photo: Sannhet @ MHOW earlier this month (more by PSquared)

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

Sannhet, Uniform, Alberich @ Saint Vitus
Brooklyn band Sannhet's post-rock/post-metal is best experienced live, thanks to their unique setup and killer light show. Openers are good tonight too.

John Nolan, Brian Bonz @ Mercury Lounge
While their most popular songs were written without him, John Nolan's contributions to the first Taking Back Sunday album are no small part of what makes that one live up best today. Tonight he's playing off his new solo album and promising stuff from his post-TBS band Straylight Run too.

Krill, Big Ups, LVL UP, Stove, Palm @ Palisades
You may know a thing or two about '90s indie rock being back, and one of the most consistently solid homes for those types of bands is Exploding In Sound Records. The label is throwing an extended weekend of shows in Brooklyn and Boston, which continues tonight.

White Pisces, Nail Polish, Violent Video, Teen Body @ Union Pool
White Pisces are one of the bands in the Street Smart Cyclist/The Beds/Slow Warm Death family, and this one gives them a chance to make grungy, Nirvana-inspired jams.

No Parents, Savants, Sleepies, Plain Dog @ Elvis Guesthouse
If you like your garage punk on the poppy and snotty side, LA troublemakers No Parents might fit the bill. Their album May The Thirst Be With You came out earlier this year on Burger Records and features such party ragers as "I'm a Dildo," "Pizza," and "Hey Illuminati" -- titles which should give you an idea for what kid of show to expect tonight.

Eleventh Dream Day, Antietam, 75 Dollar Bill @ Mercury Lounge
Long-running indie rock outfit Eleventh Dream Day (reductive, but they're kind of Chicago's Yo La Tengo) released their 13th album, Works for Tomorrow, back in July. The band don't tour so much anymore, so this is a rare chance to catch them. Tonight's show is with old friends Antietam and Other Music-signed 75 Dollar Bill.

Literature, Expert Alterations, Kissing Is A Crime, Wildly @ Shea Stadium
This is the indiepop place to be with Philadelphia's hyperactive janglers Literature, and C-86 worshippers Expert Alterations. Two likeminded local acts round out the bill.

Cheerleader @ Fulton Stall Market
South Street Seaport's multi-use Fulton Stall Market is hosting free shows on Friday. The space is nice, there's bar and a secluded courtyard...worse ways to spend a couple hours after work on a Friday. Tonight's entertainment is Philly powerpop outfit Cheerleader.

Dick Dale, Dead Heavens @ Brooklyn Bowl
King and inventor of surf guitar, Dick Dale is still at it. Go see him if you can: he's awesome and his shows help pay his $3000-a-month medical bills. Opening are Dead Heavens, the garage psych band of post-hardcore veteran Walter Schreifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Youth of Today, etc).

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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