What’s going on Wednesday? (Christine & the Queens, NYCF, Santigold, The Weeknd, Shakey Graves, Zombi & more)
photo: Zombi at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
NY Comedy Fest
It’s night two of NYCF and highlights include Margaret Cho at Town Hall, Robert Smigel at Union Hall, “Trump Vs. Sanders (actually Anthony Atamanuik & James Adomian), and Ilana Glazer, Chris Gethard and More at Littlefield.
Antibalas, Santigold, Superhuman Happiness @ Brooklyn Bowl
This is the second of Antibalas’ four-week BB residency shows and tonight features special guest Santigold (who has a new album on the way).
Christine and The Queens @ Webster Hall
Christine and the Queens recently released a very good album of eccentric synth pop, which features Perfume Genius, partially covers Kanye West, and more. They just opened for Marina & the Diamonds at Terminal 5, but tonight they headline their own show.
The Weeknd, Banks, Travi$ Scott @ Prudential Center
The Weeknd is bigger than ever — perhaps you’ve heard “Can’t Feel My Face” in a car or a bar or a party or just about anywhere else — and tonight he plays his first of four NYC-area arena shows. The next three are in NYC proper, but this one’s just outside in Newark.
Shakey Graves, Those Darlins @ Terminal 5
Austin’s Shakey Graves (aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia) plays his biggest NYC show yet tonight and is well matched in twang with Nashville’s Those Darlins.
Zombi, Pinkish Black, Space Merchants @ Saint Vitus
Relapse labelmates Zombi and Pinkish Black both have new albums that came out last month, and both are the kinds of things that would sound good paired with a horror movie.
Rakim, Ceez, J Swiss, and Lyricks @ S.O.B’s
The God MC graces his hometown of NYC with another show tonight. It’s been a while since he’s put out new music, but his influence is undeniable and still heard everywhere today, so you don’t really need any other reason to see him.
Moving Units, Cheatahs, Acid Dad @ Baby’s All Right
UK-based band Cheatahs had a tough time getting into the US and had to scrap all their CMJ shows. They make it up to us tonight, opening for still-going NYC punk-funkers Moving Units.
Sinkane, Steven A. Clark, Wins @ Le Poisson Rouge
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.
Writer, Vivid Low Sky, Sunshine & the Rain @ Rock Shop
Vivid Low Sky is the mostly solo, mostly post-rock (and entirely instrumental) project of David Koslowski, whose debut, 2000’s Music for Movies Unmade, featured Miyuki Furtado (Rogers Sisters), Shirlé Hale (from another Koslowski band, Gerty), Thomas Moore (Plow) and J. Robbins (Jawbox/Burning Airlines). The band are back, with Robbins behind the boards this time, to make II, which will be out in March. But you can see them live tonight.
Oshun, Vinegar Mother, Mack Keane, Glitterbox @ Knitting Factory
Oshun released their debut mixtape this year which they self-describe as “Floetry meets Lauryn Hill meets Chief Keef” which is pretty spot on.
Bootblacks, Shannon F, The Harrow, Second Still @ Alphaville
It’s a night of gothy fun with Bootblacks, Light Asylum’s Shannon Funchess and more.
No Sky God, Larkin Grimm, Creature Automatic, Voice Coils @ Palisades
No Sky God celebrate their new album at this show. It’s filled with guests (members of Delicate Steve and Psalm Zero, Sam Mickens and more) and it recalls a variety of late ’60s and early ’70s psychedelic rock bands. Good bill all around tonight, too.
Fred Thomas, Quarterbacks, Bonny Dune, Trace Mountains, Adelyne Rose @ Shea Stadium
This Silent Barn benefit at Shea Stadium is headlined by Fred Thomas, the Saturday Looks Good To Me frontman who recently released a stripped-down, highly lyrical solo album.
PPL MVR, Cerebral Ballzy, Oil Boom @ Highline Ballroom
Headliners PPL MVR seem… interesting, but either way it’s of course worth catching Cerebral Ballzy.
Jessica Lea Mayfield, Joseph Makoviecki & James Black, Jason Pomeroy @ The Saint
Jessica Lea Mayfield has transitioned from raw folk to alt-country to heavier, bluesier rock. Whatever mode she’s in, she’s good.
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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