You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Bad Religion, The Explosion @ Brooklyn Steel
Punk lifers Bad Religion recently released their 17th album Age of Unreason, which takes on the Trump administration with the same worldview that they had on their sadly-still-relevant classics like "American Jesus." Their live show still rips, and their two NYC shows are extra special because they're the only two on the tour being opened by Boston punks The Explosion, whose shows are pretty rare these days. They wrap up a two-night NYC stand tonight.
Lou Reed Tai Chi Day: Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, Sartha Calhoun, Stewart Hurwood @ Prospect Park Bandshell
The late Lou Reed studied Tai Chi for 30 years and was a passionate advocate for the practice to promote mental and physical well-being. In honor of that, the inaugural International Lou Reed Tai Chi Day is being celebrated today. In Brooklyn there are morning events at Brooklyn Public Library and things culminate with this Celebrate Brooklyn! event featuring a demonstration by Tai Chi Master Ren who will be accompanied by a live performance of Reed’s “Drones” featuring Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, Sarth Calhoun and Stewart Hurwood. Then it's a screening of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Florist, Ami Dang @ Baby's All Right
Emily Sprague released her newest album under the Florist name, Emily Alone, just last week, and it's a solid collection of stripped-down, whispery folk, with some ambient textures weaved throughout. Those intimately-arranged songs will probably translate well live tonight, when she plays the smaller Baby's All Right.
Peter Murphy (performing "Love Hysteria") @ (le) poisson rouge
Peter Murphy is performing his entire solo catalogue -- plus nights of Bauhaus and a Bowie tribute -- across a 12-show LPR residency. Tonight its his 1988 solo album Love Hysteria which spawned the alt rock hits "All Night Long" and "Indigo Eyes."
Mike Krol, Swearin' @ White Eagle Hall
Mike Krol is a natural frontman with a punk intensity but with a rockstar aura. His album's not called Power Chords for nothing. Swearin' opens and Allison Crutchfield plays in Mike's band, too.
EPMD, Funk Flex @ Crotona Park
Long-running New York rap trio EPMD head to Queens' Crotona Park for a special show, celebrating both the 30th anniversary of their 1989 sophomore album Unfinished Business, and the birthday of legendary NYC DJ Funk Flex. Free.
Steve Gunn, Hand Habits @ Industry City
It's a great night for modern indie rock guitarists: headliner Steve Gunn is a subtle master, as is Hand Habits' Meg Duffy who for years was Kevin Morby's secret weapon.
Roy Wood Jr., Ronny Chieng, Julio Torres, Maeve Higgins @ Lincoln Center/Damrosch Park Bandshell
This free comedy show at Lincoln Center is part of the venue's annual, ongoing Out of Doors festival, and features a pretty solid lineup of comics, including The Daily Show's Roy Wood Jr. and Ronny Chieng, SNL writer and SNL writer and Los Espookys star Julio Torres, Irish comedian and "Butterboy" cohost Maeve Higgins, and more.
Barbara Streisand @ Madison Square Garden
It's Babs at MSG, what more do you need to know?
Bush Tetras, E Feat. Thalia Zedek @ Mercury Lounge
NYC post-punk legends Bush Tetras just dropped a new 7" single on Jack White's Third Man Records earlier this week, and they celebrate the release tonight at this one-off Mercury Lounge show.
Warm Up w/ Mall Grab, DJ Seinfeld, Ama Lou, Mr. Mitch, Flohio, Black Noi$e, Foozool, 8ulentina @ MoMA PS1
The dance parties under the sun continue with a handful of DJs/producers, UK R&B singer Ama Lou, UK rapper Flohio, and more.
NY Deathfest @ Saint Vitus
It's the seventh annual NY Deathfest and you probably know exactly what to expect from the name alone. This year's lineup is Immortal Suffering, Regurgitation, Afterbirth, Bound By The Grave, Holy Cost, Logistic Slaughter, Buzzherd, Gross, Inoculation, Gutted Christ, and Flesh Tomb.
Clutch, Killswitch Engage, Cro-Mags JM @ The Capitol Theatre
Riff rock lifers Clutch, melodic metalcore giants Killswitch Engage, and New York crossover vets Cro-Mags JM (John Joseph and Mackie's band) play the final NYC-area show of their tour tonight.
Casey Veggies, STVSH, WhyNotDuce, Hue, V3, Tre Capital @ S.O.B.'s
LA-based rapper and onetime Odd Future associate Casey Veggies' latest project was this year's Organic, his first album in four years. He'll promote the album at S.O.B.'s tonight.
Barry Manilow @ Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Born and raised in Williamsburg (take that, Karen O), Barry went on to write the songs that made the whole world sing (even if he didn’t write “I Write the Songs”). Like Morrissey before him, he’s doing a short run at the La Fontanne.
Homeboy Sandman, Randy Mason @ The Sultan Room at The Turk's Inn
Queens rapper and longtime Stones Throw artist Homeboy Sandman brings his eclectic style of hip hop to the newly-opened Bushwick restaurant/music venue Turk's Inn & The Sultan Room.
Disassociate, Locked in a Vacancy, Nihilistics, Rapid Deployment Force, Drones, Dryclean @ Tompkins Square Park
In commemoration of the 31st anniversary of the Tompkins Square Police Riot of August 6, 1988, Tompkins Square Park hosts punk shows today and tomorrow. This one's headlined by local grindcore vets Disassociate.
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