What’s going on Saturday? (tUnE-yArDs, Jamie xx, SAVAK, Mad Decent Block Party, Kevin Morby/Porches & more)
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
tUnE-YaRds, Shabazz Palaces @ Prospect Park Bandshell
This is an amazing double bill and it’s totally free. Neither artist fits comfortably into a genre — tUnE-yArDs probably leans closest to art pop and Shabazz Palaces to rap — and the two have more in common musically than it might seem. Should be a great show.
Jamie xx, Mike Simonetti @ Terminal 5
Jamie already has two great albums out as a member of The xx, and this year he focused his talents on a solo album which is quickly getting as much love as his main band. This is his first of three NYC shows on this tour, and it’s sold out.
Mad Decent Block Party @ MCU Park
The Mad Decent Block Parties take over Coney Island’s MCU Park for two days this weekend. This is the first and has a lot of cool stuff including dancefloor-mover Cashmere Cat b2b Trippy Turtle, the wild Die Antwoord, the also-wild Major Lazer, up-and-coming rapper Vic Mensa and more.
Mad Decent Afterparty @ Webster Hall
After the Block Party, head to Webster Hall for the afterparty with Diplo, Party Favor, Gent & Jawns, and Dirty South Joe.
Watkins Family Hour, Justin Townes Earle @ Damrosch Park Bandshell
The FREE Lincoln Center Out of Doors season continues today with an especially exciting show for indie/rock/folk fans. Watkins Family Hour (featuring two Nickel Creek members, Fiona Apple and more) are performing Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited in full with special guests, and Justin Townes Earle opens.
Porches, Kevin Morby @ Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
This is a pretty killer edition of Union Pool’s free “Summer Thunder” series, with the always great Kevin Morby, and rising NYC band Porches. Expect this one to be packed. 2 PM, 21+ and, as mentioned, free.
Savak (ex-Obits), The Effects, Law$uits @ Union Pool
Featuring Sohrab and Greg from Obits, SAVAK made their live debut back in May and pretty much knocked the entire audience for a loop by being so great out of the gate. The band’s taught, angular punk is a little weirder than Obits, with shared/traded lead vocals and two drummers (though not at the same time). This is SAVAK’s second show and you should go see them. The Effects are the new band from Devin Ocampo who you might know from Dischord acts Faraquet and Beauty Pill. SAVAK also play Cake Shop on Sunday.
Jawbreaker Reunion, Juiceboxxx, Geoff Rickly, Malportado Kids, Show Me The Body, Abdu Ali, Destiny (Princess Nokia), Dan Friel, Try the Pie, Ellie Herring, Sneaks, Vagabon, VHVL, Adult Mom @ Secret Project Robot
Impose is presenting this day show (1-8 PM) which has a lot of cool stuff. There’s a solo set from Thursday/United Nations/No Devotion’s Geoff Rickly, Downtown Boys offshoot Malportado Kids, indie-punks Try The Pie, indie rockers Vagabon, rap eccentric Abdu Ali, experimental musician Dan Friel, and more.
Saintseneca, Multimagic, Jess Williamson @ Baby’s All Right
Saintseneca make layered, harmony-laden indie folk, but they stick much closer to their DIY roots than most bands who fit that description.
Quantic, Gilles Peterson, Afrika Bambaataa @ Central Park Summerstage
SummerStage is billing this as a “30th Anniversary DJ Celebration” featuring hip hop/electro legends Afrika Bambaataa, BBC 6 Music’s Giles Peterson and producer Quantic. This is a free event, 5 PM.
Xeno & Oaklander, FBI Warning, Love Tempo, Katie O’Sullivan, Alex From Queens @ Good Room
It’s been almost a year since we heard from electronic duo Xeno & Oaklander who make their music entirely on analogue equipment, early ’80s style.
Moritz Von Oswald, Atom TM, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ Set), Jlin, Dorian Concept, Rabit @ MoMA PS1 (Warm Up)
Today’s edition of Warm Up features German producer (and half of Basic Channel) Mroitz Von Oswald, a live performance from Atom™ (aka Uwe Schmidt aka Señor Coconut), a DJ set from UK act TEED, Planet Mu footwork artist Jlin, Ninja Tune’s Dorian Concept, and Tri Angle’s Rabit.
Pill, Honduras, Bambara, Gingerlys @ Palisades
A very solid lineup of local bands, this show features the skronky punk of Pill, Brit-influenced garage rockers Honduras, deafeningly loud Bambara and the shoegazy jangle of Gingerlys.
Department Of Correction, Pyrrhon, Mother Brain @ Saint Vitus
French grinders Department of Correction return to NYC with likeminded locals Mother Brain and tech-deathy locals Pyrrhon.
Psychemagik, Beto Cravioto, Higgins @ Output
Among other things, UK electronic duo Psychemagik are known for having one of the most addictive dance remixes of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.” Hearing that at 2 in the morning on a weekend sounds like a pretty good time.
Delta Spirit @ The Surf Lodge
It’s good weekend for music fans to spend away in the Hamptons, with folk rock band Delta Spirit playing this free show tonight and tUnE-yArDs playing one at this venue tomorrow.
MCA Day 2015: Celebrating the Life of Adam Yauch @ Littlefield
In celebrate of the late, great Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, Littlefield hosts this free day show from noon to 5 PM.
Yes, Toto @ PNC Bank Arts Center
A bit of a strange double bill with prog legends Yes (this lineup with Steve Howe and Alan White) and early ’80s pop/rock act Toto. Even if you hate it, “Africa” is hard not to sing along to.
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
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