC.

Common Holly, Sam Skinner, Cheeky @ Trans-Pecos
Common Holly went in a more experimental art pop direction on her very good sophomore album (and Barsuk debut) When I say to you Black Lightning. Her tour in support of it hits NYC tonight.

Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Glitterer, Anxious, Crooks @ The Kingsland
This show has three solo offshoots of key 2010s emo/punk/post-hardcore bands: Wicca Phase Springs Eternal (the emo-trap project of former Tigers Jaw co-frontman Adam McIlwee), Glitterer (the bedroom pop project of Title Fight co-frontman Ned Russin), and Creeks (the auto-tune-friendly project of Jon Simmons, frontman of the now-defunct Balance and Composure). Also on the bill is Anxious, a promising new Triple B Records-signed Connecticut emo/post-hardcore band who should very much appeal to fans of Tigers Jaw, Title Fight, and Balance and Composure.

The Menzingers, Tigers Jaw, Culture Abuse @ Warsaw
Meanwhile, the current lineup of Tigers Jaw also play NYC tonight, as part of this killer triple bill.

John Talabot, JDH & Dave P @ Good Room
The great Spanish producer John Talabot helps long-running party Fixed celebrate their 15th anniversary tonight.

John Lennon tribute w/ Natalie Merchant, Joan Osborne, Rachael Yamagata, Willie Nile, Sam Amidon, and more! @ Symphony Space
It’s the 39th annual John Lennon Tribute at Symphony Space, featuring a disparate group of talent honouring one of pop’s greatest songwriters. Tonight also honors Natalie Merchant with the2019 “John Lennon Real Love Award.” Proceeds from the Tribute will benefit Theatre Within’s ongoing free workshops — in songwriting, art, meditation and more — at Gilda’s Club NYC for children and adults impacted by cancer.

The Janelle James Comedy Festival @ The Bell House
Now in its second year, The Janelle James Comedy Festival (formerly the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival), kicks off tonight with “A Black Ass Show with Open Mike Eagle & Baron Vaughn.” The New Negros‘ hosts will welcome Yassir Lester (Girls, The Carmicheal Show, Showtime’s Black Monday), Kevin Iso (Adam Devine’s House Party), Janelle James, and more.

Reverend Horton Heat, Voodoo Glow Skulls, 5.6.7.8’s @ White Eagle Hall
Psychobilly surf great Reverend Horton Heat is on his annual Holiday Hillbilly Hayride tour, featuring Special Guest Dave Alvin, plus Voodoo Glow Skulls, and Japanese band The 5.6.7.8’s

HoodCelebrityy (live), Equiknoxx (live), DJ Marfox, Florentino, Manara, Jubilee, Blazer Sound, The Large, Dre Skull @ The Dance
It’s the Mixpak 10th Anniversary Party which features a live set from Jamaican dancehall boundary-pushers Equiknoxx (who released the terrific Eternal Children LP earlier this year).

The Spill Canvas, The Juliana Theory (acoustic), Cory Wells @ Rough Trade
The Spill Canvas are celebrating the 15th anniversary of Sunsets & Car Crashes at this show, and it’s also a chance to catch long-running emo greats The Juliana Theory playing acoustic.

You can also find quality entertainment on almost any night of the week at: Barbès bar and performance space in Park Slope, LunÀtico in Bed Stuy, Nublu in the East Village, Blue Note jazz club in the West Village, The Stone in multiple locations, Comedy Cellar in the West Village, and Q.E.D. comedy club in Astoria.

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

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