You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Smashing Pumpkins (acoustic), Liz Phair @ Beacon Theatre
Close your eyes and pretend it’s 1993 in Chicago for this alt-rock double bill featuring headliners Smashing Pumpkins in stripped down form, and Liz Phair. Night 3 of 3.
Acid Mothers Temple, Mounds, Upright Man @ Knitting Factory
Japanese freakout greats Acid Mothers Temple usually make it over to North America once a year in the spring, and this is their second of two NYC shows.
Pharoah Sanders @ Birdland (two shows)
Free-jazz legend Pharoah Sanders backed John Coltrane early in his career, and he quickly became a bandleader of his own and released such classic records as 1969's Karma. He's currently in residency at Birdland through Saturday, with two shows a night.
Yvette, Pill, Kel Valhaal, Dreamcrusher, Eddi Front, Truant (DJ set) @ Le Poisson Rouge
Tonight's show is part of the "On the Rise at LPR" series where the village venue brings us a lot of bands they like for a cheap ticket. Top of the bill tonight is the awesomely punishing noise of due Yvette, and the skronky, sax-fueled Pill.
Jaill, Plattenbau @ Cake Shop
Milwaukee's Jaill are a criminally underrated band, making quirky, hooky guitar pop, mostly recently on last year's Brain Cream. Tonight's show is with Germany's Plattenbau.
Phil Cook (of Megafaun), The Dead Tongues @ Mercury Lounge
Last year, Megafaun's Phil Cook released his first solo album, Southland Mission, and if you're a fan of his main band you'll probably like this too. He's back in town on another tour in support of it.
The Men, Fur Helmet, Wrung, Barbed Wire @ Union Pool
With a new record in the can, The Men have been gigging a lot recently, and chances are you're going to hear a lot of new stuff live tonight. Heavy psych band Fur Helmet open.
T-Pain, Bosco @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
In a 2014 NPR Tiny Desk Concert, T-Pain proved to the world that not only does he not need auto-tune to sing, he's actually a seriously impressive crooner. Tonight's show is free but you needed a ticket, which are "sold out."
The Cult @ The Paramount
Having dabbled in goth, AC/DC-style riff rock and tribal mysticism, The Cult remain centered around Billy Duffy’s muscular guitar work and Ian Astbury’s powerful pipes.
Andy Hull (of Manchester Orchestra), Casey Crescenzo (of The Dear Hunter), Nathan Hussey (of All Get Out) @ The Bell House
In 2014 Manchester Orchestra released two new albums, the sludgy Cope and an acoustic version of the album called Hope. Tonight frontman Andy Hull is in solo mode, so his set will likely lean towards the sounds of the latter.
Harmony Tividad (of Girlpool), Small Wonder, Hello Shark, Emily Yacina @ Shea Stadium
While Girlpool often stand out for the duo's singing in unison, tonight you'll get a chance to hear Harmony Tividad take the mic on her own. This show also includes The Epoch's Small Wonder, Philly's Hello Shark, and Alex G collaborator Emily Yacina.
Mike Birbiglia @ The Lynn Redgrave Theater
Comedian Mike Birbiglia has been doing his show “Thank God for the Jokes” for nearly two years. He’s putting it to bed, but not before this run which was recently extended through May.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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