You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Peter Murphy @ Le Poisson Rouge
This is night 2 of Peter Murphy’s “Stripped” tour at LPR. As the tour name implies, he’s playing songs from throughout his career (Bauhaus, solo, maybe even a Dalis Car song?) in semi-acoustic form.
Into It. Over It., The World Is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid To Die, The Sidekicks, Pinegrove @ Irving Plaza
It's an amazing bill all around for fans of modern bands keeping '00s-style guitar-led indie rock alive. IIOI have a delicate sound that often recalls Death Cab for Cutie (but with a way busier drummer), TWIABP are an unpredictable many-membered collective that sometimes brings to mind Broken Social Scene, The Sidekicks offer up a new take on Band of Horses/Shins, and Pinegrove are like a punky/DIY version of Wilco or Okkervil River. Not to get too caught up in making comparisons though; these bands are all bringing something very new to the table too.
TV Girl, George Clanton @ Alphaville (two shows)
Sardonic pop act TV Girl's new album Who Really Cares is an irresistible mix of ’60s-inspired pop melodies, hip hop production, clever samples, and enough tales of sexual deviants, bad relationships and other weirdos to fill a Chuck Palahniuk or J.G. Ballard novel. The early show is sold out but there are still tickets to the late show.
Boogarins, The Lemon Twigs, Robert Earl Thomas @ Baby's All Right
Young Brazilian band Boogarins are skilled beyond their years, owing a little to sonic ansestors like Os Mutantes but forging their own path as well. Speaking of skilled beyond their years, The Lemon Twigs are insanely talented with a sound inexplicably somewhere between Bowie, Rundgren and Paul Williams.
Big White, Suburban Living, The Britanys, Scully, Spike Vincent @ Berlin
Sydney, Australia’s Big White make bright guitar pop that that is a direct descendent of their indie ancestors The Triffids and The Go-Betweens. They’re in the midst of an all-out assault on NYC clubs.
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Edley ODowd, Victoria Keddie, Shadowbox, Sam @ Trans Pecos
This is part of Queens Museums' “Becoming New Objects” series. We're not exactly sure what's going on tonight, but with Genesis P-Orridge it should at least be interesting.
Dalek, Dreamcrusher, Excepter @ Bell House
Industrial rap group Dalek were away for a while, but now they're back and not just for live shows. Their first album since 2009, Asphalt for Eden, comes out today and it has them sounding unique as ever.
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!”
Griff and Joe's Earth Day Earthtacular feat. Speedy Ortiz, Seaton Smith, Sharron Paul, Matt Beacon, Joe Garden, Griffin Newman, Death Trap @ Union Hall
Griffin Newman (who’s on Colin Quinn’s web series Cop Show, HBO’s Vinyl and more) and comedy writer Joe Garden (The Onion, AdultSwim.com) are roomates and holiday lovers, and for this reason they like to team up and throw holiday shows together. They’ve done Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Christmas, and tonight they’ll do one for Earth Day. The musical guests are indie rockers Speedy Ortiz.
Floetry, Kris Kelli @ BB King's
Neo-soul/hip hop duo Floetry -- aka Marsha Ambrosius and The Floacist -- reunited last year and they're back on the road once again. This is their first of two NYC shows this weekend.
Night Moves, Lionlimb @ Rough Trade
If Minneapolis band Night Moves’ name elicits images of Bob Seger, their music continues in the ’70s vein, recalling Steely Dan, The Band, Fleetwood Mac, Gerry Rafferty, etc.
Joseph Arthur @ Rubin Museum of Art
While he's know for his guitar-playing, Joseph Arthur's forthcoming album The Family was written entirely on piano. Let's hope he has his Steinway with him tonight, and hope he doesn't get any paint on it when he does his signature live painting.
Crosss, Beth Israel, Parlor Walls, Weeping Icon @ Acheron
If you enjoy doomy riffs but always wanted to hear more traditional indie rock vocals paired with them, Canadian band Crosss have you covered.
Amon Amarth, Entombed AD, Exmortus @ Playstation Theater
Swedish death metal vikings Amon Amarth recently released their new album Jomsviking, which is as catchy, polished, and tongue in cheek as you'd expect. They're on the road with Entombed AD (LG Petrov’s current version of legendary death n' rollers Entombed).
Buster Poindexter @ City Winery
New York Doll singer David Johansen puts back on the tux and his party-friendly Buster Poindexter persona for a night of saucy cabaret at this fancypants supper club.
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 22.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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