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Tokyo Police Club @ Irving Plaza 2016 (more by Mimi Hong)

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

Aesop Rock, Homeboy Sandman, Rob Sonic, DJ Zone @ Warsaw
Long-running underground rapper Aesop Rock keeps churning out great records, like last year’s The Impossible Kid. He’s on another tour in support of it, this time with Homeboy Sandman (who he has a collaborative release with).

Ovlov, Sinai Vessel, Bilge Rat, Fond Han @ Silent Barn
North Carolina/Tennessee-based indie rockers Sinai Vessel first made some waves with their 2013 EP, and now they’re signed to Tiny Engines and finally set to release their first album next week. The singles we’ve heard so far sound really promising.

Sailor Poon, Pizza Boys, Holly Overton, Midnight People, Straw Pipes @ Alphaville
Austin’s raunchy feminist punks Sailor Poon released a debut LP in 2015 and a 7″ the following year, and they’re currently bringing their super fun, super confrontational sound on tour.

D.R.A.M., River Tiber, Ari Lennox @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
For a minute there, it seemed like D.R.A.M. might end up a one hit wonder for “Cha Cha,” but now he’s probably even bigger for “Broccoli” (ft. Lil Yachty). He appears unstoppable at the moment, and tonight he begins a two-night stand in NYC.

Dashboard Confessional, Vinyl Theatre @ Irving Plaza
Chris Carrabba was one of the earliest musicians to take emo from an underground phenomenon to a mainstream one, and his band Dashboard Confessional has really endured. They’re currently on tour playing smaller venues than usual, and tonight they’re on night two of a three-night run at Irving Plaza. All three shows are sold out.

Creepoid, Russian Baths, IYEZ, Birds @ Sunnyvale
Philly’s Creepoid have elements of shoegaze, slowcore, punk and straight-up psychedelic rock in their heavy, trippy sound, and their live shows are always fun.

Tokyo Police Club, Charly Bliss @ Bowery Ballroom
Canadian indie stalwarts TPC are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut EP A Lesson In Crime on their current tour, so be ready to party like it’s the mid-’00s (something we are all probably ready to do).

Kings of Leon, Deerhunter @ Madison Square Garden
We’re still scratching out heads at how Deerhunter ended up opening for Kings of Leon but if it turns some KoL fans onto Bradford Cox and crew, that’s a good thing. And if you’re going tonight, do get there in time to catch their set.

Slick Rick, Stro @ Brooklyn Bowl
With a delivery style as distinctive as his bedazzled eyepatch, Slick Rick celebrates his birthday as only he can as this “Brit-American Victory Celebration.”

Alejandro Escovedo, The Minus 5 @ City Winery
Escovedo made his latest album, Burn Something Beautiful, with The Minus 5’s Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck (both of whom you may know from other stuff like Young Fresh Fellows and REM)…and the band will both back him on this tour but also open the night. This is the third  of four City Winery shows.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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