What’s going on Friday? (Weekend, Destruction Unit, Mac DeMarco, Action Bronson, TOY, Anais Mitchell & more)
Weekend at CMJ 2013 (more by Sarah Gainer)
Destruction Unit at Chaos In Tejas 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows. Here are some highlights…
Weekend, Nothing, Vaura @ Bowery Ballroom
Do you like your shoegaze heavy and very loud? Tonight show should leave your ears ringing (in a good way?) with the gothy sounds of Weekend and the just plain heavy blast of Nothing.
Destruction Unit, Crystalline Roses, Cottaging (mems Ukiah Drag), Ancient Ocean, DJS Ning Nong and WeGlo @ Saint Vitus
Arizona psych punks Destruction Unit are one of the loudest, most intense, and unforgettable under-the-radar live bands in the country right now. If you’ve seen them, you know what you’re in for, but if you haven’t and are looking for spontaneous plans tonight, this show cannot be recommended enough.
Mac DeMarco, Delicate Steve, Hunters @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
The folks at Panache Booking are behind this weekend’s shows at BNB, and they’ve put together two good line-ups. Tonight it’s a solo set from Mac Demarco, plus the instrumental magic of Delicate Steve and the always-entertaining Hunters. Free.
People Get Ready, Shy Hunters @ Baby’s All Right
Mixing indie pop and performance art, People Get Ready’s much-talked-about live shows are not to be missed. Gothy band Shy Hunters are also on the bill. Also: Baby’s All Right’s kitchen opens tonight.
Connan Mockasin, ARP @ Glasslands
Australian eccentric Connan Mockasin just released his new album, Caramel, and is here for his first proper North American tour. This is his second of two NYC dates (Mercury Lounge was last night) and is sold out.
TOY, Spires @ Mercury Lounge
After a couple false starts and fresh off their second album, Join the Dots, UK motorik shoegazers TOY finally make it here for their first NYC shows. After playing Glasslands last night, they hit Mercury Lounge with likeminded locals Spires. Tickets are still available.
Sepalcure, Alex Burkat, Aquarian @ Cameo
When producers Machinedrum and Braille aren’t making excellent forward-thinking electronic music on they’re own, they’re making it together as Sepalcure. The duo haven’t played in a while, so tonight should be a real treat.
Self @ Gramercy Theatre
’90s rockers Self are celebrating their 1995 album, Subliminal Plastic Motives, which just got reissued by Fat Possum. This is their first show in nearly 10 years.
Neil Young @ Carnegie Hall
Neil Young did the Crazy Horse thing for much of 2012 and 2013, playing some excellent, noisy shows, and tonight he concludes his four-night run at Carnegie Hall, showing off his prettier side.
Meth Dad, Chiffon, Fielded, D. Cookin @ Death by Audio
Nashville electronic pop weirdo Meth Dad is currently on a tour with Chiffon which comes to NYC for two shows this week, this being the second. Dark pop artist Fielded is more than enough of a reason on her own to go to this show too.
Action Bronson @ Irving Plaza
The insanely prolific and always great NYC rapper Action Bronson deservedly continues to get bigger, and this week he’ll show that off with two big sold-out hometown shows. This is the first.
Mother Falcon, And the Kids @ Littlefield
Many-membered Austin chamber pop collective Mother Falcon are back in NYC this weekend for Winter Jazz Fest, which they play tomorrow, but before that they’ll headline this show at Littlefield tonight.
Zevious, EULA, Mount Gomery, Beasty @ Radio Bushwick
Between jazz/prog/rock band Zevious and fierce noise rockers EULA, this show should have no lack of intense and wacky rock.
Porches, My Dad, Gunk, Flagland @ Silent Barn
One of many chances to catch NYC “bummer pop” band Porches in their hometown, plus their Exploding In Sound labelmates My Dad, who are in from Chicago.
Against Me!, The Sidekicks, The Shondes @ The Stone Pony
Against Me!’s upcoming LP, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, their first since singer Laura Jane Grace came out as transgender, is shaping up to be one of the more interesting and anticipated releases of early 2014. If you missed them at MHOW last night, need to see them again, or this show is just more convenient for you, they’re in NJ at The Stone Pony tonight. Similarly anthemic openers The Sidekicks and The Shondes are not to miss either.
Arc Iris, Joy Kills Sorrow, David Wax Museum, Leyla McCalla, Grace & Tony, Wesley Stace (host) @ City Winery
Wesley Stace hosts his showcase for the 2014 APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) conference.
Joe Pernice @ Rockwood Music Hall
Wesley Stace was just on tour with Pernice, who plays solo at Rockwood Music Hall tonight. He’s a talented songwriter possessed with a honeyed voice not unlike The Zombies’ Colin Blunstone, and is a funny banterer to boot.
Anais Mitchell @ Rockwood Music Hall
Folk singer Anais Mitchell came to NYC for last night’s Downtown Comes Uptown show at Lincoln Center, and now, like every other artist on that bill (Emily King, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and Sean Rowe), she plays her own set at Rockwood Music Hall tonight. Anais’ show is at 8:30 PM, after Joe Pernice’s 7:15 show.
The Blind Boys of Alabama, Allen Toussaint, Ruthie Foster, Paul Thorn @ BB King’s
This show, as part of the APAP conference, features some great artists like influential New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint and legendary gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama (who got an increased presence in the indie world this year thanks to their new Justin Vernon-produced album).
Pepe Romero @ Brookfield Place Winter Garden (New York Guitar Festival)
The New York Guitar Festival kicks off tonight with this opening night concert from Spanish classical guitarist Pepe Romero, and continues with multiple shows through January 30.
Winter Jazz Fest (multiple shows/venues)
Winter Jazz Fest continues tonight with multiple shows in various NYC venues with sets from Dawn of Midi, Keren Ann, Nat Baldwin, Roomful of Teeth, and many more. Full schedule here.
Doug Gillard, Har Mar Superstar, Mike Bocchetti, Ben Lerman, Jodi Lennon @ Union Hall
New WFMU personality Dave Hill hosts this variety show that promises “an incredible night of comedy, music and gunplay” with Dave and his combo Valley Lodge as the house band.
Peelander Yellow, Unstoppable Death Machines, Math the Band, Ken South Rock @ Shea Stadium
Peelander Yellow will be playing acoustic tonight as well as “livepainting for crazy bands” which sounds kinda interesting.
Jake Bugg, Albert Hammond Jr., The Skins @ Terminal 5
He’s not even 19 yet, but UK singer Jake Bugg already counts guys like Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller as fans… and sold out Terminal 5.
Holy Ghost! (DJ Set), Alex English, rekLES @ Webster Hall
This edition of the “Girls & Boys” party features a headline set from ’80s-loving DFA duo Holy Ghost! That’s their exclamation point, by the way.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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