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

Lena Horne Prize Celebrating Solange Knowles @ Town Hall
Solange is being awarded the first-ever Lena Horne Prize for Artists, which “honors artists creating social impact with their platform and who inspire the next generation of change-makers.” She’ll receive $100,000 at the ceremony, which she’s donating to Houston-based nonprofit Project Row Houses, and the event also features visual art, short films, spoken word performances, and, of course, live music. The lineup was recently expanded with performances promised by Leon Bridges, Rapsody, Andra Day, BJ The Chicago Kid, Angélique Kidjo, Talib Kweli, Jon Batiste and others (including Solange?). The evening should be inspiring and a unique chance to catch many great artists all in one night, and all for a good cause.

Today is the Day, The Obsessed, Somnuri, Prostitution @ Market Hotel
Two very different-sounding but equally legendary heavy bands play this show: the unpigeonholable Today Is The Day (who released a crazy new album today) and doom OGs The Obsessed.

The Ocean Blue, Tallies, Dinowalrus @ The Bell House
’80s alt-rock vets The Ocean Blue are still going strong, having released Kings and Queens / Knaves and Thieves last year. Tonight’s show is with Canadian band Tallies, who pull influence from the sort of ’80s influences as The Ocean blue.

Knuckle Puck, Heart Attack Man, Anxious, Frames @ Rough Trade
Pop punk band Knuckle Puck headline this sold-out show, and if you’re going, we recommend getting there early for indie-punks Heart Attack Man and post-hardcore newcomers Anxious. One Step Closer were also billed on this show for a while but no longer appear to be.

Iron Chic, Shellshag, Proper., Night Surf @ Saint Vitus
Long Island punk ragers Iron Chic and Brooklyn DIY vets Shellshag team up for this sold-out show.

Yuna @ Blue Note Jazz Club
Malaysian R&B/pop singer Yuna is back in NYC in support of last year’s Rouge (which was produced mostly by Rhye’s Robin Hannibal and features Tyler, the Creator, Little Simz, G-Eazy, and more). She’s doing 8 and 10:30 PM shows at the Blue Note through Saturday.

Circles Around the Sun with Scott Metzger @ Brooklyn Bowl
Before Neal Casal tragically took his own life, he was working on a new album with his band Circles Around the Sun and he reportedly “left behind specific wishes for Circles Around The Sun to continue in his absence.” They’re putting a new self-titled album out on March 13 and they’re on tour now with Scott Metzger (WOLF!, JRAD, Phil Lesh, etc) on guitar.

Man Forever aka Kid Millions: The Accident @ Roulette
In 2018, John Colpitts (aka Oneida’s Kid Millions) was nearly killed in a Los Angeles auto accident. Two years later to the day, he’s premiering this narrative show that “explores pain, recovery, transcendence and a return to life and art.” He’ll be joined by musicians including Greg Fox and Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase and, cribbing from Laurie Anderson and Spalding Gray, will ask “How does one truly recover from an accident when your body is changed forever?”

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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