photo: Cursive at House of Vans in 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)

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

Cursive, Beach Slang, John Congleton and The Nighty Nite @ Bowery Ballroom
Cursive are currently celebrating their great cello-filled 2003 album, The Ugly Organ, on this tour (with the album's cellist, Gretta Cohn), and one of 2014's best new punk bands Beach Slang is supporting. Indie rock go-to producer John Congleton's band opens too. Tonight's the first of three sold-out NYC shows.

Heems, Sandunes, Rizzla @ Santos Party House
Heems' post-Das Racist career has already yielded some great mixtapes and guest spots, and now his first official solo album is out today. This is the release party.

The Black Ryder, White Hills @ Mercury Lounge
Australian duo The Black Ryder make superior dreamy psych that falls somewhere between Mazzy Star and Slowdive. The band's new album, The Door Behind the Door, came out a couple weeks ago and tonight's the NYC release show.

Big Eyes, Bodega Bay, Mope Grooves, The Johns, Eureka California @ Palisades
Big Eyes' last album, 2013's Almost Famous, was one of the stronger melodic punk albums of that year, and the band have been working on new material which hopefully means a followup is on the way. Maybe we'll hear some of that new stuff tonight.

Jesse Boykins III, Lion Babe, OSHUN, Kandance Springs @ Baby's All Right
This month's NYC Red Bull Sound Select show is headlined by R&B singer Jesse Boykins III, who last released the Machinedrum-produced Love Apparatus in 2014.

Dropkick Murphys, The Mahones, Blood or Whiskey @ Irving Plaza
It's almost St. Patrick's Day, and what better time to see Boston's favorite Celtic punks Dropkick Murphys? Tonight concludes their five-show run in the NYC-area.

Homeshake, EZTV, Shadow Walker @ Union Pool
You may know Montreal (via Edmonton) musician Peter Sagar as Mac DeMarco's guitarist but he also records his own music under the name Homeshake. His music not too far from Mac's either.

Ariel Dumas, Jena Friedman, Jean Grae, Aparna Nancherla, Phoebe Robinson @ The Bell House
Jezebel is presenting this night titled "March Madness: An Evening of Readings by Women We Love" with killer lineup of talent. Free but you must send an RSVP email to

Shura, Glass Gang, PROM @ Rough Trade
Shura first caught our attention when she remixed Jessie Ware, and her own music isn't too far removed from Jessie's.

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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