photo: The Menzingers at BV-RBSS at Baby's in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)

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

My Morning Jacket, Cass McCombs @ Beacon Theater
My Morning Jacket returned this year with their very solid seventh album, The Waterfall. They always shine as a live band too, and their four-night run at The Beacon continues tonight. Each show has a different great opener, and tonight it's singer/songwriter Cass McCombs.

The Menzingers, mewithoutYou, Pianos Become The Teeth, Restorations @ Webster Hall
This is a hugely stacked and diverse bill of forward-thinking rock music. Melodic punks The Menzingers headline, and before them it's art rockers mewithoutYou, intense post-hardcore/post-rock band Pianos Become the Teeth, and soaring heartland rockers Restorations.

Dark Star Orchestra @ Playstation Theater
There may not be a more high-concept Grateful Dead tribute band than Dark Star Orchestra, who recreate actual Dead setlists for their shows.

Ondskapt, Abazagorath, Vilkacis @ Saint Vitus
Swedish black metal band Ondskapt have been at it for about 15 years, though they haven't released a new album since 2010's Arisen From The Ashes. NJ's Abazagorath and NYC's Vilkacis are well-matched openers.

KRS-One, The LOX, Ja Rule, Rakim, Mad Lion, Lords of the Underground, Black Moon @ NJPAC
Just outside of NYC (Newark), the 'Masters of Ceremony' show goes down with some certifiable legends of rap like KRS-One and Rakim, long-running local regulars like The LOX, Lords of the Underground and Black Moon, and more.

The Wonder Years, Motion City Soundtrack, State Champs, You Blew It! @ Starland Ballroom
Boundary-pushing pop punk bands The Wonder Years and Motion City Soundtrack have been on a tour together that already hit NYC for two shows, and tonight they're nearby at NJ's Starland Ballroom. If you're going, it's worth showing up early for emo revivalists You Blew It!.

Buck Gooter, NY Taps, Dog and Wolf, Diamond @ Shea Stadium
With a drum machine, guitar and netherworld vocals, Virginia primordial blues act Buck Gooter gets to the nitty gritty with an industrial bent.

'Greg Proops is the Smartest Man in the World' @ Bell House
Is comedian Greg Proops, who you may know from Whose Line is it Anyway? and elsewhere, the smartest man in the world? Maybe, but it's for sure the name of his very popular podcast which tapes live tonight.

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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