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

black midi, PC Worship, Norman Westberg @ Bowery Ballroom
UK experimental math rockers black midi recently released their very good, Dan Carey-produced debut album Schlagenheim on Rough Trade Records, and it’s one of the first records of its kind to be met with near-universal acclaim in a very long time. The band continues to rise, and they’re back in NYC for a sold-out Bowery Ballroom show tonight and a free show at 314 Canal tomorrow. They’ll also be back for a larger show at Warsaw in November. Both of tonight’s local openers, noise rockers PC Worship and longtime Swans member Norman Westberg, are not to miss and pair well with black midi.

Sampa The Great, Jelani Sei @ Elsewhere
Zambian-born rapper Sampa The Great is releasing her debut album The Return in September via Ninja Tune, and recent singles “Final Form” and “OMG” have been very promising examples of Sampa’s boundary-pushing, genre-defying sound.

Carly Rae Jepsen, Mansionair @ Hammerstein Ballroom
“Call Me Maybe” star turned critical darling Carly Rae Jepsen is still going strong, and this year she’s riding high off her new album Dedicated, which she’s supporting on this tour.

I’m With Her, Darlingside @ Prospect Park Bandshell
The free BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival shows continue tonight with a show that’s also part of the American Express Women in Music Series and headlined by folk super-trio I’m With Her (aka Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan).

Great South Bay Music Festival w/ Taking Back Sunday, Glassjaw, The Menzingers, Frank Iero @ Shorefront Park
Long Island’s annual Great South Bay Music Festival is underway, and as always, there’s a day dedicated to the island’s history of post-hardcore and emo. Today has hometown vets Taking Back Sunday and Glassjaw, who are both very much in fine form, and nearby bands like Philly’s The Menzingers and NJ’s Frank Iero (of My Chemical Romance).

Sur Back, Rare dm, Den-Mate @ ALPHAVILLE
Caroline Sans has been making arty, electronic pop as Sur Back for a few years now, and released the Kitsch EP in 2016. Having since moved from Florida to NYC, Sur Back is back in business, with new single “Nostalgia in Motion” just out.

Lisa Lisa, DJ Lucy Euclid @ Corporal Thompson Park
Cult Jam couldn’t make it but Lisa Lisa will be dressed head to toe in hits at this free SummerStage show.

Y La Bamba, Tall Juan @ (le) poisson rouge
Portland’s Y La Bamba released Mujeres back in February which mixes dreamy, gothy post-punk with folk and dance music.

Fantastic Negrito, Brooklyn United Drumline Band @ MetroTech Commons
Grammy-winning blues artist Fantastic Negrito plays today’s edition of the BAM R&B Festival. Free, noon start.

Sarah Silverman & Friends @ Rooftop at Pier 17
It’s a night of laughs with a view, when Sarah Silverman and friends Beth Stelling, Marina Franklin, Dave Justice bring stand-up to Rooftop at Pier 17.

Mike Birbiglia @ Cherry Lane Theatre
Mike Birbiglia regularly tests out new material with “Working it Out” shows that are often last-minute gigs at tiny clubs like Brooklyn’s Union Hall. This summer, Mike will be “Working it Out” at a residency at Manhattan’s Cherry Lane Theatre that continues tonight and runs through August 15.

Dave Chappelle @ Lunt Fontanne Theatre
Dave Chappelle hasn’t toned things down for his Broadway debut, which runs through July 20. As is usually the case at Chappelle shows, no phones.

Electric Six @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
It’s been a decade and a half since tongue-in-cheek Detroit rock band Electric Six had a hit with “Danger! High Voltage!” but they keep on plugging away with a sense of humor to go along with their intentionally unchecked bravado.

WNYC’s Ask Me Another: Topher Grace, Arturo Castro @ The Bell House
Ophira Eisenberg’s quiz show podcast, that counts Jonathan Coulton as its band, welcomes Topher Grace and Comedy Central’s Arturo Castro as guests.

PAT Party, JD Samson @ Union Pool
It’s the July edition of JD Samson’s monthly PAT Party, featuring “good vibes, good sound, video projection by local video artists and DJ’s that aren’t afraid to go deep.”

Lionel Richie @ Radio City Music Hall
You’ll truly be dancing on the ceiling all night long when you say hello to Lionel Richie who’ll be keeping it easy with hit after hit.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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