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Kamasi Washington at Brooklyn Steel
Kamasi Washington at Brooklyn Steel in November (more by Ellen Qbertplaya)

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

Winter Antifolk Festival & SideWalk Cafe’s Final Night
After 33 years, Sidewalk Cafe is closing its doors for good…but not before the final night of the Winter Folk Festival. The Moldy Peachers’ Toby Goodshank, Diane Cluck and more are playing, along with some “surprise guests.”

James Blake (DJ set), Airhead, Dan Foat @ Analog BKNY
Before James Blake begins a two-night stand at Terminal 5 on Sunday, he’ll be playing a DJ set with longtime friends Airhead and Dan Foat from his 1-800-DINOSAUR label imprint.

Kamasi Washington @ Apollo Theater
Crossover jazz great Kamasi Washington returns to NYC for a big show at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater, as part of the venue’s special “Race Music” event series.

Gang of Four @ Asbury Lanes
Guitarist Andy Gill is the only original member of Gang of Four in this current lineup of the band who are releasing a new album soon. You can expect the hits, though, too.

Jonathan Richman, Tommy Larkins @ Bowery Ballroom
His debut album with The Modern Lovers is a stone cold classic and if he did nothing else that would be enough, but JoJo has continued to make great, heartfelt music over the last 45 years, including last year’s SA. Live on stage, with Tommy Larkins on drums, is still the best place to experience his magic.

NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off, Jonathan Toubin, Hailu Mergia @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Ethiopian keyboard genius Hailu Mergia is the star attraction at the February edition of Jonathan Toubin’s good times party.

The Knocks, Young and Sick, Blu Detiger @ Brooklyn Steel
NYC-based electronic duo The Knocks will bring their heavily-danceable grooves and colorful set design to Brooklyn Steel tonight, with support from Blu DeTiger and Young and Sick.

Jonathan Wilson @ Carnegie Hall
Songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Wilson plays Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall tonight, as part of his acoustic tour behind last year’s Rare Birds.

Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders, Justin Vivian Bond, Corporal Quorum, Jo Firestone, Dave Hill, Allison Moorer, Michael Shannon, Curtis Stigers @ City Winery
Wesley Stace’s recurring Cabinet of Wonders variety show returns to City Winery tonight, where he’ll be joined by tons of familiar faces, along with some newer guests.

Empress Of, Salt Cathedral @ Elsewhere Hall
Last year, Empress Of released her sophomore album Us, which was similar to the art pop of her 2015 debut Me but went in some new directions too. She’s supporting it at Elsewhere Hall tonight, which is her second consecutive date at the venue.

Kim Petras @ Elsewhere Zone One
Fast-rising pop singer Kim Petras recently released what she calls “the last songs of this era,” including a collaboration with SOPHIE. Her Elsewhere Zone One show is among her first headlining shows ever, and her second of two sold out nights at the venue.

Thelma, Mutual Benefit, Dig Nitty, .michael @ Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn’s Thelma (aka Natasha Jacobs) was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a genetic joint disorder, after releasing her first album, and it left her unable to play guitar. Intent on not giving up music, she made the switch to synths for her new album The Only Thing, which she celebrates tonight. Mutual Benefit makes this an even more appealing bill.

William Basinski, Leila Bordreuil, Max Eilbacher, Britton Powell (two shows) @ St. George’s Episcopal Church
Ambient/avant-garde musician William Basinski celebrates the release his new album, On Time Out of Time, which he describes as “the sounds of the merging of two distant massive black holes, 1.3 billion years ago.”

H.R. (Bad Brains) @ The Kingsland
H.R. of legendary punk band Bad Brains has been playing a few shows with his old band again recently, but he stays even more active as a solo artist. Catch him at Greenpoint’s Kingsland tonight.

M. Lamar (Lordship and Bondage: The Birth of the Negro Superman) @ The Met Cloisters
Highly unique NYC-based artist/musician M. Lamar has teamed up with The Living Earth Show for a special performance of Lordship and Bondage: The Birth of the Negro Superman, described as “a staged song cycle with spoken text, synthesizing classical opera, Negro spiritual, Afrofuturism, and doom metal to bring to light the African American experience of enslaved and liberated consciousness.”

Martin Frawley @ Union Pool
Former member of Australian jangly indie rock band The Twerps, Martin Frawley just released his first solo album for Merge.

The Losers Lounge Tribute to Aretha Franklin @ Joe’s Pub
Led as always by the great Joe McGinty, he and his orchestra, plus a bunch of guest vocalists, will pay tribute to the Queen of Soul at two shows tonight. These are always a lot of fun.

Buck Gooter, Palberta, Pop. 1280 @ Market Hotel
Industrial blues artist Buck Gooter headlines a night of dark post-punk.

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

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