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Sylvan Esso at Riviera Theatre
Sylvan Esso at Riviera Theatre in 2018 (more by James Richards IV)

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

Sylvan Esso, Daughter of Swords @ Beacon Theatre
Electronic/folk fusion duo Sylvan Esso bring their ambitious live setup to Beacon Theatre for two special shows where they’re expanded to a 10-member lineup featuring some of the duo’s favorite musicians, including Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner on bass, Meg Duffy of Hand Habits on lead guitar, Adam Schatz of Landlady on saxophone, and more. Should be cool.

Anderson .Paak, The Free Nationals @ Brooklyn Steel
Although Anderson .Paak’s backing band The Free Nationals released some material on their own recently, the two will play together as usual for this sold-out benefit show sponsored by Modelo, which aims to help “refugees, immigrants and Americans in need.”

Kim Petras, Alex Chapman @ Avant Gardner
Pop singer Kim Petras concludes her two-night stand at Brooklyn’s Avant Gardner tonight, behind her infectious debut album Clarity, released earlier this year.

Freddie Gibbs, Cousin Stizz, Conway The Machine @ Sony Hall
Freddie Gibbs released his great second collaborative LP with Madlib, Bandana, earlier this year, and he’ll play Sony Hall tonight alongside collaborator Cousin Stizz and Buffalo rapper Conway The Machine.

The Hu, Crown Lands @ Bowery Ballroom
A lot of people in the US were first introduced to Mongolian folk metal band The Hu after some of their YouTube videos went viral, but they’re not just some viral meme or anything. They’re the real deal and their live show is something else.

David Byrne’s American Utopia @ Hudson Theatre
David Byrne has retooled his acclaimed “untethered” 2018 for the Broadway stage and while the setlist and arrangements are much like what they were on his tour, songs are now threaded together with new monologues from Byrne, making for a much more theatrical experience.

David Cross @ Littlefield
David Cross tested out the stand-up material that became the 2018 Oh Come On tour at a bunch of shows he called “Shootin’ the Shit, Seein’ What Sticks” that mostly happened at Brooklyn’s Union Hall. He’s shooting the shit again with another series of shows at Littlefield.

Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum (w/ Michael C. Hall), Miss Guy, Malang Jobarteh @ Mercury Lounge
Trio Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum is led by Michael C Hall who you may know from Six Feet Under and Dexter, or from his musical work starring in Hedwig & The Angry Inch and David Bowie’s Lazarus. The rest of the band — they all met as part of Hedwig — is made up of keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen (Blondie, Culture Club, Cyndi Lauper) and drummer Peter Yanowitz (Morningwood).

Zola Jesus, Mothica, Jess Williamson, Purple Pilgrims @ Rosewood Theater
Zola Jesus will be playing a solo piano set at this party thrown by NYC-based, women and non-binary people run music and culture blog Audiofemme, who celebrates their relaunch. There’s also performances from Mothica, Jess Williamson, and New Zealand’s Purple Pilgrims, as well as “complimentary tarot readings, flash tattoos, and more surprises.”

L.A. Salami, JW Francis @ Rough Trade
UK singer-songwriter L.A. Salami makes rich folk pop that echoes the likes of The Kinks, Harry Nilsson, Billy Bragg and even The Libertines, with a strong socio-political lyrical bent.

Monolord, Blackwater Holylight @ Saint Vitus Bar
Having recently released their first album for Relapse, No Comfort, Swedish doomsters Monolord are in Brooklyn for two shows at Saint Vitus, this being the first. Both will be opened by dark psych-rockers Blackwater Holylight.

Shilpa Ray, Odetta Hartman, Joanna Schubert, Emmerson & Her Clammy Hands @ The Footlight
Shilpa Ray’s husky wail and darkly textured songs has made fans of Nick Cave (who put out one of her EPs) among many others. Her intense live shows are always worth seeing.

Sunrot, exhalants, The Austerity Program @ Trans-Pecos
This bill has two local staples, NJ sludgesters and NYC post-hardcore/noise rockers The Austerity Program, and touring band exhalants (from Austin) are cut from a similar cloth as the latter.

Itasca, Sleepy Doug Shaw, Starway @ Union Pool
LA’s Itasca is a very good revivalist of ’60s/’70s-style psychedelic folk, and this year’s Spring is another fine example of this.

East of the Wall, Cavallo, Glacier, Wess Meets West, Hundreds of AU @ Gold Sounds
This is a cool bill all around of dark and/or heavy Northeast bands, with NJ prog metallers East of the Wall; post-rock bands Cavallo (BK/NJ), Glacier (Boston), and Wess Meets West (New Haven); and NJ screamo beasts Hundreds of AU.

Lifetime, Night Birds, Gouge Away, Truth Cult @ House of Independents
NJ melodic hardcore heroes Lifetime only rarely play shows these days, so the chance to see them is always worth taking. They’re doing a three-date Northeast tour this weekend with Florida post-hardcore crushers Gouge Away, and tonight they play their home state with another great NJ punk band, Night Birds.

Cherie Currie, Brie Darling @ (le) poisson rouge
Punk icon and former Runaways vocalist Cherie Currie, along with collaborator Brie Darling, released The Motivator this year, which features a blend of original songs and covers of T. Rex, John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, and others. The pair bring that album to life at LPR tonight.

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

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