What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Rhye, Boulevards @ Brooklyn Steel
Downtempo R&B duo Rhye recently released their second album Blood, which comes five years after their much-hyped debut Woman. Their live shows are still somewhat few and far between, and seeing them is a real treat.
Kelela @ Irving Plaza
Kelela has been releasing forward-thinking electronic R&B for a few years now, and last year she put out her proper debut album Take Me Apart, which is possibly her best release yet.
Lucy Dacus, And The Kids, Adult Mom @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Today, Lucy Dacus releases her first album for Matador, Historian, which is a clear progression from her great 2016 debut, No Burden. To celebrate, she’s in NYC tonight for a sold out show.
Bob Weir & Phil Lesh @ Radio City Music Hall
Founding Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh have played together a few times recently, but this is their first time ever going on tour as a duo. They’re at Radio City tonight and tomorrow for an acoustic set and an electric set.
Drawing Boards, Wild Pink, The Fluids @ ALPHAVILLE
Brooklyn’s Drawing Boards began as a project between Aaron Pfannebecker (Sisters) and Doug Marvin (Dirty on Purpose) and while both were reared on ’90s indie, they each brought different things to the table. Doug has a real ear for melody and a love of dreampop, while Aaron brings jagged, hyperactive hooks and a smartass attitude. Drawing Boards soon turned into a full group with the addition of Peter Rynsky of Darlings and Jane Herships (Spider, TEEN). Tonight’s their record release show.
Nona Hendryx, Pontchartrain, Social Lovers, Bamboozle @ C’mon Everybody
One third of Labelle (and Jimi Hendrix’s cousin), Nona Hendryx has been going strong for decades and just released a new EP, Keep Funkin’. Tonight’s show is hosted by Soul Clap Records.
Martial Canterel, Interval, The Wants @ Elsewhere
A lot of artists today ape the minimal wave sounds of the early ’80s but not many actually make their music and play it live like they did back then. Martial Canterel (Sean McBride of Xeno & Oaklander) does, using patch-bay synths and step sequencers to craft his eerie, danceable electropop.
Jules Gimbrone, Okkyung Lee, Chris McIntyre, Yoshi Wada @ Pioneer Works
In conjunction with the “The Shape of Space: Anthony McCall’s Solid Light Works” installation is this performance featuring four musicians “dispersed equidistantly throughout Pioneer Works’ 130-foot main hall, each situated adjacent to a solid light piece. The musicians play at a modest volume—either acoustically or with self-contained amplification—such that visitors are compelled to explore the space in order to realize different musical combinations through a succession of aural vantage points.”
Jen Kirkman @ The Bell House
Comedian and best-selling author Jen Kirkman hosts this live taping of her “I Seem Fun: the Diary of Jen Kirkman” podcast.
Springsteen on Broadway
The Boss continues his completely sold-out “Springsteen on Broadway” run at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which has now been extended through June! At these shows, Bruce is giving fans shows “that are as personal and as intimate as possible.”
Richard Buckner @ Union Hall
A country folk singer in the mould of Townes Van Sant, Richard Buckner is currently on a living room tour but plays this venue — that looks like someone’s living room (or library) — tonight.
Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments @ Joe’s Pub
Amazon passed on Bridget Everett’s pilot but there is no doubt she’s a total riot, and performs tonight with her band The Tender Moments (which often includes Adam “Ad Rock” Horovitz).
The Men, Bambara, Express @ Union Pool
Brooklyn punk crew The Men celebrate the release of their new album, Drift, with two hometown shows at Union Pool, tonight with the excellent support from the gothy Bambara.
Dear Nora, Kath Bloom, Emily Yacina @ The Park Church Co-Op
This is a good bill all around with re-activated beloved lo-fi act Dear Nora (whose revolving lineup once included Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth, and who have been cited as an influence by Girlpool and Joyce Manor), avant-folk legend Kath Bloom, and promising nwecomer Emily Yacina.
Mammoth Grinder, Siege Column, Skullshitter @ Saint Vitus
Power Trip/Iron Reagan offshoot Mammoth Grinder recently released their first album for Relapse, Cosmic Crypt, and it’s as loud and crushing as you’d expect given their members.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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