photo: METZ @ Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)

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

METZ, Bully, Big Ups @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
METZ shows tend to be sensory overload experiences, with deafening volume set against strobes and stark lighting. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows with terrific tour mates Bully (melodic, punky indie rock). Local act Big Ups are a lot of fun and are worth going early to see.

Ratatat @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Ratatat figured out their sound early on -- stadium-sized instrumental dancerock with a big dose of glam guitars and twin leads -- and have stuck with it over the course of five albums, including last year's Magnifique.

1349, Tombs, Full of Hell, Artificial Brain @ Saint Vitus
This is a great show all around for metalheads, with Norwegian BM heavyweights 1349, local sludge staples Tomb, Pennsylvania grindcore maniacs Full of Hell, and DM locals Artificial Brain.

Creepoid, Future Punx, Bambara, Tempers @ Trans Pecos
Philly's shoegazers Creepoid always build a huge wall of sound at their shows, and tonight's is sure to be no exception. Good bill all around, with new wavers Future Punx, the loud-as-hell Bambara, and the gothy Tempers.

Pill, Guardian Alien, Parlor Walls, Martin Bisi, Arian Shaifee @ Aviv
Of the new crop of Brooklyn bands bringing back the sax, Pill are by far the skronkiest and most in-your-face. They headline this rock-solid lineup that includes' Liturgy's Greg Fox in Guardian Alien mode, artist and producer Martin Bisi and more.

Nile, Days of Doom, Khiazma @ Gramercy Theatre
Nile returned in 2015 with the great death metal album What Should Not Be Unearthed, and now they're finally making their way to NYC in support of it.

Andrew Keoghan, Frank Locrasto, Nico Turner @ Rough Trade
An opera-trained singer, New Zealander Andrew Keoghan sang in Puccini's 'Turandot' at age 21, spent four years as a jazz singer, took a songwriting sabbatical in the Caribbean before settling in Brooklyn and a more pop style. He'll be previewing songs from his new album Every Orchid Offering tonight.

Eddi Front, Caged Animals, Air Waves, Ghastly City Sleep @ Shea Stadium
With a spooky, spare piano style, Eddi Front made her debut in 2012 with a self-titled EP. She's now set to release her debut album, Marina, in March. Get an early taste tonight. This is a solid bill all-around, with the emotive pop of Caged Animals, and the minimal beauty of Air Waves.

Winter Jazzfest
The 2016 edition of NYC's annual Winter Jazzfest continues today. Check the schedule for more info.

Fern Mayo, T-Rextasy, Cutters, Dog Island @ Silent Barn
Among other things, this is a chance to catch the new band Dog Island, whose lineup includes Little Big League singer Michelle Zauner and Moon singer/APTBS collaborator Alanna Nuala Higgins.

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

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