What’s going on Wednesday? (Mazzy Star, Kanye & A Tribe Called Quest, Minor Alps, Cold Cave, Anasazi & more)
Mazzy Star at Coachella 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows. Here are some highlights…
Mazzy Star, Psychic Ills, Mariee Sioux @ Terminal 5
Mazzy Star just released their first album in 17 years, and Seasons of Your Day finds Hope Sandoval and David Roback sounding dreamy as ever. Psychic Ills, Mariee Sioux open tonight’s sold-out show.
Cold Cave, Bad Girlfriend, Young Boys, Nothing @ Tammany Hall
Tonight is the latest Red Bull Sound Selects show, featuring gothy headliners Cold Cave. Like all RBSS shows, this one is $3 but you do need to RSVP.
Kanye West, A Tribe Called Quest @ Barclays Center
Kanye’s got two of the biggest, if not the biggest, rap albums of the current decade under his belt, and an elaborate stage show to deliver the material live. This show is doubly special because it’s the first of A Tribe Called Quest’s two “final” shows.
Minor Alps (Matthew Caws of Nada Surf and Juliana Hatfield) @ Bowery Ballroom
Indie rock vets Juliana Hatfield and Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws make a good musical couple; Minor Alps’ debut is tuneful and smart, and one of 2013’s underrated albums. Stream it via Rdio.
Mavis Staples, Jake La Boyz @ City Winery
Soul legend Mavis Staples (of The Staple Singers) is still very active, touring consistently and continuing to release new music (including this year’s Jeff Tweedy of Wilco-produced One True Vine). Tonight she returns to NYC for her second time this year for a three-night run at City Winery. This is night 3.
Rice Cultivation Society, Unicycle Loves You, All Forces, Maya Vik @ Pianos
Do you like Rhythm Nation-era Janet Jackson and the late-’80s production style of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis in general? So does Norwegian singer and model Maya Vik, who mimics that style on her new EP with precision accuracy. Stream a couple tracks below.
Royal Canoe, Starlight Girls, Beast Patrol @ Glasslands
Canada’s Royal Canoe make relatively arty indie pop, and tonight they return to NYC for a headlining show at Glasslands.
Joe McPhee, Richard Hell, Arto Lindsay, The Thing @ Guggenheim Museum
This show is in celebration of the Guggenheim’s Christopher Wool exhibit, and features jazz multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee, punk legend/writer Richard Hell (who has been doing live readings lately), no wave vet/composer Arto Lindsay, and free-jazz collective The Thing.
David Sedaris @ Carnegie Hall
Author and humorist David Sedaris, who released Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls earlier this year, returns to Carnegie Hall for a solo evening for anecdotes, quips and stories in his typical sardonic style.
Anasazi, Green Beret, Condition, Rank, The Three Muskateers @ The Acheron
NYC’s make intense, gothy post-punk, and they’ve been playing a lot lately but are always worth catching.
Noting Changes w/ The Hunt @ Home Sweet Home
This weekly fog-machine-fueled darkwave party celebrates the reissue of The Hunt’s 2009 album with a reunion performance from the now-defunct band (two of whom are now in Cult of Youth).
Fellow Project, Earworms, Suaka, Somerset Thrower @ Saint Vitus
This is a solid melodic punk show with sets from Fellow Project, Earworms, and Somerset Thrower. (Suaka are on the bill too but are a metal band.)
Satellite of Love: A Tribute to Lou Reed @ Rodeo Bar
Speed the Plough, King Missile’s John S. Hall, Babe the Blue Ox, and lots more artists will be performing songs by Lou Reed and telling stories and reciting lyrics. 9 PM – midnight, free.
The Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
Max Silvestri hosts the free weekly comedy show in the back of Williamsburg’s Lovin’ Cup. No word on who’s playing tonight, but you can check Max’s Twitter.
John Hodgman: Secret Society was supposed to happen tonight at Union Hall but is being rescheduled.
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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