17 Concerts to See in New York This Week: Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky, Tanlines + More

Thursday, July 23

Fresh from starring in the acclaimed film Dope and releasing psychedelic new album At Long Last A$AP, A$AP Rocky headlines a hometown show at NYC’s Best Buy Theater. He’s accompanied by Vic Mensa, Bodega Bamz, and Remy Banks. 8pm, 1515 Broadway, New York, NY.

Alt-pop trio Wet have been soundtracking all of our summertime sadness with their single “Deadwater,” a tribute to hangover-fueled regret. Their stock has been steadily rising over the past year, and they’re gearing up to release their debut album Don’t You in the fall. Check them out at Baby’s All Right tonight. 7pm, 146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY.

If you’re a #GIRLBOSS, check out UK synth-pop star Little Boots‘ new album Working Girl and catch her at Bowery Ballroom tonight. She’s on the road with Prinze George. 8pm, 6 Delancey St, New York, NY.

Friday, July 24

Mr. Twin Sister’s self-titled album was on repeat for a good chunk of last year, and we’re ready to bust it out again. The dream-funk band headlines Bowery Ballroom tonight, where they’ll be joined by Moon King. 8pm, 6 Delancey St, New York, NY.

The third annual Gigawatts Festival kicks off today in Brooklyn. Spread between venues the Wick, the Well, and Our Wicked Lady, the three day event features headliners Black Lips, Anamanaguchi, and Braid along with its typical focus on up-and-comers like Quarterbacks, Guerrilla Toss, and Slonk Donkerson.

Baltimore duo Ed Schrader’s Music Beat put on one of the most weirdly charismatic shows around. They’ve promised new songs at their Alphaville show tonight, so head to the new-ish Bushwick venue and check out what’s next. Bonus: their record label Infinity Cat celebrated its 13th birthday this week! 8pm, 140 Wilson Ave, Brooklyn, NY.

Cool off with Tokimonsta tonight at Baby’s All Right. The LA producer makes dancing feel like a dream, and she hits our fave spot with Gavin Turek and Sofi Tukker. 11:59pm, 146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY.

Saturday, July 25

Skylar Spence‘s “Can’t You See” should be the song of the summer, but there is little justice in this world. It’s a timelessly infectious anthem for feeling yourself, and who couldn’t use a little more of that in their lives? The singer-producer’s upcoming debut LP Prom King is bursting with even more catchy, earnest pop gems, and while we can’t share it with you, you can get a preview live at Rough Trade tonight. 10:30pm, 64 N 9th St, Brooklyn, NY.

Remember “Harlem Shake”? That was like five meme centuries ago! Baauer, the creator of that nasty drop, is still going strong and headlines today’s MoMA PS1 Warm Up. He’s joined by UK grime star Skepta, who’s currently getting a lot of attention for his Drake Vine-sampling “Shutdown,” who also plays Palisades on the 29th. 12pm, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY.

Sunday, July 26

Who even knows anything about the VMAs OR Tidal, anyways? Nicki Minaj heads to Barclays Center tonight with Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe, and Dej Loaf. 7pm, 620 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY.

UK singer-producer Shura‘s stock has been rapidly rising. Find out why tonight at Mercury Lounge, where she’s sure to make waves on American shores. 6:30pm, 117 E Houston St, New York, NY.

If you’re feeling some folk music, head to Central Park, where Dawes and First Aid Kit are taking over Summerstage. 6pm, Central Park Rumsey Playfield, New York, NY.

Mas Ysa’s been getting plenty of praise on his recent tour opening for Tanlines. Check out why as he celebrates his debut album Seraph tonight at Baby’s All Right. 8pm, 146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY.

Tuesday, July 28

UK psych-rockers Django Django first put us under a spell with their debut album in 2012, and they’ve done it again with their latest, Born Under Saturn. They play Webster Hall tonight with Seattle synth-pop babes Beat Connection. 7pm, 125 E 11th St, New York, NY.

Wednesday, July 29

If you missed out on Philadelphia-via-LA duo Girlpool when they played Music Hall Of Williamsburg earlier this month, you can catch them at a cozier show tonight at Baby’s All Right. Their arrestingly honest, pared-down songs make debut album Before The World Was Big one of the year’s most refreshing releases. 6pm, 146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY.

LA’s TV Girl make romantic, 60s-tinged indie pop that’s impossible to resist. Last year’s release French Exit was an underdog fave, and you can get caught up tonight at the Studio At Webster Hall. 7pm, 125 E 11th St, New York, NY.

Australian trio DMA’s make breezy guitar pop that’s sure to appeal to fans of Blur, along with soundtracking chill summer afternoons. Their self-titled EP came out earlier this year on Mom+Pop, and you can check them out tonight at Mercury Lounge. 6:30pm, 217 E Houston St, New York, NY.

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