photo: Mitski @ MHOW in March (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

U2 @ Madison Square Garden
Rock and pop superstars U2's eight-show run at Madison Square Garden continues. 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 from them (and these ticket prices).

Elvis Depressedly, Mitski, eskimeaux, Emily Yacina @ Shea Stadium,
Mitski's 2014 album Bury Me at Makeout Creek gets better every time, with its mix of art rock, folk, and lo-fi indie. Tonight's her second of two NYC shows on her tour with the Run For Cover-signed Elvis Depressedly and Epoch member Eskimeaux.

Arabrot, Pinkish Black, Ghold @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Norway's Arabrot make noise rock that seems more intent on alienating music fans than bringing them together, but it may just be good enough to do the latter anyway. Goth duo Pinkish Black are just as worth catching.

Planes Mistaken for Stars, UnWed, The Sun The Moon The Stars @ Saint Vitus
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.

Ed Askew @ Ace Hotel
Ed Askew is one of the late '60s psych-folk singers who benefitted from internet exposure and is now able to play shows and release new music very consistently. Any time you can catch him, it's a treat.

Ava Mendoza's Chaser, Lucas Brode, Millevoi-Lopez-Shea, Kevin Shea's Sexy Thoughts @ Palisades
For a night of avant-garde guitar-based music, Palisades is where you want to be.

Floetry, Janine & the Mixtape @ BB King's
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 NYC twice. This is the first.

Justin Vivian Bond @ Rockwood Music Hall
A regular in NYC's drag scene for years, and once a member of the duo Kiki and Herb (with Kenny Mellman, who is now in The Julie Ruin), Justin Vivian Bond hits Rockwood Stage 2 tonight.

Kornel Kovacs, Alejandro Sab @ Output (Panther Room)
Swedish producer Kornel Kovacs recently released an EP on Numbers, which has also been home to Rustie, Jamie xx, and more. If you like that kinda stuff, you might dig Kornel too.

Nas documentary 'Time Is Illmatic' screening, Pete Rock @ Queensbridge Park
'Time Is Illmatic' tells the story of Nas' groundbreaking debut, 1994's Illmatic. It will be screened tonight in Queensbridge Park with a set from the legendary Pete Rock, one of the producers on the album.

Real Numbers, 1-800-BAND, Bananamou, Consolidated Plastics @ Cake Shop
Milwaukee's Real Numers make mod-ish, tinny and relentlessly catchy indiepop that owes a whole lot to Television Personalities. Tonight's their final of three NYC shows; headliners 1-800-BAND make great Nerves-style powerpop and are worth catching as well.

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 Pharmakon, Gnawed, Hollow Seed, and loads more.

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

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