You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Diamanda Galas @ 257 W 118th Street (Red Bull Music Academy Fest)
Her voice is like no other. Avant-garde diva Diamanda Galas is performing new material at “Death Will Come and Will Have Your Eyes,” part of the Red Bull Music Academy. Final of three shows.
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, The Murlocs @ Bowery Ballroom
This Australian garage rock band take a few cues from Thee Oh Sees' wild showmanwhip but bring their own jazzy energy to the proceedings. Having just released the non-stop Nonagong Infinity, they play Bowery tonight.
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard @ Baby's All Right
...and then they jump in their van, head across the Williamsburg Bridge and play this late-night show at Baby's.
Land of Talk, Little Scream @ Baby's All Right
After a nearly five year absence, singer-guitarist Liz Powell restarted Land of Talk late last year. This is their first NYC show back.
Despot, Heems, Your Old Droog, Lakutis, Big Baby Gandhi, Spanish Broads @ Queens Museum
In conjunction with the Queens International exhibit, this show is happening with mostly Das Racist members and friends. Of particular note is Spanish Broads, the expanded lineup of Das Racist who played NYC six years ago but never again since.
Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! @ Gramercy Theatre (2 shows)
Scott Aukerman is taking Comedy Bang! Bang! on the road with Paul F. Tompkins, Lauren Lapkus, and Neil Campbell. This is their second of three sold-out nights at Gramercy, with two separate shows happening tonight.
Yeasayer, Young Magic, Grady Owens @ Irving Plaza
Yeasayer aren't the buzzy band they used to be, but they're still putting out great music. This year's Amen & Goodbye is an ambitious psych/art rock opus that's pretty out of step with the current trends.
Horse Feathers, Korey Dane @ Knitting Factory
Long-running Portland indie folkies Horse Feathers are still kicking, having last released So It Is With Us in 2014.
Rogue Wave, Rouge Wave, Hey Marseilles @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Rogue Wave’s new album ‘Delusions of Grand Fur’ adds an ’80s synth element to the band’s guitar pop sound which works rather nicely. If you’re going be sure to get there in time to see Annie Hart of Au Revoir Simone who is working on her first solo record.
Mark Pritchard & Jonathan Zawada: Under the Sun @ Red Bull Studios
Electronic musician Mark Pritchard just released his new album Under the Sun and it, among other things, features collaborations with Thom Yorke and Linda Perhacs. Tonight he’ll perform music from it with an “immersive audiovisual experience” made in collaboration with visual artist Jonathan Zawada, part of Red Bull Music Academy.
Astronautalis, Ceschi, Factor Chandelier @ Rough Trade
Long-running indie rapper Astronautalis just released his new album Cut The Body Loose, and tonight he celebrates in NYC.
Brooklyn Flea Record Fair @ Smorgasburg
The bi-annual vinyl extravaganza is back with tables from labels, some of your favorite local record stores, and used vendors. Plus: indie label heads will be DJing, too.
Animal Collective, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith @ Starland Ballroom
Animal Collective's output remains consistent, and even if their last great album was 2009's Merriweather Post Pavillion, newer releases still have plenty to like about them. Opener Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith is worth catching too.
Kode9, J-Cush, Dutch E Germ, Bekele Berhanu @ Trans Pecos
Hyperdub founder and dubstep OG Kode9 returned last year with Nothing, his first album since the untimely death of his frequent collaborator The Spaceape.
Galcher Lustwek, Anthony Naples, DUST, Aurora Halal, ITAl, Via App, UMFANG, Volvox, Max McFerren, Bookworms @ 592 Johnson
This Red Bull Music Academy event is called "Technopolis" bringing together some of the key players in the Brooklyn Club scene in this massive, multi-room space.
Dances, Dead Stars, Motion Studies, Cosmonaut, The Due Diligence, Dead Sexy Sheila, Agita @ Alphaville
Brooklyn zine 1.21 Gigawatts is shutting down, and they're saying goodbye with a final Gigawatts Festival.
Black N' Blue Bowl @ Webster Hall
Annual NYC hardcore festival Black N' Blue Bowl has yet another great lineup this year. There's the still-reunited melodic hardcore staples American Nightmare, highly influential SoCal vets Adolescents, NYHC vets Madball (Demonstrate My Style with Matt Henderson), a reunion from Billy Club Sandwich, and more.
Graham Nash @ Town Hall
As a member of The Hollies, CSNY, and as a solo artist, Graham Nash has written some of the most classic music of the last half-century. His current tour is in support of This Path Tonight, his first solo album in 14 years.
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.
Jose James @ Blue Note
Neo-soul great Jose James continues a residency at Blue Note, which has him playing two shows a night through Sunday.
Anvil, Lich King, Sunlord, Bloodwork, Jackpip, Another Days Amor @ Black Bear Bar
Anvil, the ’80s metal band who faded into obscurity until their , return to NYC tonight.
Horse Jumper of Love, Sioux Falls, Timeshares, Paper Streets @ Shea Stadium
There's some cool stuff on this bill, including twangy Long Island punks Timeshares, whose 2015 LP Already Dead is pretty great (and pretty overlooked). Lo-fi punks Sioux Falls have been getting some buzz lately too, and tonight's a good chance to check them out.
New York Guitar Festival
The New York Guitar Festival continues today with a massive guitar marathon that includes indie guitar greats Ryley Walker, William Tyler and Noveller, Living Colour's Vernon Reid, and much much more.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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