What’s going on Friday? (Wilco, Wolf Eyes, Lupe Fiasco, Beth Israel, Beverly, KING, Chumped, Jamie Woon & more)
photo: Wilco at Pitchfork Fest 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Wilco, Bill Frisell @ Kings Theatre
Wilco have been making good to great records for over two decades now, the latest being last year’s Star Wars. Their current tour hits Brooklyn venue Kings Theatre twice this weekend. This is night 1, with veteran jazz/rock/country/etc guitarist Bill Frisell opening.
Lupe Fiasco @ B.B. King’s
Lupe Fiasco came out of the gate with the very strong Food & Liquor in 2006, but kinda lost it a bit after 2007’s The Cool. That was no longer true after last year’s Tetsuo & Youth though, his best album in years.
KING, Marc Cary & Igmar Thomas @ Le Poisson Rouge
LA trio KING release their debut album today, a mix of R&B and soul that’s familiar-sounding yet futuristic. It’s a very good album, and tonight’s show should hopefully be great too.
Jamie Woon @ Bowery Ballroom
Before “alt-R&B” really popped off, one of the genre’s early key albums was Jamie Woon’s 2011 LP Mirrorwriting. We didn’t much hear from him after that, but last year he finally released album #2, Making Time. It proves he’s still got plenty more to say.
Beverly, WALL, MPHO, Annie Hart of Au Revoir Simone @ Baby’s All Right
Preview new songs from Beverly’s excellent second album, The Blue Swell, as part of this solid bill of locals, including up-and-coming post-punks WALL and Au Revoir Simone’s Annie Hart.
Wolf Eyes, Blazer Sound System, Michigan Underground @ Union Pool
Wolf Eyes three-show Union Pool residency continues tonight with a highly experimental/improvisational set, featuring help from Nate Young, John Olson, James Baljo, Viki Viktoria, Chip Apetechnology (Survival Research Labs), Sam Hooker, and Tyler Hicks. Should be interesting.
Chumped, Never, Strangerpride @ Suburbia
Chumped were quite possibly the best real-deal pop punk band in Brooklyn during their short run. They’re sadly calling it quits, but not before two final shows at DIY spot Suburbia. This is the first.
Banquets, Timeshares, The Holy Mess, Save Ends, Brian Rothenbeck @ Saint Vitus
It’s a good (bad?) day for bittersweet punk shows. Jersey City’s Banquets are also calling it quits but going out with this last Brooklyn show. Long Island’s great Timeshares are worth catching too.
Modeselektor, Benjamin Damage, Shed, Truncate @ Output
The great German electronic duo Modeselektor are about to dedicate their year to the new Moderat album/tour, but first they’ll stop by Brooklyn club Output tonight. It’s an especially good day to head to Output, because long-running Brooklyn record store Halcyon opens inside the venue today at noon (though the shop closes at 8 PM).
Hints, Terribly Yours, The Ludwigs @ Bowery Electric
Sean Bones has been inactive for a few years, but now he’s got a new project called Terribly Yours that pulls from late ’70s power pop/new wave. Tonight’s the project’s debut live show.
Uniform, Dreamcrusher, Horoscope, Wetware, Conduit @ Alphaville
Noise duo Uniform have members of Drunkdriver and The Men, and their highly intense hardcore punk-inspired sets are usually over and done with in a matter of minutes.
Show Me The Body, B L A C K I E, Moor Mother Goddess @ Market Hotel
If you like dark experimental rap, or punk, or those two things coming together, this show is gonna be right up your alley.
DJ Spinna, Rich Medina @ American Museum of Natural History
Brooklyn hip hop vet DJ Spinna headlines this edition of the recurring ‘One Step Beyond’ party at the Museum of Natural History. In addition to the music, “guests can also take a walk up the Cosmic Pathway to the Hayden Big Bang Theater where acclaimed actor Liam Neeson narrates a dynamic flight through the virtual universe based on an accurate cosmic atlas.”
Marlon Williams, Wild Leaves @ Mercury Lounge
One of Dead Oceans’ newest signees is New Zealand folk singer Marlon Williams. He was here during CMJ, and returns tonight.
Grant-Lee Phillips, Steve Poltz @ Rockwood Music Hall
Armed with a smoky and soulful voice, Grant-Lee Phillips has been making great records for over 20 years. His new album, The Narrows, is out in March. Maybe he’ll reveal whether he’s going to return to be the Stars Hollow troubadour for Netflix’s new Gilmore Girls movies.
Beth Israel, Heaven’s Gate, Secret Crush, Melt @ Aviv
Tonight features two bands signed to Andrew Savage’s Dull Tools label (Beth Israel and Heaven’s Gate), plus the drony Secret Crush and the ’90s-ish Melt.
My Favorite, A Place Both Wonderful and Strange @ Cake Shop
Resurrected NYC indiepop cult heroes My Favorite bring melody and melodrama in equal measure.
Dave Harrignton (“The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”) @ National Sawdust
Busy man Dave Harrington will lead a six-member band through a live, improvised score to the classic 1920 silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
Buster Pointdexter @ Cafe Carlyle
New York Dolls singer David Johansen puts back on the tux and his party-friendly Buster Poindexter persona for a night of saucy cabaret at this fancypants supper club.
Lianne La Havas @ Rough Trade
Talented UK singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas made a huge splash with her 2012 debut album that went Top 5 in her native country. Her latest album, Blood, is up for a Grammy. Sold out.
Mike Birbiglia @ The Lynn Redgrave Theater
Comedian Mike Birbiglia has been doing his show “Thank God for the Jokes” for nearly two years. He’s finally putting it to bed, but not before this six-week run.
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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