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What’s going on Friday? (THEESatisfaction, California X, Screaming Females, Psychemagik, Yes I’m Leaving & more)

photo: THEESatisfaction @ Bowery Ballroom, 2011 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
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You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…

THEESatisfaction, Columbia Nights, Moruf @ Santos Party House
THEESatisfaction are Sub Pop labelmates and collaborators with Shabazz Palaces, and they pretty much screw with the R&B formula as much as Shabazz does with rap. Tonight’s the release show for their new album, EarthEE.

The Growlers, Broncho @ Baby’s All Right
Party rockers The Growlers released Chinese Fountain back in September which found the band in a laid-back mood, drawing inspiration from twangy early-’60s rock, with a few danceable numbers in there as well. Tonight’s their thrid show of a five-night-stand at Baby’s All Right with Broncho. Doors at midnight for this one.

Lexie Mountain Boys, Greg Davis, Greys, Chandos, Ear Pwr, Safety Scissors,Adventure, Jimmy Whispers, Montag (DJ Set), Young Magic (DJ Set) Skylar Spence (DJ) @ Baby’s All Right
Before the Growlers show will be this jam-packed bill of bands helping Carpark Records celebrate their 16th anniversary. Doors are at 5:30 PM.

Yes I’m Leaving, Law$uits, Mystery Channels, Chamber of Discipline @ The Gutter
Sydney trio Yes I’m Leaving make tightly coiled, lo-fi punk, with flinty bass and overdriven guitars that occasionally go “shriiinng!” If you dig Big Black, AmRep and Toronto’s METZ, you should give these Aussies a go.

Brother Joscephus (and the Love Revolution), Stumblebum Brass Band, Underground Horns @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar puts local crafts, microbrews, food-truck type eats, mini golf, ping pong, and live music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight’s live entertainment is headlined by Brooklyn’s 12-piece, New Orleans style soul band Brother Joscephus. Free.

Nancy Whang (The Juan Maclean/LCD Soundsystem) (DJ Set), Midnight Magic (DJ Set), Violent Bullshit, Naked Heroes, Ambience @ Cameo Gallery
This is an all-in-the-family night with a mix of live music (Violent Bullshit Naked Heroes), plus DJ sets from Nancy Whang, Midnight Magic and Turing Machine.

Scarcity of Tanks, Talibam!, Richard Papiercuts Sound Machine, Rodenticide @ Alphaville
Having just attempted to levitate VICE’s offices into the East River, anarchist rable-rousers Talibam! play this new Bushwick venue.

Mayer Hawthorne (DJ Set), The Range, Astro Nautico (DJ Set) @ American Natural History Museum
The Museum of Natural History’s electronic music series One Step Beyond continues tonight with a headlining DJ set from the soulful Mayer Hawthorne, direct support from IDM producer The Range, and local opening DJs Astro Nautico (aka Obey CIty, Bennett Kuhn, and Paul Baisley).

Death Vessel, Matt Sucich, Summer Underground @ Chelsea Market
Paper Garden Records’ free Chelsea Market shows continue today, headlined by falsetto-tinged indie folkie Death Vessel.

Lee Foss, Eskuche & Nu Sky, DKDS, Psychemagik, Nikola Baytala @ Output
London/LA duo Psychemagik are expert are some of the most remixers of the moment and are skilled producers too. Catch them spinning tonight in Output’s Panther Room.

California X, Darkwing, Ovlov, IYEZ @ Saint Vitus
California X recall the sludgy rock of bands like Dinosaur Jr and Torche, and their new LP brings some new elements in too like Thin Lizzy-esque twin leads. Ovlov are pretty likeminded to Cali X too.

Your 33 Black Angels, Wild Bore, Twist, Moon Tower @ Shea Stadium
Toronto duo Twist are musician Laura Hermiston and Holy Fuck’s Brian Borcherdt, formed two years or so ago. Laura writes the songs, which have a ’60s/’70s folk-rock vibe, and Borcherdt adds just enough grit in the production. It’s certainly in the Mazzy Star system.

Screaming Females, Downtown Boys, Aye Nako @ Silent Barn
Screaming Females are already known for their shredding guitar solos, but the new album Rose Mountain has the band focusing a little more on great choruses. It’s up their with the best of their previous work. Tonight’s the fourth and final NYC show on their current tour, and both openers tonight are great too. Advance tickets sold out, but some tix available at doors.

Couch Slut, No Way, Bardus,Grizzlor @ The Acheron
Couch Slut’s killer debut, My Life As A Woman, is an unrelenting mix of metal, hardcore, noise rock, and it even gets kinda pretty once or twice.

Craig Ferguson @ Town Hall
Now that he’s free from hosting a late night talk show, Craig Ferguson has time to get back into standup and starts his three-night run at Town Hall tonight.

Dave Hill, Valley Lodge, Aparna Nancherla, Mrs. Smith, Bandits on the Run @ Union Hall
It’s the March edition of Dave Hill’s show “Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets” with his group Valley Lodge as the house band.

Los Lobos, Alejandro Escovedo @ Capitol Theatre
Legendary LA band Los Lobos continue strong 40-plus years into their career.

Slingshot Dakota, Bethlehem Steel, Vagabon, Lauren Early @ Aviv
Slingshot Dakota’s driving pop sounds kind of like a more energetic Mates of State, and it’s even better live. This is their last show before they start recording their new album. Locals Vagabon are worth showing up for too.

Ellis Ashbrook, Gospels, Key Rings @ Bowery Electric
Drawing from a host of post-punk influences (Wire, Siouxsie), newish Brooklyn band KEY RINGS are a dark, driving downpour fitting of Manchester 1980.

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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