You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Andrew Bird, Sinkane @ Kings Theatre
Andrew Bird just returned with his new album, Are You Serious. It's more or less the Andrew Bird you know and love, but there's a real nice surprise in the form of a duet with Fiona Apple. Tonight's his first of two NYC shows in support of it, and DFA artist Sinkane opens this one.
Aristophanes @ Berlin
Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes is probably best known in America for her guest appearance on Grimes' "Scream," but her own material is good too. She recently released the No Rush To Leave EP.
Candiria, Alekhine's Gun, So Hideous, Ache @ Studio at Webster Hall
Genre-crossing heavy band Candiria have been reunited for a bit now, and they recently signed to Metal Blade which presumably means we're gonna get new music. Meanwhile, they play their hometown tonight with orchestral black metal band So Hideous.
Pharoah Sanders @ Birdland (two shows)
Free-jazz legend Pharoah Sanders backed John Coltrane early in his career, and he quickly became a bandleader of his own and released such classic records as 1969's Karma. He's currently in residency at Birdland through Saturday, with two shows a night.
Jaill, Fletcher C. Jonson, Holy Tunics, Slanted @ Palisades
Milwaukee's Jaill are a criminally underrated band, making quirky, hooky guitar pop, mostly recently on last year's Brain Cream.
Moving Panoramas, Astra the 22's, Raine, Hello Phones @ Pianos
Austin’s Moving Panoramas make hazy psych pop with the kind of intricate harmonies that instantly elevate things a couple inches off the ground. Singer/guitarist Leslie Sisson was a member of The Wooden Birds and, like them, Moving Panoramas employ a great sense of dynamics in the arrangements.
Pop. 1280, High-Functioning Flesh, Body of Light @ Alphaville
Brooklyn's Pop. 1280 subscribe to a "the bleaker the better" sonic philosophy, recalling '80s gothy postpunk and industrial. The band's new album, Paradise, is a refutation of our technology obsessed culture.
BMX Bandits @ Sidewalk Cafe
Scottish cult band BMX Bandits traveled in the same circle as Teenage Fanclub and the Vaselines (and featured some of the same members), and counted Kurt Cobain as a fan. They're in town for two rare NYC shows this week, this being the first.
Blue Oyster Cult @ BB King's
It's the fortieth anniversary of Blue Oyster Cult's fourth album Agents of Fortune (you know, the one with "(Don't Fear) The Reaper"), and to celebrate they'll play the album in full tonight. Cowbell jokes aside, this is a classic record and it should be fun to hear it front to back. They'll be here again in June.
Joakim, Paul Raffaele @ Good Room
French DJ and producer Joakim recently launched a new label and released a compilation featuring collaborations between himself and several other musicians. Maybe he'll spin some of those tunes tonight. Entry is free before midnight with RSVP.
Jaguar Pyramids, Mannequin Pussy, NAH, Yung Gutted, DJ Lucas @ Aviv
Jaguar Pyramids is the collaboration between Czarquan x Topprraaa x Yung Gutted, and they make dark experimental rap and have collaborated with Wiki of Ratking. Tonight's the release show for their new album Nocturnal Darkworld, and it also features shoegazy punks Mannquin Pussy, industrial rapper NAH, and a solo set from Yung Gutted.
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 was recently extended through May.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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