What’s going on Thursday? (Kanye West, Father John Misty, Dave Chappelle, Snoop Dogg, Etienne de Crecy & more)
photo: Father John Misty in Chicago in 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Kanye West @ Madison Square Park
As part of NBA All-Star Weekend, Kanye plays this free show outside of Madison Square Park at 8 PM that you had to win Roc Nation or Power 105.1’s contests to get into. OKC Thunder player (and Roc Nations Sports signee) Kevin Durant co-hosts. There hasn’t been one day this week that the internet could stop talking about Kanye West, so hopefully he’ll have some juicy responses on stage. If you didn’t get in, you can stream the show live on Jay Z’s Life + Times website. And if you don’t stream it, we’re sure you’ll hear all about it tomorrow.
The Mary Onettes, Alex Calder, Nicholas Nicholas @ Cameo Gallery
Owing a lot to New Order and The Cure, Swedish band The Mary Onettes have honed their own brand of mopey dreampop. This is their first full-band NYC show since 2008.
Dave Chappelle @ Gramercy Theatre
After a lengthy vacation from the spotlight, one of our sharpest comic minds returned to the stage a couple years ago. It’s good to have him back. Tonight’s his first of five shows at Gramercy Theatre.
Invisible Familiars, Pool Cosby, Earthy Babes @ Mercury Lounge
Having worked with Martha Wainwright, Cibo Matto, Sean Lennon and others, Jared Samuel’s own music, as Invisble Familiars, is an appealing hodgepodge of styles that is at once quirky, folky, poppy and danceable.
John Zorn, Talea Ensemble, Tyshawn Sorey, Ikue Mori @ Merkin Concert Hall
Part of the 2015 Ecstatic Music Festival, tonight’s installment has New York’s forward-thinking Talea Ensemble joining forces with legendary NYC composer, performer and improvisor John Zorn for a program of new and classic works.
Sturgill Simpson, Anderson East @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sturgill Simpson made a lot of year-end lists with his terrific take on classic twang, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music. Sold out.
Claude VonStroke, Kill Frenzy, Cranks @ Output
As the founder of Dirtybird and a producer on his own too, Claude VonStroke’s been a pretty key player in the whole “house revival” that’s been going on. Tonight he headlines Output’s weekly INPUT party.
Father John Misty, Guy Blakeslee @ Rough Trade
Father John Misty is on night 2 of his four-night NYC run in support of his excellent new album, I Love You Honeybear. Opening is Guy Blakeslee of psych rockers The Entrance Band, and he’s worth getting there on time for. Sold out.
Motor Sister, Static Summer, Abstract Artimus @ Saint Vitus
Motor Sister is the new band of Mother Superior guitarist/vocalist Jim Wilson, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, Scott’s wife (and Meatloaf’s daughter and Jim’s country collaborator) Pearl Aday, and drummer John Tempesta (currently of The Cult, formerly of Exodus, Testament and other bands). They initially formed to play Mother Superior songs at Scott’s birthday party last year, but now they’ve got songs written for an album coming out this March on Metal Blade.
Dave Harrington, Sam Cohen, Shark?, Kinsey @ Shea Stadium
Two members of recently broken-up/on-hiatus bands play this show — Dave Harrington of Darkside (full band) and Sam Cohen of Yellowbirds — as well as local garage rockers Shark? and songwriter Nick Kinsey.
Franz Nicolay, Emilyn Brodsky, Hiccup @ The Acheron
With a CV that includes stints in The Hold Steady and World/Inferno Friendship Society, Franz Nicolay has been solo since 2010 and just released his new album, To Us, the Beautiful.
Two Gallants, Happiness @ Baby’s All Right
Two Gallants put out their most rockin’ album yet earlier this month, and tonight they begin their 3-night stand in NYC on their tour supporting it. Tonight is still on sale but the other two are sold out.
San Fermin, Metropolis Ensemble @ Lincoln Center
With a sound somewhere between indie and Broadway, San Fermin will fit right in to Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series which happens in the gorgeous Appel Room. Adding to the glitz, tonight they’ll be aided by chamber orchestra the Metropolis Ensemble.
Etienne De Crecy, All Dom Wrong @ Verboten
A review of Etienne de Crécy’s 1996 Super Discount EP spawned the term “French Touch” which would soon be applied to Daft Punk, Air, Cassius and other electronic acts of the late ’90s. Crécy’s newly released third installment in his Super Discount series is a winner.
Meek Mill @ Best Buy Theater
Meek Mill has a new album on the way, and between his recent single with Big Sean & A$AP Ferg and his recent notable Nicki Minaj and Jazmine Sullivan collaborations, it seems like one worth looking forward to. Tonight’s show is sold out, but you can also catch him tomorrow at Webster Hall.
Snoop Dogg, Puff Daddy @ Madison Square Garden
Snoop Dogg’s planning to release an album produced entirely by Pharrell, and he’s also contributing to the new Game of Thrones mixtape. We haven’t heard any of that new material yet, but maybe he’ll give us a little preview tonight.
The ‘Take Me To The River’ All Stars @ Apollo Theater
Memphis music scene documentary “Take Me to the River” is being celebrated with two NYC shows this week (this being the second), featuring some of the artists in the film like soul legends William Bell, Otis Clay, Bobby Rush. Also on the bill is Frayser Boy, Al Kapone, Jerry Harrison, a 13 Piece House Band w/ Stax Records Hi Rhythm Section and The Royal Memphis Horns led by Ben Cauley.
Nine of Swords, Low Fat Getting High, Kal Marks, Palm, Peaer @ Palisades
This bill is pretty cool all around, with screamo-y punks Nine of Swords, grungy punks Low Fat Getting High, Boston indie rockers Kal Marks, pop eccentrics Palm, and the ’90s-inspired Paear.
Joan Shelley, Nathan Bowles, Nathan Salsburg @ Union Pool
Psych-folk singer Joan Shelley plays as a duo tonight with Nathan Salsbury, who also opens the night with a solo set. Pelt’s Nathan Bowles rounds out the bill.
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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