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Beyonce & Jay-Z at Coachella 2018
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…

Beyonce & Jay-Z, Chloe x Halle @ MetLife Stadium
Beyonce & Jay-Z recently released their collaborative album Everything Is Love, and it very much lives up to the hype. They’re now playing their first North American shows since its release, including MetLife Stadium tonight and tomorrow.

Smashing Pumpkins (w/ special guests), Metric @ PNC Bank Arts Center
The Smashing Pumpkins are back with 3/4 of their original lineup, and they’re on a tour that focuses on music from their first five albums. This particular show is billed as their “30th anniversary show,” and it’s got some huge special guests lined up, including Courtney Love, former New Order/Joy Division bassist Peter Hook, Deftones frontman Chino Moreno, AFI frontman Davey Havok, two Killers members, and for whatever reason, Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath (who has appeared in video form at previous shows on this tour).

Nico tribute w/ Marissa Nadler, U.S. Girls, Julie Byrne, Lizzi Bougatsos (Gang Gang Dance), L’Rain, Tammy Faye Starlite @ Le Poisson Rouge
Nico is more than just one of the best parts of The Velvet Underground’s first album. She also had a very fruitful solo career, and the last years of her life are the subject of the new biopic Nico, 1988. That biopic screened in NYC last night, and tonight there’s a tribute concert of Nico, timed with the film’s release. It’s got a pretty amazing lineup of women, all of whom were presumably influenced by Nico.

Lord Huron, Cherry Glazerr @ Brooklyn Steel
Folk rockers Lord Huron went in a psychedelic direction, as well as a bigger, more rockin’ direction on this year’s Vide Noir, which is their best album yet. This is their second of two sold-out Brooklyn Steels hows this week, both with very solid support from garage punks Cherry Glazerr.

Seu Jorge @ Blue Note (2 shows)
Brazilian singer and Life Aquatic troubadour Seu Jorge continues his 10-night Blue Note residency.

Glassjaw, Quicksand, Primitive Weapons @ Wellmont Theater
Veteran New York post-hardcore bands Glassjaw and Quicksand both made major comebacks last year, having released their first albums in 15 and 22 years, respectively, both of which were very, very good, and picked right up where the bands’ respective discographies left off. They’re on tour together now, playing hometown area shows in Montclair and then Brooklyn. Both of these are with a newer New York post-hc band, Primitive Weapons (who share members with some older ones like Mind Over Matter and Errortype:11).

BadBadNotGood, Charlotte Day Wilson @ Prospect Park
As far as (mostly) instrumental music goes, BadBadNotGood are one of today’s biggest and best crossover bands, thanks to an addictive mix of hip hop, jazz, electronic music, indie rock, and more. Charlotte Day Wilson, a vocalist they’ve collaborated with, opens this free outdoor show.

Kings of Leon, Public Access T.V. @ The Rooftop at Pier 17
Amy Schumer played the opening night of the new Pier 17 Rooftop Concert Series last night, but tonight Southern indie rock giants Kings of Leon play the first official, actual “concert.” They do it again tomorrow too, and both shows are with locals Public Access T.V.

Roni Size, Reid Speed, Golden Child @ Output
Roni Size helped shape drum ‘n’ bass as we know it back in the ’90s, and he still puts on super fun shows today, as we witnessed at Warm Up last year.

OSHUN @ MoMA
MoMA’s Summer Thursdays series brings live music to the Sculpture Garden at MoMA, and entrance to the shows is included with museum admission (they go from 5:30 to 8 PM). Tonight, the series hosts the great, new-ish NYC neo-soul/hip hop band OSHUN.

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

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