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What’s going on Friday? (Balance and Composure, Wavves, Laurie Anderson, Future Punx, Salad Boys, Ought & more)

Balance and Composure
Balance & Composure
Laurie Anderson
Laurie Anderson

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…

Balance and Composure, Spill @ Union Pool (BV & Shiner Presents)
We’re very excited to be co-presenting this show with Shiner Beers, headlined by the grungy Balance & Composure whose last NYC show was over a year ago at the much larger venue Irving Plaza. Opening is Spill, who recently formed with ex-members of Placeholder and We Were Skeletons. Advance tickets are sold out (though if you get there early enough there will be a few tickets sold), but it’s a $5 show and each ticket comes with a Shiner beer.

Wavves, Twin Peaks, Steep Leans @ Saint Vitus
Wavves’ new album is their most polished yet and their most dedicated to straight-up rockers the whole time. They’re an even bigger blast live, and the openers tonight are well-matched. First of two NYC shows.

Laurie Anderson @ Park Avenue Armory
Laurie Anderson’s “Habeas Corpus” installation uses “film, sculpture, music, and video to examine the story of Mohammed el Gharani, one of the youngest detainees at Guantanamo Bay.” Open to the public during the day, it concludes at night with a celebratory concert and dance party with Syrian singer Omar Souleyman, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily, guitarist Stewart Hurwood, and Anderson herself. This is the first of three nights.

Toro y Moi, Astronauts,etc. @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Chillwave survivor Toro Y Moi rediscovered the guitar on his enjoyable new album What For? but his funky, relaxed spirit remains.

Tanya Tagaq “Nanook of the North” @ National Sawdust
Inuit throat singer and Polaris Prize winner Tanya Tagaq has collaborated with Bjork and her live show is considered a “gotta-see-it-live” experience. Tonight she performs a live score to the 1922 silent documentary Nanook of the North.

Sinkane, Justin Strauss @ Good Room
Sinkane, aka multi-talented Brooklynite Ahmed Gallab, has helmed the multi-city William Onyeabor Atomic Bomb tribute concerts, toured with Caribou, and last year released his fifth album, the underrated Mean Love. Entry is free before midnight with RSVP: email goodroomgoodvibes@gmail.com to get on the list.

Ought, LVL UP, Rick Maguire (of Pile) @ Secret Project Robot
Montreal’s Ought get compared to Talking Heads a lot which comes across a lot more live than on record (such as their just-released Sun Coming Down). But live you also get why they’ve got such a fervent following — frontman Tim Darcy’s onstage charisma is hard to ignore. Seeing them at a space like SPR will be extra fun.

Fiasco, Cuntz, Super FM, Turbosleaze @ Palisades
Given their name and their hometown (Melbourne, Australia), you can probably guess what Cuntz sound like: bruising garage punk that’s as bitter as vegemite. All good things, mind you.

Salad Boys, Unity @ Elvis Guesthouse
New Zealand’s Salad Boys make the kind of fiercely strummed, jangly guitar pop that never really goes out of style (even if it’s never exactly in style, either). They just released their terrific new album, Metalmania, via Trouble in Mind.

Sporting Life, Dev Hynes, Teengirl Fantasy, Sadaf, DJ Earl @ Elvis Guesthouse
After the Salad Boys show is the record release party for ’55 5’s, the new album from Sporting Life (aka Eric Adiele, known for his work as one-third of Ratking). He’ll be performing live with HANN, Chris Designs, and special guests, plus DJ sets from Dev Hynes, Teengirl Fantasy and more.

Kehlani, Thundercat, Austin Millz @ FADER + vitaminwater
The alt-R&B bubble hasn’t completely burst, as promising new artists like Kehlani are continuing to prove. Bass wizard Thundercat makes this a very cool double bill.

Eskimeaux, Told Slant, Attic Abasement, Real Life Buildings @ Baby’s All Right
Eskimeaux’s 2015 album OK is one of the brightest pop albums to come out of the whole Northeast DIY thing that’s been going on lately. Eskimeaux is part of the Epoch collective, and fellow Epoch band Told Slant are worth catching too.

Alberich, Azar Swan, Lussuria @ The Acheron
It’s a cool bill all around at the Acheron tonight with one-man industrial band Alberich, goth pop band Azar Swan, and dark ambient musician Lussuria.

Future Punx, Pill, Wall @ Alphaville
With songs flowing into each other and callbacks/codas to others, Future Punx’s debut album is a gleaming, seamless, fun, and highly danceable dystopian look our our post-everything world. Tonight’s the record release party.

Boytoy, Raccoon Fighter, Savants @ Good Room
Brooklyn trio BOYTOY make no-nonsense, ultra-catchy, punky indie rock and tonight is the release party for their debut album.

Oberhofer, Honduras @ Rough Trade
Brad Oberhofer will released his new album, Chronovisions in August which is more of his cheerful brand of indie rock/pop.

GGOOLLDD, NO/NO @ Rockwood Music Hall
These two Milwaukee bands have been on tour together and they hit NYC tonight: GGOOLLDD make big-sounding synthpop and NO/NO are kinda Joy Division-y.

Ibeyi, Vicktor Taiwò, Janelle Kroll @ Webster Hall
XL-signed French-Cuban duo Ibeyi make soulful downtempo pop on their self-titled debut album, which came out earlier this year.

Wolf Alice, Drenge, Made Violent @ Warsaw
If you like the more mainstream side of ’90s alternative rock, buzzy UK bands Wolf Alice and Drenge might be your thing.

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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