You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Quicksand, Candy @ Saint Vitus
Post-hardcore as we know it wouldn't be the same without Quicksand, the band Walter Schreifels formed after Gorilla Biscuits but before Rival Schools. They released two great, highly influential albums in the '90s, and then reunited recently and released Interiors in 2017, proving they very much still had it in them. They're playing Vans Warped Tour this weekend, but first they squeeze in this free, Vans-presented Brooklyn show tonight with hardcore up-and-comers Candy. You had to RSVP to get in, but entry is still first come, first served, so show up on time.
Bad Books, Brother Bird @ Elsewhere Hall
Bad Books is the collaborative project of Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull & Robert McDowell, and their recently-released Bad Books III is arguably their best album yet. It eschews a traditional rhythm section and instead builds towering atmospheres with organ, foot pedals, string arrangements, and more. It should be cool to hear how they bring it to life tonight.
Black Moon, Smif-n-Wessun @ Betsy Head Memorial Playground
The annual Duck Down BBQ appears to be rebranded as the Boot Camp BBQ, and it goes down tonight in Brownsville's Betsy Head Park as part of the 2019 SummerStage season. It's free and starts at 7 PM.
Uranium Club, Pinocchio, Nandas @ Brooklyn Bazaar
The Minneapolis Uranium Club are a bit enigmatic, with almost no internet presence, but their awesome, hyper-sardonic brand of mutant punk is not hard to decipher. They don't tour often, either, so don't miss this chance to see 'em.
Drive-By Truckers, Linqua Franqa @ Brooklyn Bowl
Drive-By Truckers are back at Brooklyn Bowl for their second straight weekend (they'll have played six shows in total by Saturday).
Juliana Hatfield, Bird Streets @ Mercury Lounge
Having made music for 30 years, via The Blake Babies and her successful solo career, Juliana Hatfield found herself still in fine melodic and lyrical form on last year's It's So Weird.
Phony Ppl, Conya Doss @ MetroTech Commons (noon)
The annual lunchtime BAM R&B Festival continues today, and this week's act is an especially cool one: genre-defying neo-soul/hip hop band Phony Ppl who released the very good mo-za-ik last year.
LAPeCHE, The Pauses, Death Cults @ Gold Sounds
LAPêCHE (members of Small Brown Bike, Strikeforce Diablo) and The Pauses both work closely with Jawbox's J Robbins, and they've also both been opening shows on Jawbox's reunion tour. Tonight, they team for their own Brooklyn show and it's with Death Cults (ex-Pilot To Gunner, I Hate Our Freedom), which is a cool bill all around.
Buddy Guy @ Sony Hall
We don’t have many blues legends left, but Buddy is still with us, still giving us a taste of his brand of Chicago Blues.
John Early @ The Bell House (2 shows)
A gifted comedian with a great eye for character, you may know John Early from Search Party, High Maintenance, or his short films with Kate Berlant. Tonight he's doing to special Pride Week shows backed by a full band.
PAT Party w/ JD Samson @ Union Pool
It's the Pride edition of JD Samson's monthly party featuring “good vibes, good sound, video projection by local video artists and DJ’s that aren’t afraid to go deep.”
Kikagaku Moyo, Sarah Louise @ WFMU Monty Hall
Japanese psych band Kikagaku Moyo released Masana Temples last year and have been touring ever since, and just played Central Park with Khruangbin. Their live show, which includes an electric sitar player, is memorable, and catching them at a very intimate venue like Monty Hall should be a treat.
The Origin of Love Tour: The Songs and Stories of Hedwig @ Town Hall
Part of WorldPride, John Cameron Mitchell and Steven Trask present this cabaret-style show that includes songs and shares stories from his much-loved musical Hedwig & The Angry Inch which continues to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
The Minus 5, Cliff Westfall @ White Eagle Hall
Scott McCaughey, who is also a member of Filthy Friends, The Baseball Project and Young Fresh Fellows, has led The Minus 5 (which sometimes includes Peter Buck) since the mid-'90s. They play this Jersey City show on the way to Wilco's Solid Sound Festival this weekend.
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