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

Yo La Tengo @ Bowery Ballroom 
Yo La Tengo’s annual Hanukkah run shows at Maxwell’s in Hoboken were the stuff of legend. Surprise openers! Comedians! Special mix CDs every night! Five years later, Yo La Tengo have brought Hanukkah shows back, now at Bowery Ballroom. It’s Night 3 — who do you think will open?

LCD Soundsystem @ Brooklyn Steel 
It’s been quite a year for James Murphy who came back with a fourth LCD Soundsystem album, American Dream, that ended up being worth the grief of their “comeback” after breaking up in 2011. They wrap up their 2017 with a 10-night run on their home turf, this being Night 3. Maybe tonight will be the night they finally add “How Do You Sleep?” to the setlist.

Titus Andronicus, Winstons, Dinowalrus @ Market Hotel
Beloved Bushwick DIY spot Market Hotel is back up and running again, and who better to play it than Titus Andronicus, who keep one foot in Brooklyn DIY no matter how big they get? Not surprisingly, it’s sold out.

Jeff Rosenstock, Laura Stevenson, Chris Farren @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jeff Rosenstock is celebrating the holidays with a few Northeast shows where he’ll play his excellent 2016 album WORRY. from start to finish. It’s a good lineup all around, with his former Bomb the Music Industry bandmate Laura Stevenson and his Antarctigo Vespucci bandmate Chris Farren (who will be playing songs from his holiday album).

Kevin Devine and The Goddamn Band, Worriers @ The Bell House
Kevin Devine is playing two special Brooklyn shows this week. This is the first, and it’ll have him playing his new acoustic album We Are Who We’ve Always Been and 2003’s Make the Clocks Move in full. Both shows have different great openers, and this one has political indie-punks Worriers, whose SideOneDummy debut Survival Pop came out this year.

H.E.R., Tiara Thomas @ Brooklyn Bowl
R&B singer H.E.R. (aka Gabi Wilson) has been in the process of releasing a series of EPs and she continues to rapidly rise. She already played a sold-out show at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom last month and advance tickets for this show sold out very quickly too. (There will be limited admission at doors.)

Chris Brown, 21 Savage, Yo Gotti, Cardi B, Remy Ma, Lil Kim, Dave East, Tee Grizzley @ Prudential Center
Hot 97’s big ‘Hot 4 the Holidays’ show in Newark has a ton of cool artists lined up, including 2017’s biggest rap breakthrough, Cardi B, New York veterans Remy Ma and Lil Kim, rising newcomers Dave East and Tee Grizzley, and more.

Tim Hecker, Demdike Stare @ Pioneer Works
Andy Stott had to drop off this bill, but he was replaced by the great ambient musician Tim Hecker, whose latest album is last year’s highly acclaimed Love Streams. Demdike Stare makes it a great double bill.

Com Truise, Telefon Tel Aviv, Baile @ Output
This is a cool bill all around, with electronic pop musician Com Truise, long-running ambient electronic project Telefon Tel Aviv, and local producer Baile.

Honey Harper, Nicholas Nicholas, Calvin LeCompte @ Union Pool
William Fussell, who you may remember from Mood Rings and Promise Keeper, is now making music as Honey Harper. While there is a still a dreamlike element to what he’s doing, with Honey Harper he’s exploring sad, lonesome, country-inspired sounds, that owe a little to Cowboy Junkies, Acetone and Mazzy Star.

Justin Vivian Bond: Manger Danger! Jesus as a Weapon and a Tool @ Joe’s Pub
Justin Vivian Bond’s unique Christmas show begins its run at Joe’s Pub tonight. What is this show all about? We’ll let Justin do the talking: “I think I’m in LOVE with JESUS but it’s difficult because a lot of HIS FOLLOWERS totally HATE ME. (I know, the irony is not lost on me either) Anyway, I’m confused because I’m fully committed to bringing down the patriarchy but I’M TOTALLY CRUSHED OUT ON THE SON OF GOD! Please forgive me for co-opting your holiday to work it out publicly in my new show ‘Manger Danger! Jesus as a Weapon and a Tool.’”

Bowl Train w/ Statik Selektah @ Brooklyn Bowl
The great hip hop producer and DJ Statik Selektah just released his very good new album 8 last week, and tonight he takes over Brooklyn Bowl’s weekly Bowl Train DJ night.

Springsteen on Broadway
The Boss is currently in the midst of his completely sold-out “Springsteen on Broadway” run at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which has now been extended through June! At these shows, Bruce plans to give fans shows “that are as personal and as intimate as possible.”

Shamir, Partner, Francis Rose @ Elsewhere
Though positioned early on as a dance act, Sharmir never quite fit into an easy category, with a love for indie guitar rock and other genres that are heard on new album, Revelations. Also on the bill: Canadian queer riff-rockers Partner who cite Tegan & Sara as their primary influence though they sound more like Weezer or Thin LIzzy.

Ohm Resistance Showcase @ Sunnyvale
OHM Resistance, the record label behind some of some of the most magnificent, unique, challenging, ear-shattering, bowel-loosening, confrontational, troubling, and mood-altering sounds ever recorded, present a full night of their roster, including a one-of-a-kind collaborative performance led by End.user.

EZTV, Pavo Pavo, True Blue @ The Park Church Co-Op
LPR is presenting this special show featuring sets by jangle-pop band EZTV, orch-pop combo Pavp Pavo and True Blue, where all three are backed by the Pavo Pavo Chamber Orchestra.

House of Feelings dance party @ Baby’s All Right
Courtship Ritual headline this edition of House of Feelings’ late night “Baby’s All Night” party that also features a host of DJs. Midnight doors.

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

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