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Cheech & Chong

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

Cheech and Chong @ The Capitol Theatre
It’s April 20 aka 4/20 and if that, like, means something to you, man, well there probably isn’t a better way to spend the evening that with pot comedy pioneers Cheer Marin and Tommy Chong

Jeff Rosenstock, Martha, Bad Moves @ Warsaw
Jeff Rosenstock’s first album for Polyvinyl, POST-, is one of the best indie/punk albums of 2018 so far, and his always-crazy live shows have been better than ever lately. He plays Warsaw tonight (night 2 of 2), and both openers are worth catching.

The Darkness, Diarrhea Planet @ Brooklyn Steel
The Darkness have never managed to better their near-perfect 2003 debut, Permission to Land, but they remain an insanely fun live band…and “I Believe in a Thing Called Love,” “Growing on Me” and “Friday Night” still sound great.

Preoccupations, Odonis Odonis @ Elsewhere Zone One
Preoccupations’ second album, New Material, found the Canadian band intensifying their dark, post-punk approach, and bettering it on almost all levels.

The Mystery Lights, Tall Juan, Future Punx @ Market Hotel
It’s a good night of local bands with good live shows at Market Hotel: The Mystery Lights are about as close to the Oh Sees as NYC gets, though there’s more of a garage-soul vibe to what they do, and Tall Juan has a way with both melody and turns of phrase. The nu-wave-y Future Punx open.

The Messthetics (members of Fugazi), Savak, Sunwatchers @ The Bell House
Featuring Fugazi’s rhythm section (Brendan Canty and Joe Lally) and experimental/jazz guitarist Anthony Pirog, The Messthetics do some highly technical shredding. They share the bill with SAVAK (which features  Brendan’s brother, James), and skronky, psychedelic jazz act Sunwatchers. It’s a heady 420 kind of show.

War on Women @ Asbury Park Brewery
Baltimore punks War On Women recently dropped a furiously awesome new album, Capture The Flag, and as good as the album is, their live show is even better.

H2O, special guests @ Brooklyn Bazaar
NYC punks H2O have been celebrating a lot of anniversaries lately. Tonight, they’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of Nothing To Prove, which was their first album back on an indie label after briefly moving to MCA, and followed a seven-year break between albums.

Helltrap Nightmare @ Baby’s All Right
Sarah “Squirm” Sherman and her merry band of grotesque comedians, who collectively meet once a month for a night of noise music and comedy dubbed “Helltrap Nightmare,” have become the defining Chicago comedy showcase over the past year, earning Sherman a spot on the cover of the Chicago Reader last month. Now, the group is bringing their pimple-popping, taboo-pushing, contact-mic-loving weirdness on the road. In addition to local comedian and actress Ruby McCollister, the lineup also features up and coming cosmic country artist Dougie Poole.

Cults, QTY @ WFMU Monty Hall
Indiepop duo Cults, who left major labeldom for the more intimate Captured Tracks, play the even more intimate WFMU Monty Hall.

Todd Rundgren’s Utopia @ Bergen PAC
Todd Rundgren is getting the band back together, specifically his ’70s progressive rock group Utopia, and the lineup this time features bassist Kasim Sulton, drummer Willie Wilcox and keyboardist Ralph Shuckett.

Springsteen on Broadway
The Boss continues his sold-out “Springsteen on Broadway” run at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which has now been extended through December. At these shows, Bruce is giving fans shows “that are as personal and as intimate as possible.”

Rufus Wainwright “Northern Stars” @ Saint Ann’s Warehouse
This is the second of three “Northern Stars” shows at St Ann’s Warehouse where Rufus Wainwright will pay tribute to Canadian songwriters of all shapes and sizes, from Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Leonard Cohen, to Arcade Fire and Men Without Hats.

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

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