You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Sound of Ceres, Pick a Piper, Stranger Cat @ Sunnyvale
After three acclaimed albums with hazy sunshine pop group Candy Claws, Karen and Ryan Hover formed new project, Sound of Ceres, whose sound is ethereal, orchestral and lost in space.
Robyn Hitchcock, Emma Swift @ Grand Victory
Robyn was a highlight of both Bowie tributes this week, and now has two shows at the impossibly tiny Grand Victory. Just as entertaining between songs as when singing, folks who got tickets for this sold-out show are in for a treat.
Laura Stevenson, Crying, Chris Farren, Anika Pyle @ Mercury Lounge
After doing the singer/songwriter thing, Laura Stevenson went for a more punked-up album with 2015's <i>Cocksure</i>. She's touring in continued support of that, and tonight's her first of two NYC shows with chiptune punks Crying and Antarctigo Vespucci/Fake Problems' Chris Farren. Making this show even better is a solo set from former Chumped/current Katie Ellen singer Anika Pyle.
Young Fathers, HXLT @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Genre-crossing UK hip hop band Young Fathers have gotten a lot of buzz in their home country, and they're not doing too bad for themselves over here either -- tonight's show is sold out. Opening is another artist who dabbles in rap and elsewhere, HXLT, who's signed to Kanye's label.
Rihanna @ Prudential Center
Rihanna’s new album <i>ANTI</i> eschews radio bangers and often embraces the quieter sounds of “alt-R&B,” and it’s also her first to really work as an album. Tonight’s her first of two Barclays Center shows with Travi$ Scott, who’s featured on “Woo” on <i>ANTI</i> and who’s racking up a few hits of his own (“Antidote” is pretty unavoidable).
Tijuana Panthers, Fern Mayo, Hellbirds @ Alphaville
Southern California trio Tijuana Panthers keep things on the party side of the garage with some of it spilling into the beach.
Frankie Cosmos, Eskimeaux, Anna McClellan @ Shea Stadium
Frankie Cosmos’ new album <i>Next Time</i> is another batch of confessional, intimate-sounding songs. Tonight’s the second of two sold-out release shows at Shea with related band Eskimeaux. Frankie also plays Market Hotel in May.
The Men, No Ice, Junk Boys, Beach Craft Bonanza @ Aviv
Brooklyn punks The Men have been gigging a lot lately. Perhaps a new LP is in the works.
Wimps, Jounce, Washer, Clarke and the Himself's @ Berlin
Featuring ex members of The Intelligence and Meth Teeth, Seattle band Wimps make shouty post-punk, as can be heard on Suitcase which came out via Kill Rock Stars.
Small Black, Frankie Rose @ Bowery Ballroom
While we like the headliner just fine, we're excited to have Frankie Rose back in NYC after being on the West Coast for a couple years. Welcome back, Frankie!
The Budos Band, Mariachi Flor de Toloache @ Brooklyn Bowl
The black sheep of the Daptone label, Budos Band bring serious heaviosity to their funk, dabbling in hard rock and psych on their most recent album.
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 was recently extended through May.
St. Germain, Alex From Tokyo @ Webster Hall
As St. Germain, French musician and producer Ludovic Navarre helped shape the sound of chic, acid jazz inflected house that was omnipresent in the late ’90s at clubs, coffee shops, salons, swanky hotel lobbies and elsewhere. After 15 years in semi-hibernation, he returned last year with a new LP.
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