photo: FKA Twigs @ Webtster Hall (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

FKA twigs @ Brooklyn Hangar
FKA twigs has always incorporated dance and fashion into her persona, but apparently these three shows at Brooklyn Hanger are going to be more that a concert. Titled "Congregata," she says they're "an insight into my mind, my roots, my inspirations. a swelling conceptual performance using dance, performance and my music to date to create a world that I want you to share with me." Wearing Alexander McQueen and armed with 10 dancers, this two-hour performance piece should be something. Sold out.

Skate & Surf Festival @ Asbury Park Oceanfront
Skate & Surf may have gotten the rep as being a strictly pop punk festival, but it's more diverse than that and this year's lineup is pretty impressive. Among the big names on today's bill are Jersey heartland punks The Gaslight Anthem and the grungy Manchester Orchestra, and elsewhere there's recently-reunited late '90s emo/punk bands Small Brown Bike and Hot Rod Circuit, recently-reunited post-hardcore/metalcore bands Poison the Well and From Autumn to Ashes, cathartic rockers Beach Slang, the dead-serious post-rocky Pianos Become the Teeth, killer noisy/melodic indie rockers Cloud Nothings, the youthful nasal-voiced Front Bottoms and Modern Baseball, and still many more.

Black N' Blue Bowl @ Webster Hall
While Skate & Surf goes down just outside of NYC, a different kind of punk festival goes down right in the heart of the city. Today's lineup includes a reunion from Revelation Records hardcore boundary pushers Burn, another reunion from crossover thrash vets Crumbsuckers, hardcore lifers Sick Of It All, Boston traditionalists The Rival Mob, Dave Smalley (performing Dag Nasty, All and Down By Law), and many more.

Patti Smith, Loudon Wainwright, Kaki King, Nicole Atkins & more @ City Winery
NYC punk legend Patti Smith, singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright, guitar great Kaki King and more come together for this Nepal benefit which Patti's daughter Jesse organized.

Dorthia Cottrell, Nate Hall, Serpentskirt @ Acheron
With Windhand, Dorthia Cottrell makes crushing melodic doom, but on her own she favors an acoustic guitar over walls of distortion, and makes something closer to psychedelic folk. Her tour with Nate Hall of US Christmas hits NYC tonight.

Frankie Cosmos, Gingerlys, Lost Boy? @ Brooklyn Bow Wow
Brooklyn Bow Wow is a doggy day care, and they're describing tonight's show as "a first ever pups & humans concert." They add, "there will be a bar and plenty of pooches to jam out with." Twee folk singer Frankie Cosmos headlines.

Ende Tymes Festival @ Outpost Artists Resources
NYC's "festival of noise and abstract liberation" wraps up tonight with Jeff Donaldson, Long Distance Poison with Jonas Bers, Kyle Eyre Clyd, Gen Ken Montgomery, and many more.

Mandolin Orange, Leif Vollebekk @ City Winery
Old-timey folk/country/bluegrass duo Mandolin Orange team up with underrated Canadian singer/songwriter Leif Vollebekk for this quality double bill.

Jay Z @ Terminal 5
This is Jay Z's second of two shows this week at Terminal 5, a very small venue for a guy who's played multiple nights in a row at Barclays Center. And on top of that, he's promising old songs and deep cuts that he doesn't play live often, which is a pretty amazing treat for a guy with twelve albums ranging from good to great, who usually does hits-filled setlists. The only way in was to enter through TIDAL's contest which is now closed.

EMEFE, Will Butler (DJ Set), The Rad Trads @ Baby's All Right
NYC band EMEFE make widescreen funk-pop that sounds a bit like if Talking Heads got their start at Minneapolis' First Avenue instead of CBGB. Their just-released eponymous LP is a concept album based on French Revolution-era writer Jacques Lusseyran's book And There Was Light (stream it below), and they celebrate tonight. Arcade Fire's Will Butler is your DJ.

And The Kids @ Elvis Guesthouse
Boston-area band And The Kids make what they call "accessible unconscious existential indie glitter popsicle crisis music." You can hear exactly what that sounds like on their debut album, Turn To Each Other (streaming below), and at Elvis Guesthouse tonight.

Miho Hatori, Zulu P, Diamond Terrifer/M. Beharie DJs @ 'The Maze' at SELECT Art Fair
Ever wanted to see a bunch of bands play inside a giant maze on the roof of the former Dia Center building? Well you're in luck, as the You Are Here Festival does just that. It's part of the SELECT Art Fair, and tonight's headlined by Cibo Matto's Miho Matori.

American Nightmare, Sick Feeling @ Saint Vitus
Missed American Nightmare at Skate and Surf this weekend? Don't miss this just announced intimate Brooklyn show!

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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