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Desert Daze 2017 - Friday
Lee Fields at Desert Daze 2017 (more by Coen Rees)

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

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Yo La Tengo @ Bowery Ballroom 
Yo La Tengo’s annual Hanukkah run shows at Maxwell’s in Hoboken were the stuff of legend. Surprise openers! Comedians! Special mix CDs every night! Five years later, Yo La Tengo have brought Hanukkah shows back, now at Bowery Ballroom. It’s Night 4 — who do you think will be tonight’s opener comedian and encore guest?

LCD Soundsystem @ Brooklyn Steel 
It’s been quite a year for James Murphy who came back with a fourth LCD Soundsystem album, American Dream, that ended up being worth the grief of their “comeback” after breaking up in 2011. They wrap up their 2017 with a 10-night run on their home turf, this being Night 4.

An Evening with Guided By Voices @ The Bell House
Having released two albums in 2017 and one already announced for 2018, Bob Pollard’s Guided by Voices train never stops for long. They’ll be at The Bell House tonight at least long enough to play 30 songs or so.

Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco), Aimee Mann, Randy Newman, Lo Moon @ Beacon Theatre
It’s WFUV’s annual Holiday Cheer benefit, that goes to help support the station. There’s a lot of songwriting genius on the stage tonight.

Reverend Horton Heat, Big Sandy, The Blasters, Junior Brown @ Irving Plaza
Psychobilly freakout surf king Reverend Horton Heat headlines this great night of twangy brylcreme rock n’ roll, including cowpunk vets The Blasters and slide guit-steel maestro Junior Brown.

Open City, Soul Glo, Ellen and The Degenerates, Glitterer @ Silent Barn
There are some great political hardcore bands on this bill including the Worriers/Paint It Black/Lifetime/Pharmacists supergroup Open City, who released their killer self-titled LP this year, and Soul Glo, whose powerful Untitled LP came out last year.

Elvis Perkins, Joe Russo, Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats), Sam Cohen, Josh Kaufman @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Last year, Fruit Bats frontman Eric D. Johnson teamed with Sam Cohen and Kevin Morby for a few collaborative shows where they each performed their own songs while backing up the others. Johnson and Cohen are doing it again this year, along with Joe Russo (Almost Dead) and Josh Kaufman — both of whom were part of it last year — but this time bringing in Elvis Perkins into the mix.

Lee Fields & The Expressions, Ikebe Shakedown, The Shacks @ Brooklyn Bowl
Storied soul singer Lee Fields returned last year with the great Special Night, and this weekend he does two nights at Brooklyn Bowl (tonight and tomorrow). Both openers are worth catching too.

Big Freedia Brooklyn Bowl
Celebrate National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day with New Orleans bounce queen Big Freedia, whose fourth “Freedia Fest” doubles as an ugly holiday sweater party.

Leif Vollebekk, Little Scream @ Rough Trade
Folky Montreal singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk‘s most recent album, Twin Solitude, came out back in the winter and was one of this year’s Polaris Prize shortlist nominees.

Wreckless Eric, Joe Jack Talcum (of Dead Milkmen) @ The Safari Room at El Cortez
One of the original artists signed to UK punk-era indie label Stiff, Wreckless Eric is best known for his hit “Whole Wide World,” but there’s a lot more to him than that. Go get acquainted tonight at this intimate show with Dead Milkmen’s Joe Jack Talcum (he sang lead on “Punk Rock Girl”).

Psychic Ills, Mary Lattimore @ Union Pool
NYC duo Psychic Ills treck the same droney path that Spacemen 3 did 30 years ago, bringing their own moody spin to the journey. Talented songwriter and harpist Mary Latimore opens tonight

Black Marble, YOU. @ WFMU Monty Hall
The electronic pseudonym of Chris Stewart, Black Marble make superior, very catchy goth-tinged synthpop. They and YOU play Market Hotel on Saturday.

Springsteen on Broadway
The Boss is currently in the midst of his completely sold-out “Springsteen on Broadway” run at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which has now been extended through June! At these shows, Bruce plans to give fans shows “that are as personal and as intimate as possible.”

Taking Back Sunday, The Dear Hunter, Diet Cig @ Starland Ballroom
It’s not the holidays without Taking Back Sunday’s annual holiday shows at NJ’s Starland Ballroom, which go down this weekend. They play tonight and tomorrow (with different openers both nights), and a pop-up shop/acoustic set tomorrow afternoon.

Matt Pond PA, Ricky Lewis @ Elsewhere Zone One
Matt Pond PA returned this year with the new album Still Summer, the followup/accompanying album to last year’s Winter Lives. Now that it feels like winter in NYC, it’s the perfect time to hear Matt’s seasonal songs.

Dead Heavens, Suicide Pact, These People @ ALPHAVILLE
It’s been a big year for Walter Schreifels, whose legendary post-hardcore band Quicksand released their first album in 22 years, but he’s still making time for his newer psych band Dead Heavens.

ODESZA, Sofi Tukker @ Barclays Center
Dance duo ODESZA are bigger than ever and taking on Brooklyn arena Barclays Center tonight. Earlier this year, they released A Moment Apart on Ninja Tune imprint Counter Records, which was nominated for a Grammy.

Tim Hecker, Demdike Stare @ Pioneer Works
Andy Stott had to drop off this bill, but he was replaced by the great ambient musician Tim Hecker, whose latest album is last year’s highly acclaimed Love Streams. Demdike Stare makes it a great double bill.

A Murray Little Christmas starring Murray Hill, Bridget Everett, Angie Pontani @ Joe’s Pub
Borsht belt drag comedian Murray Hill hosts his annual “A Murray Little Christmas” with bawdy comedian Bridget Everett and more tonight.

Justin Vivian Bond: Manger Danger! Jesus as a Weapon and a Tool @ Joe’s Pub
Right after Murray, Justin Vivian Bond’s unique Christmas show continues its run at Joe’s Pub. What is this show all about? We’ll let Justin do the talking: “I think I’m in LOVE with JESUS but it’s difficult because a lot of HIS FOLLOWERS totally HATE ME. (I know, the irony is not lost on me either) Anyway, I’m confused because I’m fully committed to bringing down the patriarchy but I’M TOTALLY CRUSHED OUT ON THE SON OF GOD! Please forgive me for co-opting your holiday to work it out publicly in my new show ‘Manger Danger! Jesus as a Weapon and a Tool.’”

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

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