You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Peter Wolf @ Forest Hills Stadium
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are celebrating their 40th anniversary on tour this year, and as you can probably guess, they’re packing their setlists with favorites from all over their career. Tonight’s their second of two shows at Queens’ Forest Hills Stadium.
Arcade Fire @ Grand Prospect Hall
Dress code or not ("wear whatever you want" say the band), it's an exciting thing to get to see the massive Arcade Fire rococo wonderland that is Brooklyn's Grand Prospect Hall (you know, "where dreams come true"). Their new album may not be their strongest, but Arcade Fire still deliver live and this show is sure to be a major treat.
Okkervil River, Jesse Hale Moore @ Joe's Pub (two shows)
Okkervil River did the nostalgia thing not long ago by playing Black Sheep Boy in full on tour, but last year's Away proved that their new material is pretty great too. They're now doing a run of special acoustic shows (as a trio) where they'll take fan requests and play rarities. Joe's Pub is also a pretty small, unique place to see them, so these shows are very enticing. They play two tonight (7:30 and 9:30 PM).
A$AP Ferg, Dave East, Nyck Caution, Kirk Knight, WestsideGunn & Conway, Jay IDK @ Knockdown Center
Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg throws his Peterpalooza show tonight and the lineup is pretty great. A$AP Ferg has a new solo mixtape and a new A$AP Mob mixtape on the way, Nyck Caution & Kirk Knight just released a great collaborative album as Nyck @ Knight, and the rest of the lineup is full of big talent as well.
Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth @ The Theater at MSG
Though we miss Dave Lombardo (who's busy playing in Dead Cross) and the late Jeff Hanneman, Slayer shows still rip on a level that most thrash bands only dream of. They're out on the road with NWOAHM giants Lamb of God and Polish black metallers Behemoth, which is a pretty wild triple bill.
Maciste All’inferno, Sexmob, Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir @ Prospect Park Bandshell
Downtown jazz scene mainstays Sexmob provide a live soundtrack to classic silent era Italian flm Maciste All'inferno at this free show tonight that also includes a "sermon" from Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir.
Jeffrey Lewis and Los Bolts, Seth Faergolzia's Multibird, Kyp Malone (of TV on the Radio) @ Rough Trade
With one foot in the indie rock world and another in NYC's folk heritage, Jeffrey Lewis has carved out his own niche thanks to his thoughtful, often funny songs that present his unique, empathetic worldview. He is always worth seeing live.
Giorgio Moroder, Francois K, Pillowtalk, Eli Escobar, Nomi Ruiz, Natasha Diggs, Cry Baby, David Paglia @ Schimanski
Donna Summer‘s “I Feel Love” is more than just a disco classic. Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte‘s innovative production and iconic arpeggiated synth lines changed dance music forever and are still being imitated today. The song just celebrated its 40th birthday, and Moroder, along with Casablanca Records (who originally released it) and Mixmag, is throwing a special celebration tonight.
Pinact, Goodman, Hiccup @ ALPHAVILLE
Scottish punky indie rockers Pinact are particularly skilled at melding fuzzy guitars with super-anthemic choruses. Their new album, The Part That No One Knows , is out next month.
Ben Gibbard, Jon Glaser @ Town Hall
Beloved songwriter Ben Gibbard remains busy with Death Cab for Cutie, and he's also playing a few solo shows this week leading up to his set at Newport Folk Festival. Tonight he's at the gorgeous Town Hall with comedian Jon Glaser (Delocated) opening.
Nite Jewel, Geneva Jacuzzi, Harriet Brown @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Singer-songwriter Ramona Gonzalez, aka Nite Jewel, just released her new album, Real High, which fits in with the nu R&B world (and the rest of this Brooklyn Bazaar bill).
Regina Spektor @ Central Park SummerStage
Regina Spektor returned last year with Remember Us to Life, which proved her unique brand of piano-pop is still in fine form. Tonight she graces NYC with a big outdoor show.
Tame Impala, Fascinator @ The Capitol Theatre
Psych-pop torch-carriers Tame Impala are about to headline day two of NYC festival Panorama this weekend, but first they're playing this MUCH smaller show just outside of NYC. This is a rare chance to see them in a smaller theater like this, and their only upcoming show besides Panorama.
Mark McGuire, Ancient Ocean @ The Park Church Co-Op
It's a double dose of ethereal guitar and synths with Mark McGuire and Ancient Ocean, both of whom should sound lovely with Park Church Co-Op's acoustics.
Night Birds, Western Addiction, Moral Panic @ WFMU Monty Hall
San Francisco punks Western Addiction returned this year with the ripping Tremulous, their first album in 12 years. They're on tour now with likeminded Fat Wreck Chords labelmates Night Birds.
The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Meek Is Murder @ Goldsounds
Reunited mathcore spazzes The Number Twelve Looks Like You are back in it for the long haul, with new music on the way. Tonight they play Bushwick bar Goldsounds with local metallic hardcore crushers Meek Is Murder.
Jojo Abot @ MoMA
NYC-via-Ghana singer Jojo Abot mixes Afrobeat with psychedelic soul, and Lauryn Hill is a fan. Tonight she plays MoMA's 'Summer Thursdays' concert series, which go from 6:30-9 PM and are free with museum admission.
Korn, Stone Sour, Skillet, Yelawolf, Ded @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Nu metal has sorta been getting a critical evaluation recently, and one thing that nobody can deny is Korn's impact on the genre. The highly influential band returned last year with The Serenity of Suffering, which isn't miles away from their early material. Also of note on this show is rapper Yelawolf, who can be hit-or-miss but whose hits (like his verse on "1 Train") hold up well.
Lloyd Banks, Vado @ B.B. King's
Lloyd Banks isn’t cranking out music the way he was during G-Unit’s heyday, but he did just remind everyone that he's still got it with a new freestyle for Hot 97. He's also got a verse on Vado's new mixtape, and Vado opens tonight's show.
El Septeto Santiaguero @ Metrotech Commons
Cuban ensemble El Septeto Santiaguero play this week's edition of the free BAM R&B Festival series which happens noon - 2 PM.
CW Stoneking @ The Mercury Lounge
CW Stoneking makes a kind of retro blues that sounds like it came through a timewarp from 1931. Hugely popular in his native Australia, he's all but undiscovered in America.
Jerry Seinfeld @ Beacon Theatre
Jerry Seinfeld's monthly residency at Beacon Theatre continues tonight.
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