You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Taking Back Sunday, The Beaches @ Starland Ballroom
Taking Back Sunday have been on their 20th anniversary tour all year, and they conclude their annual two-night Holiday Spectacular at NJ’s Starland Ballroom tonight, with an opening set from Canadian alt-rock quartet The Beaches.
Gates of the West: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of London Calling @ Bowery Ballroom
Today is the actual 40th birthday of The Clash's iconic double album London Calling and on hand to celebrate tonight will be Debbie Harry, Eugene Hutz (Gogol Bordello), Fred Armisen, Jesse Malin, Living Colour’s Vernon Reid & Corey Glover, Julia Cumming (Sunflower Bean), Patrick Stickles (Titus Andronicus), Joseph Arthur, Tad Kubler (The Hold Steady), Dave Immergluck (Counting Crows), and more.
Mount Eerie, Julie Doiron @ St. Ann & The Holy Trinity
Phil Elverum's latest project as Mount Eerie is the collaborative Lost Wisdom, Pt. 2 with former Eric's Trip member Julie Dorion, and both will head to Brooklyn's St. Ann & The Holy Trinity, which will house the pair's songs in a unique ambience.
Tyler Childers, Liz Cooper and the Stampede @ Brooklyn Steel
Country singer Tyler Childers released his great, more psychedelic new album Country Squire this year. He's gearing up to go on a massive arena tour opening for his collaborator Sturgill Simpson next year, but first he's doing a headlining run that hits Brooklyn Steel for sold-out shows tonight and tomorrow.
Turnover, Men I Trust, Renata Zeiguer @ Webster Hall
This very appealing dream pop triple bill hits Asbury Park tonight, Manhattan on Saturday, and Brooklyn on Sunday.
Anders Osborne @ Brooklyn Bowl
New Orleans-via-Sweden songwriter Anders Osborne plays an intimate set at Brooklyn Bowl, behind this year's Buddha & The Blues.
Shredders, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Toki Wright, The Big Cats @ Elsewhere
Doomtree group Shredders (aka P.O.S, Sims, Lazerbreak, and Paper Tiger) released their sophomore album Great Hits this year, and they'll support it in NYC with quality local support from Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, who released his long-awaited official debut album this year as well.
Horse Meat Disco @ Elsewhere
This London-based four-man DJ collective are known for finding pearls in bins of forgotten disco 12″, having released a series of acclaimed compilations. Their real expertise comes into play at their DJ gigs, though. Just trust their taste…and the beat.
Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, Jade (from Oso Oso), Proper. @ House of Independents
Wonder Years singer Dan Campbell's folky side project Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties will perform their 2019 album Routine Maintenance in full for the first time ever at this sold-out Asbury Park show. They do it again tomorrow as well. Good openers both nights too.
Jandek @ Issue Project Room
While not quite as enigmatic as he was 15 years ago, outsider artist Jandek still inspires a cult following with his haunted folk.
Chris Fleming @ Murmrr Theatre
Comedian and actor Chris Fleming created the amazing web series Gayle and has also been in Comedy Central’s Corporate, Splitting Up Together, Netflix’s Last Laugh and Twelve Forever.
Live From Here with Chris Thile: Sara Bareilles, Los Lobos, Dave Hill, Maria Bamford, Sarah Jarosz, Cast members of West Side Story @ Town Hall
Chris Thile’s public radio show Live From Here is back again at Town Hall with Sara Bareilles, Los Lobos, comedian/BV contributor Dave Hill, comedian Maria Bamford, songwriter Sarah Jarosz, and cast members from the upcoming West Side Story Broadway revival.
Los Lobos @ New York Society for Ethical Culture
... and following their Live From Here appearance, Los Lobos have this headlining show at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, in lieu of their usual December show at City Winery (which is in-between locations).
OM, Emel Mathlouthi @ Pioneer Works
Sleep are going back on hiatus, but Al Cisneros' psychedelic band Om have a busy tour schedule ahead of them for 2020. First, they play Brooklyn tonight with support from the great Emel Mathlouthi, whose set is not to miss.
Curl Up & Die, Wreath Of Tongues @ Saint Vitus Bar
Las Vegas mathcore vets Curl Up and Die finally reunited this year, and this weekend they play their first NYC shows since they returned. Tonight has local support from Wreath of Tongues, while tomorrow will be with another great reunited Nevada band, Caravels.
The Fixx, Royston Langdon @ Sony Hall
The Fixx were one of the biggest UK new wave acts of the early '80s, with hits like "Saved by Zero" and "One Thing Leads to Another." They play tonight with former Spacehog frontman Royston Langdon.
Harry and the Potters, Potter Puppet Pals, Ashley Trix and the WZRDs, Draco and the Malfoys, Ashley Hamel, The Dead Ringers @ The Bell House
The annual Yule Ball, hosted by wizard rock duo Harry and the Potters, heads to The Bell House for its tenth year, with help from viral sensations Potter Puppet Pals, and fellow wizard rockers Ashley Hamel, Ashley Trix and the WZRDs, Draco and the Malfoys, and The Dead Ringers. Kimya Dawson was originally part of the ball but had to drop out due to injury.
New York Philharmonic w/ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in Concert @ David Geffen Hall
In other wizarding news, the New York Philharmonic is performing John Williams' score to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone alongside a screening of the film across four nights. This is night four.
Haley Heynderickx, Tre Burt @ The Sultan Room
Songwriter Haley Heynderickx, still riding high off last year's sparse I Need To Start A Garden, plays an intimate set at lovely Brooklyn venue The Sultan Room.
Holiday Label Fair @ Trans-Pecos
If you need to do some holiday shopping for the indie music fan in your life, Trans Pecos is hosting this Label Fair featuring tables from Fire Talk, Kanine, Wharf Cat, Dull Tools and more. It goes from 11 AM - 6 PM, and then there's a show with Fire Talk band Deeper and Russian Baths.
Slumberland 30 w/ Peel Dream Magazine, Jeanines, The Natvral, Lake Ruth, Pale Lights @ Union Pool
The great Slumberland Records turned 30 this year and while we wish there was one of their '90s-era bands on the bill (like Black Tambourine, Lilys or Aislers Set), this lineup from their current roster shows the label's future is bright.
Morbid Angel, Watain @ Warsaw
Death metal legends Morbid Angel are in the midst of a whopper of a tour that has them out with Swedish black metallers Watain and fellow US death metal vets Incantation. This triple bill lands in Brooklyn tonight.
You can also find quality entertainment on almost any night of the week at: Barbès bar and performance space in Park Slope, LunÀtico in Bed Stuy, Nublu in the East Village, Blue Note jazz club in the West Village, The Stone in multiple locations, Comedy Cellar in the West Village, and Q.E.D. comedy club in Astoria.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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