photo: Yumi Zouma at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Yumi Zouma

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

Government Issue, Blockhead, Agitator, Lakras @ Acheron
DC hardcore legends Government Issue have been reunited since 2010, but they've yet to play NYC in that time. Now they finally will, and you can likely expect a lot of 1981's classic Legless Bull. Their current lineup is John Stabb (vocals), John Barry (guitar), Dwayne Bruner (bass), and Karl Hill (drums).

Travi$ Scott, Trippy Turtle, Walshy Fire, DJ Craze, Shift K3Y, Mija, Eauxzown, ARQ, Adamboy @ 50 Kent
This show, billed as the 'Greatest Day Ever,' puts Kanye collaborator Travi$ Scott with dance producers Trippy Turtle and Shift K3Y, Major Lazer's Walshy Fire, and more.

Wolf Eyes, Blazer Sound System @ Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
Long-running noise band Wolf Eyes play two NYC shows today. The first is this free afternoon show and then...

Wolf Eyes, Dogleather, Couch Slut @ Palisades
...They do it again late night at Palisades.

Boys Noize, Busy P b2b Boston Bun, A.G. Cook, Danny Harle, Lafawndah, Lotic @ MoMA PS1
Warm Up continues today with afternoon sets from two of the PC Music guys, big-name electronic musician Boys Noize, Tri Angle's Lotic, and more.

Boys Noize, Trina, Jubilee, Nadastrom, Venus X, Busy P, Boston Bun, Star Eyes @ Brooklyn Mirage
Boys Noize does it again after Warm Up at this Miami-centric "bacchanal" called Magic City.

Blondes, Teengirl Fantasy, Heretic, Tronik Youth, JDH & Dave P, Facets @ Good Room
There really are a ton of options for tonight if you like to go out and dance. Here's another -- a release party for local duo Blondes' new Persuasian EP on RVNG Intl.

Andrew Jackson Jihad, Jeffrey Lewis & the Bolts, Sharkanoid, Ian Graham (of Cheap Girls) @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
This is a good bill all around. Andrew Jackson Jihad and Jeffrey Lewis walk the line between folk punk, anti-folk and indie rock. Sharkanoid is power pop from veteran ska musicians Dan Potthast (MU330) and Rick Johnson (Mustard Plug, Bomb the Music Industry!), and there's a solo set from Ian Graham, frontman of the Smoking Popes-y Cheap Girls.

Yumi Zouma, Future of What @ Baby's All Right
New Zealand's Yumi Zouma make danceable, effervescent, pop with a winsome, nostalgic air. The band's second EP came out earlier this year via Cascine.

A.G. Cook, Danny L Harle @ Baby's All Right
Two of PC Music's major creative forces play tonight. While it likely won't be the insane spectacle that was PC Music's "Pop Cube" extravaganza, expect some razzle-dazzle tonight.

The Detroit Cobras, Workout @ Brooklyn Bowl
The Motor City garage rock covers crew Detroit Cobras play their first of two NYC-area shows tonight.

Horse Meat Disco, Justin Strauss, Danny Krivit, Tad Haes @ Output
This London-based four-man DJ collective are known for finding pearls in bins of forgotten disco 12", having released a series of acclaimed compilations. Their real expertise comes into play at their DJ gigs, though. Just trust their taste...and the beat.

Real Numbers, Bummers Eve, Citizen Blast Kane @ Don Pedro
Milwaukee's Real Numers make mod-ish, tinny and relentlessly catchy indiepop that owes a whole lot to Television Personalities. Tonight's their second of three NYC shows.

"Indie '80s" @ BAM Rose Cinemas
BAM's totally awesome film series showcasing the fringe outside Hollywood during the Reagan Years starts tonight with two greats: Penelope Spheeris' hair metal doc Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years and Jim Jarmusch's charming, hangdog comedy Stranger Than Paradise.

U2 @ Madison Square Garden
It begins, the first of eight U2 shows at Madison Square Garden. Word from earlier stops on the "Innocence + Experience" tour say that U2 have created a stadium spectacle like never seen before -- which is just what you'd expect for these ticket prices.

Ronnie Stone and The Lonely Riders @ Aviv
How serious you take Ronnie Stone & the Lonely Riders is up to you but his intentionally kitschy, '80s-in-a-blender shtick (somewhere between Bruce Springsteen and Prefab Sprout) is not without craft, even if it is a big joke.

Rhiannon Giddens, Joe Henry @ Prospect Park
Former singer for Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens just released her first solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, whcih takes country and soul standards and gives them a brand new spin. This is a free show.

Summer Scum 4 @ Trans-Pecos
This two-day, all-day fest features a cavalcade of noise, drone, outsider music and, of course, scum. Saturday's artists include Drew McDowall (ex Coil/Psychic TV), Plague Mother, Ligature, Jason Crumer and many, many more.

Stranger Cat, Loving You, The Creators Collective @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Stranger Cat, the electronic art pop duo of Cat Martino and Sven Britt, released their debut album earlier this year, which featured a collaboration with Sufjan Stevens. Tonight they play at this show, which will be screening Strange Bedfellows.

Baked, Two Inch Astronaut, Stove, Wing Dam, Palm @ Shea Stadium
If you'd like a night of '90s-style indie rock and post-hardcore, many of the bands on this bill will scratch that itch.

Kacey Musgraves, Andrew Combs @ The Paramount
Kacey Musgraves has been getting a lot of acclaim outside of the country world lately, and it's well deserved. This year's Pagent Material is a good record. If you're going tonight, it's just as worth catching Andrew Combs, who's also country but has a big Paul Simon influence too.

Karma to Burn @ Black Bear Bar
Karma to Burn have been making instrumental stoner rock since the late '90s. They broke up for a bit, but reunited back in 2009 and have released three records since then, making their current run as prolific as their original one.

Electric Citizen, Mondo Drag, Slow Season, Blackout @ Saint Vitus
These are all newer bands, but they all do justice to '70s-style hard rock and proto-metal. Good bill all around.

Failure @ The Space at Westbury
Alt-rock/space rock band Failure recently released The Heart Is a Monster, their first album since 1996. They're back in fine form, as tonight's show will surely prove.

Planes Mistaken for Stars @ Asbury Lanes
Planes Mistaken for Stars put out three great forward-thinking post-hardcore albums in the 2000s. One of those albums, No Mercy, just got reissued on Deathwish, and the band is now on tour in support of that.

Hot Tuna, New Riders of the Purple Sage @ Capitol Theatre
The San Francisco Sound is in the air this year, with 50th anniversary celebrations from both The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. Both of those bands' spirits will be in the house tonight, with JA spinoff Hot Tuna and the Dead's old pals, the New Riders.

R. Kelly, Floetry @ Prudential Center
British neo-soul/hip hop duo Floetry broke up after their 2005 sophomore album, Flo'Ology, and Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart (aka The Floacist) embarked on separate solo careers. Now they're back in action, and on a reunion tour which hits the NYC-area three times. This is the first, and it's opening for R. Kelly.

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

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