What’s going on Saturday? (Disappears, Timmy’s Organism, UMO, Matt Pryor, Kool Keith, Sheer Terror, Josh Ritter, more)
photo: Disappears at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by PSquared)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Disappears @ Baby’s All Right
Disappears covered ‘Low’ in full live last year as part of the David Bowie exhibit at Chicago’s MCA, putting their own stark, krauty bent on what was an already stark and krauty record. They decided back in November to play it a few more times in other cities and here we are tonight. That Bowie has since passed makes it a little more special, but any chance to see this powerhouse band (with one of best rhythm sections going) are worth seeing no matter what. Just as exciting: they’ll be playing a set of all-new material as well. Highly recommended.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Lower Dens @ Irving Plaza
UMO got decidedly more funky on their last year’s album, Multi-Love, which could make tonight’s show quite the party. Lower Dens are loosening up, too. This is their second of two sold-out nights at Irving.
Timmy’s Organism, Video, Regression 696 @ Rough Trade
Detroit heavy garage rockers Timmy’s Organism and angular Austin punks Video (members of Radioactivity and Bad Sports) both released new records last year on Third Man Records. Now both bands are on the road for the Third Man-sponsored “Audio Social Dissent Tour.” With this label behind the tour, that also means there will be some limited edition, tour-only vinyl at the merch table, specifically a 12″ three-way split live record of Timmy’s Organism, Video and Wolf Eyes performing at Devil’s Night 2015.
Sheer Terror, Indecision, Black Anvil, Enrage @ Saint Vitus
NYHC vets Sheer Terror are still going strong and their live gigs still shine, as tonight’s sold out show should prove. Some cool openers tonight too.
Kool Keith, Sir Jarlsburg, Ave Campbel @ Grand Victory
The great weirdo rapper Kool Keith (aka Dr. Octagon aka Dr. Dooom aka a member of Ultramagnetic MC’s, etc etc etc) is still prolific. Last year he put out the psychedelic rap album Time? Astonishing! and he already followed it with a new single this year. Tonight he plays a very intimate Brooklyn show.
Chris Conley (of Saves the Day), Matt Pryor (of The Get Up Kids), Andy Jackson (Hot Rod Circuit), Dan Adriano (of Alkaline Trio), Anthony Raneri (Bayside) @ Bell House
It’s the recurring ‘Where’s The Band’ tour, which sees frontmen of punkish bands strip down for acoustic solo sets. Of particular note are a few guys who shaped the sound of emo as we know it, Chris Conley, Matt Pryor and Andy Jackson.
The Goodbye Party, Radiator Hospital, Pouty, Bong Wish, Crusher @ Silent Barn
There’s some cool indie rock on this bill, including The Goodbye Party (aka former Ambulars member Michael Cantor), and a solo set from Radiator Hospital, who makes very good scratchy pop.
Roseanne Cash & Jeff Tweedy @ Carnegie Hall
Roseanne Cash performs her 2014 album The River & The Thread tonight with help from Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.
The Men, Cheena, Ora Iso, Kyle Keays @ Trans Pecos
This is a cool double bill with the jammy country punks The Men and local “supergroup” Cheena, which includes Pharmakon plus members of Crazy Spirit, Dawn of Humans, L.O.T.I.O.N., and Hank Wood & The Hammerheads.
Crazy and The Brains, Spewing Cum, Sun Voyager @ Shea Stadium
Crazy & the Brains play ’70s-style punk and they have a member whose sole job is to play xylophone. It sounds weird on paper, but it rips live.
Lil Durk, Manolo Rose, Fatboy SSE, Grafh @ Gramercy Theatre
Chicago rapper Lil Durk put out an album and a mixtape last year, the latter of which included his great collaborative single with Dej Loaf, “My Beyonce.” He returns to NYC tonight.
Maybeshewill, Driftoff @ Bowery Ballroom
British instrumental rockers Maybeshewill have been around for a decade but never played the U.S., and they’re breaking up after this sole gig here. Catch ’em while you can. It’s also a good double bill, with local post-hardcore band Driftoff (featuring members of Junius, Rosetta, City of Ships).
Candiria, Old Wounds, Moon Tooth @ Maxwell’s
Genre-defying Brooklyn vets Candiria mix hardcore with jazz, rap and more. They recently reunited, and tonight that reunion continues at Maxwell’s with the solid NJ metalcore band Old Wounds.
Kacey Musgraves, The Cactus Blossoms @ Starland Ballroom
Kacey Musgraves may exist in the mainstream country world, but she’s got an edge that has gained her a lot of praise in the indie realm recently. She deserves it — last year’s Pageant Material was effortlessly replay-able.
Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band, Elephant Revival @ Beacon Theatre
Rootsy singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, who released the well-received Sermon on the Rocks last year, plays one of NYC’s nicest rooms tonight.
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.
Seu Jorge @ Blue Note
Best known here in America for acting in City of God and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (which he scored using only acoustic, Portuguese David Bowie covers), but Brazilian artist Seu Jorge has been making music since the ’90s. This is part of his 10-night run at the Blue Note.
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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