Damon Albarn @ SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Governors Ball @ Randall's Island<
NYC's Governors Ball continues to grow and rival the other major US festivals. It wraps up today with a ton of great artists including Vampire Weekend, Interpol, James Blake, The Kills, J. Cole, The Head and the Heart, Tyler the Creator, AlunaGeorge, Earl Sweatshirt, Frank Turner, and plenty more.
King Khan & The Shrines, Red Mass, Von Mons @ Asbury Lanes
An excellent, all-Canadian garage-pysch-soul double bill with the wild and awesome King Khan & the Shrines, plus Montreal true believers Red Mass. This is their second of two NYC shows.
Bill Orcutt, Chris Corsano, MV & EE, Coverband @ Baby's All Right
Fans of avant-garde and out-there: tonight is a collaboration between percussion improvisors Chris Corsano (Björk, Evan Parker, etc) and guitarist Bill Orcutt, former guitarist and founder of the Harry Pussy. Cover Band is a free jazz project including Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) and Matt Schulz (Holy Fuck).
Rough Francis, Great White Caps, Journalism, Water @ Cake Shop
Legendary Detroit punks Death are fully active right now, but their sons are also in an active band, Rough Francis, who carry the torch for the type of music their fathers helped pioneer.
DeGreaser, Dasher, Willfull Boys, Cyanide Tooth @ Death by Audio
DeGreaser -- the new-ish band from Australian expat Tim Evans who you may remember from Bird Blobs or the recent reincarnation of '80s legends Venom P. Stringer -- picked a good name, as it works as description of their heavy psych sound, which uses thick distortion like an industrial solvent.
Diarrhea Planet, Total Slacker, LVL UP @ Glasslands
Raging rockers Diarrhea Planet are one of those bands you just have to see live, and with this all-around great bill, this official Governors Ball Afterparty should get pretty wild.
Damon Albarn @ Irving Plaza
This is an official Governors Ball afterparty. While some artists, like Jarvis Cocker, keep their solo sets free of songs from previous bands, Albarn has been peppering his sets with cuts from Gorillaz, The Good, the Bad & the Queen, and Blur.
Dinowalrus, Zula, Visuals, DJ Juan (of Small Black) @ Mercury Lounge
Brooklyn's Dinowalrus are a restless, ever-morphing entity, having shed a couple different sonic skins in the course of their existence. They began as noisy anti-pop, toyed with Madchester/acid house, and for their new album Complexion (tonight's the record release show) there's a definite Big '80s feel, complete with funky guitars, widescreen choruses, and even a little sax.
I.U.D. (with Kim Gordon) @ MoMA PS1
Earlier this year, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon teamed up with I.U.D. (aka Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance and Sadie Laska of Growing) for a highly experimental trio set at Issue Project Room, and tonight the three of them will go at it again at MoMA PS1.
"Sundays on the Roof" w/ Blondes (DJ Set), JDH & Dave P @ Output
FIXED is throwing Sunday afternoon parties this summer on Output's roof, which has a very nice view of the Manhattan skyline. NYC dance duo Blondes should set the mood well.
Peter Murphy @ Rough Trade
The goth icon plays this intimate in-store performance ahead of his much bigger Irving Plaza show. To get in you need to buy his new album, Lion. You could come early (store opens at 11 AM), buy the album, get a wristband for the show, then come back at 1:30 PM when doors to the venue open.
50 Cent @ Webster Hall
This is the release show for 50 Cent's new album, Animal Ambition, which may not be as good as 50's earlier material but hopefully he'll include some of those favorites too.
Pygmy Lush, Nervous, Braveyoung @ Saint Vitus
It's a great gill at Vitus tonight with Pygmy Lush, the folk/post-rock band made up of members of screamo bands, post rock The Body collaborators Braveyoung, Oakland hardcore band Nervous (mems Loma Prieta, Lewd Acts), and CT's Nerveshatter.
Comedy Night @ Knitting Factory
Big league comedy talent (Chris Rock, Louis CK, etc) show up regularly (and unannounced) for Hannibal's very popular free comedy show at Knitting Factory's front bar. Having had his own Comedy Central special and a featured performer on Broad City, Hannibal himself is getting pretty big league. Get there early.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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