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

Daniel Johnston @ Town Hall
Outsider music cult hero Daniel Johnston is on what they’re calling his Final Tour where all stops have him backed by notable local musicians who also choose the setlist. Tonight he’s backed by members of Beirut, Cibo Matto and more.

John Zorn: The Bagatelles @ NYU Skirball Center
The Skirball Center is presenting this “two-day marathon concert featuring over 45 of New York City’s most adventurous musicians performing over 100 different compositions from Zorn’s expansive new book of music, The Bagatelles.” Zorn’s Bagatelles Quintet, who headline, includes Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo.

The New Yorker Festival
It’s the first night of the annual New Yorker Festival which is full of scintillating conversation with interesting people, and the occasional live music performance. Some of todays events include talks with Al Franken, Anthony Bourdain, John Hamm, Kumail Nanjiani, TV showrunner Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story) and a screening of new LBJ biopic.

Laura Marling (talks with John Seabrook & performs) @ Gramercy Theatre (New Yorker Festival)
British folk singer Laura Marling with her sixth album, Semper Femina, which is a little different from her previous work but great in its own way. As part of the New Yorker Festival, tonight she’ll perform music and also talk with longtime New Yorker writer John Seabrook.

Blood Orange (talks with Hua Hsu & performs solo) @ Gramercy Theatre (New Yorker Festival)
Dev Hynes will perform a special solo piano set at the New Yorker Fest event where he’ll also be in conversation with writer Hua Hsu.

special guest @ Peroni Pop-Up at 201 Mulberry St (curated by St. Vincent)
There’s a special guest appearing at this Peroni pop-up at 8 PM, and given that St. Vincent curated the event, there’s a good chance it’ll be someone exciting. (It’s most likely not St. Vincent herself, seeing as she plays LA tonight.)

Deerhoof, Sad13, Lily on the Horn Horse @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Shapeshifting experimental rockers Deerhoof’s latest album is this year’s Mountain Moves, which features tons of impressive guests (Laetitia Sadier, Jenn Wasner, Awkwafina, Juana Molina, Xenia Rubinos, and Matana Roberts). Tonight they play with Speedy Ortiz singer Sadie Dupuis’ Sad13 project, which is a very well-matched double bill.

Wear Your Wounds, Chrome Over Brass @ Saint Vitus
Wear Your Wounds is the quiet, slowcore-ish project by Converge vocalist J Bannon, and his live lineup features current and former members of The Red Chord, Trap Them, Coliseum, Sleigh Bells, Hatebreed, Cave In, and others. Tonight’s the band’s first NYC show, and excellent support comes from Chrome Over Brass, the one-man instrumental project of drummer Alex Garcia-Rivera of American Nightmare.

Hundred Waters, Kelsey Lu @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Hundred Waters released their first album in three years, Communicating, last month, and it’s not too far removed from their earlier work but also a clear step forward.

Alex Cameron, Jack Ladder @ Rough Trade
Both Alex Cameron and Jack Ladder pull from guys like Springsteen and Nick Cave, and they both have a lot of bravado and humorous stage banter that’s as entertaining as the music itself.

Vetiver, Johnny Irion @ The Park Church Co-Op
Vetiver returned in 2015 with Complete Strangers, a fine example of the indie-folk they’ve been making for over a decade. Tonight they’re back in NYC.

Psychedelic Furs, Bash and Pop @ Wellmont Theatre
One of the quintessential ’80s alternative bands, Psychedelic Furs have an armload of classics such as “Love My Way,” “Heaven,” “Pretty in Pink” and “The Ghost in You.” Tonight they’re pared with Bash and Pop, the solo project of Tommy Stinson (The Replacements) who are back in action after 20+ years away.

Frankie Cosmos, Ian Sweet, Nice Try @ Murmrr Theatre
While busy working on their first album for Sub Pop, Greta Kline’s band Frankie Cosmos play this hometown show tonight. Expect some new ones.

KMFDM, ohGr @ Irving Plaza
Having just played Chicago’s Cold Waves Fest, industrial titans KMFDM bring their big-riff, in-your-face style to NYC.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – In Concert @ Lincoln Center
Part of the NY Philharmonic’s Star Wars Concert Series and the NY Comic Con, you can catch JJ Abrams’ very entertaining most recent addition to the Star Wars saga with a live orchestral score.

The Proper Ornaments, Kyle Forester, Boon @ Union Pool
UK band The Proper Ornaments, the project from James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) and Max Oscarnold (Toy), just released their second album, Foxhole, via Slumberland / Tough Love. Not entirely different form what Haore does in Ultimate Painting, it’s magic hour psych pop with understated arrangements and lovely harmonies.

Colleen Green, Winter, Gold Connections @ Trans-Pecos
Colleen Green prefers understated, lo-fi sound but that can’t disguise her great talent at writing big pop hooks.

Greg Fox @ The Kitchen
Greg Fox (of Liturgy, Ex Eye, Guardian Alien, and more) performs music from his new solo album The Gradual Progression at NYC’s historic non-profit performance arts space The Kitchen tonight.

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead @ Brooklyn Bowl
Joe Russo often plays with Grateful Dead members, and with JRAD, he does a lot of justice to their music and is always joined by great players.

Comedy for Puerto Rico w/ Sasheer Zamata, Cipha Sounds, Jo Firestone, Rojo Perez, Nore Davis @ Union Hall (early show)
Union Hall hosts two comedy shows (early and late) for a good cause tonight. This is the first, with former SNL cast member Sasheer Zamata, Jo Firestone (who’s been busy with her podcast, several game shows, writing for The Tonight Show, and co-hosts the upcoming Butterboy comedy show in NYC), and more.

Comedy for Puerto Rico w/ Aparna Nancherla, Ronny Chieng, Cipha Sounds, Cristela Alonzo, Ricky Velez, Rojo Perez @ Union Hall (late show)
The late show of Comedy for Puerto Rico has Jo Firestone’s soon-to-be Butterboy co-host Aparna Nancherla (who’s written for Seth Meyers, appeared on Master of None, Crashing, and has a major role in the new season of Bojack Horseman), Daily Show senior correspondent Ronny Chieng, and more.

Mondo NYC
The is the second year for Mondo NYC, the “music festival and tech summit” that was started by CMJ founders. While the focus is really on the industry panels, there are showcases of mostly emerging artists at venues in the Lower East Side, and East Village.

Bruce Springsteen @ Walter Kerr Theatre
If anyone was gonna unseat Hamilton as Broadway’s hardest-to-get ticket, it was Bruce Springsteen who just began his 18-week “Springsteen on Broadway” run at the 960-seat Walter Kerr Theatre. “My show is just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music,” says Bruce. Expect some of his most famous songs and stories about them.

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

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