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Nine Inch Nails at Riot Fest 2017 (more by James Richards IV)

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

Nine Inch Nails, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Kite Base @ Radio City Music Hall
Nine Inch Nails have been on tour for a few weeks and they’ve been mixing up their setlists from night to night and also throwing in surprises, like a full performance of the Broken EP and the first-ever performance of “The Perfect Drug.” They play their first of four NYC shows tonight — will they have any surprises in store at these? Direct support comes from their old friends/heroes The Jesus and Mary Chain, and Kite Base (whose lineup includes a member of Savages) are opening.

Gorillaz, The Internet @ Barclays Center
Damon Albarn’s alternative hip hop project Gorillaz are back on the road, this time supporting this year’s The Now Now. Tonight’s show is being opened by neo-soul group The Internet, which is an awesome double bill.

Death Cab For Cutie, Charly Bliss @ Kings Theatre
Death Cab For Cutie recently returned with their ninth album Thank You For Today, which is pretty solid as far as their recent material goes. They’ll surely play some classics tonight too (at their recent Chicago show, they did a surprise performance of Transatlanticism in full).

The Feelies (playing The Velvet Underground) @ White Eagle Hall
The Feelies usually throw a couple Velvet Underground songs into their sets, but here they’re playing a full set of VU (“plus other favorites”) tonight in conjunction with the new Velvet Underground Experience exhibit that just opened.

Mudhoney, Pissed Jeans, The Art Gray Noizz Quintet @ Warsaw
Grungy punks and Sub Pop royalty headline what will surely be a wild night.

Dinosaur Jr, Saved By The ’90s @ Blue Point Brewery
Long Island’s Blue Point Brewery turns 20 this year, and they’re celebrating their anniversary with a ’90s-themed throwback party called “Rewind to ’98.” Most excitingly, they booked indie legends Dinosaur Jr (though, for what it’s worth, Dinosaur Jr were actually broken up in 1998 and were making some of their best music in 1988). The theme also continues with ’90s cover band Saved By The 90’s and a reboot of the “OG Blue Point cans” for just this one night.

Kali Uchis, Gabriel Garzon-Montano @ Terminal 5
Ever-rising alt-pop singer Kali Uchis is on the road behind her acclaimed debut album Isolation, hitting NYC’s massive Terminal 5 tonight. Night 2 of 2, and sold out.

Every Time I Die, Death Cults @ Saint Vitus
It’s the second to last night of Buffalo metalcore vets Every Time I Die’s five-show NYC run, and the first of two Saint Vitus shows (which is a very small place to see them). Sold out.

Vein, Fuming Mouth, Judiciary, Typecaste, Silenus @ Amityville Music Hall
Vein have quickly emerged as one of the leaders of the hardcore/nu metal movement that’s been happening lately (their debut album kinda sounds like Converge meets Slipknot minus the corny parts of Slipknot), and they play Long Island tonight.

Ben Howard, Wye Oak @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Popular singer/songwriter Ben Howard headlines this show, and if you’re going, we recommend getting there early for the great Wye Oak.

Florence + the Machine, Grizzly Bear @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Florence + the Machine’s tour already hit NYC, but tonight she’s got another tristate area show and this one’s an awesome double bill with indie-psych vets Grizzly Bear.

Public Image Ltd @ Asbury Lanes
John Lydon is celebrating PiL’s 40th anniversary this year with a documentary, a box set and this tour.

Phil Collins @ Prudential Center
Genesis drummer and ’80s solo hitmaker Phil Collins came out of retirement in 2015 and will be bringing “In the Air Tonight,” “Sussudio,” and ” One More Night” to Jersey.

Molly Burch, Olden Yolk @ Rough Trade
Molly Burch’s smoky, old school country coo is in excellent form on her terrific new album, First Flower. She celebrates tonight with Olden Yolk (Shane from Quilt’s other band).

Underwater Sunshine Festival w/ Stew And The Negro Problem, Boom Forest, Marcy Playground, Those Nights @ Bowery Electric
This free two-day festival wraps up tonight with Marcy Playground (“Sex and Candy”), Stew & The Negro Problem (Passing Strange), and more.

The Field, Heathered Pearls @ Elsewhere
Electronic producer The Field (real name Axel Willner) released his newest album of dreamy, melancholic soundscapes, Infinite Momentearlier this year.

Soft Machine @ Iridium
Prog/psych/Canterbury Scene legends Soft Machine no longer have any of the members who played on their classic first three albums (Robert Wyatt hasn’t been in the band for decades and of course no Kevin Ayers, may he rest in peace), but the current lineup (which does include three ’70s-era members) are celebrating the band’s 50th anniversary with a three-night, five show Iridium run.

The Essex Green, Great Lakes, Fascinations Grand Chorus @ FM Bar (Jersey City)
Baroque, jangly indie pop band The Essex Green returned this year with their first album in 10 years which not only picked up where they left off but delivered what is arguably their best album to date.

BRIC JazzFest
The 2018 BRIC JazzFest, which features live music, film screenings, talks, dance, and more, kicks off today with a free show by Antibalas at  The Plaza at 300 Ashland.

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

The Losers Lounge Play the Music of Barry Manilow & Bette MIdler: A Battle of the Bands @ Joe’s Pub
Before Barry Manilow became the guy who wrote the songs that made the whole world sing, he was Bette Midler’s pianist and collaborator. Tonight Joe McGinty and the Losers Lounge pit their catalogs against each other.

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

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