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What’s going on Friday? (The Marked Men, Mission of Burma, Speedy Ortiz, Mutual Benefit, Don Giovanni showcase & more)

The Marked Men at Chaos in Tejas 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Marked Men

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…

The Marked Men, Future Punx, Tenement @ Saint Vitus
Denton garage punk greats The Marked Men aren’t the most active band — their last record came out in 2009 and the members have been spending a lot of time in side projects. They also haven’t played NYC in eight years but that changes this weekend with three shows in two days at Saint Vitus. This is the first, and if you’re going don’t miss likeminded punks Tenement who are pretty undeniable live or Future Punx, the new project from ex-Fergus & Geronimo member Jason Kelly.

Mission of Burma @ The Bell House
One of the most influential American indie/punk bands of the ’80s (Signals, Calls, and Marches and Vs. are stone-cold classics), the band continue their mission (sorry) today with strident vigor. They’re still great.

Speedy Ortiz, Krill, Odonis Odonis, Heeney, Infinity Girl @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
It’s another night of free music and (not free) food, drinks and games at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar with always-impressive indie rockers Speedy Ortiz, the slightly quirkier Krill, dark Toronto rockers Odonis Odonis and more.

Mutual Benefit, Leapling @ Mercury Lounge
Mutual Benefit quickly picked up buzz towards the end of last year for their sound which came pretty fully realized (comparisons include Sufjan and The Antlers). Tonight’s their first of two NYC shows this week.

Laura Stevenson, Shellshag, Upset, Nude Beach, Worriers @ MHOW
It’s the second night of the three-night Don Giovanni Brooklyn showcase with a typically excellent lineup featuring the biting pop punk of Worriers (Lauren Measure’s new band), the scrappy power pop of Nude Beach, the poppy punk (but not pop punk) of Upset (mems Vivian Girls/Hole), eccentric duo Shellshag, and singer/songwriter Laura Stevenson.

John Talabot DJ set, Shit Robot DJ set @ SRB Brooklyn
Barcelona producer John Talabot and DFA producer Shit Robot both have solid recorded output, and from the sounds of mixes they’ve done they have pretty good record collections too, so they should be able to keep the place dancing when they DJ tonight.

Egyptrixx, Sinden, Judge Wise @ Glasslands
Toronto’s Egyptrixx brings his atmospheric, spacey electronic music to Glasslands. This show was supposed to happen on January 3 but was rescheduled due to weather to tonight.

Pilot to Gunner, All Eyes West, Easy Creatures @ Cake Shop
Early 2000s-era post-hardcore-leaning indie rockers Pilot to Gunner were quiet for a while but they recently became more active once again, following the release of 2012’s Guilty Guilty, their first album since 2004. If you’re going to tonight’s show, Chicago’s All Eyes West are wortch catching too.

+/- {Plus Minus}, Heaven @ Mercury Lounge
+/- went away for a while but they’re back again with a new album that puts you right back in the mid-2000s. It’s all good stuff, and tonight should be a pretty good show. Openers Heaven include members that have played with Dean & Britta, Swervedriver, The Big Sleep and others.

DIIV DJ set, Pizza Underground, Mykki Blanco, Devendra Banhart DJ set, Exitmusic DJ set, Frances Rose, Shining Mirrors, Lewis Lazar & more @ The Paper Box
There’s tons of music and non-music at this multimedia show. Notably it’s another chance to see rapper Mykki Blanco who is always a great time live… and hear pizza-themed version of Velvet Underground/Lou Reed songs (the way they were always meant to be heard) courtesy of Macaulay Culkin’s band Pizza Underground.

Lanterns on the Lake, Jesse Woods, Juniore, Andy Shauf @ Baby’s All Right
This UK group make ethereal, widescreen rock that works dynamics hard, soaring one moment, swooping the next. Sigur Ros or Explosions in the Sky are good touchstones, but Lanterns on the Lake are doing their own thing. This is their second of two NYC shows this week.

Ben Browning of Cut Copy DJ set, Joel Ford DJ set, Napolian DJ set @ Cameo Gallery
There was a time when Cut Copy where as known for their remix/DJ skills as they were for their own songs, and Browning clearly knows how to work a dancefloor. Joel Ford ain’t no slouch, either.

San Fermin, Son Lux @ Bowery Ballroom
The project of Nico Muhly associate Ellis Ludwig-Leone, orch-pop collective San Fermin released their swoony self-titled debut last year, that falls somewhere between Dirty Projects and the soundtrack to RENT. Tonight’s show is sold out.

Lord Huron, Night Moves @ Terminal 5
Lord Huron is making much poppier folk than the freak folk-leanings of his early career which has him in increasingly larger venues like tonight’s Terminal 5.

Daniel Francis Doyle, Sundelles, Psychic Book Club, Final Bloom @ Death By Audio
Quirky Austin songwriter Daniel Francis Doyle (listen to some songs here) headlines this show that also features underrated locals Sundelles.

Pictureplane, Skin Town, DJ Dog Sick, Skull Katalog, Chez Deep, Cunt Mafia @ Trans Pecos
NYC partystarter Pictureplane films a music video at Todd P’s new venue Trans Pecos (915 Wyckoff Ave, aka the old Silent Barn space) tonight with a ton of other friends on the bill, including genre-bender DJ Dog Dick.

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

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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