Posted in To Do | music on April 2, 2014

Rocket from the Crypt at Riot Fest Chicago 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)

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

Rocket from the Crypt, Ex Hex @ Bowery Ballroom
Rocket From the Crypt is one of the great John Reis' many bands (also of Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, Sultans, Night Marchers, etc), and their mix of '90s punk and horn-filled rock 'n' roll swagger resulted in a handful of great records before their breakup in the mid 2000s. Now they're back on a reunion tour, and tonight's their first of two sold-out NYC shows this week. And it's a hell of a double bill with Mary TImony's (WIld Flag, Helium, Autoclave) glammy rock trio Ex Hex, who are opening and not to be missed.

Kraftwerk @ United Palace Theater
Electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk bring their 3-D tour to NYC for two shows at one of the prettiest venues in the city.

Habibi, Cosmonauts, LODRO, Black Sea @ Death by Audio
Local garagey girl groupers Habibi share the bill with their Burger Records labelmates Cosmonauts for what should be a fun night that also includes the dark, twisted sounds of Lodro.

Leverage Models, Zula, Trabajo, Salt Cathedral, Isn't Ours, Human Resources @ Shea Stadium
If you love Big '80s music like The Associates, ABC, and (early) Spandau Ballet, you will probably dig the widescreen sounds of Leverage Models who have a firm grasp on that, right down to the saxaphone and syn-toms.

Javelin, Delicate Steve, Helado Negro @ LPR
Chillwave survivors Javelin play tonight with their jammy Luaka Bop labelmates Delicate Steve. The night opens with the warped pop of Helado Negro.

Oren Ambarchi, EVOL @ Issue Project Room (Unsound Festival)
This year's NYC installment of the Polish-based experimental/electronic Unsound Festival begins tonight and continues through Sunday. Tonight's show is at Issue Project Room and features the US premiere of EVOL playing Hanne Darboven's 1984 piece "Opus 17a," followed by Oren Ambarchi's US premiere of his 2012 work, "Knots."

Lucky Dragons, Daniel Wohl, Tristan Perich @ Baby's All Right
Fronted by Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara, LA's arty Lucky Dragons make spare, laptop pop whose shows are ofter interactive and crowd-participatory. Tonight's openers -- Daniel Wohl and Tristan Perich -- are regulars on the NYC avant scene.

Flavor Flav and the Flavortronz @ Iridium
Public Enemy's Flavor Flav fronts a new band called the FlavorTronZ, who "cover hit songs from the '70s thru the '90s [...] from such greats like Wild Cherry, Sly & The Family Stone, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, The Gap Band and many others." You can't make this stuff up, and if you need to see it to believe it, you can do so at the Iridium twice tonight (8:30 PM & 10:30 PM).

The Pack A.D., Dinowalrus @ Mercury Lounge
Vancouver's The Pack A.D. do the guitar-drums duo thing but manage to not sound like any of the other bands with a similar configuration. Opening are chameleon-like Brooklynites Dinowalrus who seem to molt off their previous sound every season.

Tom Blacklung and the Smokestacks, Bluffing, Bears, Nine of Swords @ The Grand Victory
Good local bands at Grand Victory tonight, including dissonant sludge punks Tom Blacklung and the Smokestacks, indie pop band Bluffing, and Nine of Swords, aka the screamo/punk band fronted by Rachel Gordon who makes much softer music as Baby Mollusk.

Lady Gaga @ Roseland Ballroom
The long-lived NYC venue Roseland Ballroom will be closing its doors in early April, but before then it will go out with seven Lady Gaga shows, this being the fourth.

Big Terrific @ Cameo
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. Tonight's talent includes Jared Logan, James Patterson, and Jacqueline Novak.

Art Garfunkel @ Bergen PAC
Maybe Simon wrote the songs, but Garfunkel's voice was a key part of that legendary duo's sound too, and you can catch him on his own at 3 NYC-area shows this week, this being the first.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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Comments (23)

Kraftwerk was great!

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 12:13 AM

Kraftwerk WAS great!they hit the stage @8 they played for a full 2 hours 3d was nice~~
i love the palace i wish they booked more shows there.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 12:29 AM

Kraftwerk KILLED IT tonight. great set.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 12:30 AM

Phish plays for 3+ hours

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 12:42 AM

They came on at 7:50 exactly and played for exactly 2 hours and 10 minutes. The crowd was very mediocre for a kraftwerk show. Also, I was very disappointed they haven't brought out the robots to play the anchor this time. That's one of the highlight of the show and it was missed badly tonight.

Posted by ME | April 2, 2014 12:49 AM

We only heat hummus here mr foot fetish

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 1:42 AM

fantastic time seeing kraftwerk tonight....wish I could go tomm as well

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 2:14 AM

Kraftwerk & RFTC ??

S T O N G N I G H T , N Y C

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 3:04 AM

anybody know what time GAGA goes on stage please?

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 8:13 AM

Don't rush ARTPOP Bitch!

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 8:18 AM

leverage models for the win

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 9:31 AM

Kraftwerk played an amazing set

but half of the venue needs to learn the value of being punctual...

was annoying in the first half hour of the show dealing with a constant stream of idiot honkies filing in and looking for their seats in the dark.

if you're going to Kraftwerk tonight, please fucking be on time. 7:30, mister.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 10:11 AM

Kraftwerk sucks shit -- 1 original member? Hahahahaha. There's a sucker born every minute.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 10:26 AM

KRAPWERK has one "original member." Too bad KRAPWERK SUCKS so hard that you can't give tickets away to tonight's travesty.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 10:27 AM

"Kraftwerk sucks shit -- 1 original member? Hahahahaha. There's a sucker born every minute."

It's cute you think original members matter. You truly are a slave to marketing.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 10:29 AM

"It's cute you think original members matter. You truly are a slave to marketing."

Original members don't matter? That's called a "cover band" asshole.

I hope you'll come out to see my version of the Beatles. We don't have any original members but we kill it on "Helter Skelter."


Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 10:34 AM

They're making Rocket From The Crypt seem like a hell of a show. Does that mean it's not going to be much like that awful song "On A Rope" that got some MTV airply back then?

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 10:37 AM

Rocket From The Crypt suck shit.

Rocket From The Tombs are great.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 10:38 AM

KRAPWERK are fake and stealing your money by showing videos and playing their pre-recorded shite.

The Germans conning the Yanks once again.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 10:42 AM

1034 Sounds like a Paul McCartney concert. You know, the one that sells out stadiums all over the world.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 12:56 PM

Judging by the rave reviews and the big crowds no one really cares about Kraftwerk only having one original member. Besides Hütter, Fritz Hilpert has been around since 1987 and Henning Schmitz has been around since 1978. It's not like they are some pickup band. But there is always some idiot on here who has to badmouth every band mentioned.

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 1:09 PM


Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 1:16 PM

I seriously almost disliked this just because of the drummer. OMG what a douche!

Posted by Battaglia | May 9, 2014 5:05 AM

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