You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Jeff Rosenstock, Hard Girls, Katie Ellen @ Villain
Jeff Rosenstock recently returned with WORRY., his second solo album in as many years, and like its predecessor, it's a great album that breathes new life into his career. With Hard Girls and Katie Ellen, this is a great bill all around for melodic indie-punk.
Swet Shop Boys, Humeysha @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Ever since Das Racist called it quits, Heems has been staying active and one of his projects is Swet Shop Boys, a duo with Riz MC. In the time since Swet Shop Boys formed, Riz got a lot more famous thanks to his role as Naz on HBO’s The Night Of, so it’s no surprise that Swet Shop Boys continue to rise. Their recently-released debut LP Cashmere has a political message that resonates loudly and clearly right now, and this week’s two sold-out NYC shows should be just as cathartic as the record. This is night 2.
Nicolas Jaar @ Webster Hall
Now that Darkside is behind him, Nicolas Jaar is back at it as a solo musician and his new album Sirens is very good. Tonight concludes his sold-out three-night run at Webster Hall.
A Tribe Called Quest in conversation with Elliott Wilson @ The Marlin Room at Webster Hall
A Tribe Called Quest just returned with their final album (and first since the '90s), and it's truly an amazing comeback. It's also exactly the album we need right now, for a lot of reasons. The surviving members (RIP Phife) will be in conversation with Rap Radar founder Elliott Wilson tonight.
Sheer Mag, Kaleidoscope, Sick Head @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Sheer Mag inject scrappy punk with the '70s rock of Thin Lizzy, Cheap Trick, and more. The Philly band returns to NYC tonight.
CRX (ft. Nick Valensi from The Strokes), Streets of Laredo @ Bowery Ballroom
Stokes guitarist Nick Valensi struck out on his own with CRX, who just released their debut album (produced by Josh Homme) which doesn't stray too far from the rock n' roll his main band does.
Xylouris White, Marisa Anderson @ National Sawdust
Xylouris White, the experimental duo made up of Cretan lutist George Xylouris and Dirty Three drummer Jim White, just relased their second album. Black Peak. They play, very much in their element, at National Sawdust tonight.
Crash Course in Science, Future Punx @ Saint Vitus
Philadelphia post-punks Crash Course in Science, who were originally around from 1979-1981, reformed a few ago and sporadically continue to play shows...like tonight with Brooklyn nu-wavers Future Punx.
PC Worship, CFM, Surfbort @ Silent Barn
Ty Segall cohort Charles Moothart makes records under the name CFM, most recently on this year's The Stooge. If you dig Ty, chances are you'll dig CFM. This is the first of two Brooklyn shows this week.
Shilpa Ray, Kill Alters, Snake Union, George Sanders @ Knockdown Center
Punk-blues singer Shilpa Ray is one of NYC's more underrated musicians. Catch her the unique Knockdown Center space in Maspeth tonight.
The Life and Times, Spotlights @ Mercury Lounge (late show)
New-ish Brooklyn band Spotlights got handpicked to open the Deftones tour earlier this year, which is a great fit for their heavy, atmospheric sound. They'll also pair very well with Shiner offshoot The Life and Times, who they open for tonight.
Valley Lodge, Hurry @ Mercury Lounge (early show)
The very funny Dave Hill also fronts the band Valley Lodge, who make fun, power poppy rock. Philly's Hurry, who owe more than a little to '90s lo-fi indie rock, open the show.
James Brown tribute w/ Sharon Jones, Bettye LaVette, Lee Fields & more @ NJPAC
The late, great James Brown will be honored at this show that features a handful of great soul singers, and alumni of James Brown's band.
Samiam, Iron Chic, Ex Number Five, Rocky & The Chapter @ Crossroads
Emo/punk vets Samiam have been at it since the early '90s, and the sound they helped pioneer is now more influential than ever. One of the bands who surely take after them, Iron Chic, are opening this tour.
David Sedaris @ Town Hall
Author, humorist and NPR contributor, David Sedaris begins his sold-out, three-night run at Town Hall.
Bardo Pond, Galacto @ Union Pool
Spacy drone rock vets Bardo Pond have remained active since forming in the early ’90s. (Their last album was 2013’s Peace on Venus). They play tonight with Galacto, the band including acclaimed illustrator and musician Gary Panter, Byron Coley (who co wrote that No Wave book with Thurston Moore), and Charles Burns. (Galacto's lineup usually also includes Thurston Moore, though he won't be at this show.)
Judy Collins @ Cafe Carlyle
Folk legend Judy Collins is still going strong at 77, and this run at Cafe Carlyle should be all the more poignant with Leonard Cohen's passing last week -- her 1966 cover of "Suzanne" established Cohen as a songwriting force.
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