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Pussy Riot at Beat Kitchen
Pussy Riot in Chicago earlier this year (more by James Richards IV)

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

Pussy Riot, Dorian Electra @ Elsewhere
“Pussy Riot has never done normal concerts in usual sense of this word, and we intend to continue this tradition,” say the Russian art-punk feminist collective of their current tour. “Events that we organize are political rallies, not concerts. We intend to make the audience leave the venue or the festival, and to go out and act.” There will be music, and more…just don’t expect a typical show.

Parquet Courts @ Rough Trade
Parquet Courts celebrate the release of their new album, Wide Awake!, with this lunch hour show that’s free with purchase of the new album. If you can’t make it, it’ll be streaming live.

Shakey Graves, And The Kids @ Brooklyn Steel
Shakey Graves recently released his new album Can’t Wake Up, which ditches his usual roots rock vibe for something weirder, poppier, and more psychedelic. It’s cool stuff, and you can see him bring it to life in NYC tonight.

Speedy Ortiz, Computer Magic, gobbinjr @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Speedy Ortiz have been reviving ’90s-style indie rock that mixes pop hooks and off-kilter guitar riffs for a while now, and at this point they sound like no one other than themselves. They’re on tour now supporting their new album Twerp Verse.

Alex Zhang Hungtai (Dirty Beaches) & Gabriel Ferrandini, Brian Chase @ National Sawdust
Alex Zhang Hungtai retired his Dirty Beaches moniker but he still has other musical projects. Tonight he’s playing as a free-jazz duo with Gabriel Ferrandini, and opening is another indie rocker that also plays jazz/avant-garde music, Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase.

Alice Glass, Pictureplane, Dreamcrusher @ Public Arts
Former Crystal Castles singer Alice Glass began a solo career last year, and if you miss the music she made with Crystal Castles, her solo songs scratch a very similar itch. Tonight’s her second of two NYC shows on this current tour.

Bambara, Lace, Blacksage, Conduit @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Brooklyn’s Bambara once knocked people back with sheer volume and a menacing stage presence, but have grown to be a more textured, nuanced group. Their brand new album, Shadow on Everything, is their best yet and brings high drama, big hooks, impressive musicianship and production, and, maybe above all else, real swagger.

Richard Papiercuts, Lame Drivers, Kitchen @ Coney Island Baby
Mystery man Richard Papiercuts was part of noisy NYC band The Chinese Restaurants, who were more whispered about than seen, and has collaborated with Mattin and other autre artists. He headlines this show that also features Brooklyn’s underrated, GbV-esque Lame Drivers.

Big Ups, LVL UP, Water From Your Eyes, Human People @ Secret Project Robot
Big Ups celebrate the release of their new album Two Parts Together with Sub Pop-signed LVL UP, and more.

Darlin Darlin, Stephen Karl & Handsome Animals, Swimming Bell @ Safari Room at El Cortez
Countryish folk acts Darlin Darlin and Stephen Karl & Handsome Animals celebrate the release of their split EP tonight.

Alejandro Escovedo, Diane & the Gentle Men, Revel In Dimes @ The Bowery Electric
Roots rock and cowpunk vet Alejandro Escovedo is making an all-out assault on NYC this month, playing a ton of shows at small venues all over the city.

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

Hannibal Buress @ The Capitol Theatre
The hilarious Hannibal Buress is doing new material on the road right now, and he hits Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre tonight followed by Brooklyn’s BAM tomorrow.

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

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