You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
New Colossus Festival
SXSW may be canceled but NYC’s New Colossus Festival is still happening and will feature a lot of artists who were supposed to be on their way to Austin. Tonight kicks things off rather gently. We suggest either heading to Lola to see Beverly's Drew Citron's solo debut and Peel Dream Magazine; or heading to Pianos for UK bands LIFE and Honey Lung, Parisians Marble Arch, Australian singer Ali Barter, and more.
Wire @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Few bands have as good a track record as Wire, who’ve been together (more or less) for 44 years and have continued to release challenging, relevant music with barely a dud in their catalog. The band will DJ before their live set, and Wire also play tomorrow too.
Dashboard Confessional, The Get Up Kids @ Webster Hall
It's been 20 years since Dashboard Confessional helped bring emo to the masses, and they're celebrating their anniversary with this tour of full-album performances. This is their second of two NYC shows and they're playing A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar at this one. Making these shows even better, influential emo vets The Get Up Kids will open.
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah @ Blue Note Jazz Club
As we've written before, when Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah plays the trumpet, it goes straight to your heart, or your bones, or wherever you feel the most intense feelings. He's at the Blue Note through Sunday with two shows each night -- see him if you can.
Jeff Parker & The New Breed @ Le Poisson Rouge
Another great modern-day jazz option tonight is Tortoise member Jeff Parker, whose new album Suite for Max Brown is deservingly one of this year's most acclaimed crossover jazz records.
Pom Poko, Maxband, Lokomoko @ Elsewhere Zone One
Norway’s Pom Poko are cute and poppy firecrackers who make explosive, energetic and danceable indie rock, prone to mathy noodling and left-turn choruses. Last year’s Birthday is a real treat, reminiscent of Bjork’s former band The Sugarcubes at times. They'll also play Manhattan's New Colossus festival this week.
Renata Zeiguer, Lizzie Loveless, Raia Was @ C’mon Everybody
There are elements of old timey country and folk, pop composers like Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, spacey psych, tropicalia and more in Renata Zeiguer's unique indie rock style. Nobody else is quite like her.
Phoebe Robinson @ Union Hall
Comedian, podcaster and actress Phoebe Robinson has invited some of her friends to Union Hall tonight for showcase of laughs...as to who the friends might be you'll just have to show up to find out.
Reese LAFLARE @ SOB's
Reese LAFLARE hails from the thriving Atlanta trap scene and, having released Final Fantasy late last year, he hits NYC tonight.
Dave Hause & The Mermaid, The Explosion @ Bowery Ballroom
Punk vet and prolific solo artist Dave Hause brings his tour to NYC tonight with support from Boston punk faves The Explosion.
Squirrel Flower, Cedric Noel, Poppies @ Rough Trade
Indie rock singer/songwriter Squirrel Flower (Ella Williams) recently put out her promising debut LP I Was Born Swimming on Polyvinyl, and tonight's her first headlining NYC show since its release.
Foxtails, Murder Pact, Kela @ Mercury Lounge
Foxtails' 2019 album querida hija was one of our favorite screamo releases of 2019, and we recently caught their live show, which is like the screamo version of the 1980s Sonic Youth art scene.
Punk the Capital screening + Q&A w/ Brian Baker & Michael Hampton @ Nitehawk Williamsburg
Punk the Capital, the 2019 documentary about the early DC punk scene, screens tonight at 7 PM as part of the BrooklynVegan-presented Music Driven series. It's sold out, but if you're going, stick around after for the Q&A with Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Dag Nasty, Bad Religion, etc) and Michael Hampton (Embrace, The Faith, One Last Wish, S.O.A., etc).
You can also find quality entertainment on almost any night of the week at: Barbès bar and performance space in Park Slope, LunÀtico in Bed Stuy, Nublu in the East Village, Blue Note jazz club in the West Village, The Stone in multiple locations, Comedy Cellar in the West Village, and Q.E.D. comedy club in Astoria.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
Also check out our picks for the five best shows to see in NYC this week.
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