You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, D.R.A.M. @ Barclays Center
Kendrick Lamar did it again with this year's DAMN., his most traditional rap album yet and one of the year's best. Tonight's his first of two Barclays Center shows this week.
Guns N' Roses @ Apollo Theater
Guns N' Roses have been touring with classic-lineup members Axl, Slash and Duff all in tow, and they have many dates coming up including two Madison Square Garden shows in October. Before that, they play a MUCH smaller NYC show tonight. If you weren't one of the lucky ones to get in, you can listen live on SiriusXM.
Guns N' Hoses, Dum Cheeta @ Bowery Ballroom
Another way to experience GNR tonight if you didn't get into the Apollo show is by seeing "NYC's finest all-lady GNR tribute" band Guns N' Hoses.
Ride, Froth @ Brooklyn Steel
Having just released their first album in over 20 years (the not-bad-at-all The Weather Diaries), OG shoegazers Ride should be counted on to bring old favorites as well like "Vapour Trail" and "Leave Them All Behind."
Conor Oberst, Hop Along, Big Thief @ Prospect Park Bandshell
Last year, Conor Oberst released his best solo album in a while, the raw, bare-bones Ruminations. This year, he released those same songs (and more) as a full-band album called Salutations with The Felice Brothers as his backing band. He's on tour now backed by the Felice Bros, and he hits Brooklyn tonight with two great young bands on Saddle Creek (the label many of Conor's bands have called home over the years).
Chris Stapleton, Anderson East, Brent Cobb @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Country singer Chris Stapleton's 2015 debut Traveller had some of the biggest crossover in the non-country world of any album in a while. He followed it this year with From A Room: Volume 1, which lives up to anticipation pretty well. He plays PNC Bank Arts Center tonight and Jones Beach tomorrow.
Re-Tros (Rebuilding the Rights of Statues), The Great Sunshine Buddha, Simon Doom @ Baby's All Right
Beijing post-punks Re-TROS have been making a racket since 2004, with a sound that falls somewhere between krautrock and gothy industrial.
Ural Thomas & The Pain @ Garden Bar
Portland's Ural Thomas has been making soul music since the '50s and has opened for The Rolling Stones and James Brown. With his new band The Pain, Ural made a terrific new album that came out via Light in the Attic a few years back. This is a free show, he's on around 7:30 PM.
ESG, LLOYDSKI, Paul Raffaele, Barbie Bertisch @ Good Room
Formed in the South Bronx, ESG's influence can be felt in hip hop, post-punk and dance music. Their debut EP remains a distinctive classic.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ MetroTech Commons
This week's edition of the BAM R&B Festival welcomes revered New Orleans ensemble Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Noon - 2 PM.
Buscabulla @ MoMA
MoMA’s Summer Thursdays series brings live music to the museum’s Sculpture Garden every Thursday in July and August. This year is in conjunction with the digital exhibition “Crossing Borders: Immigration and American Culture,” and features “artists who embody a borderless musical vocabulary; combining sonic and lyrical traditions from around the world, they trace the contours of their multicultural backgrounds and transcend traditional ideas of citizenship, nations, and boundaries." Tonight’s performers: Spanish-language experimental pop project Buscabulla.
Kaki King @ The Jewish Museum
Guitar great Kaki King gives a performance at The Jewish Museum tonight, which goes from 7-9:30 PM. Museum members and Bang On A Can list members get discounted tickets.
Foreigner, Cheap Trick, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
It's a night of fist-pumping '70s rock, that could leave you hot blooded, surrendering to the riffs, and asking "Is this Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience?"
Drawing Boards, Dumb Wolves, The Johns, Jeanines @ ALPHAVILLE
Featuring former members of Dirty on Purpose and Sisters, Drawing Boards make indie rock in a '90s style a la Pavement. Tonight also features Jeanines which is the new band from Jed of My Teenage Stride.
The Who @ Mohegan Sun Arena
The Who are touring this year, hitting Connecticut tonight and Atlantic City on Saturday. No NYC shows on this run, but a chance to see The Who is worth a quick ride out of town.
Soul Asylum, Cracker @ The Space at Westbury
Nineties alt-rock reigns supreme tonight as Soul Asylum and Cracker play The Space.
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