You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Screaming Females, Priests, Guardian Alien @ AMC Empire Times Square
Presented by the good folks at The Clocktower Gallery, this multimedia event is titled “Primal Screams” and happens at AMC Empire in Times Square, where the bands' performances will be paired with experimental videos on the theater’s screen. It should be an event unlike any other previous show these bands have played.
Operator Music Band, Parrot Dream, Hypoluxo, Chatel de Lava @ Alphaville
Brooklyn’s Operator (no “s” so not to be confused with Dan Boeckner’s band Operators) make indie rock with an overt krautrock influence, featuring lots of analogue synthesizers, and an emphasis on motorik rhythms. If you dig Stereolab and American Analog Set, Operator are doing a similar thing and are doing it really well.
Kleenex Girl Wonder, Henry Hall, Blac Rabbit @ Baby's All Right
Graham Smith has been making indiepop under the name Kleenex Girl Wonder for 20 years, his most recent opus being 2015's The Comedy Album. Fun fact: opener Henry Hall is the son of Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Jeffrey Lewis Band, David Rovics, White Collar Crime, Mobile Steam Unit, DK & The Joy, Sparrow @ Pianos
The talented and always busy Jeffrey Lewis is one of the highlights of this benefit for Doctors Without Borders.
Shearwater @ Rough Trade
Following two sold-out NYC shows, Shearwater have added this very special free show at Rough Trade where they'll perform David Bowie's 1979 album Lodger in full. Doors are at 6:30 PM and show is at 7 PM.
Khruangbin @ Rough Trade
Right after the Shearwater show is the NYC live debut of Austin's Khruangbin who mix vintage R&B, ’60s Thai pop, psych, surf, afrobeat, and more into one cohesive, chilled-out, groovy sound. Sold out.
Texas is the Reason @ Saint Vitus
Texas is the Reason's 1996 debut (and only record) Do You Know Who You Are? significantly helped shape the post-hardcore/emo boom of the late '90s / early '00s, and it still sounds great today. It turns 20 this year, and to celebrate, they're playing their first hometown show in three years.
Frank Turner @ Society for Ethical Culture
British folk punk musician Frank Turner strips down for an acoustic set tonight. This show also includes an interview with Noisey/Jaded Punk’s Dan Ozzi and an audience Q&A.
Phil Lesh @ Capitol Theatre
The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh celebrates his 76th birthday with three shows at the Cap this week. His band tonight includes Warren Haynes, Eric Krasno, Rob Barraco & John Molo.
Deradoorian, Nadia Botello, Daren Ho @ Union Pool
Deradoorian put out her debut album last year, which pulled from influences from all over the world. It’s a little progressive, a little psychedelic, and always strangely accessible. She continues her Union Pool residency tonight by focusing on "the wonders of synthesizer and all multidimensional sounds it brings to your ears and mind."
Beach House, Air Waves @ Webster Hall
Last year, Beach House released not one but two new records, Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars. Both are proof that even when Beach House don’t stray far from their usual path, they can still come out with fantastic music.
Noel Fielding @ Gramercy Theatre
British comedian and Mighty Boosh co-creator Noel Fielding continues his six-show run tonight.
Cake Shop Comedy @ Cake Shop
If you miss Big Terrific and Hannibal Buress’ Sunday night show at Knit, and are looking for a new free, weekly comedy show that happens in a rock club and sometimes has big name talent stop by unexpectedly, “Cake Shop Comedy” might do the trick. Tonight features comedians Amber Nelson, Anthony Devito, Sarah Tollemache, Doug Smith, and Cole Escola.
Bill Frisell (guitar) Petra Haden (vocals) Eyvind Kang (viola) Thomas Morgan (bass) Rudy Royston (drums) @ Village Vanguard
Experimental guitarist Bill Frisell has played with John Zorn in the grindcore/jazz band Naked City, Lucinda Williams, Richard Hell, Arto Lindsay and more. Tonight he plays a set with that dog.'s Petra Haden on vocals.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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