photo: Alt-J at Le Poisson Rouge in 2014 (more by PSquared)
Alt-J

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

Alt-J, Phantogram @ MSG
The strength of Alt-J's 2012 debut helped them very huge very quickly (as tonight's arena show may prove), and last year they followed it with an even weirder album. Phantogram make this big show a pretty good double bill.

Swervedriver, Gateway Drugs @ Mercury Lounge
Arguably the heaviest, most rocking of the original UK shoegaze acts, Swervedriver returned this year with their first new album since the '90s -- and it's pretty damn good. But expect to hear favorites like "Duel" and "Rave Down," too. This late show is sold out.

Mourn, Laced @ Mercury Lounge
Before the Swervedriver show, Merc hosts young Spanish band Mourn, whose PJ Harvey-inspired album on Captured Tracks has deservedly been getting some buzz. Tonight's the second of two NYC shows on their first-ever US tour.

Lieutenant, Yukon Blonde, Piers @ Saint Vitus
Lieutenant is the new project fronted by Sunny Day Real Estate/Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel, and they make enjoyable clean-sounding indie rock. Tonight's their second of two NYC shows on their current tour. (win a pair of tickets at Facebook)

Deborah Harry @ Cafe Carlyle
Blondie singer Deborah Harry continues her residency at Upper East side cabaret supper club Cafe Carlyle tonight. It runs through April 4.

Lez Zeppelin @ Highline Ballroom
All-girl Led Zeppelin tribute band Lez Zeppelin (fronted by Shannon Conley, who's also currently an understudy for Yitzhak in Broadway's 'Hedwig' run) take on Zep's 8/11/79 Knebworth Festival set tonight.

Hanni El Khatib, Black Pistol Fire, Savants @ Bowery Ballroom
San Francisco garage rocker Hanni El Khatib mixes in ladlefuls of soul with his sound, as heard most recently on this year's Moonlight.

Mike Birbiglia @ Union Hall
While Mike Birbiglia can fill big venues these days, he still stops by Union Hall to test new material in shows he calls "Working it Out." Advance tickets are sold out but there are sometimes a few spots to be had when doors open.

Night Train @ Littlefield
Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams guest host Night Train this evening, with sets from Sean Patton, Ophira Eisenberg, Will Miles, and Brian Frange.

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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