You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Modern Baseball, Joyce Manor, Thin Lips @ Irving Plaza
This is a great bill all around, with three bands who toe the line between pop punk and indie rock, and make those two things not seem so different after all. Modern Baseball are touring behind this year's much-loved Holy Ghost, Joyce Manor's last LP was 2014's great Never Hungover Again, and Thin Lips' debut Riff Hard came out earlier this year. This is night 1 of 2.
Downtown Boys, Pill, WALL, Ratas En Zelo @ Market Hall
If you think there aren't still punk bands with a relevant message, then you haven't heard Downtown Boys. Their X-Ray Spex-style sax and wild stage show bring a dose of fun to the seriousness. Cool openers tonight too.
Pissed Jeans, Lydia Lunch's Retrovirus, Richard Papiercuts @ Knitting Factory
Philly's abrasive noise punks Pissed Jeans always put on a wild show, and this bill is great all around. There's no wave legend Lydia Lunch and outsider rock and roller Richard Papiercuts.
Sting, Peter Gabriel @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Peter Gabriel has been a musical innovator since the mid-'70s and his influence can still be found in indie/alt music today. Sting will hopefully play a lot of Police songs.
Broncho, Winter @ Bowery Ballroom
Get a dose of anthemic, poppy indie rock from Broncho tonight.
Ladyhawke, Psychic Twin @ Rough Trade
Ladyhawke (aka Aussie musician Pip Brown) is back with Wild Things, her third album (and first in four years) of shimmering synthpop.
Soul Asylum, The English Beat @ The Wellmont Theater
This double bill tour is an odd one -- it's hard to imagine these bands touring together back in the day (The English Beat broke up before Soul Asylum formed) but nostalgia smooths over everything.
Bilal @ National Sawdust
Neo-soul great Bilal is still going strong off last year's great In Another Life. He plays acoustic tonight.
Natural Child, Zen Hed @ Union Pool
This Nashville band's southern-fried boogie is beer friendly and packs serious chops. Always a good time.
Tommy Trash, Rome Fortune, Madeaux, Kittens, Alex English, Dali, Hiyawatha @ Webster Hall
Fool's Gteams with Girls & Boys for what will surely be a fun, danceable night.
Robert Glasper & Jason Moran @ Blue Note Jazz Club
The Blue Note Jazz Festival continues with a residency from the great jazz/hip hop pianist Robert Glasper.
Murphy's Law, M-13, Nothing But Enemies, Agitator @ The Grand Victory
NYC venue Grand Victory is sadly closing next month, but NYHC vets Murphy's Law will grace the space at least one more time.
Tomorrow's Tulips, Navy Gangs, Surfbort, Djuna @ IDIO Gallery
Pro surfers Alex Knost and Ford Archbold make folky psych-pop as Tomorrow’s Tulips when not hanging ten, as can be heard on their new album Indy Rock Royalty Comb which is out via Burger Records.
The Hairs, Drawing Boards, Annie Hart, The Prits @ Cake Shop
The Hairs celebrate the release of their terrific new album While I Hated Life, Barbarian tonight with some great openers: '90s-loving Drawing Boards and Annie Hart of Au Revoir Simone.
The Mystery Lights, PMS and the Moodswings, Barbed Wire @ Mercury Lounge
Recorded at Daptone’s House of Soul studio, The Mystery Lights' debut LP manages to capture the band’s wild energy (and Mike Brandon’s impassioned vocals) on tape, and with a great batch of songs, it's a humdinger. Garage-psych bands may be a dime a dozen, but The Mystery Lights prove themselves worthy NYC successors to the likes of The Fleshtones.
Horse Meat Disco, Sean B, Kim Ann Foxman, Tas Haes @ Output
This London-based four-man DJ collective are known for finding pearls in bins of forgotten disco 12″s, having released a series of acclaimed compilations. Their real expertise comes into play at their DJ gigs, though. Just trust their taste… and the beat.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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