What’s going on Saturday? (Indie Pop Prom, Courtney Barnett, Four Tet, KEN mode, Cheap Time, Suuns, Savoir Adore, more)
Katie of Bad Banana w/ Waxatchee at P4K 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
SPECIAL GUEST HEADLINERS “Traitor Bitches,” Bad Banana, Radiator Hospital, Places to Hide, Pity Sex, Friendless Bummer @ Baby’s All Right
It’s the return of Indie Pop Prom with a stacked lineup a reunion set from Bad Banana (an old prokect of Katie Crutchfield of Waxatchee and her twin sister Allison of Swearin’), the heart-on-your-sleeve indie rock of Radiator Hospital, Atlanta’s ’90s-loving Places to Hide, emo shoegazers Pity Sex, Syracuse punks Friendless Bummer, and SPECIAL GUEST headliners. Maybe it’s that other Syracuse punk band Perfect Pussy, who Friendless Bummer play NYC with in April??
Four Tet, Martyn, Anthony Naples (DJ set) @ Terminal 5
Four Tet’s one of the most consistently great electronic musicians around right now, and though he’s usually in smaller venues, tonight he makes the move up to Terminal 5. Hopefully that giant room will be moving. Before him, Dutch dubstep producer/Brainfeeder affiliate Martyn plays a set, and Anthony Naples is DJing.
Russian Circles, KEN mode, Inter Arma @ Saint Vitus
This is one hell of a triple bill for metal (with some non-metal crossover), including the heavy post-rockers Russian Circles, ferocious post-hardcore rippers KEN mode, and the psychedelic black metallers Inter Arma. It’s their second NYC show this week, sold out.
Earl Sweatshirt, Ratking @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
If you’re like, totally over Odd Future, there’s a chance that Earl Sweatshirt is the one rapper in the crew you still have some faith in. If that’s the case, lucky for you he comes to NYC for two shows this week. This is the second, sold out.
Beacon, Glass Gang, Lia Mice @ Glasslands
The electronic pop of Brooklyn’s Beacon has become a regular on the local live show circuit, and tonight’s another chance to witness it.
Jessica Pratt @ Other Music
Jessica Pratt debut album captured the spirit of ’60s psychedelic folk musically and aesthetically, and her recent single continues trend just as well. She just played Brooklyn Night Bazaar last night, and she hangs around NYC for this free in-store tonight at 9 PM.
Courtney Barnett, Kins @ Knitting Factory
One of CMJ’s breakouts last year, Australian charmer Courtney Barnett has now signed with Mom + Pop who will release her The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas in the US. Her two NYC shows — this is the second — are both sold out. Opening are fellow Aussies, Kins.
LODRO @ Baby’s All Right NYE 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Suuns, LODRO, Bueno @ Shea Stadium
Montreal band Suuns manage to sound sinister without resorting to eyeliner or black nail polish, and their live show is intense. Good openers tonight, too, in LODRO and Bueno.
Spank Rock, Juiceboxx, Lil Internet @ Cameo
You may associate electro rapper Spank Rock with the mid-’00s halcyon days of Williamsburg, but he can still crank the party knob to 11.
Savoir Adore, Tropic Of Pisces, Syvia @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight’s headlined by Brooklyn widescreen pop band Savoir Adore.
Overlord, Radical Dads, Calotype @ Pianos
Though their name might lead you to think they’re a metal band, Overlord are in fact sparkingly pop. Catch them tonight with superior indie rock trio Radical Dads.
The Big Sleep, Nightmare Air, KNTRLR, Sun Club @ Death by Audio
Veterans of the Brooklyn indie rock scene (11 years strong) The Big Sleep Remain a force, especially live. Also on tonight’s bill: LA band Nightmare Air.
Cheap Time, Pampers, Nancy @ Union Pool
Cheap Time’s latest album, Exit Smiles, is sneering, snarling punk not too far off early-’80s-era The Fall. This is the first of two NYC shows for these Nashvillites and this one is with Brooklyn’s premiere “thug pop” band, Pampers.
Ellen Allien, Butane, Alejandro Sab @ Output
Germany’s Ellen Allien continues to break boundaries for electronic music, but isn’t just a studio experimenter. She’s right at home in the clubs too.
Kanye West @ Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City)
Kanye’s Yeezus tour has been quite the spectacle, and it should impress even the biggest of the “hip hop sucks live” naysayers. He brought it to NYC for four shows in November, but if you missed it then or just need to see it again, he’s in the surrounding area for a few dates this month, including tonight’s Atlantic City show.
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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