You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
The National, Daughter @ Forest Hills Stadium
The National's new album Sleep Well Beast has The National doing what they do best, but it also shakes up their sound sonically a bit more than other recent releases, and it has even more heartbreaking lyrics than usual. Their live show remains at the top of its game, and Daughter makes for very high quality support.
Sun Kil Moon @ Town Hall
Mark Kozelek remains insanely prolific, with multiple albums coming out every year lately. This year he released the Sun Kil Moon double album Common As Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood plus another Sun Kil Moon/Jesu collaboration, 30 Seconds to the Decline of Planet Earth. He brings Sun Kil Moon back to Town Hall tonight, with Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley on drums and Spain's Josh Haden on bass.
The New Yorker Festival
It's the first night of the annual New Yorker Festival which is full of scintillating conversation with interesting people, and the occasional live music performance. Some of todays events include Seth Meyers, Jerry Seinfeld, Sofia Coppola, Riz Ahmed, Pete Holmes, and Carly Rae Jepsen.
WAND, Darto, Yonatan Gat @ Bowery Ballroom
LA band WAND just released Plum, their best album yet, which finds them expanding far beyond their garage rock roots. They have always been a force to be reckoned with live.
Mr. Twin Sister, Caroline Polacheck, Juri Onuki, Andrew VanWyngarden (DJ), Rory O'Connor (DJ) @ San Damiano Mission
This is a Puerto Rico hurricane relief benefit featuring a headline set from Mr. Twin Sister, and a "sine wave" ambient set from onetime Chairlift singer Caroline Polacheck.
Wye Oak, Luke Temple @ City Winery
Say the band, "We’re so excited to set out on a brief run of smaller, more intimate shows this fall, where we’ll be trying out a bunch of brand-new material for the first time, taking questions from the audience, and just generally exposing y’all to our legendary brand of TMI-style stage banter."
Brooklyn Raga Massive (perform Terry Riley's In C) @ Le Poisson Rouge
One of the seminal minimalist works, Terry Riley's "In C" has been interpreted before by collective Brooklyn Raga Massive and they'll perform it again tonight, which is also a CD release party for a recording of the same work (made at Joe's Pub in January and is out now on Northern Spy Records).
Plan 9 From Outer Space Live Reading @ Littlefield
This 1959 so-bad-it’s-good Ed Wood classic is regarded by some as the worst movie ever made. A whole bunch of comedians, including Scott Adsit, Dana Gould, Janet Varney, Gilbert Gottfried, John Hodgman, Adam Savage, Jean Grae, Michael Ian Black and more, will be reading the whole thing live. After it’s over you may ask others, “CAN YOU PROVE IT DIDN’T HAPPEN?” Part of NY Comic Con.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - In Concert @ Lincoln Center
Part of the NY Philharmonic's Star Wars Concert Series and the NY Comic Con, you can catch JJ Abrams' very entertaining most recent addition to the Star Wars saga with a live orchestral score.
Jonathan Coulton and Paul & Storm and “Friends” @ The Bell House)
Known for being the musical director of NPR’s “Ask Me Another” as well as his songs about geek culture, Jonathan Coulton teams with brothers in arms Paul & Storm, and some “friends” (TBA) for this musical nerdy night out.
John Zorn: The Bagatelles @ NYU Skirball Center
The Skirball Center is presenting this “two-day marathon concert featuring over 45 of New York City’s most adventurous musicians performing over 100 different compositions from Zorn’s expansive new book of music, The Bagatelles.”
Drive-By Truckers, Strand of Oaks @ The Capitol Theatre
Drive-By Truckers are still on tour supporting last year’s acclaimed American Band, and they're now out with Strand of Oaks, who released the great Hard Love earlier this year.
The Proper Ornaments, Kyle Forester @ WFMU Monty Hall
UK band The Proper Ornaments, the project from James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) and Max Oscarnold (Toy), just released their second album, Foxhole, via Slumberland / Tough Love. Not entirely different form what Haore does in Ultimate Painting, it’s magic hour psych pop with understated arrangements and lovely harmonies.
The Saylavees, The Hipshakes, PROTO IDIOT, The Othermen @ The Footlight
Manchester UK band Proto Idiot make sneering, shambolic, distinctly Brit-variety garage rock that’s like a sonic two-finger-salute in everyone’s direction. (Think early Who and Kinks filtered through Television Personalities and The Fall.) Having just played Gonerfest, they make their NYC debut tonight with fellow Mancs the Hipshakes.
Joe Russo's Almost Dead @ Brooklyn Bowl
Joe Russo often plays with Grateful Dead members, and with JRAD, he does a lot of justice to their music and is always joined by great players.
Pelican, Jaye Jayle, Spotlights @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Instru-metal greats Pelican bring their towering live show back to NYC tonight, with excellent support from Jaye Jayle (aka Evan from Young Widows) and sludgy shoegazers Spotlights.
Kid Cudi @ Central Park SummerStage
Kid Cudi is rumored to be making a collaborative album with Kanye West. Whether or not that's true, he released his latest solo album Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' last year and tonight his tour behind the album hits NYC.
Balam Acab, Foxes in Fiction, Nikki @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Balam Acab was one of the more talented musicians to come out of the witch house movement, and 2011's Wander / Wonder remains a key document of that sound, but these days Balam Acab is doing different stop and making more use of guitars. Foxes In Fiction makes for a good pairing.
Esperanza Spalding @ Pioneer Works
Jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding recently livestreamed the making of her new album, which will get a release on Concord Records. She proves to be an increasingly unique artist, and seeing her in a place like Pioneer Works should be a real treat.
Rise Against, White Lung, Pierce the Veil @ Stone Pony Summer Stage
One of the more popular gritty punk bands of the past 15 years, Rise Against headlines this show and there's killer support from White Lung, who are not to miss.
Mirah, Jherek Bischoff @ The Park Church Co-Op
Mirah and experimental composer Jherek Bischoff release their new collaborative EP Sundial today and celebrate with this church show.
Chicano Batman, Khruangbin, The Shacks @ Warsaw
This is a pretty cool bill all around, with Jack White-approved Latin rockers Chicano Batman, the groovy genre-defying Khruangbin, and dreamy Big Crown Records signees The Shacks.
Yves Tumor, Lorenzo Senni, Sky H1, Sharp Veins, Tzusing @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Ambient elctronic musician Yves Tumor has been picking up buzz this year for his new album Experiencing the Deposit of Faith, which came out last month. He's opening for Nicolas Jaar in NYC later this month, but plays his own smaller show tonight.
Crocodiles, Saint Pe, Mail The Horse @ Knitting Factory
They relocated back to California after years in NYC, but Crocodiles’ sound — steeped in JAMC-style feedback — remains. They play with Saint Pe (aka Black Lips guitarist Ian Saint Pe).
The is the second year for Mondo NYC, the “music festival and tech summit” that was started by CMJ founders. While the focus is really on the industry panels, there are showcases of mostly emerging artists at venue in the Lower East Side, the East Village
Bruce Springsteen @ Walter Kerr Theatre
If anyone was gonna unseat Hamilton as Broadway’s hardest-to-get ticket, it was Bruce Springsteen who just began his 18-week “Springsteen on Broadway” run at the 960-seat Walter Kerr Theatre. “My show is just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music,” says Bruce. Expect some of his most famous songs and stories about them.
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