Posted in To Do | music on April 30, 2014

The Knife / These New Puritans

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

Craig Leon, Acme, Bil Kouligas @ Le Poisson Rouge
Best known as a producer (have worked with The Fall, The Go-Betweens, Blondie among others), Craig Leon is also an composer in his own right. Tonight, backed by the Wordless Orchestra, he'll be performing his 1981 album Nommos.

Saint Rich, Stargazy, Sun Club @ Baby's All Right
An offshoot of Delicate Steve (role-reversal is probably a more correct term), Saint Rich keep things greasy with their brand of boogie riffs and laid-back grooves.

These New Puritans @ Bowery Ballroom
Last year's acclaimed Field of Reeds found These New Puritans abandoning their aggressive side, taking them entirely into ambient directions. Tonight's one of just a few North American shows for the UK band. Could prove interesting.

Darkstar, Patten, Visuals @ Glasslands
Darkstar transitioned from a Hyperdub-signed post-dubstep trio on their debut LP North to a Warp-signed ambient pop trio on its followup, 2013's News From Nowhere. They're working on their third album now, and while we don't know what it sounds like yet, maybe we'll get a taste at Glasslands tonight. Their labelmate Patten is not to be missed either.

Slint, Spires That in the Sunset Rise @ Stone Pony
Slint only put out two albums -- 1989's Steve Albini-produced Tweez and 1991's legendary Spiderland -- but their brand of post-rock and post-hardcore has proved to be highly influential over time and it's lived up very well. They're currently on their first North American tour since last reuniting in 2007, and tonight they're in NJ ahead of 3 NYC shows.

The Knife @ Terminal 5
Sweden's enigmatic duo The Knife haven't played NYC since 2006. Their new album is a little more "difficult" than Silent Shout so who knows what to expect -- beyond a high-concept, highly theatrical stage show. It wont likely be boring. Both T5 shows -- this being the first -- are sold out.

Kristeen Young @ The Bowery Electric
Kristeen has a had a regular gig for the last few year's as Morrissey's go-to opener. Here's a chance to see her without some drunk person screaming "THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT!!!" in your ear. It's the final of her April residency shows gearing up for...yet another Morrissey tour.

Berlin, TV Tramps @ The Wonder Bar
Beginning their career as kinky synthpop, Berlin morphed into superstars by the time of their megahit "Take My Breath Away." Only singer Teri Nunn remains of the original '80s lineup.

Future Islands @ Austin's Mohawk last week (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)

Future Islands, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Chiffon @ Webster Hall
Future Islands have been making their arty indie pop for a few years now, but for the first time they're actually kind of famous, thanks in part to singer's Samuel T. Herring's dance moves on Letterman (and the meme that inspired) and a new album on 4AD with the songs to back it up. Tonight's show at Webster Hall (larger than the Bowery Ballroom stop earlier this tour) is sold out.

Laurie Anderson @ Metropolitan Museum of Art
This is part of the Met's new series of talks called "SPARK" that "explores vital ideas and issues through the lens of the Met's collections." Tonight conversation is between musician Laurie Anderson, author Rebecca Stead, art historian SeungJung Kim and the Met's Melanie Holcomb.

The Standells @ B.B. King Blues Club
The Standells are one of the '60s better garage rock bands, and though they may be best known for their hit "Dirty Water," they've got tons of other rewarding material too. The veteran band are touring behind their first new material in over 40 years and hitting NYC for two shows (7:3 PM & 10 PM) at BB King's tonight.

Chalk and Numbers, Dear Georgiana @ Knitting Factory
Where a lot of bands who pull from similar indiepop influences go for reverby grit, Chalk & Numbers are as shiny as the future seemed in 1962, perfect for your next cocktail party.

2 Chainz, Ne-Yo, Miguel, Sean Paul @ Best Buy Theater
It's DJ Prostyle's birthday party at Best Buy Theater tonight, and the person we're probably most excited about is R&B crooner Miguel, not that there isn't plenty of fun to be had during 2 Chainz's set too.

Creepoid, Shawn David, McMillen, Tom Cater, Pat Murano @ Cake Shop
Creepoid are one of a few modern bands reviving '90s slowcore and they do it justice. There's a bit of shoegaze in there too, and overall it's just a pretty great mix.

Kosmodemonic, Syphillitic Lust, Insect Ark @ The Grand Victory
It's a night of the heavy and the weird at Grand Victory tonight with the sludgy Kosmodemonic, the dirty Syphillitic Lust, and Insect Ark, the project of former Angels of Light member Dana Schechter.

Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Rough Trade NYC (6:30 pm in-store)
Rodrigo y Gabriela are about to play 3 nights at Beacon Theater but first they'll do this in-store and signing at Rough Trade tonight which is free with a purchase of their album from Rough Trade.

Big Terrific @ Cameo Galley
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg's Lovin' Cup. No word on who's performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via hisĀ Twitter.

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 (15)

Skip the knife. Saw them out west. Basically an amateur dance show. Total let down.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 12:57 AM

That was cool outfit and maybe this kind of great jamming that had happened.

Posted by Weathershield Reviews | April 30, 2014 4:49 AM

Any idea for the set times on The Knife for tonight?

Posted by CJ | April 30, 2014 8:01 AM

A 2.5 hour lecture by Morrissey on the cruelty of the modern beef industry >>> Kristeen Young

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 10:11 AM

you don't go to a Knife concert for the dancing, you go for the music

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 11:20 AM

^Way to miss his point moron. He meant the music was not good and it was just an amateur dance show

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 11:39 AM

^and being at Terminal 5 you can guarantee that the music is gonna be bad. Bad sounding

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 11:39 AM

Old Lady #1 "Have you tried the chicken at French Louis? It's just awful."

Old Lady #2 "Yes, and such small portions."

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 12:22 PM

StubHub tickets for Future Islands were 122 at the lowest, last I saw, and 964 at the highest(LOL). Theyre a good band, and I would like to see them, but they are not worth 122. Even $50 is pushing it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 12:31 PM

I doubt 11:39 even knows who The Knife are
Go listen to your JB tapes

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 1:47 PM

The one thing I've really been hoping for is new Standells material.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 1:56 PM

Oh 1:47, how very stupid you are

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 2:04 PM


Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 3:22 PM

Perhaps the negative reviews and rain will deter enough people to make Terminal 5 suck a little less. Can't hear or see shit if you don't get there early enough to get near the stage.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 6:50 PM

I hate it when rain gets in my hummus platter. It makes it all soggy. :(

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 7:13 PM

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