What’s going on Saturday? (Governors Ball, Conor Oberst, Merchandise, Modern Life Is War, Gladys Knight & more)
photo: Bjork at City Center in April (more by David Andrako)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
It’s day 2 of of annual three-day NYC festival Governors Ball on Randall’s Island, and today’s lineup has a bunch of sets worth catching: Bjork, Conor Oberst, Sharon Van Etten, Little Dragon, White Lung, Ryan Adams, SBTRKT, Future Islands and more.
Conor Oberst @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
After Conor’s GovBall set today, he plays this late aftershow at MHOW. His main focus this year in terms of new music has been Desaparecidos, but tonight’s show will give him a chance to deliver his solo material.
deadmau5 @ Verboten
While big-tent festival electronic music isn’t usually our thing, deadmau5 is one of the better ones and seeing him in this comparatively intimate environment sounds like it could be a pretty good time. It’s a GovBall aftershow (doors at 10).
Merchandise, “special guest,” Cloakroom @ Palisades (early) and Baby’s All Right (late)
Unfortunately Nothing had to drop off this tour due to injury, but post-punks Merchandise and heavy-gazers Cloakroom are still a killer double bill. There’s two shows tonight, and each have a special guest replacing Nothing. Any guesses?
Hot Chip, The 2 Bears (DJ Sets) @ Output
We were really hoping Hot Chip, whose new album Why Make Sense is maybe their best since The Warning, would play a Governors Ball After Dark party, but we’ll settle for this DJ gig that’s with Joe Goddard’s side project, 2 Bears.
Modern Life is War, United Nations, The Banner, Frameworks @ The Marlin Room at Webster Hall
Modern Life Is War are playing their melodic hardcore masterpiece Witness in full tonight for its 10th anniversary. It’s a highly influential album, which the current wave of post-hardcore would probably sound a lot different without. Good bill all around with Geoff Rickly’s screamo band United Nations, screamo newcomers Frameworks, and NJ hardcore band The Banner.
Bushwick Collective Block Party w/ Fat Joe, Black Tusk, Sannhet, Primitive Weapons & more
New York hip hop veteran Fat Joe headlines this free all-day show, and the rest of the lineup includes quality metal from Black Tusk, Sannhet and Primitive Weapons, blues from Daddy Long Legs & RL Boyce, and more.
Gnaw Their Tongues, Trepaneringsritualen, Menace Ruine, IRM, Burial Hex, Sutekh Hexen, Barren Harvest @ Trans-Pecos (Apex Fest)
It’s day 2 of experimental/metal/electronic NYC festival Apex Fest, and this one’s headlined by the great noise/black metal project Gnaw Their Tongues.
Gladys Knight @ Kings Theatre
Soul legend Gladys Knight has been active for over 50 years. She’s got ’60s and ’70s hits on Motown with her group The Pips, as well as a solo career that began in the late ’70s and most recently produced the 2014 album, Where My Heart Belongs.
Obliterations, Give, Impact @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Fresh off NYC shows opening for Refused on Thursday and White Lung on Friday, LA hardcore band Obliterations headline their own show here tonight.
Pete Tong, Cranks, Total Fitness @ Output (The Roof)
BBC DJ and FFRR label founder Pete Tong plays the “Dark Disco on the Roof” party at Output. Starts at 2 PM and goes till 10 PM, plenty of time for things to all go Pete Tong.
Tyondai Braxton @ The Kitchen
Originally performed at the Guggenheim in 2013, Braxton’s Hive1 is “part architectural installation and part ensemble performance with five musicians sitting cross-legged atop their own space-age oval pods.”
Dead Stars, Tribe Society, Toy Cities @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
The folks behind Brooklyn Night Bazaar (RIP) just opened Riis Park Beach Bazaar in the Rockaways which has shopping, yummy food options, beverages, and free live music. Today’s entertainment (which starts at 2 PM) features ’90s-loving indie rockers Dead Stars.
Innove Gnawa Band, Ryan Sawyer (Ben Vida Duo) @ Union Pool
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 not too long after. Today’s lineup is highlighted by gnawa group the Innove Gnawa Band.
Ancient Sky, Dommengang @ Union Pool
Brooklyn heavy psych practitioners Ancient Sky will release their new album, Mosaic, on June 9 via Wharf Cat. The album was produced by Ben Greenberg of The Men and really shows off the band’s dynamic finesse — intense, but with plenty of headspace. They celebrate Mosaic’s release tonight.
Honduras, Whiskey Bitches, Kissing Is A Crime, Haybaby, The Due Diligence, Boytoy, Madam Robot and The Lust Brigade, Briana & the Boys, Schroederz Cat @ Color Me Bushwick
The third-annual Color Me Bushwick Music and Hair (seriously) festival goes down at Bushwick salon Pickthorn, and today’s all-day lineup is pretty good, with sets from Honduras, Boytoy, and Haybaby, among many more.
Meshell Ndegeocello, Roy Hargrove, Gabriel Garzon-Montano @ Central Park SummerStage
Multi-hyphenate talent Meshell Ndegeocello (maybe best known for duetting with John Cougar Mellencampon “Wild Night”) released her new album, Comet, Come To Me, last year, and today plays this free afternoon show is part of Blue Note Jazz Festival.
Junglepussy, DJ Ilsa, DarkMatter, DJ Lynnee Denise, Aye Nako, New York City’s Gay Men’s Chorus @ Brooklyn Museum
This is a free, multi-genre show in support of International LGBTQ Pride wth rapper Junglepussy, punk band Aye Nako and more.
Pilot to Gunner, Teach Me Equals, Spirits & The Melchizedek Children, Aircrafting @ Cake Shop
NYC post-hardcore band Pilot to Gunner returned in 2012 with their first album since 2004, and they’ve been continuing to go steady as a live band.
Falls Of Rauros, Wayfarer, Hivelords, Belus @ Saint Vitus
Maine’s Falls of Rauros make excellent atmospheric black metal with a strong influence from folk music as well. They return to NYC tonight.
Max’s Kansas City 50th Anniversary Reunion @ Bowery Electric
Legendary now-closed NYC punk venue Max’s Kansas City continues its 50th anniversary celebration tonight at the current home of many ’70s-era NYC punks, Bowery Electric. Tonight’s lineup has Pure Hell, Sea Monster, Puma Perl & Friends and Joey Kelly All Stars, with Martin John Butler in the Map Room. Plus MC Jimi Lalumia, DJ Mojo, and a cameo by Tammy Faye Starlight as Nico.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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