What’s going on Saturday? (Dream Syndicate, Yvette, Johnny Marr, Ryan Adams, Yumi Zouma, Vorde, Fred Falke, more)
Yvette at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Special Guest, Yvette, Big Ups, Ovlov @ Death By Audio
With a week left of shows, Death by Audio is really promising to make their suprise special guests special. Last night was Ty Segall. Who will it be tonight? Don’t worry yourselves too much about it — borderline industrial rock duo Yvette, smartass punks Big Ups and Connecticut’s Ovlov are three reasons to go already
Johnny Marr, Meredith Shelton @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Recalling his prolific days with The Smiths, Johnny Marr has banged out two albums in a year’s time. They’re not at his 1985 peak, but they’re not bad either. He’s a lot of fun live, and peppers hit sets with oldies — any chance to see him play “The Headmaster Ritual” is worth considering
The Dream Syndicate, EZTV @ Rough Trade
One of the leaders in LA’s early-’80s “Paisley Underground” scene, The Dream Syndicate looked to The Velvet Underground and other ’60s bands while most were playing with synthesizers. Broken up since the late ’80s, Wynn reformed the band in 2012 with ’80s-era members Dennis Duck and Mark Walton, plus Miracle 3 guitarist Jason Victor and they’ve been playing sporadically ever since. This is their first NYC show in 25 years.
Ryan Adams, Butch Walker @ Carnegie Hall
Ryan Adams has been a busy guy this year with a new solo album, collaborating on stage with Bob Mould, covering Foreigner and Bryan Adams, and whatever else it is he’s up to. He’s also on tour now and tonight is the first of five NYC-area shows, two of which are solo gigs at Carnegie Hall.
Tei Shi, Yumi Zouma, Oyinda @ Baby’s All Right
New Zealand’s Yumi Zouma mix synthpop and indiepop styles, which makes Cascine an ideal label for the band. They play tonight with Brooklyn (by way of Argentina, Vancouver and Montreal) singer Tei Shi who makes appealingly danceable pop.
Guantanamo Baywatch, Fletcher C. Johnson, Scully @ Baby’s All Right
After the Tei Shi/Yumi Zouma show, hang around Baby’s for something less shiny and more garagey.
Naam, White Hills, No Way, Blackout, It’s Not Night, It’s Space, Chimpgrinder, Wonderbreed, Eidetic Seeing, Mountain God, Blackest, Grizzlor @ Paper Box
There’s some cool bands on this all-day show that they’re calling Sludgefeast, but most notably it’s the last show by psych rockers NAAM before they go on hiatus. Catch ’em while you still can.
Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa, Fascinator, Cuddle Formation @ Cake Shop
Former Ponytail guitarist Dustin Wong moved back to his childhood home of Japan after completing his trilogy of loop-based albums and began collaborating with musician Takako Minekawa. Using a specially designed interface that allows them to switch from guitar to keyboards to sampler to vocals, their music is creative and playful. Tonight’s show is with Australian ex-pat Fascinator, whose eccentric brand of pop is definitely worth arriving early.
Antarctigo Vespucci, Hard Girls, Mikey Erg, Turnip King @ Palisades
Antarctigo Vespucci is the collaborative project of Fake Problems singer Chris Farren and former Bomb the Music Industry singer Jeff Rosenstock. Their tourmates Hard Girls make superior indie punk, making this a very good double billed tour. Great support at this show too from punk’s everywhere man Mikey Erg and local indie rockers Turnip King.
Fred Falke, Alex English @ Cielo
Get on those dancing shoes and head to Cielo where the great French house producer Fred Falke will handle the boards.
Tim Sweeney, Tom Noble, Palmbomen @ Cameo
Tonight is the 15th anniversary party for Tim Sweeney’s “Beats in Space” show which has aired every airs every Tuesday on WNYU. Tim was instrumental in shaping the early days of DFA so expect a night of that style disco and dance.
Supersuckers, Hail Action @ Knitting Factory
Supersuckers have been putting out quality cowpunk, garage rock and more since the early ’90s, and this year they returned with Get the Hell, their first album since 2008. Shit will be kicked tonight.
Holy Sons, Elisa Ambrogio, Ryan Sawyer @ Union Pool
Good show all around with Emil Amos’ (Grails, Om) trippy Holy Sons project, Elisa Ambrogio of noise trio Magik Markers who makes significantly less noisy material on her new solo debut, and well-matched opener Ryan Sawyer.
Shilpa Ray, Northern Arms, D’NT @ Cameo Gallery
Punk blues rocker Shilpa Ray is one of Brooklyn’s many always-consistent gems. Tonight’s as good a chance as any to catch her live.
Suzanne Vega @ Joe’s Pub (2 shows)
She may be be best known for “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner” (both from 1987’s Solitude Standing) but Suzanne Vega’s gift for songwriting has continued since. She plays an early and a late show tonight.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Mini Mansions @ Bowery Ballroom
This quirky Detroit pop duo are fond of high concepts, elaborate stage shows, and big hooks. Their first of two NYC shows this week.
Vorde, Haethen, KAMA RUPA, Drowning The Virgin Silence @ Acheron
Vorde have been one of the better black metal bands on the local NYC scene for a while now, and this week they put out their debut album (stream a couple tracks below). Tonight’s the release show.
Devin, Walking Shapes, The Big Sleep, Youngman Grand, Whiskey Bitches @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
It’s another night of food, drinks, arcade games, shopping and indie rock at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Free to get in.
Phil Lesh @ Capitol Theatre
As any Deadhead can tell you, Phil Lesh plays the favorites and his current band does it well. It’s another night of his never-ending residency at The Cap, and these shows are always a good time.
Seu Jorge @ Blue Note
Best known here in America for acting in City of God and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (which he scored using only acoustic, Portuguese David Bowie covers), but Brazilian artist Seu Jorge has been making music since the ’90s. This is part of his eight-night run at the Blue Note.
Skanksgiving 2014 w/ The Pietasters, The Slackers, Mephiskapheles, Westbound Train, Avon Junkies, Backyard Superheroes @ Starland Ballroom
It’s not quite Thanksgiving but it’s definitely Skanksgiving tonight at Starland Ballroom, which hosts a slew of veteran ska bands.
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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