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Craig Finn at Music Hall of Williamsburg in 2018 (more Sachyn Mital)

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

Nicole Yun (of Eternal Summers), Peel Dream Magazine, Charles Bissel (of The Wrens) @ ALPHAVILLE
While Eternal Summers are still going, frontwoman Nicole Yun explores new (Britpoppier) sounds on her debut solo album which she celebrates tonight. Her band includes members of Guided by Voices, Pains of Being Pure at Heart and more. This is an all-around good show, with Slumberland band Peel Dream Magazine and Wrens main man Charles Bissel.

Christeene, Nastie Band @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Musician/drag performer Christeene has become notorious for a “drag terrorist” performance style, and tonight’s show features support from recently-formed project Nastie Band, consisting of visual artist Frank Haines, Faith No More/Imperial Teen member Roddy Bottum, and vocalist Chris Kachulis.

Real Estate, Red Baraat, High & Mighty Brass Band, Yo La Tengo (DJ set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
Before hitting Webster Hall tomorrow, Real Estate headline the second-annual “New York Public Radio Live” event, which is promoted as “an evening celebrating all of New York Public Radio’s brands including WNYC, Gothamist, and New Sounds.” There’s additional performances from Red Baraat and High & Mighty Brass Band, plus DJ sets from Ira and Georgia of Yo La Tengo.

Malik Djoudi, Halo Maud @ David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
France Rocks presents this free show and we’re partial to opener Halo Maud — aka Maud Nadal who was in Parisian band Melody’s Echo Chamber and Moodoid before going out on her own. Her 2018 debut album mixes breathy French pop with psych and krautrock, and her voice at times may have you thinking of Bjork. She’s on at 7:30 PM.

Big Freedia, Mike Q, BATEKOO @ Summerstage at Central Park
Bounce music great Big Freedia headlines this latest free show at Summerstage at Central Park, with support from electronic producer Mike Q and Brazilian collective BATEKOO.

Gang Gang Dance, Pow Pow Family Band @ First Unitarian Congregational Society
Part of the annual bicycle film festival, Gang Gang Dance are playing two consecutive nights at First Unitarian Congregational Society. They’ll be backed by a chamber ensemble and multimedia projections.

Bombino, Habibi @ Industry City
Nigerian singer-songwriter Bombino and NYC-based psych quartet Habibi head to Industry City’s courtyard, as part of the venue’s City Farm Presents Summer Series.

Princess (Maya Rudolph & Gretchen Lieberum) @ Irving Plaza
SNL‘s Maya Rudolph and songwriter Gretchen Lieberum first teamed up several years back to form the Prince tribute band Princess, and you can expect to hear many of The Purple One’s biggest hits done justice at Irving Plaza tonight.

Craig Finn, Laura Stevenson @ Joe’s Pub
The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn just released his very good new solo album I Need A War, which is a prettier-sounding album than usual for Craig and features a big backing band including backup singers, a horn section, and more. He’s supporting it tonight at Joe’s Pub, which is a cool place to see him, and opening is Laura Stevenson, who released her own very good new album this year, The Big Freeze.

Gary Jules, Erin Regan @ Mercury Lounge
Most people know Gary Jules for his and Michael Andrews’ cover of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” on the Donnie Darko soundtrack. Tonight’s show is part of Mercury Lounge’s 25th anniversary.

The National, Courtney Barnett @ Prospect Park Bandshell
For fans of indie rock, The National and Courtney Barnett is a pretty unbelievable double bill and it’ll be cool to see them in Prospect Park, a venue that both have headlined separately in the past. They wrap up a two-night stand there tonight, and The National are supporting the great, just-released I Am Easy To Find, while Courtney is still riding high off last year’s great Tell Me How You Really Feel.

Mystic Braves @ Rough Trade
L.A. psych band look and sound like something straight out of 1967 — last year’s The Great Unknown is worth checking out.

Droneflower (Steve Brodsky and Marissa Nadler), Annie Hart, Russian Baths @ Saint Vitus Bar
Cave In/Mutoid Man member Steve Brodsky and Marissa Nadler recently dropped a collaborative LP under the name Droneflower, and they’ll perform many of those new songs, following opening sets from Au Revoir Simone’s Annie Hart and Brooklyn noise outfit Russian Baths.

William Tyler, Festival @ Union Pool
Former Lambchop/Silver Jews member William Tyler has released several celebrated solo guitar LPs in recent years, and this Union Pool show is behind his latest album Goes West, which dropped in January.

Howard Jones, Men Without Hats @ PlayStation Theater
It’s a double dose of ’80s synthpop with Howard Jones (who has more hits than you may remember) and “Safety Dance” singers Men Without Hats

Bbymutha, Wifigawd, Bearcat, Twisted Thing, Aguapanelamami @ Market Hotel
NYC rapper Bbymutha brings tons of charisma and colorful outfits to her live shows, in addition to her already fun and lively discography. Tonight’s Market Hotel show should be no different.

Nails, Misery Index, Outer Heaven, Ulthar @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Metallic hardcore crushers Nails recently returned with a new two-song single, and both are crushing songs that very much say “we’re back!” They’re now on tour and hitting NYC tonight with a stacked lineup of death metal bands, including the long-running Misery Index and buzzed-about newer bands Outer Heaen and Ulthar.

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

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