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Riot Fest 2017 - Friday
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…

Paul McCartney @ Barclays Center
Paul McCartney is in the middle of EIGHT NYC-area shows. This is second of two nights at Barclays Center. So far, he brought out Bruce Springsteen at one of his shows.

The Tallest Man On Earth + yMusic @ Pioneer Works
After first collaborating at Eaux Claires Music Festival in 2015, indie-folk singer The Tallest Man on Earth and the yMusic ensemble released a collaborative EP this year. It features orchestral reworkings of old Tallest Man songs and a Joan Baez cover. They’re performing together once again, this time in Brooklyn. Tonight is night 2 of 2.

Jay Som, Stef Chura, Soccer Mommy @ Bowery Ballroom
Earlier this year, indie rockers Jay Som released their first album for Polyvinyl, Everybody Works. They continue to rise, and tonight they play their largest NYC headlining show yet. Good openers too.

X, Skating Polly @ Stage 48
Celebrating their 40th anniversary, American punk and rock greats X, still sporting the same lineup, will pull from their deep catalog of great songs.

Liars, Yvette, Idgy Dean @ Warsaw
Liars new album, TFCF, is their gentlest yet, with prominent use of acoustic guitar. To counteract this on tour, Angus Andrew hired Brooklyn’s very loud Bambara as his new Liars engine. Their setlist have been full of favorites too.

The Cribs, PAWS @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Cribs’ new album 24-7 Rock Star Shit was recorded by Steve Albini, and it continues their recent trend of exploring their punk side further than they did on early releases. Scottish fuzz-punks PAWS make for pretty great tourmates.

Martin Rev, L.O.T.I.O.N., Anatomy, Phersonae @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Though pushing 70, Suicide’s Martin Rev is as much a sonic antagonist as ever, and at the Seaport Music Festival he bashed away at his keyboard over top of loops of popular ’80s hits. A legend.

Rodriguez @ Tarrytown Music Hall
It’s been a few years since the Searching for Sugarman documentary put Rodgiguez in the national spotlight after decades as an obscure cult artist. Those early records all still sound great (so does he now).

Shilpa Ray, Hellbirds, Wolff and Tuba @ Pianos
Shilpa Ray celebrates the release of her new album Door Girl at the club where she was in fact a door girl.

Cold Beat, War Bubble, Liberation @ The Park Church Co-Op
San Francisco’s Cold Beat released their terrific third album, Chaos by Invitation, back in the spring and if you haven’t checked it out, it’s recommended for fans of gothy postpunk, blippy synthpop and other early ’80s sounds. Hannah Lew, who used to be in Grass Widow, is a great songwriter who doesn’t skimp on the catchy hooks, and there are some moments of beauty as well.

Murder By Death @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise
Gothy, country-ish indie rockers Murder by Death are back in NYC for “An Intimate Evening At Sea with Murder by Death.” They set sail above The Liberty Belle, which departs from Pier 36 – 299 South Street and boards at 7 PM.

The Head and the Heart, The Lone Bellow, The Shelters @ Central Park SummerStage
Seattle folk rockers The Head and the Heart made the jump from Sub Pop to Warner Bros for 2016’s Signs of Light. Tonight they’re in NYC for a big Central Park show.

DJ Statik Selektah @ Brooklyn Bowl
Tonight, Questlove’s weekly Bowl Train party is being taken over by veteran DJ and producer Statik Selektah, who’s working on his eighth album which was recorded with a live band.

Jen Kirkman @ Highline Ballroom
Comedian and best-selling author Jen Kirkman plays her first of two NYC show tonight as part of her “All New Material, Girl” tour.

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

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