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John Maus at Brooklyn Steel
John Maus at Brooklyn Steel (more by Em Grey)

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

“Outline” series w/ John Maus, Boy Harsher, Katie Gately, Ben Lamar Gay, Patience, Don Sleepian & more @ Knockdown Center
A bevy of disparate but cool artists are on the bill for the inaugural edition of Knockdown Center’s vibe “Outline” series. At the top of the bill are gothy synthpoppers John Maus and Boy Harsher, plus Katie Gately celebrates the release of her terrific new album Loom, plus sets from Chicago jazz-funk experimentalist Ben Lamar Gay, Vancouver rapper/producer DEBBY FRIDAY, new age cult artist Don Slepian, Patience (the synthpop solo project of Veronica Falls’ Roxanne Clifford), and sound sculpturist Rena Anakwe. Between sets, check out multiple exhibitions in the gallery space, and Aya Rodriguez-Izumi’s art installation which is there just for Outline.

The Figgs @ Berlin
Saratoga Springs power pop trio The Figgs are one of the most underrated bands of the last 20+ years, bringing tight musicianship, catchy songs and a genuine sense of fun to their shows.

Ecstatic Music Festival w/ Missy Mazzoli, Kelly Moran @ Kaufman Center
The Ecstatic Music Festival continues with a collaboration between composer Missy Mazzoli and Warp electronic artist Kelly Moran. The night includes world premieres of Mazzoli’s The Night Ahead and No Real Fate for piano four-hands and electronics, and Moran’s Don’t Trust Mirrors for two pianos, one prepared.

Gorilla Biscuits, Kill Your Idols, Fiddlehead, Rule Them All @ Revolution Bar and Music Hall
NYHC vets Gorilla Biscuits are living legends, and they’re still one of the best hardcore bands you can see. Tonight they play Long Island with fellow vets Kill Your Idols and two great newer bands, Fiddlehead and Rule Them All.

Soulfly, Toxic Holocaust, X-Method, Systemhouse 33 @ Saint Vitus
Max Cavalera’s band Soulfly are back out on the road, and excellent direct support comes from Portland thrashers Toxic Holocaust, who released their first album in six years, Primal Future: 2019, last year. The tour hits Vitus tonight and Monday.

Devin Townsend, Hakan, Contortionist @ Warsaw
Prog metal vet Devin Townsend comes to NYC in support of his 2019 album Empath.

We Were Promised Jetpacks, Slaughter Beach, Dog @ White Eagle Hall
Scottish indie rock staples We Were Promised Jetpacks are back on our shores supporting 2018’s The More I Sleep the Less I Dream, and this tour has very cool support from Slaughter Beach, Dog (ex-Modern Baseball), who took a darker turn on last year’s great Safe and Also No Fear.

Lake Ruth, Spectre Folk, Listening Center, Kristi Scarvelis (DJ) @ Union Pool
If you like baroque psych with lots of analogue synthesizers — a la Broadcast — Brooklyn’s Lake Ruth do it very well. Tonight they celebrate the release of their new Crying Everyone Else’s Tears EP.

Nomi Ruiz, MS Boogie, Dylan the Gypsy @ The Sultan Room
Nomi Ruiz has put out records on DFA and toured with CocoRosie, Debbie Harry and Antony & The Johnsons. Tonight she’s promising quite the full concert extravaganza.

Martin Sexton @ The Appel Room
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Martin Sexton plays this show as part of Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series.

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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