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

The Zombies @ City Winery
Baroque pop as we know it might not exist without the influence of The Zombies’ Odessey & Oracle, which they played on tour last year for its 50th anniversary. Now they’re back on the road playing songs from other albums too, and also some smaller venues. They’re in NYC for three City Winery shows this week, this being the third and final one.

Lou Reed’s Birthday Celebration w/ James Chance, Mina Caputo (Life of Agony), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Hamish Kilgour (The Clean) & much more @ Bowery Electric
Lou Reed would’ve been 76 on Friday and tonight he and his music are celebrated with a pretty incredible group of musicians, including Mina Caputo, Lenny Kaye, James Change, and tons more (and promised surprises).

Tommy Stinson’s Cowboys in the Campfire @ Pig Beach
Replacements bassist and Bash & Pop frontman Tommy Stinson along with collaborator Chip Roberts are playing as acoustic duo Cowboys in the Campfire where you’ll get “some laughs, some songs, a lot of fun.”

Springsteen on Broadway
The Boss continues his completely sold-out “Springsteen on Broadway” run at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which has now been extended through June! At these shows, Bruce plans to give fans shows “that are as personal and as intimate as possible.”

Andrew Bird @ Bergen PAC
As good as Andrew Bird’s records can be, they don’t quite match the magic of his live shows where violin, whistling and loop pedals all come into play

Grooms, ESSi, Deli Girls, Mezzanine Swimmers @ Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn’s underrated post-punk-krautrock trio Grooms headline this show which is also the single release show for noisy duo ESSI.

The Presets, Crush Club @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Australian electro duo The Presets will have a new album out on June but are visiting here now giving a preview (and playing mid-’00s faves like “Are You the One” and “Down Down Down”).

John Nolan, Brian Bonz, Nathan Hussey @ Union Pool
John Nolan has been back in Taking Back Sunday for a while now, but before they go on their big tour with Coheed & Cambria this summer, he’s doing a lower-key solo tour. Excitingly, he’ll be playing songs from his underrated band Straylight Run. The tour is also in celebration of John’s birthday, and he’s promising streamers, balloons, and party favors.

Diet Cig, Great Grandpa, The Spook School @ Elsewhere
Elsewhere hosts a triple bill of scrappy indie-punk, and if you’re going, we recommend showing up early for Scotland’s The Spook School, whose powerful homophobia-battling Could It Be Different? is one of 2018’s finer punk albums so far.

Arone Dyer’s Dronechoir & Mahogany L. Browne @ Merkin Concert Hall (Ecstatic Music Fest)
The Ecstatic Music Festival generally brings together artists from the rock/pop/etc world with artists from the classical/avant-garde/etc world. Tonight, they’ve got Arone Dyker of the unique pop duo Buke & Gase with poet/spoken word artist Mahogany L. Browne. “On the first half of the show, the artists will perform their own works chosen for the occasion. Dronechoir Miracle, the second half of the evening, is a spontaneous set of powerful vocal performances addressing Black Lives, gender equity and racial equality.”

Gus Dapperton, Gingerlys @ Rough Trade
Gus Dapperton started out producing songs for rappers, and lately he’s been making his own music, which has hints of synthpop, jangle pop, and more. He continues to pick up buzz, and tonight’s show is sold out.

The Shacks @ BRIC House
Even if you don’t know The Shacks by name, you might recognize them from that iPhone 8 commercial, and they’ve got more dreamy pop where that came from. Tonight, they play this free 6:30 PM show.

Jouska, Personal Space, Morus Alba, Power Funeral @ Brooklyn Bazaar
This is a cool indie rock bill with two Tiny Engines bands, Jouska and Personal Space.

Janeane Garofalo, Ana Fabrega, Janelle James, Edy Modica @ Saint Vitus
You may think of Saint Vitus as the home for metal, punk and other dark arts, but tonight it’s all about laughter at this early show (doors 7 PM) headilned by Janeane Garofalo. $10 at the door.

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



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