What’s going on Friday? (Jesu + Sun Kil Moon, Jason Isbell, Iron Chic, UXO, Soul Rebels, Martyn, Mystery Lights & more)
Jesu + Sun Kil Moon
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Jesu + Sun Kil Moon, Wilsen @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jesu and Sun Kil Moon just released a collaborative album, and the best parts of both projects shine. There’s some of Jesu’s sludgey atmosphere, some of Sun Kil Moon’s highly specific lyrics, and more. They’ll be backed by Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley on drums, so there’s gonna be a serious amount of talent on stage tonight.
Jason Isbell @ Beacon Theater
Jason Isbell just picked up two Grammys — Best Roots Song for “24 Frames” and Americana Album of the Year for Something More Than Free — and plays this sold-out show tonight.
UXO, Primitive Weapons, The Austerity Program @ Saint Vitus
UXO is a new collaborative project from Unsane frontman Chris Spencer and Today is the Day frontman Steve Austin, and if you like either of their main bands, UXO will be right up your alley. Very well-matched openers tonight too.
Iron Chic, Worriers, Soda Bomb, Couple Hundo @ Aviv
Long Island punk staples Iron Chic just signed to SideOneDummy, and they’re promising to release a new album in the fall. In the meantime, party to some old favorites (and maybe a new one or two?) tonight. It’s equally worth catching Worriers too.
The Soul Rebels, Talib Kweli, Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Kirk Knight @ Brooklyn Bowl
New Orleans brass band The Soul Rebels are on night two of their three-night run at Brooklyn Bowl tonight with different (and exciting) guests each night. Tonight they’ve got three of the best names in ’90s New York rap, and Kirk Knight of Pro Era, a newer local group who does the ’90s a lot of jusice.
Indie Pop Prom feat. Allison Crutchfield, Eskimeaux, WALL, Pouty @ Market Hotel
It’s the fourth annual Indie Pop Prom, which doubles as show curator Maria Sherman’s birthday party and brings together a lineup of mostly lady-fronted bands. This one’s headlined by Allison Crutchfield, who’s a member of Swearin’ and Waxahatchee, and also makes quality solo material. Also on the bill is DIY pop act Eskimeaux, post-punks WALL, and lo-fi pop punks Pouty (a new band from Slutever’s Rachel Gagliardi).
Cakes Da Killa, Juiceboxxx, Tippwerk, Spewing Cum, Jaguar Pyramids @ Trans Pecos
This multi-genre bill is headlined by NYC queer rapper Cakes Da Killa, who’s a regular on the local scene and always puts on super fun shows.
Martyn, FaltyDL, Contakt, Max McFerren, Sophia MA, Sheepshead @ Good Room
A handful of electronic musicians and DJs come together at Good Room tonight, including Netherlands-born dubstep/house producer Martyn and NYC’s UK-inspired FaltyDL.
The Mystery Lights, Roya, The Britanys, Breanna Barbara @ Berlin
A very solid night of garage psych headlined by The Mystery Lights, maybe the best band in the city making this kind of music, and Roya (featuing Rahill of Habibi, The Clean’s Hamish Kilgour and Jay from Grooms). Berlin is a good place to see stuff like this, too.
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-language 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.
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.
Pretty in Pink’s 30th Anniversary Party @ Rough Trade
It’s the 30th Anniversary of John Hughes’ film Pretty in Pink, and Rough Trade is transforming into Traxx, the record store Andie worked at in the film. It’ll be a full-on ’80s danceparty.
PICTURE THIS! feat. Josh Gondelman, Giulia Rozzi, Joe Pera, Mike Drucker, Wendi Starling, Mike Lawrence @ Union Hall
Hosted by Peggy O’Leary, “Picture This!” features stand-up comedians performing on stage, while an army of illustrators draw them. Comics indclude Josh Gondelman, Giulia Rozzi, Joe Pera, Mike Drucker, Wendi Starling, and Mike Lawrence. Animators include Bryan Brinkman, Dan Pinto, Gabe Pinto, Kate Cropper, Nelson Diaz, and Rachel Gitlevich.
The B-52s @ The Space at Westbury
New wave vets The B-52s are still going strong, and stay very active on the road. Their current tour doesn’t hit NYC, but it’ll be nearby for shows on Long Island tonight and Port Chester tomorrow.
Alex G, Thin Lips, Hexdog @ Stevens Institute of Technology
Lo-fi pop guy Alex G begins a tour with Porches in March, but first he plays this Hoboken show tonight. He last released Beach Music last year, his first album for Domino. If you’re going tonight, it’s very worth catching Philly indie rockers Thin Lips too.
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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