What’s going on Wednesday? (Dinosaur Jr, Lower, Hudson Mohawke, James Murphy, World Party, Black Breath, more)
Dinosaur Jr at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Hudson Mohawke @ Webster Hall (Red Bull Music Academy)
As a prominent Kanye collaborator and one half of trap duo TNGHT, Hudson Mohawke is one of the current leaders in dance music, and for good reason. Tonight he returns to NYC for a Red Bull Music Academy show at Webster Hall.
Acid Mothers Temple, Perhaps @ Knitting Factory
Veteran Japanaese psych band Acid Mothers Temple kicked off their North American tour in NYC back in April, and now they end it here as well.
World Party @ City Winery
Karl Wallinger is still working on the new World Party album but in the meantime is back in North America, testing out new songs and playing old favorites too. This is the first of two NYC shows.
The Memories, The Lemons, Street Gnar @ Death by Audio
Like your pop with catchy bubblegum melodies, minimal accompaniment, and even less production value? Tonight’s show — all three bands have affiliations with Burger Records — fits that bill.
Saint Rich, Mon Khmer, Conveyor @ Glasslands
An offshoot of Delicate Steve (role-reversal is probably a more correct term), Saint Rich keep things greasy with their brand of boogie riffs and laid-back grooves.
Lower, Survival @ Home Sweet Home
Lower make moody punk not unlike their Denmark neighbors in Iceage who recently became their labelmates, seeing as Lower have signed to Matador for their forthcoming album. This is their first of two NYC shows this week.
Dinosaur Jr., Screaming Females, Creepoid @ MHOW
Unlike many of their reunited ’80s/’90s-era indie rock pals, Dinosaur Jr basically picked up where they left off with their 2005 reunion, and with three quality records out since then they haven’t looked back. They’re also partially responsible for making guitar solos cool in indie rock, which makes openers Screaming Females a perfect fit. And Creepoid, who do justice to ’90s slowcore, are worth catching as well.
James Murphy, Eric Duncan @ Output
Maybe it’s not the most exciting thing when even your favorite band does a DJ set, but when LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy (who was a DJ before starting LCD) takes to the boards, we at least know we’re in for a unique treat that usually includes a handful of obscure disco gems.
Lycaon Pictus, Relations, Forts, Strange Kids @ Pianos
Drawing from a variety of postpunk influences, Relations make dark-hued but catchy, danceable pop, as heard on their debut album, Songbirds. Tonight’s the final show of their May residency.
Black Breath, Mutilation Rites, Yautja, Theories @ Santos Party House
It’s a great triple bill at Santos tonight with thrash devotees Black Breath, Brooklyn’s sludge/crust/black/etc rippers Mutilation Rites, and the impressively weird but punishing Yautja.
Belle Mare, Modern Merchant, Drone Ranger, Turnip King @ Shea Stadium
London native Amelia Bushell and Thomas Servidone met at a Brooklyn open mic, the two bonded and soon Belle Mare was formed. The duo’s 2013 debut, The Boat of the Fragile Mind, has a spare, delicate sound, hinging on Bushell’s hushed, fragile (yet soulful) vocals and the production adds a lovely air of mystery.
Kommandant, Goat Torment, Manticore @ Paper Box
Missed Maryland Death Fest? Get a mouthful of rotting leftovers via this show. Unfortunately, New Zealand’s blackened death bruisers, Diocletian, are no longer playing it.
Honduras, Painted Zeros, Huge Pupils, O-Face, ONWE @ Silent Barn
Honduras bring a lot of different influences to the table. A little garage, yes, but there’s ’80s/’90s British indie too. While it may not be anything you haven’t exactly heard before, Honduras write very hooky songs and, as importantly, the bring a real energy to the performance.
Gregory Brothers, The Key of Awesome @ Mercury Lounge
You might know know them by name, but you know their work. The Gregory Brothers are the ones behind Autotune the News, “Double Rainbow” and the “Bed Intruder Song.”
Phil Lesh & Friends @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
We’re sure The Grateful Dead are still loathed by many indie rockers out there, but not all. If you’re at all interested, Phil & Friends put on great shows and the setlists are loaded with fan favorites.
American Sharks, Dirty Fences, Weird Womb @ Mercury Lounge
Last night, Texas stoner rockers American Sharks hit MHOW for an overload of riffs on their tour opening for Red Fang and Big Business. Tonight they take the headlining spot and it’s a more garage rock-leaning bill overall that’ll hopefully get the usually more staid Mercury Lounge crowd moving.
Slavve, EULA, Future Death, Fins @ Baby’s All Right
It’s gonna get loud at Baby’s tonight with Brooklyn rock duo Slavve (members of Surfer Blood and Weird Wives), their Bloodmoss labelmates from Austin, Future Death, local noise rockers EULA and messy CT post-hardcore band Fins.
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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