You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Ted Leo, Big Huge, Azur Swan, Jean Grae @ Seaport Music Festival
The Seaport Music Festival celebrates its 15 year anniversary with this four day event, tonight headlined by SMF regular Ted Leo, plus Big Huge, Azar Swan and Jean Grae. 4 PM start. Sunday's show has The Make-Up, Martin Rev, James Chance, Kid Congo and more.
Guided By Voices, Built to Spill, Kilo Kish, Okkervil River, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Sadies @ Brooklyn Hangar (OctFest)
Presented by Pitchfork's beer site, October, Octfest brings together craft beer and a pretty great lineup of indie rock, with a one-two punch of Guided by Voices and Built to Spill. Your admission also gets you unlimited tastings of over 40 craft beers.
Depeche Mode, Warpaint @ Madison Square Garden
Synthpop icons Depeche Mode are on their Global Spirit tour which, judging by recent setlists, mixes it up pretty evenly between newer material and old favorites like "A Question of Lust," "Eveything Counts," and "Personal Jesus." If you're going tonight, do get there early for Warpaint.
Willie Nelson, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real @ Jones Beach
Willie Nelson, who is 84 and still going strong, brings his “Outlaw Music Festival” to the NYC area with a whole host of great other musicians, including The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Margo Price and his son, Lucas.
Oh Sees, Oceans of the Moon @ Warsaw
Having just announced their 20th album, John Dwyer's ever morphing Oh Sees (currently in a killer two-drummer configuration) play their first of three NYC shows tonight.
Joshua Light Show, Man Forever, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith @ NYU Skirball Center
Joshua Light Show have been pairing phantasmagoric projected visuals with live music for 50 years. They’ll be pulling out all the old-school psych stops for this second of two special anniversary celebration shows.
Weekend, Ice Choir, Frankie Rose (DJ) @ Saint Vitus
It's been four years since heavy shoegazers Weekend released Jinx. They're currently working on their third album and will be playing a few new ones at this show tonight. Kurt Feldman's ultra-'80s project Ice Choir opens and Frankie Rose is DJing. Sounds like a fun (and loud) night.
Annie Hart, Raia Was, Harkin @ Union Pool
Apart from those appearances on Twin Peaks: The Return, Au Revoir Simone are in hibernation mode but Annie Hart is making similar, terrific music on her own -- she just released her solo debut, Impossible Accomplice. Also on the bill tonight: onetime Sky Larkin frontperson Katie Harkin who has also played in Sleater-Kinney and is part of Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile's new band.
Chris Cohen, Cut Worms, Olden Yolk @ Murmrr Theatre
Chris Cohen makes airy, baroque pop and plays tonight with Cut Worms and Olden Yolk (aka Shane Butler of Quilt).
Pete Townshend's 'Classic Quadrophenia' @ The Metropolitan Opera
While The Who are also touring this year, the band's mastermind Pete Townshend is also bringing an orchestral presentation of the band's 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia on his own tour with Billie Idol, tenor singer, Alfie Boe, and an orchestra (like he did when he premiered this project in London in 2015). This is the first of two nights in NYC.
Danzig, Corrosion of Conformity, Mutoid Man @ The Wellmont Theater
Danzig is playing his classic Danzig III: How the Gods Kill at Riot Fest next week, but first he's in the NYC-area for two shows with crossover vets Corrosion of Conformity and bluesy Converge/Cave In offshoot Mutoid Man.
Angel Du$t, Jesus Piece, Microwave, Praise, Jukai, Westpoint, Year Of The Knife, Jake Clarke, Glory, Queensway, Illusion, The Fight, Incendiary, All Out War @ GameChangerWorld (Back to School Jam)
Annual NJ hardcore fest Back to School Jam is back (after a bit of drama and a lineup/venue change) with Angel Du$t, Jesus Piece, Incendiary, All Out War, and more.
Prophets of Rage @ The Stone Pony
Prophets of Rage is the supergroup featuring the non-Zack de la Rocha members of Rage Against the Machine, DJ Lord and Chuck D of Public Enemy, and B-Real of Cypress Hill, and they play songs by all three of those groups. In today's political climate, a Prophets of Rage show sounds like a pretty great place to be.
Fionn Regan, Caroline Rose @ Bowery Ballroom
Following Bon Iver prominently sampling Fionn Regan on last year's 22, A Million, Fionn returned with his own new album, The Meetings of the Waters, which should also appeal to Bon Iver fans.
GBH, The Casualties, Down With Rent @ Gramercy Theatre
UK street punk vets GBH are releasing their new album Momentum in November on Tim Armstrong's Epitaph imprint Hellcat, and playing Riot Fest next week. First, they bring their tour to NYC with local vets The Casualties (who, as of a few months ago, have a new lead singer).
Blackalicious @ Rocks Off Cruise
Alt-rap vets Blackalicious are still going strong, and boarding a cruise in NYC tonight.
Secret Chiefs 3 @ Monty Hall
Secret Chiefs 3 are on tour with another Mr. Bungle-related band, Dead Cross, and will open their upcoming NYC shows. First, they play their own Jersey City show tonight.
Nicole Atkins, Jeremy and the Harlequins @ Mercury Lounge
Singer/songwriter released her long-in-the-works new album Goodnight Rhonda Lee this past July, and she supports it in NYC tonight.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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