What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Cornelius, Ava Luna @ Irving Plaza
Cornelius‘s 1997 album Fantasma introduced the genre-defying Japanese artist (Keigo Oyamada) to most of the Western world with it’s everything-in-a-blender style. Nearly 20 years later it still kinda sounds like it’s from the future. Having just released his first album in 15 years, Cornelius is bringing his sensory-overloard live show back to the U.S for his first tour in ages. Don’t miss him.
Elvis Costello & The Imposters @ The Capitol Theatre
When Elvis pulled out of a Las Vegas residency, New York became the beneficiary of his and The Imposters’ free time, who are here for four shows this week. The Imposters feature original Attractions drummer Pete Thomas and keyboardist Steve Nieve. and Elvis has 50 years of great songwriting to pull from (the Brooklyn Steel setlist was pretty sweet).
IDLES, Free $$$ @ Ceremony
IDLES hail from Bristol, UK and make a flinty, shouty, angry brand of punk/post-punk with a “what’ve you got” rebellious attitude and lyrical style.
Tune-Yards, Xenia Rubinos @ Brooklyn Steel
Tune-Yards got more political than usual on this year’s I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life, but though the topics are serious, the music is still fun to listen to. Xenia Rubinos pairs very well with Tune-Yards and her set is not to miss.
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Mommy, Mati @ Brooklyn Bazaar
NYC garage punks Hank Wood and the Hammerheads release their great self-titled album today, and they’re celebrating with this release show. As good as their records are, their live show is even better.
Jessica Lea Mayfield, Mal Blum and the Blums @ Mercury Lounge
Shapeshifting singer/songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield went for heavy blues with 2015’s Make My Head Sing, but she returned to a lighter sound for last year’s Sorry Is Gone. She’s back in NYC supporting that album tonight.
We Were Promised Jetpacks, Rubbing Alcohol (DJ) @ Baby’s All Right
Scottish sad rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks haven’t released an album since 2014, but they’ve been posting teasers about a new album and playing a bunch of new songs on this tour. They play NYC twice this week, this being the first show.
The Low Anthem, Mega Bog @ Bowery Ballroom
Atmospheric indie folkies The Low Anthem returned this year with their fifth album, The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea, and they’re currently supporting it on tour. If you’re going tonight, it’s worth catching Mega Bog too.
Mikey Erg, The Slow Death, Nervous Triggers, Headlines @ The Safari Room at El Cortez
Cult pop punks The Ergs! play reunion shows once in a blue moon these days, but Mikey’s solo material is cut from a very similar cloth and he’s just as worth seeing.
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead @ Brooklyn Bowl
Joe Russo has played with actual Grateful Dead members, and his tribute band Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is one of the finer Dead tribute bands going today. They’re doing a Brooklyn Bowl run this week.
Tycho (DJ), Heathered Pearls, Michna @ Analog BKNY
Tycho’s live shows are actual full-band live shows and almost more like post-rock than electronic music, but he DJs too and he’ll do that tonight.
Springsteen on Broadway @ Walter Kerr Theatre
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.”
Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders featuring Eszter Balint, David Cross, John Darnielle, James Gleick, Nellie McKay, David Nagler, S.J. Rozan & more @ City Winery
Wesley Stace, who for years recorded as John Wesley Harding, hosts these Cabinet of Wonders shows that combine music, poetry, books and comedy. This month’s edition is especially good.
Michelle Wolf @ Caroline’s
Comedian Michelle Wolf’s star is rising — she’s hosting this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner and will have her own Netflix late night talk show later this year. Catch her in standup mode tonight.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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