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What’s going on Thursday? (Future Islands, Hollie Cook, !!!, Robert Glasper, City on Film, Rustie, Hellbent Hooker & more)

Hollie Cook @ Glasslands, October 2014 (more by PSquared)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…

Hollie Cook, The Barr Brothers, Taylor McFerrin @ Highline Ballroom
Get a preview of SummerStage’s 2015 season with this concert featuring the great Hollie Cook, and Montreal’s talented Barr Brothers.

Rustie, Nadus, Remy Banks @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
While Rustie can get as maximal as a lot of the festival EDM that you might rather steer clear of, his music is too expertly melodic to be grouped with that scene. It’s as great to dance to as it is to listen in headphones.

Painted Zeros, Surf Rock is Dead, Chalk and Numbers, Such Hounds, Bohemians @ Pianos
A pretty solid lineup of local bands, including the spirited indie rock of Painted Zeroes and and the retro chic of Chalk & Numbers.

Gates, Young Statues, The City on Film @ Saint Vitus
While the atmospheric Gates are the headliners and Philly indie rockers Young Statues are good too, we especially recommend showing up early to catch The City on Film, the solo project of Braid co-frontman Bob Nanna that morphed into a full band. They recently put out their first album since 2005, and if you liked that Braid comeback record, you’ll find this one to be pretty essential too. Stick around after for Washed Up Emo’s afterparty with guest Dj sets by Kevin of Gates and Bob Nanna.

Future Islands, Operators, Wing Dam @ Terminal 5
Perhaps the biggest success story of 2014, Baltimore’s Future Islands start their 2015 with their two biggest NYC shows to date. If you’re heading to T5 tonight, don’t miss Operators, the new band from Dan Boeckner (Handsome Furs).

The Veda Rays, Bodega Bay, Journalism, Secret Crush, exils @ The Shop
New Bushwick venue The Shop (which is also an active motorcycle garage and a BBQ restaurant) had their soft opening before the holidays, and they’ll continue to use it a show space tonight.

Yonatan Gat, The Yin Yangs, Dead Tenants, Pill @ Trans-Pecos
Onetime Monotonix man Yonatan Gat plays loose improvisational shows that may also involve any concertgoers within arm’s length.

!!! (chk chk chk), Van Rivers @ Union Pool
Punk-funk stalwarts !!! (Chk Chk Chk) are getting ready to head into the studio to record their new album. To make sure they’re well prepared, they’ll be playing their new material this week at four consecutive nights at Union Pool. (They’ll play a few old favorites, too.) Tonight’s the second.

Hellbent Hooker, Meth Valley, Mammal @ Acheron
Local metal band Hellbent Hooker include members of Ramming Speed and Mutilation Rites, and their live show is the kind of spectacle that you just have to see for yourself.

Robert Glasper Trio, José James, Derrick Hodge, and Kendrick Scott @ Le Poisson Rouge
NYC Winter Jazzfest continues tonight with an excellent lineup including two crossover artists: Robert Glasper, who’s hip hop/jazz blend is a thing of its own, and Jose James, whose neo-soul is accessible enough for easy listening fans but edgy too.

Joakim, JDH & Dave P @ Cameo Gallery
Joakim’s current live set up includes backing musicians, and he’s said not to expect an “I press play, I’m pretending I’m turning knobs but I’m actually reading my e-mails” kind of thing.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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