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DaBaby at Rolling Loud 2019 (more by Sebastian Rodriguez)

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

DaBaby, Stunna 4 Vegas @ Terminal 5
DaBaby continues to be on a roll, with not one but two great new albums (March’s Baby On Baby and last week’s Kirk), and guest verses on some of the year’s biggest albums/singles, like Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding, Chance the Rapper’s The Big Day, Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts,” and Lil Nas X’s “Panini.” Fresh off some recent Grammy nominations, major year-end list inclusions, and an SNL performance, he headlines Terminal 5 tonight.

The Gothic Archies (Stephin Merritt & Daniel Handler @ Symphony Space
Stephin Merritt wraps up his four-show Symphony Space residency tonight with an evening dedicated to The Gothic Archies, the black eyelinered bubblegum band he created with Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket).

Kadavar, Ruby the Hatchet @ Saint Vitus
German heavy psych revivalists Kadavar are in town supporting this year’s very solid For The Dead Travel Fast. This sold-out show will be opened by the likeminded Ruby the Hatchet, and it’s an early one, starting at 6 PM, because…

Obituary, False Prophet, Extinction A.D. @ Saint Vitus
…later tonight at Saint Vitus, death metal legends Obituary will perform their classic 1989 debut Slowly We Rot in full. This is their first of two shows at the venue; tomorrow, they’ll play 1990’s Cause of Death.

Bleachers, Dixie Chicks, Jason Isbell, Andrew Dost, Aparna Nancherla, Mike Birbiglia, Roy Wood Jr., Chris Laker, Jaqueline Novak, Rachel Antonoff (host) @ Town Hall
It’s the 2019 Ally Coalition Talent Show, where a whole bunch of talented musicians and comedians perform to raise money for TAC who work with marginalized and at-risk LGBTQ youth. There are “special guests” promised (last year it was Taylor Swift).

Frankie Cosmos, Hannah Cohen, Sir Babygirl, Sunny Cheeba, DJ Susan Z Anthony @ Villain
The L Word: Generation Q is presenting this edition of Vice’s free Noisey Nights series at Villian, featuring Frankie Cosmos, Hannah Cohen, Sir Babygirl and more. It’s free and 21+ and you do need to RSVP.

Ghostface Killah @ The Wellmont Theater
The forever-relevant and always-amazing Ghostface Killah has been busy this year with a new solo album and lots of touring with Wu-Tang behind the 25th anniversary of 36 Chambers. To wrap up the year, he’s doing another round of solo gigs, including Montclair tonight.

ARP, Ana Roxanne, Yale Evelev @ National Sawdust
Brooklyn’s ARP say they pull influence from “80s Japanese avant pop, Compass Point synth funk and Brazilian rainforest textures,” which you can hear in their lush, instrumental synth music. Playing tonight as a five-piece, Arp also welcome Los Angeles artist Ana Roxanne, who will be flying in from LA especially for this show.

Baby Dayliner, Sir Jarlsburg @ Mercury Lounge
Mixing DIY R&B, indie rock, dance music, doo-wop and more, all with his signature croon, nobody else is quite like Baby Dayliner.

Michael Ian Black @ The Bell House
You may know Michael Ian Black from The State, Wet Hot American Summer, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Another Period, and countless other things. Tonight, he does stand-up.

The Nude Party, Native Sun, Dropper @ The Sultan Room
North Carolina’s The Nude Party bring southern-fried charm and a rebellious spirit to their brand of twangy rock n’ roll. The band will take a break from finishing up their new album to close out their 2019 with this show with proceeds going to help their friend Bryan Janiczek’s medical bills.

Tourist, Matthew Dear @ Avant Gardner
UK songwriter and producer, Tourist, has co-written/produced tracks by Haim, Chvrches, Christine and the Queens, Sam Smith and others and tonight the spotlight shines on him, with an opening set from the hard-to-pigeonhole Matthew Dear.

Lomelda, Long Beard @ Union Pool
Two DIY/indie pop acts, Lomelda and Long Beard, team up for this sold-out show.

You can also find quality entertainment on almost any night of the week at: Barbès bar and performance space in Park Slope, LunÀtico in Bed Stuy, Nublu in the East Village, Blue Note jazz club in the West Village, The Stone in multiple locations, Comedy Cellar in the West Village, and Q.E.D. comedy club in Astoria.

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

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