Ben Watt at Joe's Pub in June (more by Greg Cristman)
Ben Watt

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

Angel Olsen, Lionlimb @ Bowery Ballroom
Angel Olsen's varied 2014 album goes from somber folk to upbeat indie rock and it's rightfully been appearing on a bunch of year-end lists already. Tonight she plays the third of her three NYC shows on this tour.

Common, Jay Electronica @ Irving Plaza
Common's been spitting quality conscious raps for over two decades, and continued to do so on this year's Nobody's Smiling. Tonight he's with much younger rapper Jay Electronica, who we're still patiently waiting on a debut album from.

Ben Watt, Porcelain Raft @ Le Poisson Rouge
Everything But the Girl guitarist Ben Watt released Hendra, his first solo album in 30 years, earlier this year and is returning to NYC for a second time this year, though onetime Suede guitarist Bernard Butler is not accompanying his this go-round. Opener is Italian dreampop artist Porcelain Raft.

Jana Hunter, Zula, Christian Peslak @ Glasslands
Singer of Lower Dens and also an accomplished psych-folk artist on her own, Jana Hunter plays one of the last-ever shows at Williamsburg venue Glasslands tonight. Opening are proggy pop band Zula and Delicate Steve/Saint Rich member Christian Peslak.

Exit Verse, Joel Michael Howard, Leapling @ Knitting Factory
Exit Verse is the new band from Karate frontman Geoff Farina with members of Chisel and more. Their roots in '90s indie rock strongly show on their recently-released debut album, and tonight's openers are a good match.

Matmos (perform Robert Ashley's "Perfect Lives"), HARIBO @ Issue Project Room
Longrunning electronic duo will be performing scnes from the groundbreaking television opera Perfect Lives (which ran from 1978-1983) written by Robert Ashley, who passed away earlier this year. They'll be collaborating with a string ensemble, a video artist and more.

Spank Rock, Amanda Blank, Cunt Mafia, Eli Escobar (DJ Set), Roxy Cottontail (DJ Set), Viki Villainess, Mike Q (DJ Set), Lil Internet (DJ Set), Nelleke (DJ Set), Blu Jemz (DJ Set), Noah (DJ Set) @ Baby's All Right
Spank Rock recently released a new EP, The Upside, which is dark electro rap that sounds more like it came from the UNO scene than something like "Sweet Talk" (listen to it). He celebrates it with this official release party tonight.

Jack and Eliza, Plume Giant, Modern Rivals @ Rough Trade
Jack & Eliza make charming '60s-inspired pop with hints of Ricky Nelson or The Everly Brothers, and it's also a bit like early Slow Club.

bottoms, Skeletonhead, Princess Tiny and the Meats @ Saint Vitus
bottoms share two members with TEETH and describe themselves as "two shitty drag queens, a 303 and a drummer." Their new EP is coming out in January on JD Samson's label and fans of Le Tigre's electroclash would probably dig.

Manchester Orchestra, Chris Staples @ The Bell House
Earlier this year, Manchester Orchestra released Cope, an album filled with big stadium-ready rock riffs, and more recently they put out Hope, which featured the same songs stripped down and with more delicate arrangements. Tonight they'll be in stripped-down mode, and are appropriately playing a much more intimate space than their last NYC show (Terminal 5).

Rathborne, Napoleon, Filmstrip, Oh Oh Ecstasy @ Bowery Electric
Rathborne headlines this show, and if you're going we especially recommend catching Filmstrip, whose recent LP wasn't too far removed from The Men's punkish country rock.

James Blood Ulmer & Marc Ribot @ City Winery
Veteran jazz/funk/blues guitarist James Blood Ulmer and avant-guitar great Marc Ribot share the stage for the first time ever tonight.

"Women of Letters" w/ Kristin Hersh, Meg Wolitzer, Sara Benincasa, Adriene Truscott, Aparna Nancherla, Rachel Antonoff @ Joe's Pub
It's another installment of "Women of Letters," which "involves five or six female writers, performers, actors, politicians, and artists joining together to revive the lost art of letter writing." Among tonight's lineup is Throwing Muses singer Kristin Hersh.

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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