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Riot Fest 2019 - Saturday
Slayer at Riot Fest 2019 (more by James Richards IV)

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

Slayer, Primus, Ministry, Philip H. Anselmo @ Madison Square Garden
Thrash legends Slayer are saying this is their final tour, and if they really mean it, they’re going out with a bang. (Or more like: a flame, as they are using pyro in like every song.) As we witnessed at Riot Fest, Slayer are still a force to be reckoned with. They’ve also lined up killer support, including Primus, Ministry, and former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo (who will be playing Pantera songs).

Vio-Lence, Zombie Apocalypse @ Brooklyn Bazaar
After a long hiatus, thrash legends Vio-lence finally reunited, and they’ve been playing shows all year (we caught them at Psycho Las Vegas, where they sounded great). They play their second NYC reunion show at Brooklyn Bazaar tonight.

William Basinski @ Issue Project Room
Experimental musician William Basinski has become known for his lengthy, immersive compositions, and he’ll head to Issue Project Room tonight for a special career-spanning eight-hour performance, described as “a marathon sequence of past, recent, and new work amongst a site-specific light installation from artists Brock Monroe and Seth Kirby.”

The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid To Die, Harmony Woods @ Amityville Music Hall
Indie/emo/post-rock/etc collective The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die haven’t released new music in two years, but they just put out a compilation of odds and ends and they’re now on tour. Their unpredictable live show is always worth catching, and this tour should be no different. They play Long Island tonight after a Brooklyn show yesterday.

ChameleonsVox, Theatre of Hate, Jay Aston @ Saint Vitus
Former Chameleons frontman Mark Burgess is performing Chameleons songs under the name ChameleonsVOX these days, and he’ll bring decades of favorites to Saint Vitus. Fellow UK post-punk/goth vets Theatre of Hate and Jay Aston of Gene Loves Jezebel (who will perform acoustically) serve as openers.

Devon Welsh, Abandon @ Public Records
Former Majical Cloudz vocalist Devon Welsh has continued solo since the project disbanded, releasing the great Dream Songs last year, and the just-as-good True Love this year. His emotional, sparse songs work best in intimate venues, and this show at Public Records should be no exception.

Taken, Gatherers, State Faults @ The Kingsland
Post-hardcore greats Taken reunited and released their first new music in nearly 15 years last year, and now they’re finally playing NYC. It’s a great bill all around, including State Faults who ended their silence with their first album in six years this year.

Dwight Yoakam @ Terminal 5
Country icon Dwight Yoakam stops by Terminal 5 to perform songs from across his multi-decade career, including plenty of covers.

Talib Kweli w/ live band ft special guests @ Blue Note (two shows)
Talib Kweli continues his full-band Blue Note residency with two shows tonight. He’s promising some special guests at both shows, who are currently TBA.

Toro y Moi, Channel Tres @ Brooklyn Steel
Toro y Moi has proved to have a lot of longevity, even after the end of the chillwave era, and he is now set to bring his tour to Brooklyn Steel for the second of two sold-out shows. Opening is Channel Tres, who released the very good Black Moses EP in August.

Toro y Moi (DJ set), Riobamba, A. Ferraro, A. Woodward @ Elsewhere
After playing Brooklyn Steel, Toro y Moi keeps the party going with a late-night DJ set at the nearby Elsewhere.

Ariana Grande @ Nassau Coliseum
Ariana Grande dominated the pop charts with her most recent albums Sweetener and Thank U, Next, and she’ll bring her tour to Nassau Coliseum tonight and Barclays Center on Tuesday.

Samiam, Shades Apart, Tru, Died Out @ Crossroads
Fresh off playing NYC, ‘90s emo/post-hardcore vets Samiam take their tour to NJ tonight, and making this show extra special is home state heroes Shades Apart opening.

Friendship, Peaer, Shannen Moser @ Trans-Pecos
Philadelphia band Friendship released a new album, the alt-country flavored Dreamin,’ via Orindal Records yesterday, and they stop at Trans-Pecos with Brooklyn indie rock trio Peaer and Philly’s folky Shannen Moser

Chris Cohen, Lina Tullgren, Lightning Bug @ Rough Trade
Songwriter and onetime Deerhoof member Chris Cohen plays this Rough Trade show behind his dreamy, jangle pop-inspired self-titled album, released earlier this year. Opening are NYC artists Lina Tullgren, who released Free Cell on Captured Tracks in August, and psych/dreampop band Lightning Bug, whose new album October Song came out in September.

Fat Heaven, Lone Wolf, Mikey Erg, The Young Rochelles @ Gold Sounds
Gold Sounds hosts a punk bill tonight, including prolific cult artist Mikey Erg.

Blockhead, Eliot Lipp, Squalpat, Rsrch Chmcls, Indobeats @ S.O.B.’s
Underground hip hop producer Blockhead has been making beats for tons of great underground rappers for years, and he’s supporting a solid new solo LP this year.

David Byrne’s American Utopia @ Hudson Theatre
David Byrne has retooled his acclaimed “untethered” 2018 tour for the Broadway stage, and while the setlist and arrangements are much like what they were on his tour, songs are now threaded together with new monologues from Byrne, making for a much more theatrical experience.

New York Comedy Festival
The 2019 New York Comedy Festival continues today, with dozens of shows happening across the city, including Bill Maher, Norm Macdonald, Las Culturistas/Seek Treatment, Trevor Wallace, Jena Friedman, and tons more.

Nick Kroll @ BAM: Brooklyn Academy of Music
When Nick Kroll isn’t working on his successful Netflix show Big Mouth, he’s doing the occasional standup show, and tonight’s show at BAM is both part of New York Comedy Festival and his ongoing “Middle-Aged Boy” standup tour.

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

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