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WAND at Bowery Ballroom
Wand at Bowery Ballroom (photo by Em Grey)

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

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade
It’s one of the great NYC annual traditions where freak flags are encouraged to fly high. This year’s queen and king are Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

Wand, The Spirit of the Beehive @ Union Pool (SUMMER THUNDER)
Los Angeles group Wand never quite fit in with the fuzzed-out psych circle they traveled in originally — unavoidable though, given frontman Corey Hanson played in Ty Segall’s band for a while — as their new Perfume EP, which dabbles in glam and prog, proves. They’re even better live and this is a FREE afternoon show as part of Union Pool’s Summer Thunder series. You should go. 2 PM start.

Pale Lights, Tres Oui, Franklin Bruno, Psychic Selves @ ALPHAVILLE
A whole lot of quality indiepop on this bill, including Texas’ Tres Oui which features former members of Literature.

Villain Record Fair @ Villain
Williamsburg event space Villain is holding its first-ever record fair, with tons of vendors, live vinyl DJs and a full bar. The $3 admission also gets you a complimentary beer. 11 AM – 6 PM.

Parquet Courts “Total Football” Pop-Up @ Canal Street Market
At Parquet Courts’ World Cup themed pop-up you can watch today’s matches (Peru v Denmark @ noon; Croatia v Nigeria @ 3 PM), play FIFA and foosball, check out a mural by frontman A Savage, and pick up some cool exclusive merch. Free.

King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Amyl and The Sniffers @ Brooklyn Steel
Having released a whopping five album in 2017, Australian microtonal garage-psych psychos King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard bring the manic energy live show to NYC for three nights at Brooklyn Steel.

Angelo Moore & The Brand New Step @ Baby’s All Right
Fishbone are touring later this year (with their Lollapalooza-era lineup), but first Fishbone’s Angelo Moore is taking his band Brand New Step on the road.

NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off, Shopping, Priests, Gauche, Ziemba, Jonathan Toubin @ Elsewhere
Jonathan Toubin takes over the whole inside of Elsewhere for his monthly Soul Clap party. If you did post-punk, this is a great show with the one-two punch of UK group Shopping and DC’s Priests, both of whom are great live. Meanwhile, Le Tigre’s JD Samson and friends are spinning tunes on the roof.

The Magnetic Fields @ Apollo Theater
Stephin Merritt is presenting his two-night theatrical 50 Song Memoir live show at this historic Harlem venue. Tonight is the second half of the 50 songs.

Kool & the Gang @ Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
The free SummerStage shows in New York City parks are underway, and tonight Flushing Meadows-Corona Park hosts funk vets Kool & the Gang. They’ve undergone several lineup changes over the years, but it should still be a great time when they play the hits.

Eartheater, Juliana Huxtable, Joey LaBeija, Dark Sister, Jubilee, Keeno18, QRTR, Max Sprauer, RADICULE, Aly Jump @ H0L0
Experimental artist Eartheater released her new album IRISIRI last week, and she celebrates at this release party, which has quite a large bill.

Vijay Iyer Trio, Matana Roberts @ (le) poisson rouge
This a great double bill, with modern-day jazz staple Vijay Iyer (playing with his trio), and jazz-affiliated avant-pop artist Matana Roberts.

Chromeo, Pomo @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Synth-funk duo Chromeo bring the party to MHOW and then to Greenpoint for a late-night DJ set at Good Room.

The Jayhawks, Mandolin Orange, Parsonfield @ Prospect Park Bandshell
Americana greats headline this free show as part of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.

40 Watt Sun, J.R. Bohannon @ Saint Vitus
Now that Patrick Walker is done touring with his re-activated Warning project, he’s turning his attention back to 40 Watt Sun, who are playing just a few shows and festivals this month.

Gang Green, Foster Care, Chud, The Breaking Sounds @ The Safari Room at El Cortez
Boston hardcore vets Gang Green (who were on the legendary This Is Boston, Not L.A.) are back in NYC tonight.

Kurt Vile (and the Violators), Connections @ White Eagle Hall
Modern day master of mellow Kurt Vile plays Jersey City tonight and if you’re going do catch underrated indie rockers Connections who open.

Dave Harrington’s Merry Pranksters: Featuring Yuka Honda, Briggan Krauss, Spencer Zahn, Samer Ghadry, Kenny Wollesen @ Nublu
You never quite know what you’re gonna get with Dave Harrington’s undulating Merry Pranksters lineup, apart from they’re there to make you dance.

Springsteen on Broadway
The Boss continues his sold-out “Springsteen on Broadway” run at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which has now been extended through December. At these shows, Bruce is giving fans shows “that are as personal and as intimate as possible.”

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

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