It's Independence Day Weekend, you can check out our guide to all of the cool stuff going on. You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Fear Of Men, Puro Instinct, Ski Lodge @ Bowery Ballroom (BV Presents)
With the terrific new album Fall Forever just out, UK dreampop band Fear of Men have just started their tour with LA's Puro Instinct and BrooklynVegan is happy to be presenting the show. Ski Lodge open, and BV editor Bill Pearis will be DJing as well. Hope to see you there!

Silent Majority, Iron Chic, Primitive Weapons, GreenSleep @ Saint Vitus
If Long Island emo/hardcore means anything to you, the two Silent Majority reunion shows at Saint Vitus this weekend are pretty much unmissable. They only released one full length, 1997’s Life of a Spectator, and broke up before that sound really took off on a mainstream level, but their influence can be heard in plenty of the bands who did bring Long Island emo/hardcore to wider audiences (especially The Movielife). Tonight's a Rob Mcallister benefit and it features Rob’s former band Iron Chic, post-hardcore rippers Primitive Weapons (whose lineup includes LIHC vets and Saint Vitus owners), and another reunited LI band, GreenSleep.

Theo Parish, DJ Stingray, Lena Willikens, Kiki Kudo @ MoMA PS1
The dance parties under the sun in MoMA PS1's courtyard continue today with iconic Detroit house DJ Theo Parrish.

Paul Green Rock Academy & Gibby Haynes Plays The Butthole Surfers @ Highline Ballroom
The Butthole Surfers frontman will be playing songs from his ouevre backed by the kids from Paul Green Rock Academy. Probably no flaming cymbals at this show, though.

Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness @ PNC Bank Arts Center
While we wish Panic! at the Disco weren’t co-headlining, and this crazy large venue isn’t as fun as the places Weezer’s recent NYC shows were (Warsaw and Rough Trade), any chance to see Weezer is a good one. Their last two records were pretty well received as far as post-’90s Weezer albums go (even if they have some stinkers like “Back to the Shack” and “Thank God For Girls”), and when they play the old favorites, it still rocks.

Beth Israel, Borzoi, Leche @ Shea Stadium
Having relocated from Austin to Philly, Beth Israel make dark, dissonant post-punk with scratchy guitars and junkshop drum machines.

Heaven's Gate, Western Medication, Death Bells, Decorum @ Baby's All Right
More rock than shoegaze, Heaven's Gate are both textured and visceral. If you're heading to this show, don't miss the double-bass attack of openers Decorum.

Suppression, Geryon, Skullshitter, Hasj @ The Acheron
You can kill two birds with one stone tonight: catch legendary powerviolence band Suppression and catch one of the last shows at the sadly-departing Acheron. Suppression, the long-running project of label boss/Scott Hull bud/hardcore polymath Jason Hodges, weighs in at the venue with some quality support.

Suicideyear, Sharp Veins, DESE, Pleasure Centers, Serpentwithfeet, Ezra @ Knockdown (You Are Here)
You Are Here is a “multi sensory installation and living sculpture. It is activated by performers, musicians, dancers, and visitors. Audience members arrive at “You Are Here” with the intention of catching a particular presentation, but intentions are frustrated and transformed by the labyrinthine construction, all held together by a plethora of performance artists.”

Joe Jack Talcum (of Dead Milkmen), Space Merchants, F. Woods, Toby Goodshank @ The Cobra Club
You know Joe Jack Talcum as co-frontman of The Dead Milkmen, and singer on such '90s classics as "Punk Rock Girl." His "tandem solo" tour with F. Woods of F. Woods of Mercury Radio Theatre hits this yoga studio/coffee shop / bar tonight.

Cayetana, Casanova, Catlike, Back From Nothing @ Amityville Music Hall
Just outside of NYC, Philly's great indie-punks Cayetana play a Long Island show tonight.

Joe Bataan @ Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
It's become a tradition having latin soul great play Union Pool's free Summer Thunder series on Fourth of July weekend. It's definitely a great way to spend your Saturday afternoon.

Phish @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Some people like to use July 4th weekend to get away, and perhaps for the hippies among us, that means heading upstate and catching Phish’s 3-night run in Saratoga Springs. Night 2 of 3.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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