You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Yeasayer, Polica, Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Prospect Park
Three great bands from across the indie spectrum come together for this free Celebrate Brooklyn show. Headlining is psych-popsters Yeasayer, with support from the auto-tune and double-drum attack of Polica and hard-edged indie rockers Cymbals Eat Guitars.
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Amanda Shires @ Beacon Theatre
Jason Isbell just released his new album The Nashville Sound, a full-band followup to two inward-looking solo albums that offers a more widespread perspective on the world. Tonight's his first of three shows at the Beacon. This one's with his wife and collaborator Amanda Shires, and the next two are with The Mountain Goats.
Tigers Jaw, Saintseneca, Smidley @ Webster Hall
Another killer triple bill of indie rock, this bill is headlined by the jangly Tigers Jaw, who released their first album with their current lineup (Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins), spin, this year. Opening is harmony-fueled indie folk collective Saintseneca and energetic rocker Smidley, the solo project of Foxing singer Conor Murphy.
The Menzingers, Captain We're Sinking @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
The Menzingers returned this year with After The Party, another dose of their Springsteen-y punk and super-specific lyrics. It's a fun record, and it's even more fun live. Tonight you can experience it live on a boat.
Julia Holter's 'Tragedy Opera' @ National Sawdust
Back in 2011, Julia Holter released the album Tragedy, an album that was inspired by the Greek play Hippolytus. Now, Julia is planning to present Tragedy as its own play. To create the new work, she teamed up with Yelena Zhelezov and Zoe Aja Moore, both of whom she previously collaborated with for music videos. The trio also teamed up with the Wild-Up ensemble, who Julia has performed with before, to create new arrangements of the Tragedy material. This is the first of two nights they're performing it at National Sawdust.
Margaret Glaspy, Alexander F @ Coffey Park (Red Hook)
This summer's season of free SummerStage shows continues tonight with indie rock singer/songwriter Margaret Glaspy, who released the impressive Emotions and Math last year.
Black Knights, Ill By Instinct, Fatty Baby Fresh, Timbo King & more @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Associates and collaborators of both the Wu-Tang Clan and John Frusciante, West Coast rap group Black Knights returned this year with the new album Excalibur (which Frusciante produced).
Joan Shelley @ Joe's Pub
Folk singer Joan Shelley released her self-titled album this year, which Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy produced. She recently played shows opening for Wilco and for another Tweedy collaborator, the legendary Richard Thompson. Now she’s in NYC for a headlining gig.
M. Lamar, Angus Tarnawsky, Bryce Hackford, Camilla Padgitt-Coles (DJ Set) @ Knockdown Center
You never know what to expect from experimental artist M Lamar. The last time we saw him, he played a set with just wordless vocals and grand piano. Tonight, it could be totally different. There's only one way to find out.
The Suffers @ MetroTech Commons
Texas group The Suffers makes old school soul, and play this week's edition of BAM's free lunching R&B Fest series.
Mozart's Sister, NOIA @ Rough Trade
Montreal’s Caila Thompson-Hannant, formerly of Think About Life and Shapes and Sizes, released her second album as Mozart’s Sister, titled Field of Love, earlier this year which has an unabashed ’90s feel.
Cigarettes After Sex @ The Park Church Co-Op
Brooklyn ambient pop act Cigarettes After Sex scored a viral hit in 2015 year with the Mazzy Star-esque “Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby,' and released their debut album earlier this year. A church seems like a good place to see them.
Deep Sea Diver @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
Deep Sea Diver frontwoman Jessica Dobson has played in The Shins and Beck’s band and is an adept guitarist, with a powerful voice and strong sense of dynamics. She writes a mean hook, too.
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