You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Lana Del Rey @ Jones Beach
Lana Del Rey returned this year with the personal, subdued Norman Fucking Rockwell!, an album which showed her at the top of her lyrical game.
The Brooklyn Flea Record Fair
It's the fall edition of the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair, which features a mix of tables from independent labels (Matador, Mute, Rough Trade, Mexican Summer, Ba Da Bing!, more), local record stores (Academy, Captured Tracks, Human Head, more) and vintage vinyl vendors. 11 AM - 6 PM.
Nick Cave (an evening of talk and music) @ Lincoln Center -- Rose Theater
Nick Cave begins his first of two sold-out "Conversations With" events in NYC tonight, where the legendary artist encourages fans to "ask him anything" in an intimate setting. He notes if things stagnate, he'll have a piano on stage, just in case.
King Crimson @ Radio City Music Hall
Prog legends King Crimson have made all kinds of music throughout their lengthy, fruitful career, from the post-psychedelia insanity of their 1969 debut In the Court of the Crimson King to the proto-prog-metal of 1974's Red to the new wave of 1981's Discipline, and so much more. (If you need to catch up on all of it, their albums are finally on Spotify.) They're on their 50th anniversary tour as we speak, and their current lineup has bandleader Robert Fripp joined by Mel Collins, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Gavin Harrison, Jakko Jakszyk, Bill Rieflin, and Jeremy Stacey.
Asbury Park's Sea.Hear.Now festival kicks off its second edition at the city's Bradley Park and surrounding boardwalk, and today will feature a wide range of notable acts, including Sharon Van Etten, Bad Religion, Cat Power, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, The Struts, Beach Rats, and tons more.
Ride, The Spirit of the Beehive @ Brooklyn Steel
UK shoegaze greats Ride released the terrific This is Not a Safe Place, their second album since reforming, earlier this summer. The album found them back in the groove, in tune with what made people liked about them in the first place, and looking forward too.
Ride (signing) @ Rough Trade
Earlier in the day, Ride will be signing copies of This is Not a Safe Place (and other Ride records the store has in stock). 1 PM.
Madonna @ BAM: Brooklyn Academy of Music
Madonna’s Madame X tour has begun with a 17-show run at BAM, some of the most intimate shows of her career. The show is heavy on her new album but it’s a rare chance to get up close and personal with Madge.
Ken Stringfellow (of The Posies) @ Mercury Lounge
Ken Stringfellow of The Posies released his terrific second solo album, Touched, on September 11, 2001 and he tells us “just nine days later, I found myself performing in NYC at the Mercury Lounge, a highly emotional evening, to say the least.” For Mercury Lounge’s continued 25th anniversary celebration, he’s performing it in full. UK folk legend Bridget St. John makes for a great double bill.
Rule Breakers Festival: Lizzo, Betty Who, Jesse Jo Stark, Abir, Special Guests @ Prospect Park
Digital magazine Bustle is putting on their "Rule Breakers Festival" in Prospect Park today, which is being promoted as "a day-long celebration featuring live performances from this year's most exciting femme-identifying artists." Breakout pop singer Lizzo is headlining, and the fest is promising surprise guests appearances, as well as roller skating fun.
Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band, Amanda Shires @ Beacon Theatre
Josh Ritter stops by Beacon Theatre as part of his current North American tour, behind this year's Jason Isbell-produced Fever Breaks. The album also includes contributions from Amanda Shires, who opens for Josh tonight.
NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off, The Detroit Cobras, Miranda and The Beat @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Jonathan Toubin brings his regular Soul Clap & Dance-Off party to Brooklyn Bazaar, with special performances from garage vets The Detroit Cobras and local band Miranda and The Beat.
Blanck Mass, Helm, Steve Hauschildt @ Elsewhere
Harsh electronic project Blanck Mass, better known as Fuck Buttons' Benjamin John Power, brings material from his great new album Violence Mild to Elsewhere tonight.
Operator Music Band, B Boys, Hypoluxo @ Elsewhere
Brooklyn’s Operator Music Band pull from bloopy neo-krautrock, nervous post-punk, nerdy new wave, ’80s No Wave, and early house techno and make it their own on Duo Duo, which just came out yesterday. They'll be celebrating its release tonight.
Conflict, Public Serpents @ Gran Torino
UK anarcho-punks Conflict are still going strong, and they're in the US this week and returning to Brooklyn tonight.
Lee Scratch Perry, SubAtomic Soundsystem @ Industry City
Legendary dub pioneer Lee "Scratch" Perry has decades of albums under his belt, the latest being this year's Rainford, and he'll head to Industry City tonight as part of the venue's ongoing summer concert series.
Immolation, Blood Incantation @ The Kingsland
Yonkers death metal vets Immolation are playing some hometown-area shows this weekend, and opening all of them is the very promising up-and-coming death metal band Blood Incantation, who just announced their sophomore record earlier this week.
Colin Self, Eartheater @ The Sultan Room
Colin Self's Siblings was one of last year's most unique gems, thanks to its blend of out-there dance music and gorgeous pop. Colin brings those songs and more to Brooklyn with local experimental artist Eartheater tonight.
Allah-Las, Frank Locrasto @ Union Pool
Allah-Las new album, LAHS, is out in a couple weeks and they’ve got two Union Pool shows this weekend that serve as both a preview and a release show (copies of the LP might be at the merch table).
Pond, The Muckers @ Warsaw
Aussie psych band Pond head to Brooklyn's Warsaw tonight, as part of their current US tour behind this year's Tasmania.
Tinariwen @ Webster Hall
Storied Tuareg band Tinariwen recently released their new album Amadjar, which features Cass McCombs, Nick Cave collaborator Warren Ellis, Sunn O)))'s Stephen O'Malley, and more, and it's got a lively, psychedelic sound that should translate very well to the live stage tonight.
Necrofest @ Saint Vitus
Brooklyn's new metal, punk, and hip hop festival Necrofest went under way last night, and today's festivities are sure to include a diverse mix of cool acts.
Mike Adams At His Honest Weight, Cool Original @ ALPHAVILLE
Power poppers Mike Adams at His Honest Weight recently released new album There is No Feeling Better.
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