You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Yo La Tengo @ Loews Jersey Theatre
Yo La Tengo are one of New Jersey's finest bands and tonight they play a very special show at the recently renovated, gorgeous Loews Jersey Theatre. This should be a special night.
Photay, Anna Wise ft. Sonnymoon @ Baby's All Right
Anna Wise is best known for singing on several Kendrick Lamar songs, but she's about to release her own EP of R&B-ish pop and so far the singles sound very promising. After her set, electronic musician Photay should keep the place moving.
Kool Keith @ Joe's Pub
People throw the term “eccentric” around, but veteran (ultramagnetic) MC is in a different universe, having stayed resolutely weird for the last 25 years.
Cian Nugent, Endless Boogie @ Alphaville
Dublin’s Cian Nugent made a name for himself as a skilled musician via his first two albums which were both mostly instrumental. For his new album, he’s doing something different: singing. Night Fiction, which is out via Woodsist, finds him to be a talented lyricist and capable singer as well. Fans of Kevin Morby, Kurt Vile and other noodle-friendly post-VU guitar pop, take note.
Buraka Som Sistema @ Webster Hall
Portuguese electro outfit Buraka Som Sistema are celebrating 10 years of joyous dance music tonight.
Wildhoney, Parrot Dream, Arc Waves, The Mells @ Cake Shop
There are no shortage of bands these days borrowing from the late '80s shoegaze scene, but few bands put as much emphasis on songwriting as Baltimore's Wildhoney. Cream of the hazy crop.The Cult @ Wellmont Theatre
Having dabbled in goth, AC/DC-style riff rock and tribal mysticism, The Cult remain centered around Billy Duffy’s muscular guitarwork and Ian Astbury’s powerful pipes.
Tau Cross, Morne, Trenchgrinder @ Acheron
Tau Cross is something of a supergroup, fronted by Rob "The Baron" Miller of crust punk pioneers Amebix and featuring Michel Langevin of prog-thrash vets Voivod on drums. Last year's self-titled debut album rips as hard as you'd hope from a lineup like this one.
Brooklyn Folk Festival @ Saint Ann's Church
Brooklyn Folk Festival is back, with a mix of performances and fun workshops, events and activities. Check out the full schedule here. This is day two.
Zero Boys, Citizen Blast Kane @ Grand Victory
Midwest punk greats Zero Boys released their classic debut album Vicious Circle back in 1982, but they don't just exist as a nostalgia band. They put out a new record (Monkey) as recently as 2014.
Lenny Kaye, Gemma Ray @ The Owl
Punk as we know it probably wouldn't exist without Lenny Kaye, who helped compile the legendary Nuggets compilation and who has been a member of Patti Smith's band for almost her entire career.
Michael Hurley, The Horse-Eyed Men @ Union Pool
Having spent time in the ’60 Greenwich Village scene with his work covered by Holy Modal Rounders (who he also collaborated with) and others, acclaimed folk songwriter and performer Michael Hurley has remained active and prolific into his 70s. Tonight's his first of two sold-out Union Pool shows this weekend.
Pharoah Sanders @ Birdland (two shows)
Free-jazz legend Pharoah Sanders backed John Coltrane early in his career, and he quickly became a bandleader of his own and released such classic records as 1969’s Karma. He wraps up his residency at Birdland tonight.
A-Trak @ Flash Factory
Once a tour DJ for Kanye West, now a leader in dance music and hip hop, A-Trak takes over new-ish NYC club Flash Factory tonight.
Laura Gibson, The Brother Brothers @ Joe's Pub
Singer/songwriter Laura Gibson moved across the country and ran into some serious hardships since her last album, and her new LP on Barsuk, Empire Builder, reflects that brilliantly.
Sophie, Jeffrey Sfire @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
UK electronic music and PC Music associate SOPHIE has a distinct, rubbery sound, and it's certainly catching on. This show has been sold out for a while. After it ends...
Sophie, Jimmy Edgar, Doss @ Secret Brooklyn Warehouse
…he'll head to a secret location in Brooklyn and team up with the more veteran producer, Jimmy Edgar.
Uniform, Latisha's Skull Drawing, Bambara, Conduit @ Saint Vitus
Uniform's hardcore-inspired noise shows are seriously intense, and they're usually over and done with in just a few minutes.
The Unlovables, Crazy and The Brains, Houseboat, Shellshag @ Shea Stadium
This is a cool bill, with the recently back-in-action Ramonesy band The Unlovables, the xylophone-fueled punks Crazy and the Brains, and the eccentric DIY duo Shellshag.
Dion, Ronnie Spector @ Kings Theatre
Dion is the voice behind some of the most iconic songs of early rock n' roll era, including "The Wanderer," "Teenager in Love," "Runaround Sue," and "Where Or When". Paired with the great Ronnie Spector it should be a nice night of pop nostaligia at one of Brooklyn's toniest spots
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.
Abra, Sporting Life, Alex Russell, Bruce Smear @ Sunnyvale
The Awful Records-signed Abra makes experimental R&B, as recently heard on her great 2015 LP Rose.
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