What’s going on Wednesday? (Yo La Tengo, Museum of Love, Blind Boys of Alabama, Bob Dylan, Jhene Aiko & more)
Yo La Tengo @ The Bell House, December 2013 (more by PSquared)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
New Build, Museum of Love @ Me1rcury Lounge
On tour together New Build and Museum of Love share a sound (soulful, serious dance music) and a history: MoL’s Pat Mahoney played drums with Al Doyle in both Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem. Let’s hope for some cross-pollination tonight.
Yo La Tengo, Antietam @ Town Hall
While their Maxwell’s Hanukkah shows are sorely missed, Yo La Tengo will be celebrating the season — and their 30th anniversary — with two shows at Town Hall, tonight be the first. Unlike Thursday’s show with The Feelies, you can still get tickets for tonight (with Antietam).
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 concludes his five-night run at Beacon Theater tonight.
Kim Gordon & Loren Connors, Gary War @ Issue Project Room
Avant-guitar wiz Loren Connors has performed with Kim Gordon’s ex-husband/bandmate Thurston Moore numerous times, but this is the first time he and Kim will be collaborating live so it should be an interesting one. The terrifically weird Gary War opens.
James Blake (DJ), Airhead, Dan Foat, Mr. Assister @ Output
James Blake just played an intimate live show at Music Hall of Williamsburg two days ago, and tonight he appears in NYC again but this time to DJ.
Jhene Aiko, SZA, The Internet @ Best Buy Theatre
Jhene Aiko and SZA are two of the better artists to have come out of the alt-R&B trend, and tonight they team up for a show together. Odd Future’s The Internet should fit the bill pretty well too.
Say Anything, Saves The Day, Reggie & The Full Effect @ Irving Plaza
You may balk at the idea of seeing Say Anything and Saves the Day in 2014 (some of you may even balk at the idea of doing that ever), but if you do want to, there’s no better tour to see than this. Saves the Day are playing their 15-year-old gamechanger Through Being Cool and Say Anything are playing their 10-year-old …Is A Real Boy, an ambitious album from the usually-not-ambitious pop punk scene. This is night 2 of 2.
The Blind Boys of Alabama @ Symphony Space
This gospel group has been going strong since the 1940s, and their last release was 2013’s Justin Vernon-produced I’ll Find A Way. Tonight’s their 2014 holiday show in NYC.
Jose James @ Rockwood Music Hall
Neo-soul singer Jose James is in town for a two-night stand of solo acoustic shows at Rockwood Music Hall (both sold out).
The Pizza Underground, Har Mar Superstar, Toby Goodshank @ Bowery Ballroom
The year’s cheesiest tour comes to a near-end tonight in NYC with the always fun Har Mar Superstar, and the pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute act (featuring Macaulay Culkin) that has extended its 15 minutes to over a year.
Chrome Canyon, Young Ejecta, Alex Pasternak (DJ Set), Evan Michael (DJ Set), DJ Lady Guy @ Glasslands
While on record Chrome Canyon is just Morgan Z, live CC are a full band who bring his early-’80s synth vision to life. It’s a very narrow focus — somewhere around 1982, between Jan Hammer, Wendy Carlos, the themes to Knight Rider and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy miniseries — but they do it very well. Also on board tonight: Joel Ford and Leanne Macomber synthpop project Young Ejecta.
Pinegrove, What Moon Things, Youth Worship, Railings @ Shea Stadium
When Asobi Seksu went on hiatus, guitarist James Hanna formed Youth Worship who follow in a similar, if more rocking, style.
Slothrust, Thelma & The Sleaze, Aye Nako, Little Waist @ Silent Barn
Bad puns aside, Nashville trio Thelma and the Sleaze make killer riff-n-attitude rock n’ roll. Their second NYC show of their tour, this one’s a rock-solid bill with Slothrust and Aye Nako worth catching too.
James Hoff, C. Spencer Yeh @ The Kitchen
The December installment of The Kitchen’s “Synth Nights” series features two Brooklyn artist/musicians: Hoff with his BLASTER project – he infects drum machines with computer viruses; Yeh, meanwhile, will perform “improvisations on violin, voice, and electronics, presenting his most recent electro-acoustic strategies while revisiting older autodidactic performance gestures.”
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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