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

Chris Rock @ BAM’s Harvey Theater
Chris Rock has been on the road all year, doing his first tour in nine years and making some surprise appearances with his pal Dave Chappelle. His tour includes four big NYC shows in December, but first he plays two much more intimate ones at BAM’s Harvey Theater tonight and tomorrow.

Grizzly Bear, serpentwithfeet @ Brooklyn Steel
Grizzly Bear’s new album Painted Ruins, their first in five years, proves that still no one can make quite the same kind of off-kilter psychedelic pop that Grizzly Bear can. This is night two of a three-night run at Brooklyn Steel with great opener serpentwithfeet.

The Shins, Baio @ Kings Theatre
The Shins returned this year with new album Heartworms, and they’re continuing to tour in support of it with two NYC-area shows this weekend. This is the first.

Swans, Anna von Hausswolff @ Warsaw
The current version of Swans — which began with 2010’s My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky and concluded with 2016’s The Glowing Man — say they’re no longer going to perform together after three final shows at Warsaw. This is night two.

50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, The LOX, T-Pain, Jeezy, Fabolous, Beanie Sigel, Freeway @ Barclays Center
This ‘Masters of Ceremony’ show is heavy on legendary NYC talent, with 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, The LOX, and Fabolous, plus Philly-based Roc-A-Fella associates Beanie Sigel and Freeway. There’s also ATL great Jeezy and auto-tuner-turned-organic-crooner T-Pain.

The Cool Kids, Owen Bones @ Highline Ballroom
The Cool Kids’ hiatus is over and their very good new album Special Edition Grand Master Deluxe recently came out, featuring appearances by Hannibal Buress, Travis Barker, Jeremih, Syd, and more.

AJJ, The Sidekicks @ Silent Barn (two shows)
AJJ (fka Andrew Jackson Jihad) are playing 2007’s People Who Can Eat People Are The Luckiest People In The World in full on tour this year for its tenth anniversary. Like they did back then, they’re playing as a duo with Sean Bonnette on acoustic guitar and Ben Gallaty on stand-up bass. Ahead of a sold-out show at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom, they play two much more intimate shows tonight (also sold out). If you’re going, don’t miss The Sidekicks.

The Rural Alberta Advantage, Yukon Blonde @ Rough Trade
Canadian indie rockers The Rural Alberta Advantage returned this year with their fourth album, The Wild, on Saddle Creek/Paper Bag. They’re in NYC this weekend for two shows, this being the first.

Shout Out Louds, Surf Rock is Dead @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Coming of age in The OC era, Sweden’s Shout Out Louds have continued to make sweeping, shimmering pop, and just released their fifth album, Ease My Mind, via Merge.

Alex Cameron, Sneaks, MHYSA @ NYU Kimmel Center
Charismatic Australian singer Alex Cameron, who sings character sketches about the other side of the tracks set to ’80s heartland synthrock, headlines this free NYU show that is open to the public. 7:30 PM.

L.A. Witch, Camera, Ghost King @ Saint Vitus
Motorik german group Camera highlight this bill that also includes West Coast combo L.A. Witch and locals Ghost King.

The Raincoats: Gina Birch & Ana da Silva (talk) @ The Kitchen
Post-punk icons The Raincoats return to the Kitchen (where they recorded a performance in 1982 which became The Kitchen Tapes) to discuss their debut album which just got the 33 1/3 treatment by Jenn Pelly. Maybe Jenn will convince them to play a couple songs.

Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson @ Gramercy Theatre (book event)
Iron Maiden frontman, brewer, fencer, pilot and more, Bruce Dickinson just published his memoirs, titled What Does This Button Do?: An Autobiography, and will talk about it at this event tonight. Tickets come with a copy of the book.

Ratboys, Dags!, Jo Passed @ Union Pool
Ratboys’ new album GN (Topshelf Records) has one foot in alt-country and another in DIY indie rock. It’s a bit like Pinegrove, and if you like that band, it’s worth checking out Ratboys too.

Lotus, Square Peg Round Hole @ Brooklyn Bowl
Electro-jammers Lotus returned last year with Eat the Light and followed it this year with a remix EP. They’re back on tour now, playing two Brooklyn Bowl shows this weekend, this being the first.

Wyclef Jean @ Wellmont Theatre
Wyclef Jean made something of a comeback last year, when he played his first Brooklyn show in ten years, released a new EP, and made a notable guest appearance on Young Thug’s JEFFERY. Tonight he’s in Montclair.

Chris Gethard (Career Suicide album release) @ Knitting Factory
Career Suicide, Chis Gethard’s one-man show about “depression, alcoholism, suicide, and the other funniest parts of life,” was an off-Broadway hit, then an HBO special, and now a comedy album released today on Don Giovanni Records. This is the sold-out release show where Chris will “be joined on stage by a parade of friends who will be telling non-suicide related jokes,” promising “a fun evening.”

Springsteen on Broadway
It’s the hottest ticket on Broadway: Bruce Springsteen playing solo at the intimate Walter Kerr Theatre, performing some of his biggest hits and telling stories about them. His show runs through February.

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

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