You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Kacey Musgraves, Conor Oberst, The Felice Brothers @ McCarren Park (Northside)
Conor Oberst spent most of last year focusing on his punk band Desaparecidos, but this week he’ll be back in New York to focus on his quieter music. His solo shows usually include plenty of stuff by his beloved band Bright Eyes, plus Monsters of Folk songs are fair game too (probably no Desaparecidos). It also seems likely that openers Felice Brothers will join him on stage for a song or two. Also very exciting is co-headliner Kacey Musgraves, one of country-pop’s biggest crossovers of the past few years. Part of that is because she’s often closer to regular pop than country-pop — she covers Nancy Sinatra and Gnarls Barkley, and fans of either of those artists would like Kacey too. But she certainly has plenty of country signifiers, including a recent collaboration with one of the genre’s true heroes, Willie Nelson.

Punk Rock Bowling
The awesome Punk Rock Bowling festival is coming to Asbury Park for its first time this year, and it begins in proper today. The lineup is stacked with legendary punk bands like Descendents (whose first album since 2004 is on the way), the reunited Dag Nasty (with original singer Shawn Brown), and the UK's Subhumans; '90s melodic-hardcore representation from H2O and 88 Fingers Louie; and cool newcomers like Italy's glammy Giuda and Long Island's ripping Iron Chic. There also cool aftershows at Wonder bar and The Stone Pony.

Mudcrutch (w/ Tom Petty) @ Webster Hall
Mudcrutch, Tom Petty‘s pre-Heartbreakers band that were initially around in the early ’70s but didn’t record an album until 2008, are reunited this year for live shows and a second album. This is their second of two nights at Webster Hall.

Grouper @ National Sawdust (two shows) (Northside)
Experimental, ambient pop musician Grouper has been consistently great for quite a while now and her most recent album, 2014’s Ruins, remains one of the best recent albums of its kind. Main member Liz Harris hasn’t done a Grouper show in NYC since its release, so these shows feel like they’ve been a long time coming. The late show is being opened by Yowler, the very good bare-bones solo project of Maryn Jones (All Dogs, Saintseneca, etc).

Cymande, KING, Deva Mahel, DJ Parler @ Central Park Summerstage
British psychedelic soul/funk vets Cymande put out some classic material in the early '70s that continued to gain recognition over time, especially as the group became heavily sampled in hip hop, and eventually Cherry Red reissued their first three albums in 2014. Last year, the band -- still with original members Steve Scipio (Bass, vocals) Patrick Patterson (Guitar, vocals) Sam Kelly (Drums) Mike Rose (Sax, flute, percussion) Pablo Gonsales (Percussion, vocals) and Derek Gibbs (Sax) (but without original vocalists Ray King & Joey Dee and saxist Peter Serreo) — put out their first album since 1981. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows this month, and it's with quickly-rising LA R&B trio KING. It's totally free.

Warm Up 2016 ft. DJ Premier, Flava D, Deantoni Parks, Fatima Yamaha, London O'Connor, Bearcat @ MoMA PS1
The summer series that has you dancing all day under the hot sun, Warm Up, begins today. Headlining is hip hop legend DJ Premier, who's done beats for Illmatic, Gang Starr, Biggie, Jay Z, and more, and still puts out good stuff today.

Lotic (1:30am), Rabit (12:30am), Marshstepper (11:30pm), Priests (10:30pm), Breadwoman (9:30pm), David Vassalotti (8:30pm) @ Saint Vitus (Northside)
Pitchfork's Northside showcase leans pretty experimental this year, with Tri Angle-signed electronic musicians Lotic and Rabit, the insane Destruction Unit-related proejct Marshstepper, post-punks Priests, the first US show from veteran music/performance art project Breadwoman (aka Anna Homler and Steven Warwick), and a solo set from Merchandise guitarist David Vassalotti.

Frankie Cosmos (playing songs from Liz Phair's 'Exile in Guyville'), Ava Luna (playing songs from Serge Gainsbourg's 'Histoire de Melody Nelson'), Deradoorian (playing songs from Black Sabbath's 'Master of Reality) @ Rough Trade (Northside)
The 33 1/3 book series is presenting this show, which has artists covering music off classic albums that have been given the 33 1/3 treatment. Frankie Cosmos is doing Liz Phair’s Exile In Guyville, which is a pretty great fit as Frankie likely owes a thing or two to that album. Then, Ava Luna should bring needed swagger — and giddy strings — to Serge Gainsbourg’s pervy concept album Histoire de Melody Nelson. The one that will surely be the most unpredictable, if not the most exciting, is Deradoorian taking on material from Black Sabbath’s 1971 doom metal blueprint Master of Reality. Deradoorian usually plays otherworldly art pop — will she go doom for this, or will she turn Sabbath songs into something that sounds more like Deradoorian songs? Either one should be interesting.

King Khan & The Shrines (10pm), Giorgio Murderer (9pm), Las Rosas (8pm) @ Brooklyn Bowl (Northside)
Few blend garage rock and soul as well as King Khan, whose shows are always a crazy party. Opening are Mississippi's one-man-band Giorgio Murderer, and Brooklyn's own Las Rosas.

PC Worship (1am), Future Punx (12am), Pill (11:15pm), Heaven's Gate (10:30pm), Beth Israel (9:45pm), The Numerators (9pm), Holly Overton (8:15pm) @ Alphaville (Northside)
This is the Dull Tools Northside showcase which is a pretty stacked bill of mostly local acts, including nu-wavers Future Punks, and the sax-fueled skronk of Pill.


Psychic Ills (11pm), Weyes Blood (10pm), She-Devils (9pm) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Northside)
The duo that is Psychic Ills just dropped Inner Journey Out, their latest exploration of blissful drone-and-zone-out sounds that isn’t unlike an Americana take on Spacemen 3. Opening tonight is the enchanting Weyes Blood, and Montreal’s sample-heavy She-Devils.

Savak (5:15pm), Big Quiet (3:25pm), Honey Radar (2:30pm) @ Union Pool (Northside)
Fans of garage, punk and garagepunk, you could just hang out Union Pool for the whole of Saturday with two very good showcases. The afternoon hosts the Unblinking Ear showcase with SAVAK (ex Obits/Nation of Ulyses & more), Philly/Indianapolis’ Honey Radar (who get compared to Guided by Voices a lot, in a good way), power pop band Big Quiet, and the "secret guest" is... The Gotobeds.

WALL, Posse, Honey, Cottaging, Jeff Zagers @ Union Pool (Northside)
it’s the Warf Cat showcase with Brookyn’s shouty and highly strung Wall, Seattle’s dreamy Posse, and the Detroit-style rock of Honey.

The Gotobeds @ BVCMJ 2016 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The Gotobeds @ BVCMJ 2016 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

B Boys, The Gotobeds (12:15 am), Comfy (11:45 pm) @ Knitting Factory (Northside)
This late show (11:45 PM doors/start) features Pittsburgh’s The Gotobeds who deliver pointed, caustic lyrics with equally jagged hooks, and deliver a messy (in a good way) live show. (Their debut for Sub Pop is out fresh now.) Interestingly, The Gotobeds are named after Wire’s drummer and are here paired with B Boys who sound like Wire.

Xeno & Oaklander (10:30pm), Boy Harsher (9:30pm), Public Memory (8:30pm) @ Palisades (Northside)
Xeno & Oaklander make synthpop the oldfashioned way, literally, with virtually no equipment that didn't exist in 1981. Their new album Topiary is the most accomplished yet.

Homeshake (10:30pm), Michael Rault (9:30pm), Stonefield (8:30pm), Yonatan Gat (7:45pm), Boulevards (7pm) @ Baby's All Right (Northside)
This is the Panache showcase, featuring Canadian band (and Mac-DeMarco-related) Homeshake, the jangly Michael Rault, and onetime Monotonix member Yonatan Gat.

Flowers, Expert Alterations, Mercury Girls, Kip Berman (of The Pains - DJ set), Drew Citron (of Beverly - DJ set) @ Cake Shop
Kanine and Slumberland Records are presenting this fun night of indiepop featuring UK band Flowers, Baltimore's Expert Alterations and Philly's Mercury Girls. In between sets Drew From Bevery, Kip from Pains of Being Pure at Heart and BV editor Bill Pearis will spin tunes.

Royce da 5'9" @ Baby's All Right (Northside)
Detroit rapper Royce da 5’9″ of Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil (with Eminem), and PRhyme (with DJ Premier), released his latest solo album Layers earlier this year. He celebrates in NYC with this Northside show.

Pity Sex (5 PM), PWR BTTM, Benny Sings, Petal @ Bedford Ave. & N. 5th Street (Northside)
This is a pretty cool show, with shoegaze revivalists Pity Sex, glittery punk duo PWR BTTM, and Scranton indie rockers Petal.

It's day two of the US edition of electronic music festival Mysteryland at Bethel Woods (the location of the original Woodstock), and highlights today include Skrillex, Young Thug, Tchami, Allan Kingdom, Hercules & Love Affair, John Digweed, Jimmy Edgar, and more.

Mysteryland in the City ft. OWSLA Takeover w/ Skrillex, Mija, DJ Marfox, Liondub @ Output
If you're not upstate at Mysteryland but want a taste of it right here in NYC, this OWSLA takeover at Output (a more intimate place than Skrillex normally plays) may do the trick. Advance tickets are sold out but some tickets will be available at the door.

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