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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

It’s the start of Memorial Day Weekend and you can check out our guide to shows throughout the weekend. You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds @ Kings Theatre
A master showman with a deep catalog of amazing songs, and an incredible band in The Bad Seeds, any chance to see Nick Cave is worth it. Add to that the gorgeous setting that is Kings Theatre makes this show especially appealing, and unsurprisingly sold out.

Pixies, Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Brooklyn Steel
Pixies may be without Kim Deal, whose contributions to their sound are crucial, and their recent material may not be so hot, but few alternative rock bands hold a candle to the albums that came out during Pixies’ initial run as a band — and even less are as influential. One of the better modern bands who pulls from the type of rock that Pixies helped pioneer, Cymbals Eat Guitars, open these shows.

Piebald @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
During their initial run as a band, Piebald made powerful post-hardcore, crunchy, catchy indie rock, Beatlesque pop, and more. The Boston band reactivated last year, and they’re currently on a short tour surrounding their appearance at hometown festival Boston Calling. In addition to their NYC show on Thursday, they’ve got a show in the tri-state area in Asbury Park on Friday. Their reunion shows so far have been great, and they still haven’t booked very many so these are on the rarer side.

Kirin J Callinan, Blonder, The Night Game @ Baby’s All Right
Aussie eccentric and gonzo performer Kirin J Callinan has a new album out in a couple weeks — the well-titled Bravado — and will pull double duty at this late night show, with his own set and as part of The Night Game.

Max Kansas City Festvial @ Bowery Electric
The three-day Max’s Kansas City Festival celebrates the iconic ’70s punk venue that ran wild from 1965 to 1981. This year’s fest features such acts as Waldos, Sic F*cks, Reagan Youth, The Brats, Nihilistics, New York Junk and lots more.

Alabama Shakes @ Bowery Ballroom (Friday)
“One of our favorite early memories as a band was playing The Bowery Ballroom in NYC,” Alabama Shakes said, announcing this return to the venue that is very small for them these days. Needless to say, sold out.

Zomby, NOLIFE, MACK, Doss, J. Albert, 38 @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar (Friday)
UK producer Zomby broke through with 2008’s Where Were U in ’92?, an excellent revival of ’90s hardcore rave, and he’s kept it at with releases on Hyperdub and 4AD that dove into post-dubstep, drum & bass, ambient, garage, and more. His latest album, 2016’s Ultra, featured collaborations with Burial and Darkstar.

Oxymorrons, Ninjasonik, Bambu @ Brooklyn Bazaar
This is a cool underground rap show all around, headlined by Queens duo Oxymorrons, with support from Spank Rock associates Ninjasonik and LA-based Filipino activist and rapper (and Killer Mike collaborator) Bambu.

Martial Canterel, Collin Crowe, Anastasia, Anastasia Clarke, Dylan Marcheschi @ Knockdown Center
Xeno & Oaklander’s Sean McBride, in his solo Martial Canterel guise, headlines this synth-centric show that is promising “quadrophonic sound.” Should be interesting.

The Smithereens @ B.B. King’s
Sporting a ’60s inspired sound, New Jersey’s The Smithereens were college radio radio favorites with their albums Especially for You and Green Thoughts

10,000 Maniacs @ City Winery
While Natalie Merchant left the band in 1993, and guitarist Robert Buck died in 2000, the much-loved folk-rock band carry on with Mary Ramsey singing lead.

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

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