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

TV on the Radio (performing “Dear Science”) @ Knockdown Center
TVotR’s third album, Dear Science is the sound a band firing on all cylinders, overflowing with great ideas, great performances, and hooks out the wazoo. They’re playing it live in full tonight in celebration of its 10th anniversary.

Paul Simon @ Madison Square Garden
The legendary Paul Simon has been on his ‘Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour’ all year and now he’s finally home. He plays what will apparently be his last three shows ever in his hometown of NYC, starting with MSG tonight and tomorrow and ending in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Saturday.

Low @ National Sawdust
Low’s truly stunning new album Double Negative is out now and it’s like nothing they’ve ever done before. They’re bringing these unique songs to life across three nights at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust. This is night two.

Neko Case, Thao Nguyen @ Beacon Theatre
The great Neko Case is back on the road supporting this year’s very solid Hell-On, and fellow indie singer/songwriter Thao Nguyen makes for a great double bill.

SOPHIE, Cashu, Doss @ Brooklyn Steel
Electronic musician SOPHIE goes further than ever into pop territory on her debut album OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES (weird, sometimes abrasive pop but pop nonetheless), and now she’s back in NYC for her second show here since its release.

Snow Patrol (signing + performance) @ Rough Trade
Snow Patrol’s new music isn’t so hot, and their current tour opening for Ed Sheeran isn’t a very appealing way to see them, but this very intimate show happening on a night off from that tour could be very special.

Errortype: 11, Stillsuit, Clockwise, Pilot to Gunner @ Saint Vitus
This whole bill is made up of veteran, back-in-action New York post-hardcore bands, and it’s headlined by the great Errortype:11, who have been playing their first shows in six years this year.

World’s Fair, Gloss Gang @ Elsewhere
After years of honing their sound, Queens rap crew World’s Fair finally released their debut album New Lows this year on Fool’s Gold Records. Their live show has always been awesome, and tonight should be no different.

Jedi Mind Tricks, Q-Unique @ Bowery Ballroom
Underground rap lifers Jedi Mind Tricks are active as ever and they’re back on the road behind this year’s The Bridge and the Abyss.

Counterparts, Being As an Ocean, Have Mercy, Varials @ Gramercy Theatre
Canadian metalcore staples Counterparts recently released a new EP that collects B-sides from their last two albums, and they’re now kicking off a month-long tour in NYC tonight.

Ethers, En Attendant Ana, Patio, Famous Logs in History @ ALPHAVILLE
Chicago’s Ethers have deep roots in the city’s garage/punk/indie scene, featuring members of Heavy Times, Outer Minds, Radar Eyes and The Runnies. With prominent use of organ, there’s echos of post-punk groups like The Clean and Swell Maps, as well as ’60s Nuggets-style psych, and the kind of indie rock you might’ve found on Merge in 1997. They’re currently on tour with fellow Trouble In Mind band En Attendant Ana who hail from France, but the Frenchiest thing about them is their name. They sing in English and make accessible, scruffy guitar pop that has footholds in ’90s college radio and NYC’s early-’00s indie rock renaissance

Arthur Buck @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Onetime R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck and singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur have been friends and collaborators for years but have never made a record together, just the two of them till this year. Of special note: also in the band is Scott McCaughey who spent much of the last year recovering from a stroke.

Mothers, Lala Lala @ Baby’s All Right
Mothers, the band led by distinctive singer-songwriter Kristine Leschper, moved from Atlanta to Philly and darkened their sound in the process, working with John Congleton on their new album, Render Another Ugly Method. If you’re going tonight, get there early for Chicago’s Lala Lala.

Brooklyn Comedy Festival @ Brooklyn Bazaar
The Brooklyn Comedy Festival takes over Brooklyn Bazaar with Kevin McDonald’s podcast taping an episode with Julie Klausner, Tom Green and musical guest Sister Sparrow, as well as Brett Davis presenting one-man show, and more.

Hercules and Love Affair, Jason Kendig @ Elsewhere
Electronic / disco act Hercules & Love Affair, whose debut LP was one of the key DFA albums of the ’00s, are still bringing the soulful electro-disco, most recently on 2017’s Omnion.

Gabriel Kahane @ Murmrr Ballroom
Gabriel Kahane walks the line between composer and singer songwriter, as heard on his acclaimed 2017 album, 8980: Book of Travelers which he’ll be performing tonight.

Dinosaur Jr. @ Garcia’s The Capitol Theatre
Mastodon had to drop off their joint tour with Dinosaur Jr, so J. Mascis, Lou and Murph are playing this very intimate show instead.

Michael Hurley, Darren Hanlon (ex-Lucksmiths) @ Union Pool
Storied folk veteran Michael Hurley, whose career dates back to the ’60s Greenwich Village scene, plays his second sold-out Union Pool show with ex Lucksmiths frontman Darren Hanlon opening.

Nellie McKay @ Birdland
Nellie McKay put out the marvelously intimate Sister Orchid back in May, and is in the midst of a multi-night run at Birdland.

There Will Be Other Shows in September @ The Mockingbird
Cait Bladt (Paste, Rolling Stone), Angela Palladino, and Year Nadav Tal host this free stellar monthly showcase, which highlights the best indie comedy in New York. This month’s show includes Joe Pera, Karen Chee (The New Yorker, McSweeny’s), Fareeha Khan (MTV, Refinery29), Ariel Evans (Charm City Comedy Festival), Eitan Levine (Cheddar, Elite Daily), Peter Valenti (UCB), and Yotam Tubul (Running On Empty).

On a Lighter Note @ Halyards
Dan Wilbur hosts a comedy show with a positive spin at this Gowanus bar. This week’s lineup includes Chris Chiello (Comedy Central), Matt Ruby (MTV’s Girl Code), Eman El-Husseini (Sirius XM), Mike Brown (Adult Swim), and Meghan Hanley (Gotham Comedy Live). The show is free, but you can reserve a table online.

Michael Nesmith & The First National Band @ Concert Hall @ NY Society For Ethical Culture
The Monkees’ Michael Nesmith is reviving his early ’70s country rock group, The National Band. who play tonight (he’ll play Monkees songs too).

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

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