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Craig Finn at Music Hall of Williamsburg in 2018 (more Sachyn Mital)

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

Winter Jazzfest
The 2019 edition of Winter Jazzfest wraps up today with its annual marathon involving shows all over the city.

Chris Dave and the Drumhedz (with Thundercat), Celebration of Life: Roy Hargrove Tribute, James Poyser (with Bilal), Justin Brown NYEUSI (with Georgia Anne Muldrow), Blaque Dynamite & The Murder Angels, Casey Benjamin aka DJ Stutzmcgee @ Bowery Ballroom (Winter Jazzfest)
One Winter Jazzfest show that’s particularly of note is this guest-filled Bowery Ballroom show, headlined by Robert Glasper drummer Chris Dave and his band The Drumhedz, with bass wizard Thundercat joining them as special guest. Other special guests include two great neo-soul singers: Georgia Anne Muldrow (fresh off releasing her first album for Brainfeeder) joining Justin Brown NYESUI and Bilal joining Roots member James Poyser.

The Natvral, Jeanines, Store Front  @ Nhà Minh
Fans of the original lineup of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will definitely want to head to this show: Kip Berman headlines with his solo project The Natvral, and the first band of the night is Store Front which features former TPOBPAH keyboardist Peggy Wang. In between is My Teenage Stride-related group Jeanines.

Craig Finn @ Murmrr Theatre
The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn is releasing his fourth solo album this spring, and he’s playing the entire thing at tonight’s intimate one-off with the “special extended band” of Stuart Bogie, Sam Kassirer, Josh Kaufman, Annie Nero, Joe Russo, and Cassandra Jenkins, who he made the new album with.

Big Freedia, Bush Tea @ Brooklyn Bowl
New Orleans bounce queen Big Freedia plays her second of two consecutive Brooklyn Bowl shows tonight. Her shows are always a party, and this one (starting at midnight) should be no different.

The Doppelgangaz, Pan Amsterdam @ Brooklyn Bazaar
New York rap duo The Doppelgangaz returned last month with their new album Beats For Brothels, Vol. 4, and they’re celebrating it at tonight’s release show.

Dave East, Funk Flex, Kiing Shooter, D Jones, Awall @ Irving Plaza
Harlem rapper Dave East continues to rise and had a very busy 2018 with the release of two of his own new mixtapes, and most recently, a collaborative mixtape with one of his biggest influences, Styles P. He recently played Irving Plaza with Styles P, and he’s back tonight on his own.

Ezra Collective @ Blue Note Jazz Club (12:30 AM)
Ezra Collective continue to rise as one of the UK’s biggest and best crossover jazz acts (thanks in part to their recent single with Jorja Smith). Having just played Winter Jazzfest, they play this late show at the Blue Note tonight.

Pearla, Kate Davis @ Baby’s All Right
NYC folk singer Pearla released a couple promising singles last year, and she’s currently working on her debut album. While we wait for that, she plays another hometown show tonight with support from Kate Davis (who co-wrote the great new Sharon Van Etten single “Seventeen”).

The Smithereens (w/ Robin Wilson of Gin Blossoms) @ Sony Hall
Alternative rock vets The Smithereens’ vocalist Pat DiNizio sadly passed away in 2017, but surviving members of the band have been keeping the music alive with help from someone they’ve had a big influence on, Gin Blossoms singer Robin Wilson.

Bambara, A Deer A Horse, Gnarcissists @ Rough Trade
Brooklyn’s Bambara once knocked people back with sheer volume and a menacing stage presence, but have grown to be a more textured, nuanced group. Last year’s A Shadow on Everything brings high drama, dark atmosphere, big hooks, impressive musicianship / production, and, maybe above all else, real swagger.
Robert Earl Thomas (of Widowspeak), Outer Spaces, Brendan Sullivan @ Union Pool
Robert Earl Thomas’ twangy playing gives Widowspeak much of their sound, and he released a solo album, Another Age, which finds him in fine voice, too.

Matt and Kim @ Avant Gardner
Indefatigably chipper duo Matt and Kim play this Blue Point sponsored party which is free with RSVP.

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

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