You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
WFMU Record Fair @ Brooklyn Expo Center
If you didn’t blow all your vinyl money at Record Store Day last weekend, by all means go dig through the hundreds of record crates at the annual WFMU record fare. There are movie screenings, music performances, food, and beer as well. If you’re going…we’ve got a coupon for $2 off admission.
Numero Group Pop-Up @ Duke’s Annex
…and if you still have money after the record fair, esteemed reissue label Numero Group is in town with their pop-up store, offering most of their catalog and discount prices. This label doesn’t put out much stuff (any?) that isn’t quality. They should have their RSD releases too.
Four Tet @ Analog BKNY
Having just played Coachella, Four Tet is now stopping in NYC and will take over Analog BKNY from open to close.
Diana Ross @ New York City Center
As a staple of Motown’s early ’60s era, the disco era, and plenty of the in-between, the legendary Diana Ross can sing just about anything. This is night four of her five-show run at the New York City Center.
Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds @ NJPAC
Last year, Beach Boy Brian Wilson took his classic album Pet Sounds on tour (with help from classic-era BB members Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin) for its 50th anniversary. This year, he’s doing one more tour of the album and he says it’s the last one.
Arto Lindsay, Beauty Pill, Dan Friel @ The Bell House
With roots in the no wave movement, Arto Lindsay has been a leader of experimental music for decades and this year he put out a new solo album, Cuidado Madame. He’s currently on tour with DC/Dischord eccentrics Beauty Pill, and tonight they play NYC with quality local support from Dan Friel.
The Revolution @ BB King Blues Club
Prince is gone but his music lives on through his former backing band The Revolultion who played on many of his most-loved albums. This is their first of three NYC-area shows (and the only one that’s sold out).
Kirstin Hersh @ Rubin Museum of Art
Kristin Hersh’s idiosyncratic style — and unmistakable voice — bewitches whether with Throwning Muses, 50 Foot Wave, or, in this case, solo acoustic.
Brooklyn Folk Festival
The 9th annual Brooklyn Folk Festival takes place at St. Ann’s Church with 40+ performances across two stages this weekend. Tonight’s the kickoff.
The Feelies @ Rent Party
Taking cues from The Velvet Underground and Jonathan Richman, The Feelies forged their own sound and have become influential themselves. Their new album, In Between, is another terrific addition to their catalog. Live shows are famous for being marathons with lots of covers.
Psychic Ills, Purling Hiss, Junk Boys @ Baby’s All Right
NYC duo Psychic Ills make magic hour drone with their latest release being last year’s Inner Journey Out. Purling Hiss are in solo form tonight.
Joakim, Starchild and The New Romantic @ Knitting Factory
French electronic producer Joakim released Samurai, back in March, full of warm, skittering, melodic dance music. Opening are Blood Orange cohorts (and Prince lovers) Starchild and The New Romantic.
Surf Curse, EZTV, Joy Again, RIPS @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Reno, Nevada’s Surf Curse (listen to their album below) headline this show that also features Brooklyn’s jangly EZTV and mutant poppers RIPS.
Ali Wong @ Town Hall (two shows)
Comedian Ali Wong broke big this year with her acclaimed show (and Netflix special) Baby Cobra, a raw, unexpurgated hour on sex, pregnancy, hoarding, and more. Tonight begins her three-night, six-show run at Town Hall.
Life of Agony @ Irving Plaza
Brooklyn alt-metal vets Life of Agony are back at it with a new album this year, A Place Where There’s No More Pain. The album came out today and they’re celebrating in their home city tonight.
Bonobo, Romare, Innov Gnawa @ Terminal 5
Electronic musician Bonobo continues to get more and more massive, and this week he plays two sold-out Terminal 5 shows (this is night 2). Opening is Brooklyn Gnawa music group Innov Gnawa, who appear on Bonobo’s new album Migration.
Low End Theory NYC w/ Daddy Kev, Nobody, The Gaslamp Killer, D-Styles, Prefuse 73 @ Paper Box
A NYC edition of LA’s beloved hip hop/electronic party Low End Theory goes down all night (10 PM to 5 AM) with some pretty awesome acts.
Balkan Beat Box, Heems @ Brooklyn Steel
Balkan Beat Box, whose members have worked closely with Gogol Bordello, are on the road supporting last year’s Shout It Out. Opening tonight’s show is former Das Racist (and current Swet Shop Boys) member Heems.
Ende Tymes VII @ Silent Barn
NYC’s seventh annual “festival of noise and experimental liberation” Ende Tymes is here with all kinds of challenging, confrontational acts.
George Fitzgerald, JDH & Dave P, Remain, Heidy P @ Good Room
After early singles on dance labels like Hotflush, George FitzGerald signed to Domino imprint Double Six and released his debut full length, 2015’s Fading Love, his most human-sounding music to date.
Teen Vice, Fruit and Flowers, C’yotes @ Alphaville
Tami Hart (who now spells her name Tammy Hart) released two well-received solo albums in the early 2000s (and toured around then with Le Tigre, Sleater-Kinney, and more), and eventually joined MEN (featuring JD Samson of Le Tigre) and led the band Making Friendz, among other projects. Now she’s co-fronting a new band called Teen Vice with The Dead Betties’ Joshua Ackley.
Michael Che @ Caroline’s (two shows)
As a current co-host of SNL’s Weekend Update and with his recently-released Matters special, Michael Che is becoming a go-to guy for smart, funny, topical comedy. He’s in the midst of a run at Caroline’s.
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