photo: Clutch in Austin in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)

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

Clutch, Crobot, Valkyrie @ Terminal 5
Clutch released the excellent Psychic Warfare earlier this year. The presence of like-minded riff-rockers Valkyrie (featuring members of Baroness and Crobot) make this a go-to show if you're looking for some head-banging relief from family commitments.

Dan Deacon, Prince Rama @ Brooklyn Bowl
If you're looking for some fun this week, Dan Deacon's crowd-participatory shows are always entertaining. Opening are nu-age Brooklyn duo Prince Rama who are also a whole lot of fun (and about to release a very good new album).

Future Punx, Gauche, Dougie Poole @ Silent Barn
Future Punx released their high-concept, highly danceable debut album This is Post Wave this year, mixing synthpop, Devo-esque arty tongue-in-cheek paranoia and an overarching theme of "where do we go from here?" Their live show is always a good time.

Jazmine Sullivan @ Gramercy Theatre
Jazmine Sullivan had one of the year's finest (if a bit underrated) R&B albums with Reality Show, which has one foot in '60s/'70s soul and another in more contemporary R&B (and features the fantastic, stomping single "Dumb" featuring Meek Mill).

The Loved Ones, Garrett Klahn, Make War, Jackie Thousand @ Saint Vitus
Philly punk faves the Loved Ones have been inactive for years, with frontman Dave Hause focusing on his solo career instead, but they're finally back. They just opened for The Bouncing Souls in NJ, and tonight they make their way to Brooklyn. It's their first of two NYC shows (the other is in February). This one's opened by Texas Is The Reason frontman Garrett Klahn, who has a new solo album coming in a couple weeks.

Sports, Pinegrove, Vagabon, Long Beard @ Baby's All Right
There's been no lack of quality bands combining '90s pop punk with scrappier indie rock lately, and Ohio's Sports are one of the good ones. This whole bill is good, with more straight-up indie rock from Pinegrove and Vagabon, and the slowcore-ish Long Beard.

John Digweed, Naveen G @ Output
John Digweed, once famous for his DJ nights at Twilo with Sasha in the '90s, is still going and hits Brooklyn club Output tonight.

Jesse Malin, Hollis Brown, Don Dilego, Hidden Cities @ Bowery Ballroom
Former D Generation frontman Jesse Malin released not one but two albums this year, New York Before the War and Outsiders. Velvet Elk, the label he runs with Don Dilego, throws its first annual holiday benefit show tonight, and proceeds benefit The Bowery Mission.

Cake Shop Comedy @ Cake Shop
If you miss Big Terrific and Hannibal Buress' Sunday night show at Knit, and are looking for a new free, weekly comedy show that happens in a rock club and sometimes has big name talent stop by unexpectedly, "Cake Shop Comedy" might do the trick. Tonight's show is part of Chloe Hilliard's December residency and also features guests Ahamed Weinberg, Brian Frange, Prescott Tolk, Max Bernstein, Naomi Ekperigin, and Myq Kaplan.

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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