It's Independence Day Weekend, you can check out our guide to all of the cool stuff going on. You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

King Sunny Ade, Orlando Julius and The Afro Soundz, Rich Medina @ Central Park SummerStage
Two legendary Nigerian musicians, King Sunny Adé and Orlando Julius, who have both been at it since the ’60s, will play a free Central Park SummerStage this afternoon. 2 PM.

Noah B., FXWRK, Atilla, Thomas Piper, P.U.D.G.E., Fresh Daily @ Knockdown Center (You Are Here Festival)
You Are Here is a “multi sensory installation and living sculpture. It is activated by performers, musicians, dancers, and visitors. Audience members arrive at “You Are Here” with the intention of catching a particular presentation, but intentions are frustrated and transformed by the labyrinthine construction, all held together by a plethora of performance artists.”

Dimitri From Paris, Soul Clap, Wolf + Lamb, No Regular Play, Midnight Magic, Nick Monaco, David Marston @ La Marina
Be ready to dance at this all-day-all-night beach party called “Summer Love” happening along the Hudson river.

Twin Shadow, Ghost Dad (DJ sets) @ LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park
Part of the "Magic Hour" rollerskating series, Twin Shadow will surely bring a nostalgic, '80s vibe to his DJ set (and probably some Prince jams).

Silent Majority, Mind Over Matter, Miracle Drug, Group Leader @ Saint Vitus Bar (matinee)
If Long Island emo/hardcore means anything to you, the two Silent Majority reunion shows at Saint Vitus this weekend are pretty much unmissable. They only released one full length, 1997’s Life of a Spectator, and broke up before that sound really took off on a mainstream level, but their influence can be heard in plenty of the bands who did bring Long Island emo/hardcore to wider audiences (especially The Movielife). Today's show is a Rob Mcallister benefit and it features LIHC vets Mind Over Matter, Miracle Drug (mem C.R., Phallacy, By the Grace of God, Mouthpiece, etc), and Group Leader.

Drawing Boards, Kino Kimino, Outer Spaces, Very Fresh @ Shea Stadium
Drawing Boards are a new band featuring longtime members of the Brooklyn music scene. It was started as a project between Doug Marvin (Dirty on Purpose) and Aaron Pfannebecker (Sisters). Both reared on ’90s indie, but the two bring different elements of that sound to the table: Doug’s ear for melody and dreampop, and Aaron’s jagged hooks and a smartass attitude. They play tonight with Outer Spaces, the current band of Cara Beth Satalino (ex-Witches), Kino Kimino (whose album features Sonic Youth members), and Very Fresh.

Wild Nothing, Porches, Yumi Zouma, Public Access TV @ South Street Seaport (Festival of Independence)
A bunch of likeminded bands play the free Festival of Independence today at South Street Seaport. If you dig danceable, '80s-leaning indie pop, this is a great bill. Bands start around 3 PM.

Sting, Peter Gabriel @ The Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
It's opening weekend of The Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk and tonight it's old friends and tourmates Sting and Peter Gabriel. Gabriel knows how to play these big shows, and has loads of influential, great songs; Sting will hopefully play a bunch of Police hits.

St. Lucia @ The Surf Lodge (Montauk)
The Surf Lodge is back in business after some run-ins with noise ordinances and such, but shows are now earlier and with a lower capacity. So arrive early if you're out in Montauk this weekend.

Barbara Manning, Hamish Kilgour @ Union Hall
A nice double bill featuring the great Barbara Manning (of San Francisco Seals and many solo albums) and Hamish Kilgour of The Clean and The Mad Scene.

Phish @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Some people like to use July 4th weekend to get away, and perhaps for the hippies among us, that means heading upstate and catching Phish’s 3-night run in Saratoga Springs. This is the last show.

Chris Brokaw, Wet Dream Machine @ HiFi Back Room
Having played in Come and Codeine, Chris Brokaw is a veteran of indie rock and he plays solo tonight.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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