photo: Super Furry Animals in London this year (more by Rachel Juarez-Carr)
Super Furry Animals
photo: New Pornographers @ The Brill Building, 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
New Pornographers

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

4Knots Festival w/ Super Furry Animals, Stephen Malkmus, Mikal Cronin, Twin Peaks, Screaming Females & more @ Pier 84
The Village Voice's annual outdoor festival isn't at the Seaport this year, and it isn't free either, but it does have the first US show from Welsh greats Super Furry Animals in six years and Stephen Malkmus which is enough to justify the $25 ticket alone. But you also get Mikal Cronin, Twin Peaks, Screaming Females and lots more. Starts at noon...and SFA are playing a full set, if you're wondering.

The New Pornographers, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down @ Prospect Park
There are probably a number of folks who are torn today between SFA/Malkmus and seeing New Pornographers. While Carl Newman and crew have been through NYC a few times in the last year, this show is free... and in the lovely, wooded Prospect Park.

Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival w/ Common, Mobb Deep, Freeway & more @ 50 Kent
The annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival has been hosting various events all week, but tonight's the main one: the big concert at outdoor Williamsburg venue 50 Kent. They've got conscious rap vet Common, Queensbridge legends Mobb Deep, early '00s Roc-A-Fella staple Freeway, Duck Down-signed underground rapper Skyzoo, Disclosure/Pharrell collaborators Lion Babe, Chelsea Reject, Torae, Charles Hamilton, and more.

Rainer Maria, Softspot @ Shea Stadium
Rainer Maria put out a number of great emo/indie rock albums on Polyvinyl back in the late '90s and early '00s, but then broke up in 2006. Earlier this year they reunited at Bowery Ballroom, and this week they play two more hometown shows. This is the second.

Say Anything, Modern Baseball, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Hard Girls @ Best Buy Theater
Say Anything's newer material may not be their strongest, but the early stuff holds up well and all of tonight's openers are great. There's the scrappy Philly kids Modern Baseball, ambitious indie rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars, and raw melodic punks Hard Girls.

Rosetta, So Hideous, No Way, Descender @ Saint Vitus
Rosetta's newest album Quintessential Ephemera is their first with Eric Jernigan of City of Ships as an additional member, and it brings some new sonic territory into their atmospheric post-metal/post-hardcore mix. It's good stuff.

The Rezillos, Gameday Regulars, The Purslaines, Whiskey Bitches @ Gramercy Theatre
UK punk/new wave vets The Rezillos released ZERO, their first album since the '70s, back in March which found the band still in fun form. But expect to hear classics like "Top of the Pops" tonight too.

The Men, Honey, Junk Boys, Red Dawn ii @ Silent Barn
The Men progressively shifted from a punk band to a jam band, and lately members have either spent more time with other projects or left the band all together. We're not entirely sure how any of that will play into what they have in store for us tonight, but there's only one way to find out.

Bok Bok, Corbin & Bobby Raps, Blaqstarr, Despot, Helix, Sheen @ MoMA PS1 (Warm Up)
Warm Up continues today, bringing a lineup split between electronic (Night Slugs DJs Bok Bok, Helix and Sheen) and rap (Corbin & Bobby Raps, Blaqstarr and Despot) to MoMA PS1's hot sunny courtyard.

Pictureplane, DonChristian, Chiffon, :3l​ON, Robin Gold, "Secret Special Guest DJ" @ Aviv
As anyone who attends small electronic shows in NYC knows, ain't no party like a Pictureplane party. And rapper/Le1f associate DonChristian makes this bill extra great.

Summer Thunder w/ PAT, Bottoms @ Union Pool
It's the Summer Thunder edition of JD Samson's monthly party at Union Pool, which means "good vibes, good sound, video projection by local video artists and DJ's that aren't afraid to go deep." There's also a live performance from electro-shock group Bottoms. Starts at 2 PM.

Beverly, Weeknight, Wild Yaks @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
There are way worse ways to spend a Saturday afternoon than at Riis Park Beach Bazaar which offers food, craft beer/wine, shopping, games...all within a stone's throw of the surf. Also: free live music, today featuring the surfy Beverly, and dark n' twangy Weeknight. Starts at 1 PM.

Dale Watson & His Lone Stars, Jason D. Williams, CatEyEs @ Bowery Ballroom
"Austin's answer to Johnny Cash", Dale Watson released his new album, Call Me Insane, in June. It's the latest in a long and prolific career that's had its joys and sorrows. The Johnny Cash comparison is apt, with a deep resonant voice, honky-tonk sound, and an abundance of truck-drivin' songs. Saucy duo CatEyEs open.

Prince Rupert's Drops, Tamarron, The Due Diligence, Edith Pop @ Cake Shop
Local psych rock band Prince Rupert's Drops headline this show but Austin's Tamarron are worth checking out too. Their album dadrock is loaded with hazy guitar pop that your father may or may not like. Stream it below.

Bridget Everett @ Joe's Pub
Bridget Everett continues to perform her acclaimed show at Joe's Pub. Shy folks might want to either a) not sit too close to the stage or b) not go at all. Everyone else: Bridget's a riot.

Warped Tour @ Jones Beach
We don't actually recommend going to this, but if you're getting dragged there by a friend or family member... well we feel sorry for you. But also, you could make your day kinda better by catching post-hardcore band Citizen and Canadian punks PUP and The Dirty Nil.

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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