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

Austra, Ela Minus, Fielded @ Warsaw
Austra just released their third album, Future Politics, which another nice dose of their electronic pop with some hope for the future in the lyrics. Both openers tonight are well matched with Austra’s sound and worth catching.

Cate Le Bon, Tim Presley @ Bowery Ballroom
Cate Le Bon and White Fence’s Tim Presley made a record together as Drinks and are now touring together in support of respective solo records. With a shared backing band (of Cate Le Bon regular players) and Tim and Cate helping each other out on stage, too, this should be great night of music.

The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid To Die, Forever Losing Sleep, For Everest, Take One Car @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Even in years that TWIABP don’t release albums, they put out a handful of worthy songs (last year had four). They’re always a unique live band too, and you can get a taste of that tonight.

Ryley Walker, Sam Kogon, J.R. Bohannon @ Rough Trade
Ryley Walker hearkens back to late ’60s / early ’70s folk, and his great voice, seriously impressive guitar chops, and funny stage banter make him stand apart from his influences. He’s always up to something, and says he has a few different new projects coming this year. Maybe we’ll hear some new music tonight.

Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin @ City Winery
Shawn Colvin finishes her three-night City Winery run tonight, wrapping things up with old friend Patty Griffin.

‘New Peck’ ballet (music by Dan Deacon) @ David H. Koch Theater
Dan Deacon‘s “The USA” suite from his 2012 album America is going to be used by the New York City Ballet as part of their “New Combinations” program they’ll perform seven times this season. As choreographed by the acclaimed Justin Peck, the performance will have “his dancers trading their pointe shoes in for sneakers.” Tonight’s the premiere.

“Witch Taint: The Black Metal Dialogues Live! With Dave Hill and Phil Costello and about 500 other things that people can’t handle.” @ Saint Vitus
This should be quite an interesting night. The event description reads: “In 2004, comedian Dave Hill began posing online as a teenager from Gary, Indiana named Lance, the self-proclaimed “King of Black Metal” and sole member of the fictional black metal band Witch Taint, and attempted to get himself signed to a Norwegian Black Metal record label on the strength of one excruciatingly bad song. The email exchanges between Dave/Lance and the Norwegian Black Metal record label guy (now found at www.theblackmetaldialogues.com) are now the stuff of legend in the metal community and beyond. And even people in Norway buy Witch Taint t-shirts on the regular, which Dave is super pumped about.

On Thursday, January 26, Dave and his friend, musician Phil Costello (Satanicide, Diamondsnake, Tragedy) will stage the first ever live reading of the aforementioned emails complete with corpse paint, ill-fitting black clothing, and- if all goes as planned- a live and mildly irritated goat. There will also be a live performance by Witch Taint for the first and possibly last time ever.”

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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