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Janelle Monáe at Summerstage (more by Sachyn Mital)

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

John Moreland, The National Reserve @ Asbury Lanes
Alt-country artist John Moreland is back on the road in continued support of last year’s Big Bad Luv, his first for 4AD. He’s in Asbury Park tonight.

Janelle Monae, St. Beauty @ Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
Janelle Monae is on the road supporting her great new album Dirty Computer, which is yet another genre-defying, massively ambitious album from the multi-talent. Her live show should be spectacular tonight too.

Weezer, Pixies, Sleigh Bells @ Jones Beach
Though both bands’ new material isn’t so hot (and both are missing an essential bassist/backing vocalist), Weezer and Pixies are both responsible for some of the best indie/alternative rock albums ever, so it’s pretty exciting that they’re on the road together.

Norman Westberg, Kizys/Wright, Laura Ortman, Douglas Graham @ Union Pool
This show has two longtime members of legendary noise rock band Swans on the bill: Norman Westberg, who was in the band for almost their entire career, and Algis Kizys, who was in the band from the mid-’80s through their initial breakup in the ’90s.

Mourn, Chastity, Haybaby @ Baby’s All Right
Spanish post-punks Mourn released their third album Sorpresa Familia on back in June via Captured Tracks, and they play tonight with their Ontario-based labelmates Chastity.

How Did This Get Made w/ Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, Jason Mantzoukas @ BAM Howard Gillman Opera House
Paul, June and Jason’s very popular bad movie podcast hits BAM tonight for two shows: the early show they’ll discuss Pavarotti’s only starring role, Yes Giorgio; and at 10 PM ithey’ll talk about the 2011 romantic fantasy, Beastly.

Cut Worms, Shy Boys @ Mercury Lounge
Max Clarke release his debut album as Cut Worms earlier this year, a charming record full of retro, twangy pop that recalls The Everly Brothers and other late-’50s sounds.

The Magic Numbers, Minihorse @ Mercury Lounge
UK group The Magic Numbers, who are best known in the U.S. for their 2005 debut album which had such songs as “Forever Lost and “Love’s a Game,” just released new LP  Outsiders, which still finds them in heartfelt guitar pop mode.

Poster Children @ Rough Trade
Best known for the ’90s Alternative Nation hit “If You See Kay,” The Poster Children returned this year with their first album in 14 years.

Electric Six, Yawn Mower @ WFMU Monty Hall
It’s been 15 years since “Danger! High Voltage!” but Electric Six are still going strong, making tongue-in-cheek riff rock (most recently on last year’s How Dare You? which was their 13th album).

Internet Explorers: Geocities @ Caveat
Mark Vigeant (FunnyOrDie, Prairie Home Companion) hosts this web-themed variety show at Caveat, which features fake STEM-inspired lectures from a rotating cast of local comedians. This month’s showcase features Ziwe Fumudoh (The Rundown with Robin Thede), Ian Stroud (FunnyOrDie), and Brandon Reece (College Humor), as well as headliner Mike Drucker (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Bill Nye Saves the World).

No Cool Kids @ Starr Bar
No Cool Kids is the monthly showcase hosted by Bob Gurnett and Lauren Vino, featuring comedians talking about a universal truth – everyone was an awkward, uncool kid at some point. This week’s lineup is an especially great deal for the free show, featuring Mike Drucker (Samantha Bee, Bill Nye), Kate Willett (The Jim Jeffries Show), Saurin Choksi (Refinery29’s “After After Party”), Erin Lynn O’Connor (Cinder Block Comedy Festival), Khalid Rahmaan (Conan), and more.

Yes @ NYCB Live at Westbury
Prog rock vets Yes are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, and the current lineup of the group — Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison, and Billy Sherwood — (none of whom are actually founding members) are touring to commemorate.

UPDATE: Saint Vitus hosts Rivers of Nihil, Alterbeast, Infieri, Reaping Asmodeia tonight, not Mortuary Drape as previously listed. The Mortuary Drape show is tomorrow.

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

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