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The Go-Betweens' Robert Forster (photo: Bleddyn Butcher)
The Go-Betweens’ Robert Forster (photo: Bleddyn Butcher)

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

Robert Forster (of The Go-Betweens) @ The Bell House
The Go-Betweens’ Robert Forster released Inferno earlier this year, which is one of his best-ever records. The album finds him comfortable in his skin and cult status and the songs are breezy, playful and, as always, thoughtful. This is his first NYC show in 10 years.

Tool, Killing Joke @ Prudential Center
Tool finally released their long-awaited first album in 13 years, Fear Inoculum, this year, and it rivals plenty of Tool’s classics and is one of of 2019’s best albums. They’re supporting it on an arena tour with post-punk/industrial legends Killing Joke, which hits Newark tonight and Brooklyn on Tuesday.

Taking Back Sunday, Errortype: 11 @ Terminal 5
Taking Back Sunday’s 20th anniversary tour returns to Terminal 5 for a second night, and they’ll play their classic debut Tell All Your Friends in full, plus Where You Want To Be one night and Louder Now the other. Making these shows extra appealing is support from the back-in-action Errortype:11, who hailed from the same Long Island hardcore scene that helped birth TBS.

Jimmy Eat World, pronoun @ Starland Ballroom
Jimmy Eat World’s latest album Surviving was an exciting return to the vibrant catchiness of their Bleed American days, while still sounding like a fresh addition to their discography. They’ll head to Sayreville, NJ tonight, with killer support from singer-songwriter Pronoun.

The Magnetic Fields, Stephin Merritt @ Symphony Space
Stephin Merritt kicks off his four-show Symphony Space residency tonight with an expanded lineup of Magnetic Fields playing songs from the last three decades, with a slight focus on 69 Love Songs and 50 Song Memoir.

Elton John @ Nassau Coliseum
Elton John’s lengthy farewell tour is a major spectacle with just about all the hits you could ask for. He already played a bunch of NYC-area shows, and he does so again tonight and will also be back in 2020.

Brian Chase (Mixtape Mixer No.1), Eucademix, Yuka C. Honda @ Ace Hotel
This is the first edition of the free “Mixtape Mixer” series, featuring “a mini pop-up record store spotlighting leading figures of NYC/Brooklyn’s underground music scene.” Tonight includes a performance by Eucademix (Yuka C. Honda of Cibo Matto and CUP).

Classixx (DJ set), Museum of Love (DJ set), Nelleke, DJ Minx, Extra Water, Dee Diggs @ Elsewhere
LA-based electronic duo Classixx headline this groovy night at Elsewhere with a DJ set, which also features fellow dance duo Museum of Love (Pat from LCD System), and other electronic acts.

David Byrne’s American Utopia @ Hudson Theatre
David Byrne has retooled his acclaimed “untethered” 2018 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.

Kim Petras, Alex Chapman @ Avant Gardner
Pop singer Kim Petras begins a two-night stand at Brooklyn’s Avant Gardener tonight, behind her infectious debut album Clarity, released earlier this year.

Black Mountain, Ryley Walker @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Black Mountain remain excellent blenders of ’70s hard rock, modern indie rock, and psychedelia, as evidenced by this year’s very solid Destroyer. Support comes from songwriter and experimental guitarist Ryley Walker.

BICEP, Mor Elian, Hammer, Max Pask @ Knockdown Center
Irish techno/house duo Bicep unfortunately aren’t doing their immersive live show tonight, but they are no slouches at DJing.

Sun Ra Arkestra @ Nublu 151 (two shows)
Part of the Nublu Jazz Festival, the great, joyous Sun Ra Arkestra — led by 95-years-young Marshall Allen – play two separate shows tonight.

From Indian Lakes, Queen of Jeans, Yummm @ Rough Trade
From Indian Lakes’ new album Dimly Lit is their most expansive and genre-defying album yet, and it features a ton of cool guest vocalists, including Miriam Devora of folky indie rockers Queen of Jeans, who open this show.

Modern Life is War, Deathcycle, Steel Cage, Ankle Monitor @ The Kingsland
The Kingsland opened in 2018 and it has quickly become one of Brooklyn’s better punk and metal venues. It’s celebrates its two-year anniversary with two shows — yesterday had NYHC vets Leeway and tonight has Iowa melodic hardcore greats Modern Life Is War.

Live From Here with Chris Thile: They Might Be Giants, Big Thief, Marina Franklin, DW Gibson, Cast of Betrayal, Aoife O’Donovan @ Town Hall
Chris Thile brings his Minnesota Public Radio show Live From Here to Town Hall, with a solid array of guests including They Might Be Giants, Big Thief, comedian Marina Franklin, writer DW Gibson, the cast of Betrayal on Broadway (Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton, Charlie Cox), and singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan.

The Brother Brothers, Buck Meek, Pearla @ The Sultan Room
…and later in the day, Big Thief’s Buck Meek opens for The Brother Brothers, the Brooklyn folk/country duo of identical twin brothers David and Adam Moss, who play a one-off hometown show at The Sultan Room. Fellow NYC songwriter Pearla also opens.

Guerilla Toss, Lily and Horn Horse, Slippery Stairs @ Trans-Pecos
Artsy psych/post-punk/dancerock group Guerilla Toss celebrate the release of new EP What Would The Odd Do with this record release show, with support from experimental pop duo Lily & Horn Horse and electronic outfit Slippery Stairs.

Ra Ra Riot, Bayonne @ Webster Hall
Indie pop vets Ra Ra Riot hit Webster Hall tonight behind this year’s colorful Superbloom, with help from Texas-based electronic musician Bayonne.

The Roots, A Christian McBride Situation @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center
The Roots stop by Newark, NJ for this one-off date featuring support from prolific jazz bassist Christian McBride and his backing band, which should make for a great double bill.

New York Philharmonic w/ Bryce Dessner @ David Geffen Hall
When he’s not touring with The National, Bryce Dessner has stayed busy with his orchestral-based work, and he’ll join the New York Philharmonic tonight to premiere his latest composition, Wires.

Flynt Flossy, Turquoise Jeep, Oxymorrons @ Littlefield
Tongue-in-cheek YouTube rappers Flynt Flossy and Turquoise Jeep return to the stage tonight, and Flynt will also be signing copies of his new book Turn Life’s Lemons into Milkshakes. Queens alt-rap group Oxymorrons open.

No Vacation, Surf Rock is Dead, Robbins Lane Band, Drew Cooper, Wass @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn-via-San-Francisco dreampop band No Vacation released their newest EP Phasing last month, and their latest tour stop is at Music Hall of Williamsburg, which also features Brooklyn duo Surf Rock is Dead, Long Island’s Robbins Lane Band, and more.

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

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