Sharon Van Etten @ Great GoogaMooga 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
The Northside Festival
The Northside Festival begins its four-day takeover of North Brooklyn tonight. Basically every venue in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick is involved. There are lots of shows but we've highlighted our picks here -- noted by the "(Northside)" in the event name.
The Pizza Underground (Variety Show), Toby Goodshank @ LPR
Milking the last of their 15 minutes of fame (about the same length, coincidentally, as their set), this pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute act offers up a variety show with comedy and music. It's also the record release show for Toby Goodshank.
Syd Arthur, Fort Lean, Kevin Morby @ Knitting Factory (Northside)
The Knitting Factory has been dubbed the Palladia & VH1 House for Northside which will probably mean little to the average concertgoer going to see tonight's lineup. (Just expect lots of in-your-face branding.) Fort Lean, who played BV's Northside showcase in 2012, may be testing out new material tonight. It's a great undercard too, with the baroque psychedelia of UK band Syd Arthur and Babies frontman Kevin Morby.
Hunters, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Juan Wauters (of The Beets), Walter TV, Homeshake, Big Ups, Jonathan Toubin @ Baby's All Right (Northside Festival)
Panache booking put together this solid line-up of garagey, party-friendly bands. While most of them are local -- Australia's King Gizzard seem to be living here now -- it's notable for Walter TV, aka Mac DeMarco's other band. Actually's it IS his band, just in another configuration, with Pierce McGarry on guitar and lead. You can also catch Mac proper, at House of Vans earlier that same night, which is also part of Northside.
Talib Kweli (live w/ 9-piece band), Res, NIKO IS @ Brooklyn Bowl
NYC rap veteran Talib Kweli plays his hometown a lot but any chance to see him is a good one. Tonight's shows at Brooklyn Bowl (like last night's) is with a 9-piece band, so this should be an especially interesting one.
TEEN, Saint Pepsi, Las Rosas, Herzog, Chandos, Dog Bite, Piers (FKA Gondola), "Valaraie" (secret guest) @ Cameo (Northside Festival)
Sometimes presenters of festival showcases give you a good idea of what to expect. This one is as hodgepodge as its many presenters -- Terrorbird Media, Carpark Records, Kanine Records & InSound -- but we are especially fond of Cleveland band Herzog who make smart, crazy-catchy '90s style indie rock.
Tweak Bird, Vaz, BBIGPIGG @ Death by Audio
The Melvins' pals Tweak Bird are only a duo but they still make a racket like a full band and are a ton of fun too. Locals Vaz make quality noise rock.
Pallbearer, Hull, Planning For Burial, Yellow Eyes, Vilkacis @ Europa (Northside Festival)
This show is one of the few metal options at Northside this year and it's a good one. Pallbearer more than do justice to traditional doom and they just announced a new album so hopefully we'll hear some of that tonight. The rest of the bill is good too with the sludgy Hull, the gloomy Planning For Burial, the black metal of Yellow Eyes, and M. Rekeviks' (of Fell Voices) solo project Vilkacis.
BADBADNOTGOOD, Ian Isiah, Jerry Paper, DJ Mursi Layne @ Glasslands (Northside Festival)
Toronto trio BADBADNOTGOOD first picked up buzz a couple years ago thanks to some quality jazz/instrumental hip hop covers of Odd Future, James Blake, My Bloody Valentine and Kanye West, and the strength of their originals has kept us interested.
Body Count, Madball @ Gramercy Theatre
In case you forgot, before Ice-T played a cop on Law and Order, he fronted the metal band that wrote 1992's "Cop Killer." That band returns to NYC tonight and making it a doubly nostalgic bill, NYHC vets Madball open.
Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Mac DeMarco, Benjamin Booker @ House of Vans
This is a House of Vans show and part of the Northside Festival, so you can either get in from your RSVP or Northside Badge. Charles Bradley, who has spent time as a James Brown impersonator, is the soulful real deal with an arsenal of stage moves. Mac DeMarco (this is a strange bill!) is a talented songwriter who too often hides under his slacker partyboy persona.
People Under the Stairs, Mr. MFN eXquire, Fresh Daily, Thanksgiving Brown (DJ Set) @ Littlefield
The LA hip hop duo of Thes One and Double K hits NYC for their second of two shows this week at Littlefield tonight. Great local support comes from Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire.
Cheatahs, Writer @ Mercury Lounge
UK band Cheatahs' debut album is a nice balance of the loud, dreamy and melodic, and '90s touchstones seem to be Swervedriver and early Sloan. Good stuff.
Sharon Van Etten, Shilpa Ray @ MHOW (Northside Festival)
We still remember when Sharon played the upstairs at Pianos as part of one of our CMJ day parties, so we couldn't be more pleased that her career has really taken off. This is her first of three sold-out NYC shows this week.
Ewan Pearson, JDH & Dave P @ Output
Ewan Pearson's been putting out quality electronic music since the '90s, and more recently contributed to M83's 2008 album, Saturday's = Youth. He returns to NYC for tonight's FIXED party.
Flea, Laurie Anderson, David Murray, Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Ravi Coltrane, Bill Laswell, and more! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
Tonight is a tribute to jazz icon Ornette Coleman. A host of big names -- Patti Smith, Thurston Moore and Flea to name three -- will play in a band led by Coleman's son, Denardo.
Moon Boots, Perseus, Plastic Plates @ Verboten
Moon Boots is one of the better contemporary producers reviving '90s-style pop-house at the moment. If you like Disclosure and haven't checked this guy out, you should fix that.
Titus Andronicus, Eagulls, D'NT, Low Fat Getting High @ Warsaw (Northside Festival)
NJ punks Titus Andronicus always put on consistently great live shows, and lately they've been pretty generous with new material from their still-in-the-works rock opera. Of course we'll hear the old favorites (and maybe a few covers) too. UK post-punks Eagulls are still a bit one-dimensional with their sound (they only have one album and one EP), but they do that sound well and make this a great double bill. It's worth showing up for the local openers too.
Ben Watt @ Joe's Pub
The Everything But the Girl guitarist released Hendra, his first solo album in 30 years, earlier this year and plays his first-ever NYC solo show tonight... with instrumental help from onetime Suede guitarist Bernard Butler. Sold out.
Jose James, Kris Bowers @ Highline Ballroom (Blue Note Jazz Festival)
Jose James makes the kind of neo-soul that's easy listening enough for Starbucks but has an edge too.
Homeboy Sandman, The Difference Machine, PUDGE, DJ Edan @ Santos Party House
Homeboy Sandman put out the White Sands EP earlier this year via Stones Throw with atypical (for hip hop) beats by UK producer Paul White that Homeboy has no problem sliding his rhymes between.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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