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Brockhampton at Governors Ball 2019 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)

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

Brockhampton, slowthai, 100 gecs @ Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Since becoming the biggest breakout rap group of 2017 (a year in which they released three albums), Brockhampton have stayed super busy and super prolific since then, and their super fun live shows are just as worth it as their albums. They’re now touring in support of this year’s Ginger with rising UK rapper slowthai, who appears on Ginger and who released his excellent debut album There’s Nothing Great About Britain this year. Opening is the undefinable experimental duo 100 gecs. They return to MSG’s Hulu Theater for a second night.

Bob Dylan @ Beacon Theatre
The great Bob Dylan kicks off an intimate ten-night run at Beacon Theatre with his band, which is bound to include many of his most iconic hits, along with some newer material. It’s a chance to see a living legend in a smaller setting, but don’t expect to get any photos out of it.

Live from Here with Chris Thile: Paul Simon, Vagabon, Anais Mitchell, Ryan Hamilton, Holly Laurent @ Town Hall
Paul Simon initially cancelled an October appearance on Chris Thile’s public radio show Live From Here due to a “very bad cold,” but he’s feeling much better now, and he’ll be joined by a solid lineup of guests including Vagabon, Anais Mitchell, Ryan Hamilton, and Holly Laurent.

Angel Olsen, Madi Diaz @ Brooklyn Steel
Angel Olsen went in a more atmospheric direction on this year’s great All Mirrors, and she’ll bring the new songs to life — and play a few old favorites and probably her recent Mark Ronson collaboration — at her three-night Brooklyn Steel run, which continues tonight. Opening is fellow atmospheric, folky songwriter Madi Diaz.

“Angel Olsen Behind All Mirrors” installation @ Villain
Meanwhile, Angel is holding an immersive fan experience at Brooklyn’s Villain, which “will walk fans through an experiential installation, immersing them in a labyrinth of otherworldly spaces and sounds celebrating the visual inspirations behind the ‘All Mirrors’ video and highlighting the sonic layers of the title track of her new album.” Admission is free but RSVPs are full.

that dog., Adult Mom, Craig Wedren @ Warsaw
LA ’90s alt-rock vets that dog. just returned with OLD LP, their first new album in 22 years, which features Maya Rudolph, Randy Newman, Blur’s Graham Coxon, and others. Tonight’s show at Warsaw is a special record release show (one of only a few they’re playing this year), complete with a backing string section.

Titus Andronicus, Partner @ Bowery Ballroom
Titus Andronicus’ latest album was the Bob Mould-produced An Obelisk, and they’ll perform songs off the album tonight at Bowery Ballroom, with help from Canadian rockers Partner.

NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off, Nobunny, Gnarcissists @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Brooklyn Bazaar closes its doors for good next week, and tonight marks the final edition of Jonathan Toubin’s NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off at the venue, featuring music from theatrical lo-fi garage/power pop musician Nobunny and NYC-based punks Gnarcissists.

Python, Overdose, Slashers @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Also happening at Brooklyn Bazaar is this exciting triple bill headlined by Italian ambient/black metal outfit Python, along with fellow metal act Overdose and hardcore/skate punks Slashers.

Lucy Wainwright Roche @ City Vineyard
One of the many talented members of the Wainwright/Roche clan, Lucy plays this very intimate show tonight… only 100 seats.

Bonobo (DJ set), Durante, Henry Wu @ Elsewhere
Electronic producer Bonobo (who was recently nominated for a Grammy) brings his favorite tunes to this DJ set, alongside Italian producer Durante and London-based Henry Wu.

Judge, Blind Justice, Stag Party, Sunstroke, Misconduct @ House of Independents
Related NYHC bands Youth of Today and Judge have been playing some select shows this year, and following YoT’s House of Independents show last night, Judge will hit the same venue tonight. These guys don’t play too often these days, so don’t miss your chance.

Unsound New York @ Knockdown Center
Poland-based experimental/electronic music festival Unsound returns to NYC for its sixth edition here, and first in the city since 2016. The lineup is a mix of the heavy and experimental, including Tim Hecker with The Konoyo Ensemble, Grouper’s Liz Harris with her Nivhek project, SOPHIE, The Bug, Jlinn and lots more.

Clan of Xymox, Pawns, The Bellweather Syndicate @ (le) poisson rouge
Dutch group Clan of Xymox’s gothy electronic sound they pioneered on their early 4AD album has inspired 30 years of synthwave.

Black Marble, Automatic, Devon Church @ Market Hotel
Bigger Than Life is the first Black Marble album Chris Stewart has made since leaving New York for Los Angeles, and you can hear it in the music. The synthesizers are brighter, the drum machines have more snap and his voice rises from the murk and into the light. If you’re going, get there in time for L.A. trio Automatic whose drummer, Lola Dompe, is the daughter of Bauhaus/Love and Rockets drummer Kevin Haskins and they’ve clearly heard their dad’s band.

Mono (w/ Wordless Music Orchestra), Bell Witch @ Murrmrr Theatre
Japanese post-rock greats Mono returned this year with their tenth album Nowhere Now Here, and they’re now in the US for some rare orchestral shows. Tonight they’re doing NYC, and making this show even more appealing is the great Seattle doom duo Bell Witch.

Crumb, Divino Niño, Shormey @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn dream pop band Crumb put out their debut album Jinx earlier this year and they continue to rise. They play hometown shows tonight and tomorrow at MHOW.

Control Top, Weeping Icon, Russian Baths @ Rodrigue’s Coffee House
Cool bill all around, with three bands who all fall somewhere between punk, post-punk, and noise rock but in very different ways.

The Mr. T Experience, Mikey Erg @ Saint Vitus Bar
Pop punk greats The Mr. T Experience are in the Northeast for a couple rare shows this weekend, including Brooklyn tonight. Mikey Erg of likeminded band The Ergs! opens.

Cannibal Corpse, Thy Art Is Murder, Perdition Temple, Nights of Malice @ Starland Ballroom
Following their recent slots on the Decibel Magazine and Slayer tours, death metal vets Cannibal Corpse are now on a headlining tour which hits Sayreville, NJ tonight.

Suuns, Preservation @ The Sultan Room
Montreal’s Suuns, who make a slightly sinister form of krautrock, are in-between albums at the moment, but they do have a tour-only split 7″ with Blonde Redhead that’ll be available at the merch table at this show.

M.O.D. (Method of Destruction) @ Dingbatz
After a hometown NYC show with The Great Lie last night, crossover thrash vets M.O.D. head down to Clifton, NJ for this intimate show.

Bill Frisell Harmony featuring Petra Haden, Hank Roberts & Luke Bergman @ Jazz Standard
Jazz guitar great Bill Frisell plays with his HARMONY ensemble tonight that includes vocalist Petra Haden, cellist & vocalist Hank Roberts, and guitarist, bassist & vocalist Luke Bergman.

Macseal, I’m Glad It’s You, Yeah Is What We Have @ Trans-Pecos
Fresh off releasing their debut album Super Enthusiast on 6131, rising indie/emo band Macseal play Trans-Pecos tonight.

The Doobie Brothers @ Westchester Country Center
It was just announced that The Doobies will reunite with Michael McDonald next year for a big tour, but they but they have no problem takin’ it to the street without him.

Kamal Williams @ Elsewhere
One of the best artists of the current UK jazz renaissance, Kamaal Williams brings his show to NYC tonight.

You can also find quality entertainment on almost any night of the week at: Barbès bar and performance space in Park Slope, LunÀtico in Bed Stuy, Nublu in the East Village, Blue Note jazz club in the West Village, The Stone in multiple locations, Comedy Cellar in the West Village, and Q.E.D. comedy club in Astoria.

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

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