What’s going on Wednesday? (CMJ, No Devotion, Wax Idols, Front Bottoms, Blonde Redhead, Neon Indian & more)
Because of CMJ, we’re doing ‘What’s Going On’ slightly different this week. Each day there’s a handful of day shows which are listed first, followed by the night shows. With so many events happening each day, we’ve limited this to our top picks, but there’s a list of other good ones below the fold. Not all of these shows are associated with CMJ, but most are. And for even more of tonight’s shows, you can browse our full NYC show calendar.
Cotillon, Michael Rault, Step-Panther, Warbly Jets, The Gooch Palms @ Baby’s All Right
Burger Records is presenting this free day show filled with party friendly garage pop.
Worriers, Diet Cig, The Ghost Ease, Palehound, Sweet Spirit, Beverly, Gramma’s Boyfriend, Morgan Erina @ Cake Shop
This BreakThru Radio day party has quite a few acts worth catching, including political-meets-personal punks Worriers, the sometimes-folky sometimes-noisy indie rock of Palehound, indie pop band Beverly, and more.
Beverly, Weaves, Expert Alterations, Oscar, Pinact, Car Seat Headrest, Yung, Shopping, Eternal Summers, Hockey Dad, Hin Du, Wildhoney, Cheatahs, Mercury Girls @ Pianos
Here’s a good chance to knock out a lot of CMJ’s must see bands all in one spot. Canine records is presenting this free day party full of foreign bands, indie pop and shouty punk. BV editor Bill Pearis DJs in the front room from 4 – 6 PM.
No Devotion, Wax Idols, Creepoid, Foxes in Fiction @ Baby’s All Right (BV/Collect Showcase
Thursday singer Geoff Rickly has been up to a lot since that band went on hiatus. One of his endeavors is running the record label Collect Records and another is fronting the atmospheric rock band No Devotion. BV and Collect are co-presenting this showcase which has ND headlining, plus post-punk from Wax Idols, shoegaze from Creepoid, and ambient pop from Foxes In Fiction. 7 PM start and it’s over by 11:30. Hope to see you there.
The Front Bottoms, The Smith Street Band, Elvis Depressedly @ Irving Plaza
It’s not part of CMJ, but BV is also presenting The Front Bottoms’ two-night stand at Irving Plaza with The Smith Street Band and Elvis Depressedly. They just released their major label debut, Back On Top, and it’s actually more subdued than their previous material. This is night 1 of 2.
Panda Bear, Imagine Man @ Bowery Ballroom
Panda Bear’s new album does what Panda Bear does best — futuristic psychedelic pop with a lot of Brian Wilson influence — but it’s a clear progression from his earlier work too. Tonight he continues a sold-out three-night run at Bowery Ballroom.
Maya Beiser w/ Jherek Bischoff & Zachary Alford @ BAM
Cellist Maya Beiser performs electic arrangements of Nirvana, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin and more at this four-night BAM run and her band includes Jherek Bischoff on bass. It goes from 10/14-10/17.
Failure, Blonde Redhead, Whitney @ Brooklyn Bowl
Two great and very different veteran bands come together for this show, FLOODFest. There’s the atmospheric alt-rockers Failure, and NYC hometown heroes Blonde Redhead, who cover noise rock, dream pop, and a lot in between. Openers Whitney are the new band with ex-Smith Westerns and Unknown Mortal Orchestra members.
Hooton Tennis Club, Hockey Dad, Slum Sociable, Kim Logan, These Reigning Days, Expert Alterations @ Cake Shop
Liverpool’s Hooton Tennis Club fall somewhere between Pavement and the Pastels — a return to the kind of indie that often got called “slacker.” In a good way, mind you, their debut album is all hooks — especially the very catchy “P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L. P.I.E.R.R.E.”
Willis Earl Beal, Magic Sword, Street Fever, Sun Blood Stories, Foul Weather @ Cameo Gallery
Your only chance this week to see eccentric Chicago soul musician Willis Earl Beal.
Ezra Furman, Juan Wauters, Drinks, Slim Twig, Sheer Agony, Babe Rainbow, Gramma’s Boyfriend @ Knitting Factory
This is the panache showcase and a pretty excellent lineup of bands including Ezra Furman Montréal’s Sheer Agony, Cate Le Bon side project Drinks, the eccentric Slim Twig, and Haley Bonar’s new wave band Gramma’s Boyfriend.
Tobias Jesso Jr., Wet @ MHOW
You can spend your time watching TJJ picking his songs apart if you want — there’s Carol King, there’s Harry Nilsson, there’s Randy Newman, there’s the Cheers theme song — which is even easier to do when it’s just a man and an electric piano. But Jesso is a pretty charming guy with self-effacing humor, and the heart-on-sleeve lyrics clearly connect with his audience who are usually either singing along loudly or pin-drop quiet
Doomsquad, Landshapes, Beliefs, Chasity, Vallens @ Palisades
Toronto little hand drawn Dracula presents the show tonight in t Toronto label Hand Drawn Dracula is copresenting this show tonight featuring a host of Canadian bands — like the funky Doomsquad and shoegazy Beleifs — plus UK BAND Landshapes.
Torche, Primitive Weapons, Chain Gang Grave @ Saint Vitus
Torche continue to knock out great albums, as this year’s Restarter proves. They return to NYC tonight, and both openers are worth catching too.
Perfect Pussy, Protomartyr, Dilly Dally, Downtown Boys, Yung, Shopping, Seratones, Nico Yaryan, Car Seat Headrest, Hooton Tennis Club, Yak @ Santos Party House
UK music mag NME is in charge of this show that is a one-stop shop for 2015 CMJ buzz bands. Hard to argue with this lineup.
Eliot Glazer’s Haunting Renditions @ Bell House
Eliot Glazer (brother of Broad City’s Ilana Glazer) brings his classically-trained pipes to his live show “Haunting Renditions” where he takes some of pop music’s most infamous songs and turns them into highbrow, sweeping ballads. Tonight’s a Halloween special so it should extra haunting.
Eternal Summers, Chomp, SAVAK, Pinact, Bird Courage @ Rock Shop
For those in the Park Slope area here’s some quality CMJ action with Virginia’s Eternal Summers, SAVAK (ex Obits) who’ll have a sax player tonight, and UK act Pinact.
Neon Indian, Tamaryn, Hannah Cohen @ Webster Hall
Neon Indian hasn’t drastically changed up his sound for his new album, but it’s the closest he’s come yet to funky post-disco-era ’80s pop. Good openers tonight too.
Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Steely Dan are back for another multi-night run at Beacon Theatre and each night is a different theme. Tonight it’s simply “greatest hits.”
Tokyo Police Club, The Kickback @ Rough Trade
TPC are making a special trip down for this not-CMJ-but-free show. You do need to RSVP.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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