photo: Mikal Cronin @ Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)

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

Mikal Cronin, William Tyler @ Bowery Ballroom
Mikal Cronin just released his most ambitious album yet, the string-laden MCIII whose second side is a concept suite. At the core, though, is his impressive pop smarts and songwriting. Help him celebrate tonight with his ace band.

Florence and the Machine, Empress Of @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Music Hall of Williamsburg is just full of surprises lately, Blur last week and now Florence + the Machine show (an intimate venue for her) presented by Governors Ball. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM today.

Todd Rundgren @ Highline Ballroom
Pop chameleon and certified eccentric Todd Rundgren plays two shows at Highline this week, with a mininal backing of Dâm-Funk and two backup singers. Will you see the light?

Laura Cantrell @ Union Hall
Singer, songwriter and former WFMU DJ Laura Cantrell is playing Union Hall every Tuesday in May. The "Springtime Songbook" residency promises "country and folk music for urbanites."

Hop Along, Crying, Thin Lips @ Rough Trade
Hop Along have been gradually been gaining a strong following since 2012's great Get Disowned, and the just-released Painted Shut (their first for Saddle Creek) totally lives up to all the hype its earned. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows on their tour in support of it. Opening is another hard-hitting Philly indie rock band Thin Lips, and the chiptune/Rush lovers Crying.

Elder, Kings Destroy, Apostle of Solitude, Clamfight @ Saint Vitus
Traditional-style doomers Elder don't reinvent the wheel on their new album, Lore, but they do it so well that it doesn't matter if a little influence is showing. Tonight they're joined by another group of retro riffers, Kings Destroy, Indiana's Apostle of Solitude (ex-Gates of Slumber), and Philly's sludgy Clamfight.

Oddisee, Wati Heru, Salomon Faye @ Knitting Factory
DC rapper/producer Oddisse has been crazy prolific for years now, and just returned with his new jazz/soul-indebted album, The Good Fight.

Flagland, Washer, Big Ups, Vulture Shit, Thelonius Junk @ Shea Stadium
Local band Big Ups make a very convincing blend of Fugazi/Slint-style post-hardcore, and their live show is really where it's at. Tonight's also the release party for the new Flagland/Washer split 7".

Weeknight, Courtship Ritual, Aircrafting @ Union Pool
For those who like it dark and moody, this show is a good bet with the lonely highway synthrock of Weeknight and Courtship Ritual's sultry slink.

Communion Residency @ Rockwood Music Hall
Communion Records holds their monthly show at Rockwood tonight, happening across all stages, and featuring sets from former Walkmen member Peter Matthew Bauer, the Canadian heartland rock of Arkells, plus Nick Mulvey, Nothing But Thieves, The Walking Sticks, Ryan Hobler, Lost Lander, Mainland, VHS Collection, Michael Daves, Sarah Jaffe, Lewis Lane, The Bros. Landreth, and Albatross Albatross.

Radiolab Live @ BAM
BAM's weeklong RadioLoveFest is back, celebrating the art of audio broadcasting. Things kick off tonight with a live taping of popular science show Radiolab.

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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