You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Wolf Parade, Sam Patch @ Bowery Ballroom
We’re happy to report that the reunited Wolf Parade were in fine form on the first night of their Bowery Ballroom residency and it’s very good to have Spencer and Dan back together again. Opener Sam Patch is actually Arcade Fire member Tim Kingsbury's solo project.
Parquet Courts, B Boys @ Webster Hall
Having recently released what is the best record yet, Parquet Courts wrap up their tour with a sold-out hometown show. If you're going do check out opening act B Boys.
Je Suis Animal, The Hairs, Half Sour, Avaleya and the Glitterhawks @ Cake Shop
Get a sudden case of stomach cramps and split work early today and head to Cake Shop for this free late afternoon NYC Popfest show featuring Oregon’s folky Aveleya & the Glitterhawks, California dreampoppers Silver Screen, scrappy Boston band Halfsour, and Brooklyn’s sardonic The Hairs.
Allo Darlin', The Spook School, Chorusgirl, Simon Love @ Baby's All Right
The evening NYC Popfest show features four UK acts, including the charming Allo Darlin', Scotland's The Spook School, the breathless, heart-on-their-sleeve guitar pop of Chorusgirl, and the witty (and profane!) Simon Love.
Patti Smith, Jesse Smith, Fran Capo @ Le Poisson Rouge
There's a benefit for the Honzo Haven Charity Fund tonight, and it's headlined by NYC punk legend/poet/author Patti Smith. Any chance to see her is one worth taking.
Bad Boy Family Reunion w/ Puff Daddy, Jay-Z, Faith Evans, Lil Ki, Mary J. Blige, M$se, 112, French Montana, The Lox, Mario Winans @ Barclays Center
Puff Daddy is getting the Bad Boy Family back together (almost everyone who appeared on his hits-filled 1997 debut album No Way Out) for a full tour. It begins with two shows at Barclays Center this week, and this one has special guest appearances from Jay-Z and Mary J Blige. Expect Biggie tributes too, of course.
Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop, Marlon Williams @ Town Hall
Sam Beam (aka Iron & Wine) and underrated folk singer Jesca Hoop teamed up for the collaborative album Love Letter for Fire, which came out last month on Sub Pop. It's a very solid album, and tonight's show should be cool too.
Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders ft. Bridget St John, Ted Leo, Dave Hill & more @ City Winery
Wesley Stace does another of his Cabinet of Wonders variety shows tonight. This one features British folk legend Bridget St. John, punk/indie vet Ted Leo, rapper Jean Grae, comedians Dave Hill and Eugene Mirman (well, Eugene is billed as “probably”), authors Alexander Chee and Mark Leyner, and singer Shemekia Copeland.
Weekend Nachos, The Afternoon Gentlemen, Gets Worse, Mother Brain @ Saint Vitus
Hardcore greats Weekend Nachos are sadly calling it quits, but not before releasing a final album (which comes out today) and going on a final tour. Tonight's show is sold out.
Plow United, Slingshot Dakota, Mindtroll, Barclay Burns @ The Acheron
Melodic punks Plow United reunited a few years back and they're still going. It's worth catching driving piano-pop duo Slingshot Dakota tonight too.
Omar S, John Tejada, O B Ignitt @ Output
Detroit house producer finally follows his excellent 2013 LP Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself this year with The Best. From the clips we've heard, the new album sounds promising.
Actress, Sporting Life @ Trans Pecos
UK IDM producer Actress last released Ghettoville in 2014. He comes to NYC tonight for a show with local artist Sporting Life (of Ratking). Sold out.
Memory Tapes, Ellie Herring, Violent Sands @ Palisades
While chillwave may be over, Memory Tapes treks on. He last released the “Fallout” / “House On Fire” single in 2015 on Carpark and he's on tour once again.
Rabit, Gaika, Elysia Crampton, Scraaatch @ Tropical 128
This show and the New Museum show listed right above it are both part of Red Bull Music Academy's ‘NON vs. N.A.A.F.I’ night. "Following their revolutionary NON vs. N.A.A.F.I mixtape, Red Bull Music Academy teams up with the pair of genre-defying global labels for a night of radical statements in sound," the show description begins. More info here.
"This Is What We Mean By Short Films" w/ She-Devils @ Bushwick Generator
It's opening weekend for Rooftop Films and tonight's program is This Is What We Mean By Short Films" with Montreal duo She-Devils playing a set before the films begin.
Kiki & Herb @ Joe's Pub
Legendary lounge/cabaret duo Kiki and Herb (aka Justin Vivian Bond and Kenny Mellman) went into retirement in 2007 but they’re returning to the stage for this run called “Kiki and Herb: Seeking Asylum!” Sold out but a limited number of tickets given away free each night via lottery.
Mike Birbiglia @ The Lynn Redgrave Theater
Comedian Mike Birbiglia has been doing his show “Thank God for the Jokes” for nearly two years. He’s putting it to bed, but not before this run which was recently extended through May.
Louis C.K. @ Paramount Theatre (2 shows)
A comedy icon, Louis CK do-it-my-way approach to nearly everything he's been involved with in the last five has changed the way concerts (and TV) happen. He's as sharp as ever.
H09909, Unstoppable Death Machines @ Aviv
NJ thrash rap crew Ho99o9 are gaining a rep for having a very wild live show. See what it's all about tonight.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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