You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Touche Amore, Slingshot Dakota @ Saint Vitus
Last year, post-hardcore band Touche Amore released their very powerful fourth album, Stage Four, where singer Jeremy Bolm grappled with his mother's death. They'll be on tour opening for Thursday later this year, but first they headlining this ACLU/Planned Parenthood benefit in Brooklyn tonight. Driving piano pop duo Slingshot Dakota open.

Minus the Bear, Bayonne, Wild Arrows @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Prog/math/dance/emo/indie/etc blenders Minus the Bear have been doing their thing for over 15 years now, and this year’s VOIDS is yet another high quality record.

Wax Idols, Pop. 1280, DECORUM, DJ Shaun Durkan (Weekend) @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Taking a breather from their tour opening for Thursday, Wax Idols play this headlining show tonight. They've got a new album out later this year, so expect a few new songs. Making for a gothy night are Pop. 1280 and DECORUM.

The Molochs, Cosmonauts, Dances, The Wants, Plates of Cake
California’s The Molochs released America’s Velvet Glory back in January, a terrific collection of ’60s-ish psych pop with a whiff of new wave that recalls, more than anything, the heyday of the LA ’80s Paisley Underground scene (Dream Syndicate, Three O’Clock, Bangles). This is the final night of their four-show residency with Orange County psych-shoegazers Cosmonauts.

Jay Som, The Courtneys @ Baby's All Right
Jay Som recently released their first album for Polyvinyl, the excellent Everybody Works, which is one of the better (and most diverse) indie rock breakthroughs of this year. This is one of three upcoming NYC shows for Jay Som at the moment, and it's doubly exciting because Flying Nun-signed indie popsters The Courtneys are opening. They just released II.

Fred Thomas, Kyle Forester, What's Next? @ Union Pool
Saturday Looks Good To Me frontman Fred Thomas has been focusing on his solo career lately, and his recent albums have utilized a wordy stream-of-consciousness style of indie rock. His latest is this year's Changer on Polyvinyl.

Killswitch Engage, Anthrax, The Devil Wears Prada, Jasta @ Wellmont Theatre
The "Killthrax" tour has American metalcore giants Killswitch Engage paired with thrash legends Anthrax. They're in NJ tonight, and they'll hit Long Island (with Code Orange) in May.

UFO, Saxon, Jared James Nichols, DJ Alex Kayne @ BB King's
You can still hear the riffs of hard/prog rockers UFO in many of today's metal bands, and NWOBHM vets Saxon's mark on the genre remains significant as well. These two classic bands are on tour together and play BB King's twice this week. This is night 1.

Thao (of the Get Down Stay Down), Yowler @ The Bell House
Last year, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down released their tUnE-yArDs-produced album A Man Alive, and this year Thao Nguyen is on a solo tour. It's also worth showing up for Yowler, the solo project of Maryn Jones (All Dogs, Saintseneca, etc).

Saba, Sylvan LaCue, Joseph Chilliams, MFN Melo @ The Studio at Webster Hall
One of the many rising stars from the same Chicago scene that birthed Chance the Rapper, Saba already has a great live show and a great album (Bucket List) under his belt. Tonight's show is sold out.

Steve Hauschildt (of Emeralds), v1984 @ Sunnyvale
Ambient trio Emeralds are no more, but members have stayed active with solo projects. Steve Hauschildt released Strands on Kranky last year.

Anais Mitchell @ Iridium
Anais Mitchell’s career got a boost when her guest-filled 2010 concept album Hadestown came out with features by Bon Iver, Ani DiFranco, the Haden sisters, and more; and last year that album got turned into a musical. Anais also continues to put out quality work. Tonight’s her first of two shows at the Iridium this week.

Exo Sessions w/ Sophia Brous, Greg Fox, Mikey Freedom Hart, Dave Harrington, Lars Horntveth, Shahzad Ismaily, Cole Kamen-Green, Jared Samuel, Joan Wasser, Spencer Zahn @ Nublu
The recurring Exo-Tech live show has a revolving list of musicians playing improvisational sets with the goal of “[exploring] the intersections between collective improvisation and pop song composition, as much influenced by modern pop and rnb as by free jazz, avant garde improvisation and film music.”

Michael Deforge (reading), Sadie Dupuis @ Rough Trade
Cartoonist Michael DeForge celebrates his new book Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero with a live reading and book signing tonight. Speedy Ortiz/Sad13's Sadie Dupuis is the musical guest.

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