You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Kurt Vile, Dinosaur Jr., Cate Le Bon @ SummerStage in Central Park
It’s a seriously killer SummerStage bill with vibemasters Kurt Vile and Dinosaur Jr that could easily include some cross-pollination. If you’re going get there early for Cate Le Bon (and we mean early, she’s on at 5:45 PM!).
Broken Social Scene, Nilüfer Yanya @ Prospect Park Bandshell
Indie rock fans have a touch choice between that SummerStage show and this BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! show featuring Canadian greats Broken Social Scene and rising UK artist Nilüfer Yanya. If Kurt/DinoJR/Cate have a slight edge for sheer classics, this one has the advantage of being free.
Phosphorescent, Cut Worms, Jo Schornikow @ 99 Scott Ave
Phosphorescent are playing more shows behind last year’s very good psychedelic heartland rock LP C’est La Vie, and tonight they’re back in Brooklyn for an outdoor show. It’s a good lineup all around with the hard-to-pin-down Cut Worms who released his very good debut album on Jagjaguwar last year, and Jo Schornikow who plays in Phosphorescent’s live band and released the gorgeously folky Secret Weapon this year.
Imperial Teen, Liam Benzvi, Macy Rodman @ Baby’s All Right
Roddy Bottum’s synthy indie rock combo Imperial Teen just released their first album in seven years — the terrific Now We Are Timeless — and stop by Baby’s on their way to the Merge Records 30th Anniversary fest in NC this weekend.
The Get Up Kids, Great Grandpa @ Bowery Ballroom
Emo vets The Get Up Kids recently released their new album Problems, and it’s more in line with their 1999 fan favorite Something To Write Home About than any other album they’d done since. It’s very good stuff, and tonight’s show should be lots of fun too.
Lil Ugly Mane, Section H8, Blu Anxxiety, The Fight, The Royal Hounds @ Market Hotel
This genre-diverse bill is headlined by avant-rapper Lil Ugly Mane and also features hardcore bands Section H8 and The Fight, gothy post-punks Blu Anxxiety, and more.
Hannah Gadsby @ Daryl Roth Theatre
Hannah Gadsby‘s acclaimed 2018 show and Netflix special, Nanette, centered about the idea that she was quitting comedy. Which happily, is something she actually has not done. “I don’t have any other skill sets,” she joked in an announcement video on Facebook for her new stand-up show, “Douglas,” which continues its month-long NYC run tonight.
Mike Birbiglia @ Cherry Lane Theatre
Mike Birbiglia regularly tests out new material with “Working it Out” shows that are often last-minute gigs at tiny clubs like Brooklyn’s Union Hall. This summer, Mike will be “Working it Out” at a residency at Manhattan’s Cherry Lane Theatre that continues tonight and runs through August 15.
Vieux Farka Touré @ Industry City
Son of Ali Farka Touré, Vieux has proven himself to be a great musician (and formidable guitarist) in his own right and is often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara.”
Mary Lattimore, Joe Denardo @ Public Records
Experimental harpist Mary Lattimore teams with Growing’s Joe Denardo for a night beauty and noise. If you haven’t checked out new-ish Gowanus venue Public Records, this one might be a good one to do so.
Champagne SuperChillin, Pearl and The Oysters, Goodfight, Dirtbike @ The Glove
Though their name might lead you to believe they are an Oasis tribute act, Champagne SuperChillin actually make excellent, danceable psych with a distinct Frenchy bent.
Future Punx, Seedy Films @ The Sultan Room at The Turk’s Inn
New wave revivalists Future Punx play this cool-looking new venue above a kebaberie.
Martin Courtney (of Real Estate), Ryley Walker @ WFMU Monty Hall
Real Estate have a new album in the can that we’re waiting to hear more about…maybe Martin will spill some details at this solo show.
Cha Wa @ MetroTech Commons (BAM R&B Fest)
The free lunchtime BAM R&B Fest shows continue today at noon with New Orleans-based Indian funk band Cha Wa.
Soul Glo, Jelani Sei, Channel 63, Sporting Life, Kush Jones @ H0l0
Philly hardcore band Soul Glo are fresh off releasing their ripping new album The N**** In Me Is Me and they’re back in NYC tonight for what should be a great show.
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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