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PWR BTTM @ Joe's Pub last month (more by Sachyn Mital)
PWR BTTM @ Joe’s Pub last month (more by Sachyn Mital)

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

PWR BTTM, Mal Blum and the Blums, Naked Giants @ Knitting Factory
Indie-punk duo PWR BTTM just announced their first album for Polyvinyl and released its great lead single, “Big Beautiful Day.” They continue to move up in the world, with a big Webster Hall show happening in June, but first they play Knitting Factory tonight. It’s probably the last time in a while they’ll play somewhere this small, and it’s not surprisingly sold out.

RZA & friends @ City Winery
Wu-Tang Clan are playing shows this year (including NYC’s Governors Ball), and the individual members are as well. We’re not sure what guests RZA will have with him tonight, but it should be good stuff.

Buzzov-en, Unearthly Trance, It’s Not Night:It’s Space @ Saint Vitus
Sludge veterans Buzzov-en scheduled this last minute one-off in NYC last week, and local staples Unearthly Trance, who are currently prepping their first post-hiatus album, are opening.

Sheer Terror, Stars&Stripes, No Time, 45 Adepters @ Goldsounds
NYHC greats Sheer Terror are playing this show, which is billed as “The post Valentine’s depression dance.” Sounds fun.

The Shivers, Max Jury, Ashni, Ben Talmi @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Keith Zarriello’s long-running band The Shivers released their latest album, Grey Romantic, earlier this week. Like most of their stuff, it’s rooted in folk rock, but it doesn’t stay there.

Antibalas @ El Museo del Barrio
Inspired by Feli Kuti’s Africa 70 (and who were featured in off-Broadway musical Fela!), Antibalas carry on very much in that tradition. This is one of Carnegie Hall’s “Neighborhood Concerts” and starts at 4 PM.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Jack Irons @ MSG
Anthony and Flea have been mixing punk and funk for well over 30 years and the Chili Peppers are still going strong…as witnessed by these three sold-out MSG shows. Opening the night is original RHCP drummer, Jack Irons.

Turn To Crime, Navy Gangs, RIPS, Teen Body @ Sunnyvale
Detroit DIY maestros Turn To Crime just released a new album, Secondary, and play tonight with a nice crop of local bands, especially the Feelies-esque RIPS.

Jan St. Werner (Mouse on Mars), Sufjan Stevens, Kid Millions (of Oneida), Benjamin Lanz (Beirut / The National) @ National Sawdust
Jan St. Werner (Mouse On Mars), Sufjan Stevens, Kid Millions (Oneida, Man Forever) and Ben Lanz (Beirut, The National) have collaborated with each other, but never all four at the same time: “This quartet, along with some special guests, will enjoy improvised moments of togetherness, communicating devices, turning knobs, mashing buttons, stomping boxes and dragging horns around a skyscrapered room.”

King Missile, Wooing, Iron Falcon Style The Gutter
NYC vets King Missile, fronted by the funny and abstract John S. Hall, come out of hibernation every once and while and are always worth catching.

Screaming Females, Wild Rice @ WFMU Monty Hall
New Jersey’s most shreddingest punks Screaming Females play two home state shows this weekend, this being the second. Their live shows are always a ton of fun, and tonight should be no different.

Ambrose Akinmusire, Kool A.D., Mivos Quartet @ Kaufman Center (Ecstatic Music Festival)
The Ecstatic Music Festival, which has modern classical artists collaborating with alt/pop artists, continues today. This one’s got jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, rapper (and former Das Racist member) Kool AD, and string quartet Mivos Quartet.

Neaux, QTY, Black Beach, Other Houses @ Trans-Pecos
Sierra Kay ditched the sounds of her former band VersaEmerge and she’s now making shoegaze in Neaux, which also has members of Trash Talk, Loss Leader, and Have Heart.

INDEX @ Knockdown Center
“INDEX, is an all-day festival of music, performance- and community engagement. Featuring the works of artists, activists- and academics alike, INDEX highlights innovative voices of Black-Latinx experience – a jubilant archive in conversation with Black History Month.” Click the link above for the full lineup, which includes soulful lo-fi artist Mal Devisa, among many many others.

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

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