What’s going on Friday? (Gogol Bordello, Cali X, American Nightmare, Restorations, Sharpless, Sheer Mag & more)
Gogol Bordello at MHOW in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Gogol Bordello, Ana Tijoux, Man Man @ Terminal 5
Gogol Bordello often play NYC on New Year’s Eve, but this year they did it in Philly. However, they’re back now for a 2-night run tonight and Saturday, and what better time than the weekend after NYE to keep the party going?
American Nightmare / Give Up the Ghost, Code Orange, Full of Hell @ Webster Hall
American Nightmare/Give Up the Ghost was the great hardcore band of Wes Eisold before he went post-punk with Cold Cave, but lucky for us he brings them back every now and then. Both of tonight’s openers are equally crushing — this show is unmissable for fans of hardcore.
The Detroit Cobras, Jonathan Toubin (DJ), The Naked Heroes @ Baby’s All Right
Your third of three chances to see the garage rock covers crew Detroit Cobras in action in the NYC-area this week. Bringer of rock and roll parties Jonathan Toubin DJs.
California X, Big Ups, Ovlov, LVL UP @ Shea Stadium
California X’s new album on Don Giovanni continues their trend of mixing huge thick riffs with power pop melodies, and tonight’s the release party for it. The openers are all also great: post-hardcore band Big Ups, the similarly sludgy Ovlov, and indie rockers LVL UP.
Restorations, Creepoid, The Yum Dee Days @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Though 2014 saw new records from blue collar rock faves The Hold Steady, The Gaslight Anthem and The Menzingers, no band put out a better record of that kind in 2014 than Restorations (not that the others weren’t good too). Tonight they play this free show, and their shoegazey Philly neighbors Creepoid make it an excellent double bill.
Star Slinger, Trippy Turtle, Alex English, Dali, Hiyawatha @ Webster Hall
Webster Hall is gonna turn up tonight to this all-star lineup of dancefloor-moving DJs.
50 First Jokes at The Bell House
Start the year off right with the Ninth Annual 50 First Jokes at The Bell House. Hosted by comic John F. O’Donnell, this year’s show is packed with great talent, including stand up comedians Mike Lawrence, Brooke Van Poppelen, Jo Firestone (Punderdome 3000), Michael Che and Sasheer Zamata (SNL), and many more. Get tickets HERE.
Bellows, Sharpless, Yes Yes A Thousand Times Yes, Fern Mayo @ Aviv
If you’re unfamiliar, The Epoch collective is a group of NYC bands who make passionate DIY pop and mostly all share members. Tonight two of those bands, Bellows and Sharpless, team up for this show at new-ish Greenpoint venue Aviv.
Nat Baldwin, Voice Coils, Butcher Boy, Rokenri @ Silent Barn
This is a good bill for experimental pop, with The Dirty Projectors’ Nat Baldwin, and Voice Coils, the prog band fronted by Mitski featuring members of other local (and local-ish) bands like Porches, Roomrunner, Extra Life and more.
Sheer Mag, Sick Thoughts, Casanovas In Heat, Tapehead @ Saint Vitus
Good bill all around tonight — Philly’s Sheer Mag mix garage rock and shredding classic rock solos, Baltimore’s Sick Thoughts offer scummy garage punk, and Boston’s Katorga Works-signed Casanovas In Heat make punky power pop.
Darlene Love @ BB King’s
Darlene Love may never perform her classic Phil Spector collaboration “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on television again, but she’s still performing the song and other Christmas favorites at her shows. Tonight’s the final of four BB King’s shows in her annual Christmas run at the venue.
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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