photo: Santigold at Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by David Andrako)

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

Faith No More, Le Butcherettes @ Webster Hall
Though they had fluke hit with "Epic," Faith No More have always been a deeply strange band, blending disparate music styles into something truly their own. Out next week, their new album Sol Invictus is their first since 1997. They celebrate tonight at what is a very small venue for them.

Mac McCaughan, Ryley Walker, Flesh Wounds @ WFMU Monty Hall
Though he ostensibly went solo with his Portastatic albums, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan released his first-ever album under his own name this year. He'll be backed tonight by Flesh Wounds, who will do their own opening set. Psych-folk singer Ryley Walker also plays. That's a good show.

Nicholas Nicholas, Whitewash, No Shoes, The Britanys @ Aviv
Whitewash make make moody, textural rock with some jazzy tendencies and their debut album, out next week, is well worth a spin.

Mystic Braves, The Blank Tapes, Spirit Plate @ Baby's All Right
Los Angeles's Mystic Braves look like they've been transported from 1966 and that's pretty much what they sound like too: 12-sting guitars, surfy leads, combo organ, the occasional flourish of Spanish horns. They just played Levitation Fest in Austin last weekend.

The Unders, Flower Girl, The Rizzos, Tall Juan @ Union Pool
Originally from Buenos Aries, Argentina, Tall Juan has been making music in NYC for a couple years now, and you may have seen him playing with another Juan (Wauters) at shows recently (and as part of The Beets). Like Wauters, he makes ramshackle, garagey folk-pop.

Dead Heavens, Slonk Donkerson, Infinity Girl, Baby Spiders @ Bowery Electric
The very talented Walter Schreifels takes a step away from his hardcore and post-hardcore bands tonight to lead his new-ish garage/psych project Dead Heavens. It's his first of two shows at Bowery Electric this month.

Agent Orange, In the Whale, SickWalt @ Saint VItus
One of the first-ever surf punk bands, Agent Orange is still at it (with frontman Mike Palm as the only original member) three and a half decades after their essential 1980 Bloodstains EP.

Battle Ave, O-Face, Groam & Joan son of Groam, Happy You @ Palisades
Battle Ave make chilled-out, reverby indie rock (it makes sense that they share a producer with Real Estate), and they've got some great melodies and harmonies in there too.

Tanlines, Mas Ysa @ Bowery Ballroom
Brooklyn dancepop duo Tanlines embrace guitars, drums and other acoustic instruments on their new album, Highlights, which is out next week. They celebrate early tonight. Sold out.

Skaters, Team Spirit, The Bergamot, Justin Miller (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar closes in a couple weeks and their are only a few shows left. It's not usually open on a Thursday but this is part of Jack Daniels' "Signature Blend" series that you need to RSVP to attend. This one is 21+ as well.

Megafortress, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Bitchin Bajas, Greg Fox @ Cameo Gallery
It's a night of ambient droning and other far-out synth music featuring Software/driftless recording artist Megafortress and Liturgy/Guardian Alien/etc dude Greg Fox.

Doveman, Merrill Garbus, Martha Wainwright, Luluc @ Le Poisson Rouge
This is one of Doveman's "Burgundy Stain Sessions" which has Thomas Bartlett collaborating with lots of interesting musicians, tonight including tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus and more.

Jeffrey Lewis and The Jrams, Gold, A Deer is a Horse @ Mercury Lounge
Witty, thoughtful songwriter Jeffrey Lewis plays his NYC hometown regularly and any chance to see him is one worth taking.

Santigold, Va$htie @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
We haven't heard any new music from Santi in a while, but hopefully she'll fill us in on what's up at this Steve Madden-presented free show (which is RSVP'd out).

Miho Hatori @ Ace Hotel
This is the first in a free Ace Hotel series called "New Optimism" and tonight features Cibo Matto's Miho Hatori who has also designed some art cards just for the occasion. Luaka Bop is providing DJs.

End Tymes Festival @ Silent Barn
This festival of "noise and abstract liberation" runs through the weekend at various venues. Tonight it's at Silent Barn with performances by (deep breath) Laundry Room Squelchers, Clang Quartet, Decimus, Secret Boyfriend, Taskmaster, Tinnitusstimulus, Raven Chacon, Tralphaz, Andorkappen, Wrong Hole, Dreamcrusher, Sadaf H. Nava, Sterile Garden, Limax Maximus, Philip White, Mister Matthews and more.

Ambrosia Parsley @ Rockwood Music Hall
Holly Miranda collaborator Ambrosia Parsley celebrates the release of her new album, Weeping Cherry, with this show tonight.

The Chris Gethard @ UCB Chelsea
Chris will soon make his cable debut on the Fusion Network, but tonight he's doing his last live rehearsal for it. "It's going to be both a great time and a stressful lovable clusterfuck." Sold out.

Matt & Kim, WATERS @ Terminal 5
Matt & Kim have come a long way from their roots playing Todd P shows, and today the poppy duo headline their first of two sold-out nights at the huge Terminal 5. The '90s rock-inspired WATERS open both shows.

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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