What’s going on Friday? (Fucked Up, Destruction Unit, Mission of Burma, Ty Segall, Desaparecidos, Del Close Marathon, Horse Meat Disco, Pansy Division, Jessica Pratt & more)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Fucked Up, DOOMSQUAD @ The Wick
In addition to their full lengths, Fucked Up’s ongoing ‘Zodiac’ single series ignores all boundaries of hardcore (for example, their new single has a 20+ minute song and elements of psychedelia). Their current tour is in support of that single series, and openers DOOMSQUAD are joining them on stage for some songs.
Great Lake Swimmers, Vandaveer @ Bowery Ballroom
Toronto’s Great Lake Swimmers offered up another dose of their indie folk rock on this year’s A Forest of Arms. They were in NYC early last month, and they return tonight.
The Adolescents, The Weirdos, All Torn Up, Electric Frankenstein @ Gramercy Theatre
This is a pairing of two West Coast punk greats, Adolescents and The Weirdos. The bands’ lineups aren’t exactly the same as back then, but they both have a couple constant members and this show should still be pretty wild.
Jessica Pratt, Ryley Walker @ Le Poisson Rouge
If you like late ’60s / early ’70s psychedelic folk, few 2015 albums capture that sound better than the ones by Jessica Pratt and Ryley Walker. Jessica has a hushed style, not unlike Vashti Bunyan or Sibylle Baier, while Ryley is jazzier and jammier, similar to The Pentangle.
Mykki Blanco (Dogfood MG), Psycho Egyptian, Violence, Amnesia Scanner @ Palisades
Mykki Blanco isn’t rapping these days, but still finding ways to put on eccentric performances. Who knows what tonight’s show will have in store.
Wolvserpent, Fell Voices, Anicon @ Saint Vitus
It’s the first night of the three-night Stardust festival at Saint Vitus, which brings a handful of diverse and awesome metal bands together for the weekend.
Pride Week Rally w/ Ashanti @ Pier 26
Pride Week kicks into high gear with the annual Rally, this year featuring R&B star Ashanti.
‘Paris is Burning’ screening @ Prospect Park
To quote the event description: “BRIC’s screening of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning documentary Paris Is Burning will feature an introduction by director Jennie Livingston and by Junior LaBeija and Dr. Sol Williams Pendavis, both of whom are featured in the film. Before the screening, fellow Paris Is Burning cast members Grandfather Hector Xtravaganza and Jose Disla Xtravaganza present The Houses United Ball: Celebrating Brooklyn, which will feature members of the Houses of LaBeija, Ninja, Mizrahi, Khan, Infinity, Milan, Princess and Xtravaganza. Vjuan Allure will DJ before and during the ball.” Part of Pride Week.
Pansy Division, Youth Quake, Bottoms @ Bowery Electric
Openly-gay pop punk band Pansy Division put a handful of records out on the venerable Lookout! Records in the ’90s, and they keep that sound alive today (their most recent record was 2009’s That’s So Gay on Alternative Tentacles).
Action Bronson @ The Paramount (Long Island)
Action Bronson keeps the sound of ’90s hip hop alive and well, most recently on this year’s Mr. Wonderful. Tonight, the Flushing, Queens rapper plays just outside of his hometown.
Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly, Mariachi El Bronx @ Stone Pony Summerstage (NJ)
Three bands who mix ethnic folk music and punk rock — the Celtic Flogging Molly, the Gypsy-inspired Gogol Bordello and The Bronx’s mariachi alter-ago, Mariachi El Bronx — are currently on tour together. They aren’t playing NYC, but will be nearby tonight.
Hivesmasher, Tiger Flowers, Meek is Murder, White Widows Pact, Hammerfight @ Black Bear Bar
Massachusetts tech-y grind act Hivesmasher are saying this is their last NY show. They’ll be joined by some quality local hardcore bands, including Tiger Flowers, Meek Is Murder and more.
Tiga, Dan Wender, Blacky II @ Le Bain
Long-running Montreal house producer Tiga hits NYC to keep the party going all night at Le Bain (10 PM – 4 AM). He returns later this summer for Warm Up.
DMX, Rakim, The LOX, Shabba Ranks, Mase, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Brand Nubian, Das Efx @ Radio City
Tonight Radio City hosts the “Masters of Ceremony” show which puts a number of hip hop legends on the same stage for one night.
The Soul Rebels #RebelJam ft. Rakim, Slick Rick, Styles P, Sheek Louch, Eric Krasno & surprise guests @ Blue Note
After the Robert Glasper shows, many of the performers at tonight’s Radio City show are heading over to the Blue Note to join The Soul Rebels for a 12:30 AM jam sesh.
Del Close Marathon
The Upright Citizens Brigade’s annual around-the-clock improv onslaught brings unscripted laughs to a multitude of venues this weekend. You can buy a $35 wristband at UCB Chelsea starting today at noon, and that gets you into every show (based on capacity).
FarmBorough Festival @ Randalls Island
Randall’s Island gets its first-ever country music festival, and things kick off today with Dierks Bentley and more.
Destruction Unit @ Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Destruction Unit, Vanity, Shredded Nerve, Live Drum Punishment @ Palisades
Thee Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer has said, “I believe Destruction Unit to be one of the most important underground bands in America,” and if you’ve seen them live it’s easy to see why. They balance punk and psychedelia to the point where you’re not sure if you should zone out or flail your body around, and no one time seeing them is like the next.
Marc Maron, Mike Lawrence @ BAM
Having just made headlines interviewing President Obama, comedian, podcaster, TV star and enjoyable crank Marc Maron brings his current standup show to BAM with a warm-up set from Mike Lawrence. Sold out.
Diet Cig, Heathers, Gingerlys, Mercury Girls @ Cake Shop
Cake Shop liked the idea of the “Super Show” they did for their 10th anniversary, they’re continuing them on a monthly basis, featuring bands they really love.
Starlight Girls, Def Girls, Fetzing, Melt @ Kings County Saloon
The shoegazy pop of Starlight Girls is the main attraction, but openers Melt make superior, ’90s style indie rock (and have Cassie Ramone on bass).
Ty Segall, William Tyler @ Mercury Lounge
Ty plays his first of two sold-out solo acoustic shows tonight with this early show at Mercury Lounge…
Ty Segall, The Mystery Lights, Cory Hanson @ Rough Trade
…before wrapping things up at Rough Trade with Brooklyn psych band The Mystery Lights and WAND frontman Cory Hanson. If you didn’t score tickets and are in the area, it might be worth swinging by to see if they have any last-minute tickets available.
Desaparecidos, Bandroidz @ Rough Trade
Before Ty: Conor Oberst put out his best album in ten years with the new Desaparecidos album. Unlike his recent folk and country affairs, this is a real-deal punk album, so it should be a blast to hear in a tightly-packed small venue like this one.
Ava Luna, Charly Bliss, Evvy @ New York Hall of Science
How often do you get to see a show at a science museum? Tonight’s features the funky Ava Luna, and Charly Bliss’ riffy pop. Also: free beer.
Horse Meat Disco, House of Stank, DJ Spun, Mystic Bill @ Output
This London-based four-man DJ collective are known for finding pearls in bins of forgotten disco 12″, having released a series of acclaimed compilations. Their real expertise comes into play at their DJ gigs, though. Just trust their taste…and the beat.
Roger Sellers @ Elvis Guesthouse
Austin musician Roger Sellers makes intricately layered music, part aural soundscapes a la Tangerine Dream, part savvy pop.
Mission of Burma, Megafauna @ The Bell House
One of the most influential American indie/punk bands of the ’80s (Signals, Calls, and Marches and Vs. are stone-cold classics), the band continue their mission (sorry) today with strident vigor. They’re still great.
Jack Oblivian, The Sheiks, Gozer @ The Grand Victory
Garage punk legend Jack Oblivian hits town with fellow Memphis band The Sheiks for what should be a real good time.
Richard Thompson @ Town Hall
Modern folk icon and guitar great Richard Thompson just released his Jeff Tweedy-produced new album, Still, and celebrates tonight.
James Chance, Will Epstein, Parlor Walls, Eve Essex @ Trans-Pecos
No wave vet and general cool dude James Chance is one of Trans-Pecos’ new curators, but tonight he headlines this Northern Spy curated show.
Robert Glasper @ Blue Note
As part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival, jazz/hip hop pianist Robert Glasper is doing four nights at the Blue Note (6/24-27) with 8:30 and 10 PM sets. His albums are loaded with guests like Common, Jill Scott, Brandy, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Norah Jones, Bilal and more.
I Love the ’90s @ Le Poisson Rouge
While Screech is in prison, Saved by the Bell‘s Mr Belding (aka actor Dennis Haskins) will be partying at this ’90s nostalgia party.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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