What’s going on Friday? (Holy Ghost!, Perfect Pussy, DIIV, Real Estate, Dub Thompson, Despise You, Moon Boots & more)
Holy Ghost! at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Real Estate, Pure X @ MHOW
Real Estate’s new album, Atlas, is a great spring listen which makes their two sold-out NYC shows this weekend with tourmates Pure X all the more enticing.
Perfect Pussy, Sarongs, Friendless Bummer @ Death by Audio
Perfect Pussy’s solid debut album is out now, but it’s really all about the live show where this intense noise punk band really shines. This is their first of two sold out NYC shows this weekend, and considering the location (smaller, DIY, all ages), tonight’s will likely be the rowdier one.
Holy Ghost!, That Work (DJ) @ Webster Hall
As a warm up to Coachella, DFA mainstays Holy Ghost! are playing two NYC shows. Tonight’s at Webster Hall and tomorrow (4/5) it’s a a sold-out show at Baby’s All Right.
DIIV, Nothing, Lofts @ Glasslands
It’s a great double bill at Glasslands tonight with the heavy shoegaze of Nothing that’s even heavier live than on record, and DIIV whose music should probably never incite a mosh pit but often does anyway.
Kelela, Venus X DJ set, Shayne HBA DJ set @ Rough Trade
While the “alt-R&B” tag is getting very popular, and it’s questionable how much of that stuff really deserves the “alt” prefix, Kelela definitely does. She works with various underground producers (mostly of the Night Slugs/Fade to Mind crew) and really pushes the boundaries of the genre. Tonight’s her second of two sold out shows at Rough Trade.
Bronze Radio Return, Gem Club, The Suzan, Alexandra Stewart @ 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. Of particular note tonight: Boston’s Eno-esque Gem Club, and the always fun Japanese band The Suzan.
Cajmere, Lee Curtiss, Moon Boots, Maxxi Soundsystem, Russ Yallop @ Verboten
New Williamsburg dance club Verboten continues to have great bills, including tonight’s which is filled with excellent house music new (Moon Boots) and old (Cajmere).
Yellow Ostrich, Pattern is Movement @ Bowery Ballroom
Poppy indie band Yellow Ostrich played a small private NYC show earlier this year, but tonight’s their first public show since the release of Cosmos. Pattern Is Movement this a solid double bill too.
Dub Thompson, Warehouse @ Baby’s All Right
California’s Dub Thompson will release their debut album in June via Dead Oceans. We’ve only heard one song of theirs — the funky first single, “Dog Races,” which is a little reminiscent of mid-’90s Beck or Soul Coughing. We’re intrigued.
Despise You, Magrudergrind, Backslider, Grudges @ Silent Barn
Powerviolence legends Despise You play two NYC shows this weekend. Tomorrow’s at Saint Vitus is with Full of Hell which is a great double bill, but tonight’s is a smaller show, and sure to be a crazy one.
Jon Langford & Skull Orchard, Meghann Wright, Tatters & Rags @ The Bell House
The Mekons frontman just released his latest solo album, Here Be Monsters, this week. Langford shows — with or without the Mekons — are usually a boozy, wooly good time.
Inga Copeland, Deepchord, Huerco S, Wilhelm Bras @ Cameo Gallery (Unsound Festival)
Unsound Festival continues tonight and it’s a good lineup all around with Dean Blunt collaborator Inga Copeland, ambient dub duo Deepchord, NYC minimalist Huerco S, and Pawel Kulczynski’s Wilhelm Bras project.
Stara Reza, Phill Niblock, Demdike Stare, Michael England and Sinfonietta Cracovia players @ First Unitarian Church (Unsound)
There’s also this Unsound show tonight, which among other things, includes a presentation of experimental duo Demdike Stare’s new A/V chamber work, Concealed.
Porches, Frankie Cosmos @ Rodrigue’s Coffee House at Fordham University
Tonight’s Fordham show is buzzy twee popster Frankie Cosmos’ last in NYC before she heads out on tour this month (of course there’s plenty scheduled for when she gets home). It’s with Porches, whose frontman Aaron Maine is in Frankie’s live band (and Frankie, or Greta Kline, is also in Porches).
Psychedelic Furs @ Wellmont Theatre
It’s still okay to dance like Molly Ringwald, especially when seeing Richard and Tim Butler’s veteran alt-rock group turn on the hits. “Love My Way,” “Into You Like a Train,” and “President Gas” still sound great.
Eats Everything, My Favorite Robot, Lauren Lane, Dave DK @ Output
UK producer Eats Everything is a member of Dirtybird (whose roster also includes Claude Vonstroke, Justin Martin and more), and like many artists on that label, EE provides excellent house music which will fill Output tonight.
Lady Gaga @ Roseland Ballroom
The long-lived NYC venue Roseland Ballroom will be closing its doors in early April, but before then it will go out with seven Lady Gaga shows, this being the fifth.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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