You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Woods, Ultimate Painting, 75 Dollar Bill @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Both Woods and Ultimate Painting owe more than a little to the Grateful Dead, which should make for an awesome night of guitar interplay.
White Lung, Wives @ Baby's All Right
White Lung just released their fourth album Paradise which is another winner. It has all the boundary-pushing punk rippers you want from this band, but also some of their slowest, prettiest material and some of their poppiest material. Tonight's the sold-out NYC release show, which is one of two shows they have here in the coming days.
DJ Windows 98 (Win Butler of Arcade Fire), Justin Strauss @ Baby's All Right
When Win Butler isn't fronting Arcade Fire, he spins records under the name DJ Windows 98. Tonight's gig will have him joined by live percussion. UPDATE: Moved from 88 Palace to Baby's All Right.
Del tha Funky Homosapien, DJ Shiftee, Sean Anonymous @ Brooklyn Bowl
Underground rap great Del the Funky Homosapien has a career unlike most others, with funky California rap from the early '90s, weird psychedelic rap with the Hieroglyphics and Deltron 3030, a wild verse on one of Gorillaz' biggest songs, and still more. He remains prolific, having released his latest solo album Iller Than Most in 2014, and that's also the name of this tour.
Ivan Julian benefit ft. Thurston Moore & Lee Ranaldo, Matthew Sweet, Vernon Reid & Burnt Sugar, Tony Shanahan, The Dictators NYC, Ira Kaplan, Arto Lindsay, Jim Sclavunos, MC Lydia Lunch & special guests @ City Winery
Former Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian is sadly battling cancer, but a bunch of his very talented friends are playing some benefit shows in his honor. This is the second of two, and this one includes Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore & Lee Ranaldo playing together, '90s hitmaker Matthew Sweet (who Ivan used to play with), Living Colour's Vernon Reid, Patti Smith Group's Tony Shanahan, Handsome Dick Manitoba's current version of legendary NYC punk band The Dictators, Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan, no wave vet Arto Lindsay, and Bad Seeds/Grinderman's Jim Sclavunos. Another no wave vet, Lydia Lunch, is your MC for the evening, and more special guests are promised.
Imarhan, The Britanys, Invisible Familiars @ Le Poisson Rouge
Algerian Tuareg band Imarhan have been described as Tinariwen‘s proteges, and their frontman Sadam has toured as a member of Tinariwen. They're on tour in support of their self-titled debut album -- having just played one of the Levitation makeup shows -- and tonight's their first of two NYC shows.
Trap Them, Meek is Murder, Organ Dealer @ Saint Vitus
Metallic hardcore greats Trap Them recently finished up a new album with frequent collaborator Kurt Ballou (Converge) producing, and they'll presumably be previewing some of it at this show. If you're going, it's worth showing up for local mathcore band Meek Is Murder too.
Crystal Castles, Kero Kero Bonito, No Age @ Studio E
What's left of Crystal Castles (aka not Alice Glass) headlines this show which has a cool bill all around, with kitschy pop group Kero Kero Bonito and noisy duo No Age.
Peter Silberman (of The Antlers), Dave Harrington's Drunken Forest @ Trans Pecos
It feels like it's about time for a new Antlers album (2014's Familiars remains great and underrated), but meanwhile frontman Peter Silberman will play a solo show tonight. Opening is Dave Harrington of Darkside with his band Drunken Forest.
Beverly @ Rough Trade
Beverly celebrate the release of their terrific second album with this free, all-ages matinee show. 1:30 PM, no wristband required.
Ought, Priests, Florist @ Silent Barn
This is a great triple bill featuring Montreal's hyperliterate, occasionally Fall-esque Ought, the pure dynamite that is DC band Priests, and Brooklyn's Florist.
New York Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off, Jonathan Toubin (DJ), Ian Svenonius (DJ Set), Chain and the Gang, The Mystery Lights, Roya @ Market Hotel
Jonathan Toubin's party/competition Soul Clap has a special Market Hotel edition tonight with three killer bands, including Ian Svenonius' Chain & the Gang, playing before the dancing begins. Bands from 8:30 PM, the dance-off starts at midnight.
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!” Sold out but a limited number of tickets given away free each night via lottery.
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.
Music Band, A. Rex and J. Rex, MPHO @ Alphaville
Nashville riff-rockers Music Band, who are in contention for “Most UnGoogleable Band Name,” just released their new album Wake Up Laughing via JEFF the Brotherhood’s Infinity Cat label. Like JEFF, their music is party-forward.
Juju, Jordache, Joey Anderson, Palms Trax, Antenes, Clay Wilson, Bryan Kesenic, Dekmantel Soundsystem @ Good Room (RBMA)
Part of the Red Bull Music Academy, this club night pits DJs from Amsterdam’s Dekmantel and New York City’s The Bunker against each other. The predicted winner? Everyone who's there to dance.
Royal Oakie Fest ft. Everyone Is Dirty, The Perennials, Oliver Ray, Deep Ellum, Savants, Zeb Zaitz, Bodega Bay, Nick Flessa, Wicked Winds @ IDIO Gallery
Part of the kickoff for Yasamine June's art exhibition at IDIO Gallery, this three day music festival brings together bands from both coasts. More info here.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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