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Manchester Orchestra at Mercury Lounge in June (more by Mimi Hong)

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

Manchester Orchestra, Tigers Jaw, Foxing @ Terminal 5
This is an awesome triple bill all around. Manchester Orchestra are fresh off releasing their best album in years, Tigers Jaw also dropped a great LP this year, and while Foxing have been at work on a new album, the older songs are still killer live.

Blonde Redhead, Beacon, Bearcat (Discwoman) @ Pioneer Works
Having recently played two Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons shows in Mexico City, NYC indie greats play a hometown show tonight, which is the only date on their schedule at the moment.

Wire, War Bubble @ Baby’s All Right
Celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, Wire are like a shark — moving forward constantly with very little interest in nostalgia. They released a very good new album this year — Silver/Lead — and for fans of their mid-’80s period, they’ve been playing “Ahead” and “Over Theirs” (both from 1987’s very under-appreciated The Ideal Copy) on this tour — the first time for those in 25+ years.

Songhoy Blues, Steve Gunn @ Bowery Ballroom
Malian band Songhoy Blues released Résistance over the summer which is very good record, but the real way to experience them is at one of their joyous live shows. Having indie rock guitar-slinger Steve Gunn open is icing on the cake.

The Lemon Twigs, Cut Worms @ The Stone Pony
The Lemon Twigs just released the new Brothers of Destruction EP and play Asbury Park tonight with their old touring buddies Cut Worms.

Alejandro Escovedo (Full Band Set), Diane Gentile, Alfonso Velez @ Berlin
Alejandro Escovedo plays NYC a lot, but rarely somewhere as intimate as subterranean club Berlin.

The Growlers @ Brooklyn Bowl
Orange County rock band The Growlers teamed up with The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas who both produced last year’s enjoyable City Club album and released it on his Cult Records label. Tonight’s their first of three shows at Brooklyn Bowl.

Yelle, Glassio (DJ) @ Rough Trade
French pop artist Yelle hasn’t released an album since 2014’s Complètement Fou, but things are stirring in her world with a string of new singles. This is her first of three Rough Trade shows this weekend.

TOPS, Elise Barbara’s Black Space @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
On their new album Sugar at the Gate, Montreal band TOPS further refined their ’80s-style pop of 2014’s very good Picture You Staring, with a better batch of songs to boot.

Pharoah Sanders @ Birdland
A true jazz icon, Pharoah Sanders remains a force at age 76 and continues his five-night Birdland residency with two shows tonight.

“St*rbucks Ombre” (aka probably Speedy Ortiz), Xenia Rubinos, Emily Reo, Vexxed, Anna Altman @ Silent Barn
Silent Barn’s Fall Fundraiser Week has had some pretty cool secret headliners, and we aren’t 100% positive, but we feel pretty certain tonight’s is Speedy Ortiz. Either way, the rest of the bill is awesome too.

Princess Nokia, Suzi Analogue @ Villain
NYC rapper Princess Nokia continues to rise in the world. She recently signed to Rough Trade and released a deluxe version of 1992 on the label. Tonight she plays a sold-out hometown show.

Secret Chiefs 3, You Bred Raptors? @ Saint Vitus
Having just toured with Mike Patton and Dave Lombardo’s new band Dead Cross, fellow Mr. Bungle spinoffs Secret Chiefs 3 return to NYC for a smaller headlining show tonight.

GoGo Penguin, The Mattson 2 @ Littlefield
Indie/jazz/etc band GoGo Penguin use acoustic instruments to mimic electronic music, and the results are more convincing than you might think.

Group Doueh, Innov Gnawa @ Le Poisson Rouge
Saharawi band Group Doueh have been at it since the 1980s and they have releases on the revered Sublime Frequencies label. Tonight they play NYC with quality support from NYC-via-Morocco band Innov Gnawa.

Cold World, Concealed Blade, Krimewatch, Open Your Eyes, Illusion @ Sunnyvale
It’s a good hardcore bill all around at Sunnyvale tonight, headlined by the hip hop-influenced Cold World.

Francis and the Lights @ Public Arts
Having just opened for his collaborator Chance the Rapper at two big Forest Hills Stadium shows, Francis and the Lights now does a three-night residency at a much smaller NYC venue. This is night one.

Jim Gaffigan @ Beacon Theatre
While known as the comedian who doesn’t curse (and as the “Hot Pockets guy”), Jim Gaffigan is still one of the funniest comedians around (even if you’re Aunt Linda thinks so too).

Crystal Castles, Farrows @ Brooklyn Steel
On a bunch of different levels, Crystal Castles just aren’t the same without Alice Glass.

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

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