photo: Waxahatchee at FYF 2013 (more by Wei Shi)

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

Waxahatchee, Girlpool, The Goodbye Party @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Waxahatchee's new album, Ivy Tripp, takes Katie Crutchfield into bigger-sounding territory than ever before, and appropriately she has a 5-piece band with her for this tour. Good openers tonight too.

The Mountain Goats, Ides of Gemini Holy Sons @ Webster Hall
The Mountain Goats' new album is lyrically centered on professional wrestling, but whether you're a wrestling fan or not, it still has all the traits that make a good Mountain Goats album. Tonight's their first of three NYC shows on their tour with doom trio Ides of Gemini. UPDATE: Ides of Gemini dropped off due to injury, but Emil Amos' band Holy Sons are playing instead.

The Sonics, Barrence Whitfield & The Savages @ The Wonder Bar
Seattle garage punk progenitors The Sonics just released their first new album in almost 50 years and has them pretty much picking up where they left off. This show was moved from Stone Pony.

Flowers of Evil, OCDPP (w/ Cassie Ramone, Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls + OJ Xray Eyeballs), Dark Tunnels @ Elvis Guesthouse
Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls plays drums in OCDPP, taking a literal backseat to Cassie Ramone (Vivian Girls, The Babies) and OJ of Xray Eyeballs. This is their first show, will be interesting to see what they're like. Dee Dee's husband, Brandon (also of Crocodiles) is in the UK-punk-inspired Flowers of Evil.

Empire Records 20th anniversary celebration (aka Rex Manning Day) @ Rough Trade
For the 20th anniversary of beloved '90s movie Empire Records, Williamsburg record store/music venue Rough Trade NYC will turn into the Empire Records store from the movie for three days (this being the first). It's an immersive experience, which includes a Rex Manning autograph, a head-shaving station, live bands and a DJ each night (tonight it's Charly Bliss, Locksley, The Falling Birds, and DJ LEAHV), a screening of the film, and more. And perhaps most excitingly, GWAR (who make a cameo in the film) will appear at all three nights. All are sold out.

Big Business, Ruby the Hatchet, Wild Pink @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Stoner rockers Big Business are playing some smaller headlining shows ahead of their tour supporting Mastodon and Clutch, one of which is tonight. Retro riffers Ruby the Hatchet are worth catching too.

Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock @ Carnegie Hall
Two jazz fusion icons team up tonight for a very special evening of music.

Erol Alkan @ Verboten
Producer, remixer, one-half of prog-dance duo Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve, and Todd Rundgren collaborator Erol Alkan has impeccable taste and impressive DJ skills.

Turbo Fruits, Big Ups, Boytoy @ Baby's All Right
Nashville's Turbo Fruits, who specialize in garage-pop rippers, will release their new album in a couple weeks...but you might be able to score it tonight early.

Superhuman Happiness @ BRIC House
Highly rhythmic Brooklyn collective Superhuman Happiness make quirky indiepop with an emphasis on groove. They play Brooklyn Bowl on Friday as well.

Annie Mac, Redlight @ Output
BBC Radio 1's undisputed queen of dance music, Annie Mac plays NYC tonight, before spinning at Coachella this weekend.

SALES, Surrender The Spirit @ Mercury Lounge
SALES make a mix of electronic pop and lo-fi DIY rock. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows on this tour.

Tica Douglas, Anamai, Eartheater, Vagabon @ Shea Stadium
It's the release party for folk-pop Brooklyn songwriter Tica Douglas, and also features Anamai (aka Anna Mayberry of Toronto sludge punks HSY), Eartheater (aka Alexandra Drewchin of Brooklyn experimentalists Guardian Alien), and local indie rockers Vagabon.

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

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