La Luz at Sasquatch 2014 (more by Chris Graham and Rae Graham)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
La Luz @ MoMA
It's hard enough to get a 21+ crowd to dance at a rock show, let alone on a Sunday night. But Seattle's surfy La Luz not only had folks dancing, but dancing down a makeshift aisle in the middle Mercury Lounge when we saw them last year. This band is fun. Tonight's show -- their only NYC show -- is part of the MoMA Nights series. Free with museum entry.
Jose Gonzalez, yMusic @ Damrosch Bandshell
Part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors, this free show is a collaboration between Swedish guitar dreamweaver Jose Gonzalez and the yMusic ensemble.
Miami Dolphins, Advaeta, Killer Bob, Semi Femme @ Death By Audio
Hailing from Minneapolis, and having nothing to do with a certain sports team, The Miami Dolphins either sound like a nervous breakdown or a kindergarten class on an extreme sugar high. In a good way...we'll see tonight. Opening is the double-bass attack of gothy trio Semi Femme.
Juan Wauters, Cassie Ramone, Las Rosas @ Glasslands
Whether with the Beets or on his own, Juan Wauters makes idiosyncratic '60s folk-pop, usually with added visual flair from collaborator Matthew Volz. The rest of this bill is strong too with former Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone and the beachy psych of Las Rosas.
Dillinger Escape Plan, Torrential Downpour, Mothership, Meek is Murder @ Saint Vitus
Before DEP head out on their huge tour with Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden, they'll take over Brooklyn's Saint Vitus, not only a smaller place than anywhere they'll hit on the NIN/SG tour, but a small room for them in general. Tickets were only $5 and needless to say, they went right away. Local-ish openers Torrential Downpour and Meek Is Murder both have a tech-y sound that fits right in with DEP, so this one should be fun all around.
Trippy Turtle, Obey City @ Glasslands
Both producers on this bill have palled around with Cashmere Cat, and while neither is as big as him yet, it doesn't seem unlikely that they'll be able to get a party started the way he does.
Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, Rich Homie Quan, Sage the Gemini, IAMSU, Mack Wilds, DJ Drama @ Jones Beach
Wiz Khalifa is doing his 'Under the Influence of Music' tour again this year, and tonight's the first of two NYC-area dates. He's got 2000s dirty south star Jeezy with him, and the rest of the lineup is made up of young, rising rappers, a few of whom seem like they'll be much bigger this time next year.
Cherry Glazerr, GYMSHORTS @ Mercury Lounge
LA high school trio Cherry Glazerr released their debut album, Haxel Princess, this spring on notoriously party-friendly Burger Records. It's glitter-dappled, punky pop that's not scared to throw attitude or a Big Riff in your face.
Public Access TV @ Mercury Lounge
Called "New York's Best New Band" by NME before they'd even played a show, PATV is fronted by onetime Be Your Own Pet member John Eatherly. Hype aside, he does know his way around a hook and PATV's guitar pop seems directly descended from Phoenix and The Strokes, with a little hyperactive 1979 new wave in there too. We're curious, and this midnight show is FREE.
EULA, Big Ups, Pile, Courtship Ritual @ Palisades
Monica Salazar's voice and Jared Olmstead's liquid bass fuel duo Courtship Ritual's dark, mossy sound. Their debut album just came out on in-tune label GODMODE.
Eric Copeland, DJ Dog Dick, King Conqubine, Fluct, Robot Death Cult, Hallow Bush, Nonhorse @ Silent Barn
This is the final night of the high-concept, six-Brooklyn-venues-in-six-nights "Bushwick Small World Tour" headlined by the Black Dice noisemaker.
Noothgrush, Trenchgrinder, Uniform @ Union Pool
Noothgrush put out high quality sludge for most of the '90s, before going on their initial hiatus in 2001. The band have been active again for a while now, most recently releasing a covers LP that took on Pink Floyd, Celtic Frost, Duran Duran and more. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows this week and features good local support from death thrashers Trenchgrinder and noise duo Uniform.
Overlake, Natural Stranger, Ghost Punch @ Cameo Gallery
Jersey City residents Tom Barrett and Lysa Opfer met while playing in other bands and bonded over a shared love of '80s/'90s indie rock. This friendship soon led to a musical collaboration and Overlake were born. While the influences are apparent, Barrett and Opfer take a different path with them, and their vocal interplay really makes things appealing.
Junglepussy, Princess Nokia, Lafawandah, Sadaf @ Baby's All Right
Fans of murky, UNO-style rap (Le1f, Mykki Blanco, etc) should find a lot to dig at this show, including Junglepussy who we recently profiled.
Rusty Maples, The Low Doses, Sailing Sweater, WICKER @ Cake Shop
Las Vegas janglers Rusty Maples headline this show that also features Pennsylvania's whimsical and Vampire Weekend-y quintet, Sailing Sweater.
Dave Hill, Michelle Wolf, Colin Nissan, Mark Normand, Michelle Buteau @ Littlefield
Comedy/variety show BackFat comes to Littlefield for "Choice Cuts" featuring BV pal Dave Hill, Michelle Wolf (fresh off a 'New Faces' slot at Montreal Just for Laughs) and more.
Fort Lean, Tallahassee, The Tony Castles, Strange Pains @ Shea Stadium
Both Fort Lean and The Tony Castles have been quiet lately, so here's a good chance to catch up on a couple quality local acts.
Avan Lava, Uproot Andy, Cookies @ Rough Trade
Kitchy and over-the-top, Avan Lava set their dancepop phasers on High Camp.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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