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Record Store Day 2017
Record Store Day 2017 (photo via @tcot)

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

RECORD STORE DAY
It’s Record Store Day, the annual celebration of brick-and-mortar stores / shopping spree of limited edition vinyl. We’ve got some picks for RSD18 exclusive titles, and a guide to in-store performances. As Larry Sanders used to say, no flipping!

The Shacks, Chris Stamey, Titus Andronicus (3 PM), Bambara, Sinkane (DJ) @ Rough Trade
When it comes to what store has the most exclusive titles and the most cool bands playing, Rough Trade is top dog, with the store opening at 9 AM for shopping and live bands start at noon (and you don’t have to stand in the giant line if you’re just there for the bands).

Kevin Morby, Hand Habits @ Bowery Ballroom
Kevin Morby is a fantastic songwriter and maybe an even better live performer. His lead guitarist Meg Duffy opens the show as Hand Habits and is 100% worth showing up early to see.

Soul Clap & Dance-Off, Joe Bataan, Jonathan Toubin, Spanglish Fly, Juan el Alto, Sessa @ Elsewhere
Jonathan Toubin’s monthly Soul Clap & Dance-Off takes over all of Elsewhere with live music in both Elsewhere Hall and Zone One earlier in the evening (latin soul great Joe Bataan headlines tonight) and the dance contest starts at midnight.

Deradoorian, Bajakian, Alan Semerdjian @ Murmrr Theatre
In addition to being a former member of Dirty Projectors and playing in Avey Tare’s band, Angel Deradoorian makes great music on her own (her album from last year is very worth hearing). Tonight she plays a show “to raise consciousness around the 103rd worldwide commemoration of the Armenian Genocide” and she’s promising special guests, including fellow Dirty Projectors collaborator Haley Dekle.

The Darkness @ Starland Ballroom
The Darkness have never managed to better their near-perfect 2003 debut, Permission to Land, but they remain an insanely fun live band…and “I Believe in a Thing Called Love,” “Growing on Me” and “Friday Night” still sound great.

Will Sheff of Okkervil River @ Strand Bookstore
Okkervil River’s new album In The Rainbow Rain comes out next week, and ahead of the release, frontman Will Sheff is appearing at Strand for a solo performance, conversation, and album signing. The event goes from 8-10 PM.

+/- {Plus Minus}, Vaze, Great Lakes @ The Bowery Electric
NYC indie vets +/- came out of hibernation a few years ago, and though their shows are few and far between, they remain active. Vaze features members of Elk City and Versus.

Ministry, Chelsea Wolfe @ The Wellmont Theater
Industrial metal vets Ministry are bringing their very political, very of-the-moment show around North America as we speak (and finding room for a few classics). Having recently played Long Island, they’re in Montclair, NJ tonight. Chelsea Wolfe makes this an excellent double bill.

Chris Thile, Sufjan Stevens, Tracy K. Smith, Gaby Moreno (NPR’s Live From Here) @ Town Hall
It’s a live taping of NPR’s Live From Here With Chris Thile (formerly A Prairie Home Companion) featuring which is sure to be a lovely performance from Sufjan Stevens. If you can’t make it to the show y.ou can listen live on NPR or watch via the show’s website.

The Suffers, Ikebe Shakedown @ Baby’s All Right
Houston soul/R&B group The Suffers will be back with a new album, on July 13, which features contributions from rappers Bun B and Paul Wall. Get a preview tonight with support from Brooklyn’s instrumental soul band Ikebe Shakedown.

Stars @ Tarrytown Music Hall
Canadian indie vets Stars are still touring behind last year’s There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light. Tonight they play Tarrytown, which is just a train ride away from NYC.

Rufus Wainwright: Northern Stars @ St. Ann’s Warehouse
This is the final of three “Northern Stars” shows at St Ann’s Warehouse where Rufus Wainwright will pay tribute to Canadian songwriters of all shapes and sizes, from Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Leonard Cohen, to Arcade Fire and Men Without Hats.

Daedelus, Wylie Cable, Nick AM @ The Well
Glitch hop staple Daedelus is always busy with something, and tonight he brings the party to Bushwick.

Malcolm Cecil, Steve Moore @ Bushwick Methodist Church
Jazz vet, Stevie Wonder producer, and electronic pioneer Malcolm Cecil teams with Steve Moore of Zombi for this ‘Ambient Church’ show. The name says it all, and it sounds very appealing.

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

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