You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Rae Sremmurd, Denzel Curry, Kamaiyah @ House of Vans
This is a great show all around for rap fans. It's headlined by Mississippi duo Rae Sremmurd, who got massive off "No Flex Zone" and "No Type" and show no signs of slowing down. There's also Florida's Denzel Curry, who continues to rise (he was just named an XXL Freshman), and shockingly good Oakland newcomer Kamaiyah, who (if you don't know by name) you know from her killer "How Does It Feel" and YG's "Why You Always Hatin'" (also with Drake). This show is free but "sold" out.
Joan Shelley with Nathan Salsburg, Metal Mountains @ Le Poisson Rouge
Joan Shelley makes the kind of classic folk that brings to mind people like Joni Mitchell, but she does more than just copy her idols. Tonight's show will be opened by minimalist psych-folk supergroup Metal Mountain (aka Helen Rush, Pat Gubler and Samara Lubelski).
Thrice, La Dispute, Gates @ Playstation Theater
Thrice's new material doesn't quite measure up to their glory days, but those early albums live up really well and Thrice are still one of the best live bands in the game. Making this show extra great is direct support from dead-serious speak-shouters La Dispute.
D.R.I., Sonick Plague, Extinction A.D. @ Gramercy Theatre
Crossover thrash as we know it wouldn't exist if not for bands like D.R.I., so it's a great thing that they're still around as that genre is having a moment again (thanks to newer bands like Power Trip, Iron Reagan, etc). Catch them tearing it up at Gramercy Theatre tonight.
Rufus Wainwright @ Carnegie Hall
You may remember that Rufus restaged Judy Garland’s 1961 show at Carnegie Hall (which became the live album Judy at Carnegie Hall) in 2006 at the same venue. Ten years later, he's going to do it again tonight and tomorrow.
Blonde Redhead @ Coffey Park
With a box set of their early material on the way, we might see Blonde Redhead dusting off a few oldies for this free SummerStage show in Red Hook. 7 PM.
Heliotropes, The Yin Yangs, Water @ Baby's All Right
Brooklyn’s Heliotropes celebrate the release of their new album, Over There That Way, at Baby's All Right tonight.
A2IM Libera Awards w/ Ted Leo (host), Mac DeMarco, Naughty by Nature, Nosaj Thing, Torres @ Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom (A2IM Libera Awards)
This is an industry awards ceremony as part of the A2IM conference, that will featuring a lot of back-patting and speeches, along with performances Mac DeMarco, Naughty by Nature, Torres and more.
Eli Paperboy Reed, PEP @ Union Pool
Brooklyn soul revivalist Eli Paperboy Reed just released his fifth LP, My Way Home, via Yep Roc. This is his record release show, at one of his most frequented venues. Should be a good night.
Eaters, Gold Dime, New Pope, Dan Friel @ Trans-Pecos
Dan Friel and music writer Christopher Weingarten are presenting this show featuring soundtracky duo Eaters, Gold Dime (members of Talk Normal & Dreebs), New Pope (members of Oneida and Starring) and Dan Himself.
The Kandinsky Effect, Sharks In The Deep End, The Lemon Twigs, The Red Fuze @ Pianos
The band to check out on this bill is The Lemon Twigs, fronted by brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario. Both still in their teens, they are insanely accomplished musicians and write songs that come from another era: specifically the mid-'70s with nods to Bowie, Sparks, Todd Rundgren, Paul Williams and 10cc.
Mali Music @ MetroTech Commons
Today's edition of the BAM R&B Festival free lunchtime concert series features Savannah-based singer-songwriter Mali Music whose song “Contradiction” was used in Spike Lee's film, Chiraq.
The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere & the Raiders), Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), The Cowsills @ Beacon Theatre
While this is ostensibly an "oldies night," it is headlined by The Turtles' Flo & Eddie who crafted some of the smartest (and misunderstood) pop of the '60s and are much more than "Happy Together"...even though this package tour is named after that song.
Vijay Iyer Trio @ Jazz Standard
Forward-thinking modern jazz musician Vijay Iyer continues his residency at Jazz Standard tonight that runs through Sunday (6/19). Earlier this year, he released the acclaimed collaborative album with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke.
Netherlands, Dead Heavens, King Pussy Face, GULL @ Saint Vitus
This show has a cool pairing of heavy experimental band Netherlands and Dead Heavens, the psych rock band of post-hardcore legend Walter Schreifels.
Shellshag, Mea Culpa, Middle Part, The Meltaways @ Silent Barn
Long-running eccentric DIY duo Shellshag aren’t quite like any other band in NYC, and they’re always worth catching.
Sneaks, Amy Klein, Meredith Meyer, DOLL [Ex Space Meow], DJ Burger Manifesto @ Cake Shop
This show is headlined by DC post-punks Sneaks, and it's also a good chance to catch local staple Amy Klein, who has a new album coming out on Don Giovanni.
Aretha Franklin @ Prudential Hall
Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has 20 number-one R&B singles, and she still has the powerhouse voice she had decades ago.
Mumford & Sons, Raury @ Forest Hills Stadium
Folk revivalists turned Coldplay-ish rockers Mumford & Sons return to Queens' Forest Hills Stadium for two nights. This is the first, and it's with rising rap/folk/etc artist Raury.
Motion City Soundtrack, Have Mercy, Light Years @ Irving Plaza
Motion City Soundtrack are calling it quits this year, but not before going on a farewell tour that includes a few shows in and around NYC.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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