You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Kamasi Washington, Pharaoah Sanders, The Sun Ra Arkestra @ Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse (Red Bull Music Academy)
RBMA continues today with an awesome triple bill of artists from all over the jazz spectrum. There's recent breakout Kamasi Washington, who crossed over into the non-jazz world thanks in part to collaborations with Kendrick Lamar and Thundercat, and being signed to Flying Lotus' label. There's free jazz legend Pharoah Sanders, who once played as a John Coltrane sideman but quickly took off as a bandleader. And there's the Sun Ra Arkestra, the group led by former Sun Ra collaborators in the years since Sun Ra passed away.
Chelsea Wolfe, A Dead Forest Index @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Not too many people nail gothy pop with an approach as genuinely dark as Chelsea Wolfe. Her Sargent House labelmates A Dead Forest Index are worth catching too. This is the first of two NYC shows.
The Black Lips, Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, OCDPP @ Bowery Ballroom
Atlanta garage rockers The Black Lips always put on wild, memorable shows, and they're back in NYC for two nights this week. Both are with local organ-fueled punks Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, who are equally worth seeing. Opening this show is OCDPP, aka Cassie Ramone, Kristin Kontrol, and OJ from Xray Eyeballs.
Peelander-Z, Math the Band, Toranavox, Infinity Shred, Hard Nips @ Brooklyn Bowl
Speaking of wild, memorable shows, "Japanese Action Comic Punk" band Peelander-Z always put them on too. It's impossible to see this band and not smile.
Ought, Priests, Palberta @ Rough Trade
While different in approach, tonight features two bands with must-see live shows: Montreal’s hyperliterate, occasionally Fall-esque Ought and the pure dynamite that is DC band Priests.
Wild Nothing, Charlie Hilton, WALL @ Webster Hall
Wild Nothing took on a more synth-heavy approach for their new album, Life of Pause, which reinvigorated their sound. Tonight's show is with Charlie Hilton who formerly fronted Blouse. Brooklyn's WALL, who are currently vying for the "most local shows in a month" award, open.
Imarhan, Ancient Ocean @ Baby's All Right
Algerian Tuareg band Imarhan have been described as Tinariwen‘s proteges, and their frontman Sadam has toured as a member of Tinariwen. They're on tour in support of their self-titled debut album -- having just played one of the Levitation makeup shows -- and tonight's their second of two NYC shows.
Mirah, Jherek Bischoff @ WFMU Monty Hall
Singer/songwriter Mirah and multi-instrumentalist Jherek Bischoff will be touring together this spring, playing their songs backed by a string quartet. The arrangements were written by Bischoff, and their sets will feature tracks from their previous albums as well as new material from both artists.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe tribute @ Brookfield Place Winter Garden (New York Guitar Festival)
The 2016 New York Guitar Festival begins today with a free tribute to "godmother of rock and roll" Sister Rosetta Tharpe, featuring Valerie June, Dom Flemons (of Carolina Chocolate Drops), Trixie Whitley, and more.
Toni Braxton, Andra Day @ Kings Theatre
'90s chart topper Toni Braxton headlines this show, and if you're going we think it's worth catching opener Andra Day, whose powerhouse pipes make her 2015 debut album tough to dislike.
Jacquees @ SOB's
Cash Money R&B newcomer Jacquees recently released his Mood mixtape, which has collaborations with Dej Loaf, Rich Homie Quan, and more.
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 runs through May.
Happy Mother's Day!
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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