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What’s going on Friday? (The Sidekicks, Sylvan Esso, Sufjan Stevens, Foxing, Rhyton, Bottoms, Saul Williams & more)

photo: The Sidekicks at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)
Sidekicks
Sidekicks

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…

The Sidekicks, Cayetana, All Dogs, Roger Harvey @ Baby’s All Right
Columbus, Ohio’s The Sidekicks just dropped their fourth album and first for Epitaph, Runners in the Nerved World, which finds the once-punk band moving into Shins/Band of Horses territory. They excel at both sounds, and BV is proud to present tonight’s record release show which also includes two indie punk bands — Cayetana and All Dogs — and somber songwriter Roger Harvey.

Sylvan Esso, Mr. Twin Sister @ Terminal 5
Sylvan Esso blew right up in 2014, skipping straight from Bowery Ballroom to a sold-out show at Terminal 5. Their appealing debut album and charming stage presence of singer Amelia Meath have a lot to do with it. If you’re going, get there early for Mr Twin Sister who fit right in with SE’s inviting, danceable sound.

Bottoms, DJ Samson (DJ), Ryan Smith (DJ) @ Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn trio Bottoms make bass-heavy, slightly gothy techno/electro dance music, as heard on their debut EP which is out this week. Tonight’s the release show it with MEN’s DJ Samson on DJ duties.

Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Round-Up’ w/ Yarn/Wire @ BAM
While Sufjan will release his first studio album since 2010 this March, ahead of that he’s premiering a new piece called Round-Up at BAM which continues tonight and runs through Sunday (1/25). Sufjan will be on electronics and new-music ensemble Yarn/Wire is on piano and percussion.

Foxing, Slingshot Dakota, Everyone Everywhere, What Moon Things, The Sea Life @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This is a pretty great bill (and for free) with the emotionally raw Foxing, hard-hitting indie pop duo Slingshot Dakota, ’90s-emo devotees Everyone Everwhere, post-punks What Moon Things, and indie rockers The Sea Life.

Ricky Eat Acid, Skylar Spence (fka Saint Pepsi), Foxes in Fiction, Fissures @ Palisades
DIY electronic musician just signed to an imprint of Atlantic and dropped a new single that’s significantly more fully formed than any of his previous work. Catch him tonight with old pal Foxes In Fiction and more at Palisades.

Profligate, P.O.I., Jahiliyyah Fields, Nick Klein @ Palisades
Hang around Palisades late-night after the Ricky Eat Acid show for a bill of noisy/bleak electronic music.

Mister Lies, Pregnant, Nicholas Nicholas, Warm Tape, Godmode (DJ) @ Silent Barn
Silent Barn’s got a good bill all around of post-chillwave electronic pop songwriters tonight. Maybe you caught Nicholas Nicholas’ other band Phantom Posse (iLoveMakonnen included) at the same venue earlier this week.

Teengirl Fantasy DJs, J Slusher, Rhyton, Dinowalrus, Low Nox (John Atkinson of Aa), Excepter DJs @ Trans Pecos
Trans-Pecos hosts this multi-genre show tonight, spanning sounds from the psychedelia of Rhyton to the ambience of Aa member John Atkinson, to whatever Teengirl Fantasy decides to drop on us.

Set and Setting, Blackout, A Film in Color @ Acheron
While Set and Setting come from a metal scene, they make the kind of beautiful post-rock that soars more than it crushes. They put out an excellent LP on Prosthetic Records last year, and it sounds like the kind of thing that could be really overwhelming (in a good way) live.

Couch Slut, Tile, Microwaves, Chain Gang Grave @ Saint Vitus
NYC’s Couch Slut make an unrelenting mix of metal, hardcore and noise rock, and they haven’t become regulars on the local heavy scene for nothing.

Lia Ices, Seoul, White Prism @ Rough Trade
Lia Ices changed her sound up on last year’s Ices, when she chose to work with unlikely collaborator Clams Casino. Check out her new style live tonight. If you’re going, Montreal band Seoul make airy, ’80s-inspired soft pop and are worth showing up early to catch.

Concreatures, Adult Dude, Brett Saxon @ Union Hall
NYC shoegazey-90s-alt-rock indie band Concreatures celebrate their new LP at this year, and the Dino Jr/Superchunk-y Adult Dude are always a good local band to catch as well.

Dragons of Zynth, Saul Williams, Tamar-Kali, Garland Jeffreys @ Highline Ballroom
This is The Black Rock Coalition’s “Million Man Mosh 3,” with a wide variety of acts playing including four-decade career vet Garland Jeffreys, poet/singer Saul Williams, singer Tamar-kali, and indie rockers Dragons of Zynth.

Shilpa Ray, Not Blood Paint, Tall Juan, Vagabon, Bethlehem Steel, Ovlov, and more tba! @ Shea Stadium
Punk blues singer Shilpa Ray headlines this benefit for the familes of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, which also features a solo set from sludgy rockers Ovlov and more.

Amanda Jo Williams, Batfog @ Sugarcube
If you’re looking for something different to do after work, head to the Seaport where you can hang and see bands at inflatable venue Sugarcube. It’s free and goes from 8 – 10 PM. Tonight’s entertainment includes electronic leaning ensemble Batfog.

Tonight’s Smoke DZA show at The Wick appears to be cancelled but his show Sunday at The Studio at Webster Hall is still happening.

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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