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Melvins at Warsaw
Melvins at Warsaw in 2018 (more by Stephanie Augello)

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

Melvins, Redd Kross, Toshi Kasai @ Warsaw
Sludge vets Melvins and indie rock vets Redd Kross are on the road together, and not only do Melvins and Redd Kross already share bassist Steve McDonald, and Melvins’ Dale Crover will also pull double duty on this tour as he’s drumming for Redd Kross on this run. Despite the similar lineups, these two bands sound nothing alike but should pair together very nicely tonight.

Big Thief, Palm @ Webster Hall
Big Thief have been on a roll this year, with not one but two albums (the second comes out this Friday), and now they’re in the midst of a sold-out, three-night NYC run. This is night two.

Kero Kero Bonito, Negative Gemini @ Brooklyn Steel
After flirtations with indie rock and shoegaze last year, Kero Kero Bonito have returned to their electronic roots on the just-released Civilisation I EP, though hopefully the full-band lineup they toured with last year remains intact.

Madonna @ BAM
Madonna had to cancel her Monday show due to a knee injury, but she’s back on tonight for what is her second to last show at BAM.

David Byrne’s American Utopia @ Hudson Theatre
David Byrne has retooled his acclaimed “untethered” 2018 for the Broadway stage and the show makes its debut tonight. While the setlist and arrangements are much like what they were on his tour, songs are now threaded together with new monologues from Byrne, making for a much more theatrical experience.

Vein, Higher Power, Hangman, Silenus @ Brooklyn Bazaar
’90s alt-metal has been coming back lately, and this tour has two bands who recall that era in very different ways: the metalcore/nu metal-leaning Vein and the grunge/hardcore blenders Higher Power. (Post-punks Soft Kill are also on this tour but had to drop off this date at the last minute.) Local support comes from Hangman and Silenus.

Helado Negro, Bembona, Combo Chimbita, La Orquesta Triunfadora, Papi Juice, Riobamba, Kaina, host Victoria Ruiz of Downtown Boys, special guests @ Elsewhere Hall
Helado Negro put together this stacked show, which he’s calling Young Latin & Proud, and “a portion of ticket sales will go to Make the Road New York who are building the power of immigrant and working class New Yorkers to achieve dignity and justice.” It’s a good show for a good cause, and special guests are promised too.

Kill Alters – Mutations #1 @ Market Hotel
This is the first night of experimental Brooklyn trio Kill Alters’ ‘Mutations’ residency at Market Hotel, and it’s got a stacked lineup with other great names from NYC’s experimental music scene, including a set from Ikue Mori (DNA), Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Hisham A. Bharoocha (Kill Alters), and Bonnie Baxter (Kill Alters); a set from Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto), Victoria Shen, and Bonnie Baxter; a set from Motion Graphics, Greg Fox, and Hisham A, Bharoocha; a set from OrbKA, Bonnie Baxtere, Jason Lindner (David Bowie’s Blackstar), and Chuck Bettis; and still more.

Plague Vendor, No Parents, Warpark @ Rough Trade
West Coast garage punks Plague Vendor recently released their rippin’ new album By Night on Epitaph, and their tour hits Brooklyn tonight.

O’Brother, The End of the Ocean, Holy Fawn, SOM @ Saint Vitus
Post-hardcore band O’Brother are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album The Death of Day at this show, and there’s a stacked support lineup of bands who toe the line between heavy and atmospheric.

Garcia Peoples @ Nublu 151
NJ’s jammy Garcia Peoples continue their October residency in support of new album, Once Step Behind.

Bettye LaVette @ Cafe Carlyle
The great Bettye LaVette kicks off a three-night stand at swanky supper club Cafe Carlyle, which will be a great place to see her.

Giuda, Crazy & the Brains, Tide Bends, Lyons @ House of Independents
Italian band Giuda mix glam and punk into a shout-along blend that, along with their high octane stage energy, always makes for a great live show.

Phoebe Robinson @ Bowery Ballroom
Comedian and 2 Dope Queens podcaster Phoebe Robinson is on tour in support of the paperback edition of her hit book Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay.

Adam Green @ Desert Island Comics (book signing)
Adam Green’s new album Engine of Paradise comes with a companion comic, and he’ll be signing copies, along with the artists Tom Bayne and Toby Goodshank. 7-9 PM.

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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