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Ariel Pink @ Desert Daze 2017 (more by Coen Rees)

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

Ariel Pink, Gary War, Clang Quartet @ Le Poisson Rouge
Died-in-the-wool weirdo Ariel Pink continues to mine every era at once (though especially the ’80s) for his brand of low-fi ultrapo, as heard most recently on Dedicated to Bobby Jameson.

Chris Rock @ BAM’s Harvey Theater
Chris Rock has been on the road all year, doing his first tour in nine years and making some surprise appearances with his pal Dave Chappelle. His tour includes four big NYC shows in December, but first he plays two much more intimate ones at BAM’s Harvey Theater. This is night two.

Grizzly Bear, serpentwithfeet @ Brooklyn Steel
Grizzly Bear’s new album Painted Ruins, their first in five years, proves that still no one can make quite the same kind of off-kilter psychedelic pop that Grizzly Bear can. This is night three of a three-night run at Brooklyn Steel with great opener serpentwithfeet.

N.O.R.E., Rakim, EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Mr Cheeks, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, The Sugarhill Gang, Melle Mel, Scorpio, The Furious 5 @ Kings Theatre
The ‘Art of Rap’ tour back in NYC tonight, and this one has all kinds of local legends, from the city’s earliest pioneers (Sugarhill Gang and Melle Mel) to the MCs who pushed the genre forward in the late ’80s (Rakim, EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick), to the MCs who helped define the sound of modern New York hip hop as we now know it in the ’90s (N.O.R.E., Ghostface, Raekwon).

Swans, ADULT. @ Warsaw
The current version of Swans — which began with 2010’s My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky and concluded with 2016’s The Glowing Man — say they’re no longer going to perform together after this final show. Opening are Detroit’s ADULT. whose new album features a suite of songs made with Swans’ Michael Gira.

The Rural Alberta Advantage, Yukon Blonde @ Bowery Ballroom
Canadian indie rockers The Rural Alberta Advantage returned this year with their fourth album, The Wild, on Saddle Creek/Paper Bag. They’re in NYC this weekend for two shows, this being the second.

Jonwayne, Danny Watts & DJ EMV, Ceschi, Killin H8, Gage @ Trans-Pecos
Jonwayne started out as a producer but he’s been honing his skills as a rapper over the years and 2017’s Rap Album Two has perhaps his best rapping yet. It also has some of most personal storytelling.

Worriers, Thin Lips, Katie Ellen @ Knitting Factory
Political indie-punks Worriers recently released their first album for SideOneDummy, Survival Pop, an album that resonates strongly with everything going on this year. They celebrate it tonight with two solid, likeminded openers.

The Proletariat, Bowhead, Drew Stone and the Hit Squad @ Bowery Electric
The Proletariat were on the legendary Boston punk compilation This Is Boston, Not L.A. but they had an artier sound with a heavy Gang of Four influence compared to their peers. They reunited recently, and they’re back in NYC again tonight.

Trophy Scars, Will Wood and the Tapeworms, Latewaves @ White Eagle Hall
NJ’s Trophy Scars are one of the more unique bands in modern post-hardcore, having mixed in elements of blues, prog, psychedelia, and more over the years. This is their first show in two years, and it also doubles as a 15th anniversary celebration for the band.

Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Big Breakfast @ The Kingsland
Former Tigers Jaw co-frontman Adam McIlwee left that band after the recording of 2014’s Charmer, and he’s been focusing on his solo project Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, which started out as an emo-rap project but his recent acoustic EP is pretty similar to what he was doing in Tigers Jaw. Tonight he’s in NYC, playing The Kingsland (269 Norman Ave).

Lotus, Square Peg Round Hole @ Brooklyn Bowl
Electro-jammers Lotus returned last year with Eat the Light and followed it this year with a remix EP. They’re back on tour now, playing two Brooklyn Bowl shows this weekend, this being the second.

Phony PPL; Angel Deradoorian, Jeremy Hyman, Nicos Kennedy & Joe Williams performing score to ‘Strike'; and more @ Brooklyn Museum
Among the events at Brooklyn Museum today is a set by Phony PPL, and a live score for the silent film Strike performed by Deradoorian, Animal Collective collaborator Jeremy Hyman, and others.

Kllo, Prism House @ Elsewhere (Zone One)
Melbourne duo Kllo make electronic pop that sorta sounds like a more downtempo AlunaGeorge, and they recently released their debut album Backwater on Ghostly International. This is their first of two NYC shows this weekend.

RL Grime, Graves, Kittens @ Terminal 5
EDM/trap DJ RL Grime continues to get huge, and takes on massive NYC venue Terminal 5 twice this weekend. This is night one.

‘chickfactor 25′ w/ Laura Cantrell, Cotton Candy, Governess @ Union Pool
It’s the second day of beloved indie zine chickfactor’s 25th anniversary celebration. Joe Pernice had to drop off this matinee bill, but you can still catch Laura Cantrell, Cotton Candy (aka Unrest’s Mark Robinson and Blast Off Country Style’s Evelyn Hurley) and Governess.

The Woggles, The Othermen, The Whips @ Union Pool
Georgia garage rock cult heroes The Woggles still put on a helluva show some 30 years into their career.

Eleanor Friedberger (Solo), Erin Elizabeth Birgy (of Mega Bog) @ Union Pool
Eleanor warms up for her upcoming tour with Luna at this small show featuring Megabog solo…that’s a good double bill.

Springsteen on Broadway
It’s the hottest ticket on Broadway: Bruce Springsteen playing solo at the intimate Walter Kerr Theatre, performing some of his biggest hits and telling stories about them. His show runs through February.

Ought, Trace Mountains, Boys Online @ Silent Barn
On an off-night from their tour with Waxahatchee, Montreal band Ought, who channel tense and nervous new wave, play this sold out Silent Barn show. Their new album will be out in early 2018 via Merge

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ), Kim Ann Foxman, Tasker, Baltra @ Elsewhere
Elsewhere, which just opened a few days ago, will get it’s subs put to the test for this dance party featuring TEED and Hercules & Love Affair’s Kim Ann Foxman.

The Raincoats & Friends @ The Kitchen
Following two nights of talking about Jenn Pelly’s new book about their debut album, The Raincoats Gina Birch and Ana da Silva are presenting this show featuring Palmolive, Vice Cooler,  and special guests Tobi Vail, Kathi Wilcox and Sara Landeau for “performances, video tributes, viewings of Ana and Gina’s student films, and much more.” This is a benefit for The Kitchen, and sold out.

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

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