You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Guided by Voices, Park Doing @ Bowery Ballroom
Guided by Voices have two new album due in 2019, one of which is a double album, so maybe they’ll play a few of those amongst the 50-or-so others they’re bound to play tonight.
Destroyer @ Murmrr Theatre
Dan Bejar will soon be on tour with his New Pornagraphers bandmate Neko Case, but headlines this solo show tonight.
Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
It won’t be quite the same without the late Walter Becker but Donald Fagen is still leading Steely Dan who are here in the midst of a nine-show Beacon Theatre run where they’re playing whole LPs (plus “other favorites). Tonight, though Donald Fagen is playing his solo album The Nightfly in full, plus a set of Dan faves.
Junglepussy, Chynna, Bush Tea @ Elsewhere
NYC rapper Junglepussy continues to rise, and she just gets better and better, as this year's JP3 and her recent post-album singles have proven. Tonight she plays her hometown with fellow NYC rapper Chynna, who's been deservedly getting some buzz lately.
Swearin', Empath @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
After Swearin' went on hiatus and co-lead-singer Allison Crutchfield turned to her solo career, they reformed and the returned this year with their first album in five years (and first for Merge). This is their first NYC show since its release, and it's got buzzy noise rockers Empath opening.
Restorations, Wild Pink @ Rough Trade
Tiny Engines labelmates Restorations and Wild Pink both released very good albums this year, both of which taken on a different kind of heartland rock (Restorations are on the punk side, while Wild Pink are on the synthy indie rock side). They’re on tour now, hitting Wild Pink's NYC hometown tonight.
Pile, The Spirit of the Beehive, Bethlehem Steel @ Saint Vitus
Pile and The Spirit of the Beehive are two of the more unique bands to come out of the current Northeast DIY indie rock scene, and they make for a good pair. This is their second of two Vitus shows.
Lily Allen, S-X @ Terminal 5
Lily Allen's new album No Shame is darker and more personal than her music usually is. The new stuff came across very effectively at her small pre-release show in NYC earlier this year. Now she's back for a much larger gig.
Garbage, Rituals of Mine @ The Capitol Theatre
Garbage are on the road playing their classic Version 2.0 for its 20th anniversary, along with b-sides from the era. They're playing just outside of NYC tonight, and they'll be in Brooklyn next week.
Mirah, TubaFresh @ The Park Church Co-Op
Veteran indie singer/songwriter Mirah recently released her very solid new album Understanding, and tonight she celebrates with a show at Greenpoint's gorgeous Park Church Co-Op.
Murder By Death @ Asbury Lanes
Goth-country staples Murder by Death recently released their new album The Other Shore. Having just played two NYC shows, they play Asbury Park tonight.
Anna Burch, Fred Thomas, Common Holly @ Baby's All Right
This is a great bill all around of indie rock singer/songwriters. Anna Burch and Common Holly both sing on Fred Thomas' new album, so maybe there will be some on-stage collaboration tonight?
Candiria, Recon, Netherlands, Locked In A Vacancy, Seven)Suns @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Genre-defying heavy band Candiria reunited a few years back, then released a new album, and tonight they play their hometown for Rising Pulse's 10th anniversary celebration.
Caravela, Only Only, Winded, ManDancing @ Gold Sounds Bar
NYC indie/emo duo Caravela (whose members are also both in Moving Mountains) released their new album Ski earlier this year, and tonight they play their hometown before heading to The Fest. It's also worth catching new band Only Only (who have former members of the similarly named Caravels, and Prawn), who play their first show tonight.
The Vapors, Pajamazon, The Wants @ Mercury Lounge
New wave vets The Vapors were only briefly around in the late ’70s and early ’80s and released just two albums (the first of which produced their one hit, “Turning Japanese,”), and after reuniting in 2016 for the first time in 30+ years, they’re now finally playing NYC. They’re at Mercury Lounge for three sold-out nights. This is night two.
J Balvin, Mr. Eazi, DJ Michael Brun @ Barclays Center
Dancehall star J Balvin continues to cross over (thanks in part to collaborating with both Beyonce and Cardi B), and tonight his tour comes to Brooklyn for a huge show. Direct support comes from the Mad Decent-signed Nigerian pop singer Mr. Eazi.
Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud At 50! @ Apollo Theatre
Tonight, Harlem's historic Apollo Theatre hosts a James Brown tribute with Christian McBride, Fred Wesley (who played with James Brown back in the day), Rodney Jones, Eric Krasno, Bernard Fowler, Nona Hendryx, Rev. Al Sharpton, Lisa Fischer, Lee Fields, and more.
Golden Probe Awards w/ Margaret Cho, Lizz Winstead, Dan Savage, Natasha Lyonne, Jessica Pimental, Michelle Buteau, Kathy Najimy, Dulce Sloan, Taylor Schilling, Mae Whitman, Stormy Daniels @ Town Hall
Margaret Cho hosts this irreverent "awards show" that is being called “Sexism’s Most Glamorous Night,” and is "an extravaganza of comedy and music, created to raise awareness about the politicians running for office this fall who pose the biggest threat to reproductive rights!"
BRIC JazzFest @ BRIC HOUSE
BRIC JazzFest culminates in a three-night marathon with ensembles performing staggered sets in multiple spaces throughout BRIC House. Tonight: Terence Blanchard and The E-Collective, Brownout Presents: Fear of a Brown Planet ft. Third Root, Deva Mahal, Kat Edmonson, Arnetta Johnson & SUNNY, Resident Alien ft. Ali Sethi & Sunny Jain, Noa Fort, and Freelance.
The Psychedelic Furs @ St. George Theatre
It’s still okay to dance like Molly Ringwald, especially when seeing Richard and Tim Butler’s veteran alt-rock group trot out on the hits. “Love My Way,” “Into You Like a Train,” and “President Gas” still sound great.
Springsteen on Broadway
The Boss continues his sold-out “Springsteen on Broadway” run at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which runs through December. At these shows, Bruce is giving fans shows “that are as personal and as intimate as possible.”
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