What’s going on Saturday? (The Who, DJ Bjork, Death, D.R.I., NYC Popfest, The Gotobeds, Lloyd Cole, Yvette, more)
photo: Death in Chicago in 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
The Who, Joan Jett @ Forest Hills Stadium
The Who are currently on the road celebrating their 50th anniversary. Tonight’s their third of five shows in the NYC-area, and second of three in NYC proper. At this point, they have enough hits to put out a double album compilation of them (which they did last year), and these shows are sure to be filled with them. The great Joan Jett opens on all dates.
Arthur Russell tribute w/ Sam Amidon, Cults, Redding Hunter, Dev Hynes, Thao Nguyen, Richard Reed Parry, Rubblebucket, Little Screen @ BAM
Much like last year’s William Onyeabor tribute at BAM, this year’s Red Bull Music Academy closes out with a two-day tribute — this time to ’80s NYC downtown scene icon Arthur Russell — featuring a host of talented performers.
Kurtis Mantronik, DJ Nicky Siano, Morgan Geist @ Good Room (RBMA)
RBMA will wrap up its 2015 slate with another Arthur Russell-related show, this one paying tribute to Sleeping Bag Records, the hip hop/dance label he co-founded with Will Socolov and Juggy Gales in 1981 that released records by Mantronix, Just-Ice, T La Rock and EPMD to Nocera, Joyce Sims, and Kariya. On the bill: Kurtis Mantronik, onetime Studio 54 DJ Nicky Siano and Morgan Geist (Metro Area) will play Sleeping Bag sets.
The Just Joans, Working, The Chandler Estate, Pete Astor @ Baby’s All Right (NYC Popfest)
Having played last night with The Loft, frontman Pete Astor (who was also in The Weather Prophets) will play solo today at this free NYC Popfest matinee. Pete, if you’re reading this, please play “Like Frankie Lymon” today, okay?
The Darling Buds, The Spook School, Veronica Lake, Brideshead, Wallflower, Expert Alterations @ Knitting Factory (NYC Popfest)
Tonight’s main Popfest attraction is a very stacked bill, including UK powerpoppers The Darling Buds, a very rare reunion show from shoegazers Veronica Lake, the charming/funny Spook School, Baltimore’s Expert Alterations and more.
Lloyd Cole (acoustic) @ The Bell House
It seems kind of painful to have NYC Popfest and this show happening seperately, as Lloyd Cole is one of the iconic ’80s nose-in-a-book, heart-on-his-sleeve songsmiths. He’s still very much the literate charmer
The Men, The Gotobeds, Savak (ex-Obits), Christines @ Cake Shop
This is the last of Cake Shop’s 10th anniversary shows and they’re going out with a bang. This seems like a great place to see Pittsburgh’s awesome The Gotobeds, this is the first show from The Men in nearly a year, and it’s the first-ever show from SAVAK (ex-Obits).
Hector’s Pets, Metalleg, Slam Section, Roya @ Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
One of the best NYC free summer music series, Union Pool’s “Summer Thunder” brings live music and good times to the venue’s backyard. The fun starts at 2 PM with bands starting at 2:30.
Yvette, Eartheater, Dreamcrusher, Unisex (Meredith Graves + Fernando Perez DJ) @ Alphaville
While you wait for Yvette’s new EP to drop, catch them live — an intense, loud experience — tonight.
Bjork (DJ), The Haxan Cloak (DJ), Brandon Stosuy (DJ), Caleb Braaten (DJ) @ Saint Vitus
Bjork has been DJing NYC a good amount lately, and she’ll continue to do so tonight with her Tri Angle-signed collaborator The Haxan Cloak, Pitchfork’s Brandon Stosuy and Sacred Bones’ Caleb Braaten. Admission is $5 at the door (no advance tickets).
Death, Obnox @ The Studio at Webster Hall
You know the story by now: Detroit band Death makes a record in the ’70s that predates and predicts punk rock, but it never comes out until Drag City releases it in 2009, and the band’s continued as a live force since then. This year, they actually put out their first album of new music since the ’70s, and we’ll likely hear some of that as well as old favorites tonight. Opening is a much newer, similarly edgy punk band, Obnox.
Iron Chic, Soda Bomb, Somerset Thrower, DJ Mathcore @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
Iron Chic keep the Dillinger Four/Hot Water Music/etc kind of raspy punk alive and well, and their live shows are super tight and super fun. Today’s afternoon show is at Rockaway Beach’s Riis Park Beach Bazaar, the new thing that the Brooklyn Night Bazaar people are doing.
Other Lives, Riothorse Royale @ Bowery Ballroom
Chamber pop trio Other Lives recently released their new album, Rituals, which is full of great atmospheres and harmonies, and you can tell it’s the work of a band who have hung around Thom Yorke. (Atoms for Peace drummer Joey Waronker also co-produced it.) Tonight’s their second of two NYC shows on this tour.
D.R.I. @ Blackthorn 51
D.R.I. helped pioneer that the crossover thrash genre that really came into fruition in the mid-late ’80s, and thanks to bands like Power Trip and Iron Reagan, is still getting kids going wild today. They haven’t released new music in a while, but they’re going strong as a live band.
Steven Wilson @ Best Buy Theater
Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson recently put out a new solo album, Hand. Cannot. Erase, which is inspired by the true story of Joyce Vincent, whose body went undiscovered for two years in her own apartment. It’s also got his epic prog stylings very much intact. Tonight’s his second of two NYC stops on this tour in support of the album.
Drew McDowall, StatiqBloom, Two from the Eye, York Factory Complaint @ The Acheron
For a night of music of the noise/electronic/industrial variety, this whole bill is pretty stacked. Coil/Psychic TV’s Drew McDowall headlines the show.
Nine of Swords, Ex-Breathers, Stove, Washer, Cop @ Aviv
Especially of note on this bill is hardcore rippers Ex-Breathers, who are in town from Florida. Joining them are a few solid local bands, including Stove, the new project of former Ovlov singer Steve Hartlett.
Bill Frisell @ The Appel Room (Lincoln Center)
In this performance titled “Up & Down The Mississippi Traveling Highway 61,” iconic guitar master Bill Frisell “embarks on a musical journey along the revered route, which Bob Dylan famously immortalized in 1965.”
NY Magazine’s pop culture festival brings a lot of cool talks, music and comedy events to one weekend in NYC. Most events today — including a screening of Tig Notaro’s new short film, Clown Service — happen at Chelsea’s Milk Studios.
Marcos Valle with Carlos Lyra @ Birdland
Brazil’s Marcos Valle has had a long career, stretching back to the ’60s. But he may be best known now for his 1982 single “Estrellar” which was used in a Southern Comfort ad shown a lot during last year’s World Cup telecasts. Fans of samba, bossa nova, jazz, disco and kitschy fun take note — tonight’s the last night of his Birdland run.
Bellows, Diet Cig, PWR BTTM, Grounders, Hank May @ Palisades
Toronto band Grounders take a traditional ’60s pop sensibility and fry it till golden brown, glistening and modern.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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