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Better Oblivion Community Center at Bowery Ballroom
Conor Oberst with BOCC at Bowery Ballroom (more by Ellen Qbertplaya)

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

Conor Oberst, Joanna Sternberg @ White Eagle Hall
Conor Oberst spent part of 2019 touring with Phoebe Bridgers, supporting their debut LP as Better Oblivion Community Center, but he’s now on a brief solo tour of the East Coast, accompanied by Joanna Sternberg, whose new LP Then I Try Some More was recently released on Conor’s label Team Love Records.

NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off Live Review @ Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
DJ Jonathan Toubin returns with the latest of his regular Soul Clap & Dance-Off parties, but this time with a twist: rather than just spinning records, Jonathan invites guests Irma Thomas, Archie Bell, Betty Harris, Joe Bataan — all backed by Binky Griptite and Brooklyn Rhythm Band — to provide a live (and very real) dance party experience. To sweeten the deal, the entire show is free and open to the public — and if you’re worried about the heat, Ford Amphitheatre is fully covered (and show starts at 6 PM).

Kill Your Idols, Victory Garden, Somerset Thrower @ Saint Vitus
Long-running New York hardcore band Kill Your Idols are playing a few shows this year, including this Brooklyn matinee with direct support from the very good newer LI band, Somerset Thrower.

Tomb Mold, Superstition, Ruin Lust, Coagula @ Saint Vitus
20 Buck Spin labelmates Tomb Mold and Superstition both put out very good new albums this year, Planetary Clairvoyance and The Anatomy of Unholy Transformation, and if you like death metal, this is a double bill not to miss. (It’s also sold out.)

Dave Alvin @ City Winery
Veteran songwriter and The Blasters founder Dave Alvin heads to City Winery for an intimate show tonight, one week before the venue moves out of its longtime Varick St location, to its future home on Pier 57.

Love and Rockers @ Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
This week’s edition of Union Pool’s always fun, always free Summer Thunder series features Love & Rockers a reggae-psych band whose members include Chauncey Billups (High and Mighty), Jaleel Bunton (TV on the Radio ), Don Mackenzie (Vernon Reid), Aku Oracca Tetteh (Santigold), Takuya Nakamura (Cocorosie), and bassist Josh Werner (Lee Scratch Perry, Cocorosie). 2 PM start, killer breakfast tacos too if you’re hungover.

Dirty Fences, Foster Care @ Our Wicked Lady
Jonathan Toubin is in Coney Island tonight (see above) but his regular Sunday night party, Soul Scream, rolls on with live music — a garage punk double bill of Dirty Fences and Foster Care — and DJs. Bands start at 8 PM on the roof.

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