What’s going on Saturday? (Royal Trux, Todd Rundgren, The Dickies, The Slackers, Expert Alterations, Matmos & more)
photo: Neil Hagerty of Royal Trux at Saint Vitus in 2012 (more by Ebru Yildiz)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Royal Trux, Blues Control, IUD, Lexie Mountain Boys @ Webster Hall
As Royal Trux, Neil Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema made music that sounded like the rock n’ roll equivilent of the final hour of a three-day very hedonistic party. After a decade apart, they’re playing shows again and this is their first NYC show in a long time.
Moneen, Moving Mountains, Prawn @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Canadian post-hardcore band Moneen haven’t played the US in five years and New York post-rock band Moving Mountains haven’t played anywhere in two. Ahead of the show, Mov Mou released a split with Moneen covering each other’s songs and one with Prawn with new material, so needless to say it’s a tightly knit bill.
Steve Sobs, Jonah From Krill, The Glow, Steve Markow, Vagabon, Nicholas Nicholas, gobbinjr, The Empty Gestures, Glueboy @ Shea Stadium
This show is pretty stacked all around is pretty stacked all around with diverse local-ish talent. There’s Steve Sobs and Nicholas Nicholas (both of Phantom Posse, which also features iLoveMakonnen), indie rockers Jonah Furman (Krill) and Vagabon, and more.
The Dickies, Night Birds, Fat Heaven @ Bowery Electric
Punk rock royalty The Dickies are still at it, and they make a much welcome return to NYC tonight. The great newer band Night Birds are absolutely not to miss.
CJ Ramone @ Grand Victory
CJ was a Ramone from 1989 to 1996, and now he’s a Fat Wreck Chords-signed solo artist with material that’s not too far removed from his old band (it was also recorded with Adolescents and Social Distortion members). He’ll probably play some of that tonight, and some Ramones stuff too.
Guerrilla Toss, Eric Copeland @ Palisades
It’s the DFA Holiday party featuring the frenetic Guerrilla Toss and Black Dice’s Eric Copeland. It’s a FREE show.
East Coast Greenway Holiday Party feat. Corporal @ Baby’s All Right
When Michael Shannon isn’t playing creepy loners on TV (Boardwalk Empire) or movies he fronts Corporal, an indie rock band who’ve been at it since the early ’00s. If you dig Pavement and the like, you’ll dig Corporal. Tonight is a benefit for the East Coast Greenway, “the nation’s most ambitious long-distance urban trail.”
San Fermin @ Bowery Ballroom
Chamber pop ensemble San Fermin wrap up their tour with three consecutive nights at Bowery Ballroom. Tonight’s the final show and the band will be joined onstage by members of White Hinterland, Son Little, Oh Land and more.
Expert Alterations, EZTV, Mercury Girls, Drew Citron @ Cake Shop
Here’s an excellent night of indie pop featuring Baltimore’s charmingly shambling Expert Alterations, Philly’s hyperactive Mercury Girls, and Brooklyn’s jangly EZTV.
Todd Rundgren @ Gramercy Theatre
Hello, it’s Todd: pop chameleon, record producer and general eccentric Rundgren plays tonight with a full band tonight.
Snowmine, Salt Cathedral, Bellows @ Rough Trade
It has been a while since Brooklyn’s ethereal/anthemic Snowmine have played, so tonight should be a good chance to catch up.
Julie Klausner, Ted Leo, John Early, Cole Escola, Anthony Atamanuik, and more @ Sid Gold’s Request Room
Local comedian, podcaster, Difficult Person, and generally entertaining individual Julie Klausner is putting on a Christmas show title “Julie Klausner’s Depressing Christmas Party.” Joining her will feature frequent collaborator Ted Leo, John Early (who was on Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp), Cole Escola (Difficult People), Anthony Atamanuik and more
Matmos, Chuck Bettis @ The Stone
Baltimore experimental electronic duo Matmos will soon release an album where every sound was made with a washing machine. Tonight, though they’ll be collaborating with Chuck Bettis as part of his residency at The Stone.
Taking Back Sunday, Frank Iero and The Cellabration, The Superweaks @ Starland Ballroom
It’s been a while since Taking Back Sunday made a great record, but their debut lives up and the lineup that recorded it is the one they’re playing with these days. This is night two of two of their annual NJ holiday shows.
The Slackers, The Pietasters, The Snails, Sammy Kay and the Fast Four @ Irving Plaza
NYC’s The Slackers and DC’s The Pietasters have both been staples of ska since the early ’90s, and they’ve basically never slowed down. Tonight you can get your fix of both.
PWR BTTM, And The Kids, Kississippi @ Knitting Factory
Knitting Factory has a pretty cool bill all around tonight, with local queer punk duo PWR BTTM, Northampton, MA’s avant-popsters And The Kids, and Philly’s kinda-folky indie rockers Kississippi.
OSHUN, Quincy Vidal, AllNat, P.U.D.G.E. @ Trans Pecos
Trans-Pecos hosts a rap/R&B show tonight, headlined by local duo Oshun, whose recent debut album sounded like the work of a much more seasoned group.
Happiness, Heaven’s Jail, Such Hounds @ Union Pool
Happiness features 3/5 of Deer Tick and Ravi Shavi’s Rafay Rashid, and ahead of Deer Tick’s New Year’ shows they’re squeezing this Brooklyn gig in tonight. Phosphorescent collaborator Heaven’s Jail opens.
China Crisis @ Iridium
Liverpool’s China Crisis took the ’70s yacht rock aesthetic and brought it into the age of mid-’80s New Romantics. Their glossy pop still sounds pretty good today.
The Yule Ball feat. Harry and the Potters, The Potter Puppet Pals, Draco and the Malfoys, Tonks and the Aurors, Ashley Hamel @ Bell House
If your two favorite things are Christmas and Harry Potter, you are probably already waiting in line to get into this show.
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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