You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Jay Prince, Anik Khan @ Rough Trade
Jay Prince is a British rapper who sounds more than a little like Kendrick Lamar, and he's over on our shores in support of his recent Beautiful Mercy EP which features Allan Kingdom and more.
Craw, STATS, Black Black Black @ Saint Vitus
Cleveland post-rock/post-hardcore band Craw put out three albums in the ’90s (all recorded with Steve Albini) and then their final album, 2002’s Bodies for Strontium, which came out on Hydra Head. They were recently reissued on Northern Spy, and in celebration of those reissues, the band have reunited for some shows.
Shearwater, Cross Record @ Bell House
Shearwater’s new album Jet Plane and Oxbow is another winner, and it’s nothing if not ambitious. Tonight’s their second of two NYC shows on this tour, and it's a good double will with atmospheric Texas duo Cross Record.
Starchild and The New Romantic, Gemma @ Baby's All Right
If you miss the days of early '80s R&B pop, Starchild and the New Romantic have you covered.
Protex, Unnatural Axe, Wyldlife, Games, P.M.S. and The Mood Swings @ Grand Victory
Belfast, Ireland’s Protex came from the same scene as The Undertones and both bands have similar sonics: hyperactive, punky powerpop. The band were only together for three years (’78-’80) but reformed in 2010 and have been going since. The rest of the lineup is well-suited with greasy-haired, jean-jacketed garage powerpop.
Tracy Morgan @ The Paramount
After nearly dying in a horrific auto accident, Tracy Morgan has made a great recovery and is currently sharpening his comedy chops on this tour.
Psychic TV, Wetware, Voodoo Medicine Man @ Trans Pecos
Psychic TV's two-night celebration at Trans-Pecos back in January got squashed by Winter Storm Jonas, but they've regrouped and have rescheduled it for this weekend.
Bent Shapes, Big Quiet, Scupper, Summer Saints @ Union Pool
Boston's Bent Shapes just released new album Wolves of Want, that's shows off their penchant for scrappy powerpop. Tonight's the record release show.
Kath Bloom with Flo and Byl Cote, Ember Schrag @ Union Pool (2 PM)
This is a free afternoon show with veteran cult folk singer Kath Bloom. She put out some great records in the early '80s that were way ahead of their time, and she's made quality music as recently as last year's Pass Through Here.
Tinashe, Jahkoy @ Webster Hall
Tonight, two rooms in Webster Hall host separate shows from forward-thinking R&B singers. In the Grand Ballroom, it's Tinashe who got pretty famous for her DJ Mustard-produced, Schoolboy Q-featuring single "2 On" and who has continued to prove herself as an exciting artist. Her new album, Joyride, can't come soon enough. Also...
D∆WN, Sonya Teclai, Abir @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
…In the Marlin Room it's D∆WN (aka Dawn Richard), who is about to complete a trilogy of albums, each of which are pretty drastically different. Anyone have tickets to both shows and trying to see a little of both?
Brian Fallon, Jared Hart, Austin Plaine @ Starland Ballroom
Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon is taking the solo route this year and released his debut album Painkillers yesterday. It’s not a million miles away from his main band, and should appeal to any Gaslight fans.
Mike Birbiglia @ The Lynn Redgrave Theater
Comedian Mike Birbiglia has been doing his show “Thank God for the Jokes” for nearly two years. He’s putting it to bed, but not before this run which just got extended through May.
Horse Meat Disco, Honey Dijon, Discodromo @ Output
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.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
Follow BrooklynVegan on instagram.