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What’s going on Saturday? (Mermaid Parade, Tropfest, Trap Them, Psychic Ills, Punk Island, Social Distortion & more)

2013 Mermaids (more by Sachyn Mital)
Mermaid Parade

Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows. Here are some highlights…

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade
It almost didn’t happen this year, but thanks to support from the public, Coney Island’s annual Mermaid Parade is on for 2013. And a lovely day for it. Judah Friedlander and Carole Radziwill are your King and Queen and the fun starts at 1PM.

Phantom Power, The Teen Age, Dead Stars, Samuel Cooper, The Novel Ideas, Chickenhawks @ 252 Norman (FREE)
Is there anything that says summertime in Brooklyn like drinking on a roof while listening to awesome bands for five hours? Tonight you get the chance to do just that at 252 Norman, where Chickenhawks, The Novel Ideas, Samuel Cooper and Dead Stars among others will be performing. It’s free, too.

Punk Island @ Coast Guard Pier (FREE)
More than 90 bands from every corner of the punk scene performing for 11 hours on seven stages, all curated by ABC No Rio’s punk/hardcore collective. Part of Make Music NY.

Tropfest w/ Bear In Heaven, Chairlift, Neon Indian DJ @ Prospect Park (FREE)
This is a short film festival, but also has bands playing. Good ones too, a double danceable bill of locals Bear in Heaven and Chairlift, plus a DJ set from Neon IndianFree tickets are still available.

Hillstock (FREE)
DIY Brooklyn festival Hillstock kicked off last night with a handful of great performances, and will be continuing it’s 3-day weekend of (mostly) free shows today at noon. The festival is taking place at 106 Emerson Place and will be a block party of numerous performances. Starting at 8 PM there will be an after party at The Bishop.

Summer Thunder w/ Johnny Fritz, Wild Yaks) @ Union Pool (FREE)
Union Pool is throwing free Saturday shows all summer long. It’s usually a pretty chill time there, with good drink specials, food from the taco truck (they’ve added brunch items, btw) and good bands. Today it’s Jonny Fritz (fka Jonny Corndawg) who just played like eight shows at Bonnaroo, and local yokels Wild Yaks. 2 PM.

Browse our Free Show Calendar for more no-cost-to-you concert options.

LODRO @ Knitting Factory last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Psychic Ills, LODRO @ Union Pool
If you just wanna hang out at Union Pool for your whole Saturday, Psychic Ills are playing a last minute show there tonight, a warm up before they head to Chile. LODRO are the well-matched openers for the evening that will only set you back five bucks.

Trap Them & more @ Saint Vitus
It has been too long since we last saw Trap Them in NYC. Now the grind/hardcore/swedish DM crew have returned for a couple of rare dates, including tonight’s whopper of a show — which BV-related metal site Invisible Oranges is presenting — with young upstarts Full of Hell and ex-Tafkata crew Seven Sisters of Sleep. With Psychic Limb and Apart also on board, this is unmissable, if we do say so ourselves. (And we do!) Tickets are still available.

Delicate Steve, Superhuman Happiness @ Mercury Lounge
Hypertalented instrumentalist Delicate Steve is in the lab hard at work on his new album but is playing tonight testing out some of his new creations (and some you may already know). This was a free show that you had to get tickets through a mobile app but is now sold out.

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound @ Mercury Lounge
Underrated soul revivalist, Chicago’s JC Brooks adds a post-punk vibe to the genre, is a dynamic live performer and is well worth checking out. It’s an early-ish show tonight at at Mercury Lounge (he’s on at 9 PM) and tickets to that show are still available.

Social Distortion, Hot Water Music, Cheap Time, Dave Hause @ The Stony Pony
California punk legends Social Distortion will be in NYC tomorrow with Cheap Time and Dave Hause at Warsaw, but if you can’t want that long to see this tour, like long walks on the beach and maybe also want to check out Hot Water Music, who have made a few memorable appearances in the area already this year and will not be on the Warsaw bill, than head down to Asbury Park Summer Stage at The Stone Pony in Jersey tonight.

Ski Lodge, Superhumanoids, Bowmont @ Cameo Gallery
If you ever wished the Smiths were a little more rum punch on the beach and a little less rain falls hard on a humdrum town? Or maybe you just like superior indiepop. Either way, Ski Lodge fit the bill. Expect lots of songs off their have debut album, due in August. Also on the bill will be Superhumanoids and local electro pop-rockers Bowmont.

Rogue Wave, Caveman @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Fans of smart guitar pop, valhalla awaits. California’s Rogue Wave, whose new album, Nightingale Floors, just came out this week, hook up with New York’s Caveman for what is sure to be a very pleasant night indeed.

Fleetwood Mac @ Jones Beach
Nine Inch Nails side project Fleetwood Mac are making a comeback this year with a new EP and tour that already hit the NYC-area once for a MSG show. Tonight they’ll return to the area for a big outdoor show at Jones Beach, which should be a pretty fun way to see them, and the weather is looking great too. There are still tickets available, but Ticketmaster says “not many left.”

Vanilla Fudge @ BB King’s
’60s psych vets Vanilla Fudge, known mainly for their proto-metal covers of songs like “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” “She’s Not There,” “People Get Ready,” and so on, are on what they’re calling their “farewell tour.” They did the same thing in 2011, but if this may actually be the last time we’ll get to see the band, it’s definitely a show worth catching while you still can. They play their first of two shows at BB King’s tonight, and hit the venue again tomorrow.

Snap-Drag Drum Duo, Turnip King, Tom Blacklung and the Smokestacks, G.T. Arpe, Man Tease @ Ran Tea House
If you’re into experimental music and complex percussion, then you might want to head to the Ran Tea House tonight for a stacked show featuring Snap-Drag Drum Duo, Turnip King, Tom Blacklung and the Smokestacks, G.T. Arpe, and Man Tease. Turnip King recently put out a great new EP titled Moon Landing that you should really check out if you haven’t.

Dawes, Shovels & Rope @ Terminal 5
Folk rockers Dawes will be at Terminal 5 tonight. The guys are on tour supporting their latest album, Stories Don’t End, which came out just after SXSW this year. Joining them will be husband and wife southern folk duo Shovels & Rope.

Jankay Nabay & The Bubu Gang, Zs, White Bike @ Secret Project Robot
Looking for a night of cultural stimulation and the avant-garde? Look no further because tonight Bubu musician Janka Nabay is playing with Zs and White Bike at Secret Project Robot. If you can’t make it tonight be sure to catch Janka Nabay at Prospect Park with Os Mutantes on June 29.

Trails and WaysMatrimony, Moon Furies @ Knitting Factory
Indie pop band Trails and Ways is in the area this weekend on their way down to one of their first major festival appearances ever at Firefly tomorrow. Tonight you get the chance to see them in a much, much more intimate setting where they will be joined by Matrimony and Moon Furies.

For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our full NYC show calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.


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