What’s going on Friday? (Bob Dylan, DFA1979, Quintron, College, Rhys Darby, George Clinton, Hooded Fang, #RSDBF)
DFA 1979 at FFF 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Bob Dylan @ Beacon Theatre
Bob Dylan undeniably changed the worlds of folk music and folk rock, and over half a century after the release of his first album he’s still going strong. His 36th album is due out next year and right now he’s on a tour which begins a five-night run at Beacon Theater tonight.
Death From Above 1979, Biblical @ Terminal 5
Returning 10 years after their debut album, DFA1979 are still partying like it’s 2004 with their fuzzy brand of drums-and-bass.
Quintron’s Weather Warlock w/ Sean Lennon, Steve Shelley, Nels Cline & more @ Secret Project Robot
Speaking of party machines, Quintron is playing this special show featuring his self-designed piece of equipment (the “Weather Warlock”) that makes sounds based on atmospheric conditions. He’s got a host of guests helping him out for this show.
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic @ BB King Blues Club
The legendary George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic pushed the boundaries of rock, soul, funk and psychedelia on their classic early ’70s albums, and they’re still at it. This week saw the release of First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate, the first Funkadelic record since 2008.
College, Eno @ Highline Ballroom
French electronic musician College may still be best known in some circles for his contribution to the Drive soundtrack, but he’s got more where that came from, as we’ll hear at Highline tonight. Opening is NYC’s Eno, not to be confused with Brian.
Rhys Darby @ Bell House (2 Shows)
Best known as Flight of the Conchords’ manager, Murray, the New Zealand comedian is not to be missed. Mark yourself “present” at either the early or late show.
American Wrestlers, Splashh, Kate Rush, Heathered Pearls (DJ Set), R. Stevie Moore (DJ & MC) @ Baby’s All Right
American Wrestlers are freshly signed to Fat Possum and make catchy, jangly indiepop. Check out “I Can Do No Wrong” below. Also on the bill are Brooklyn’s ’80s-sweater-loving R&B/newwave throwbacks Splashh.
Grade, Ensign, Jewel Heist, Regret @ Saint Vitus
’90s-era post-hardcore band Grade were one of the bands who signed to Victory before that label turned to shit, and helped pioneer the screaming/singing mix that would soon take over most of that label’s output and a ton of other bands in the 2000s emo scene. They’re reunited now, and tonight they make their return to NYC with fellow ’90s hardcore band Ensign on board as well.
Hooded Fang, EZTV, We Can’t Enjoy Ourselves @ Glasslands
Toronto’s Hooded fang make trippy, organ-fueled, party-friendly garage pop. They play tonight with EZTV who owe a lot to early-’80s powerpop like Let’s Active, Tommy Keene and Matthew Sweet.
Living Colour, Unlocking The Truth @ Irving Plaza
Two opposite ends of the heavy metal spectrum meet at Irving Plaza tonight with ’80s-era veterans Living Colour and one of the youngest bands to ever play Coachella, Unlocking the Truth.
Phil Lesh @ Capitol Theatre
Another weekend, another 2-night stand of Phil Lesh at The Cap. 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.
Hockey, Born Cages, Evvy, Napoleon @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
it’s another night of free tunes plus food, drinks, shopping, arcade games and more at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Tonight’s lineup is headlined by former buzz band Hockey.
It’s also Record Store Day Black Friday, with a bunch of exclusive titles that might make good holiday gifts? That’s what they’re banking on, anyway. We do kinda want the New Order 1981-1982 EP repress.
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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