What’s going on Wednesday? (Factory Floor, Patti Smith, Fear of Men, Courtney Barnett, July Talk, Greg Ashley & more)
Factory Floor @ 285 Kent, Dec. 2013 (more by PSquared)
Fear of Men @ Rough Trade RSD14 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Factory Floor, Protect-U @ MHOW
Rooted in Detroit techno and acid, Factory Floor bring a stark, post-punk outlook to their sound. Don’t expect an exact representation of the album tonight — the band rip up their songs live, with live drums and electronics played on the fly.
Acid Mothers Temple, Perhaps @ Mercury Lounge
Veteran Japanaese psych band Acid Mothers Temple are stopping in NYC tonight before heading to Texas’ capital for Austin Psych Fest. Tickets are still available
Fanfarlo, Lilies On Mars @ Rough Trade
Fanfarlo continue to move away from the Arcade Fire-isms of their debut into the realm of synthy ’80s pop. Tonight’s the second of two NYC shows on their current tour with Lilies on Mars.
Kristeen Young featuring Pornography, Ken Fury @ Bowery Electric
Kristeen has a had a regular gig for the last few year’s as Morrissey’s go-to opener. Here’s a chance to see her without some drunk person screaming “HOW SOON IS NOW!!!” in your ear. It’s her third of four April residency shows gearing up for…yet another Morrissey tour.
Better Than Ezra @ Irving Plaza
We can’t help but think of Norm McDonald’s “Weekend Update” from the mid-’90s: “…and in music news, #1 on the college charts this summer was Better Than Ezra. And at #2…Ezra.” Still funny.
July Talk @ Pianos (FREE)
Toronto’s July Talk are fronted by two co-lead singers, the Man Man-like Peter Dreimanis and the Stars/Metric-like Leah Fay. Tonight’s early 8 PM set at Pianos is totally free and open to the public.
Weyes Blood, Ignatz, Marcia Bassett, Kuschty Rye Ergot @ Silent Barn
Weyes Blood just played our Red Bull Sound Selects show last night at Baby’s All Right, but here’s another chance to see this talented Brooklynite’s ethereal stylings.
Greg Ashley, John Brothers @ Cake Shop
Greg Ashley is best known for fronting talented Texas psych band The Gris Gris, but has released a number of solo albums along the way too. His new one, Another Generation of Slaves, heads into boozy, piano-y, ’70s singer-songwriter mode.
Fear Of Men, Las Rosas @ Baby’s All Right
It’s a record release show for UK group Fear of Men whose new album, Loom, is full of shimmery indie pop. If you miss the days of the first Cranberries album (pre-“Zombie”) you should definitely investigate further. This is an early show, over by 10 PM. And…FREE.
Young Boys, Heavy Birds, The Factory Seconds, Hippy @ Death by Audio
Headliners the Young Boys make wild, gothy, garagey rock n’ roll (a la The Cramps), but we’re curious about The Factory Seconds, who used to be called Punks on Mars (and made really good glammy power pop).
Courtney Barnett @ Other Music
Courtney Barnett’s wordy psychedelic folk rock made for some excellent recordings on her double EP (that just finally got a US release this month), but her live show is essential as well, and not just a louder version of the record. You can get a taste of her show at tonight’s in-store (as long as you ordered the record through Other Music and gained entry).
Patti Smith, Jesse Smith, Eric Hoegemeyer @ The Greene Space
Patti Smith and her daughter Jesse will join Eric Hoegemeyer for a night of music and poetry. They’ll “perform their own compositions, the work of others such as Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, W.G. Sebald, Hildegard von Bingen, and salute friends and companions who have passed on in their own transformation.
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 performing tonight, but Max usually lets us know via his Twitter.
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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