What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
U.S. Girls, Gold Dime @ Baby’s All Right (three shows)
U.S. Girls are fresh off releasing their excellent full-band album In A Poem Unlimited, and they’ve also been touring with a very large band (that had 10 members when they played our SXSW party). The live show is even better than the album. It’s a funky, groovy, rockin’, spectacular show with ace musicianship, everyone dancing, and tons of good vibes. You won’t wanna miss this tour while it’s in NYC, and Meg and the band play THREE sets at Baby’s tonight (all of which are sold out).
John Prine, Sturgill Simpson @ Radio City Music Hall
With his first album of new all-new material in 13 years out today, folk and country great John Prine celebrates in style tonight at one of NYC’s nicest rooms, with a little help from Sturgill Simpson.
Ty Segall and The Freedom Band, Purling Hiss @ Brooklyn Steel
Ty Segall, whose latest album, Freedom’s Goblin, came out in January, is on the road with his white-hot Freedom Band and even though this is a bigger room than Ty usually plays, expect the intensity level to remain high.
The Feelies @ Rough Trade
The Feelies are a national treasure and their live shows remain wonderful marathons. This is the first of three Rough Trade shows this weekend.
The Gories, Chorizo @ Elsewhere
Detroit garage punk legends The Gories are still kicking some 30 years into their existence, playing select shows while main man Mick Collins stays busy with other projects like Dirtbombs and The Wolfmanhattan Project.
Waxahatchee, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Bedouine @ Warsaw
This is a truly great triple bill — all three acts work well together but all three have their own distinct sound. They’re also all fresh off releasing very solid 2017 albums.
War on Women, Trashy, Sister Munch @ Saint Vitus
Baltimore punks War On Women return today with their second album, Capture The Flag, which takes all the injustice-battling and thrashy riffs of their debut and adds a great sense of hooks and melody. It’s awesome, and their live show is even more intense than their albuns.
Saba, Deem Spencer, Jean Deaux & Joseph Chilliams @ Highline Ballroom
Saba is fresh off releasing his new album Care For Me, which tackles some very heavy subjects (death, mostly), and does so with such artistic delivery. It’s a truly special record, and it should be great to see Saba bring those songs to life tonight.
Mickey Hart @ American Museum of National History
Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart returned last year with a new solo album (which featured Animal Collective’s Avey Tare on a track), and tonight and tomorrow he’s bringing those songs to life in a very unique way at the Museum of Natural History.
Terrace Martin and friends @ National Sawdust
Jazz/hip hop great Terrace Martin is known for work with Kendrick Lamar, Robert Glasper, Thundercat, Kamasi Washington, and more, and his own material is just as worthy as that of his famous collaborators. Catch him tonight, with “friends.”
M. Ward, Eucademix feat. Yuka C. Honda of Cibo Matto @ White Eagle Hall
M Ward is opening for The Decemberists later this year, but first he’s on a short headlining tour. Tonight he plays Jersey City with Yuka C Honda’s Eucademix project.
Mal Devisa, Frank Hurricane, Lucy, Akai Solo @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Mal Devisa performs with just a bass and her voice, but her live show sounds fuller than some bands, and you just have to see her powerful pipes in person to fully experience them.
Partner, Katie Ellen, Early Riser @ Silent Barn
Having consistently gained steam since their indie hit “The ‘Ellen’ Page,” queer riff-rockers Partner cite another Canadian duo, Tegan & Sara, as their biggest inspiration but clearly worship at the alter of early-’90s DGC (Weezer, that dog, Veruca Salt, Sloan). It’s all big hooks, bigger choruses, quotable lyrics and a lot rocking out. It should also be noted that your chances to visit Silent Barn are running out.
Young Galaxy, Sound of Ceres @ Knitting Factory
Montreal synthpop band Young Galaxy just released their new album, Down Time, which continues their widescreen, anthemic sound. If you’re going tonight, get there early for the krauty, baroque psychedelia of Sound of Ceres.
Khruangbin, The Mattson 2 @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Texas trio Khruangbin mix world influences into their jammy sound, as can be heard on their first album for Dead Oceans, Con Todo El Mundo.
EZTV, Lina Tullgren @ Brooklyn Brewery Presents Beer Mansion
Brooklyn Brewery’s Beer Mansion is a “spectacle of beer, music, food and absurdity” with the live music lineup curated by Captured Tracks.
The Loser’s Lounge Tribute to The Band’s Last Waltz @ Joe’s Pub
This month, The Loser’s Lounge Orchestra pays tribute to the 40th anniversary of The Band’s The Last Waltz, with help from a bevy of guest singers. Early and late shows.
Springsteen on Broadway
The Boss continues his sold-out “Springsteen on Broadway” run at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which has now been extended through December. At these shows, Bruce is giving fans shows “that are as personal and as intimate as possible.”
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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