What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Belle & Sebastian, Perfume Genius, Frankie Cosmos @ Forest Hills Stadium
Belle & Sebastian have been packing setlists on this tour with favorites, and that — coupled with the great Perfume Genius, plus Frankie Cosmos and the general good vibes of Forest Hills Stadium — has the makings of a great Friday night.
Parquet Courts “Total Football” Popup @ Canal Street Market
Parquet Courts World Cut themed pop-up, inspired by their new single “Total Football,” opens today and runs through June 17. There you can find copies of their “Total Football” 7″ (which features panini sticker-book style sleeve art by A. Savage), ‘Wide Awake!’ albums, club pins, soccer scarves and “extremely limited” free “Total Football” zines by A. Savage. There’s also a mural made by A. Savage and you can hang out and play FIFA, a special Parquet Courts customized foosball table, and they’ll be showing games, too.
Though we’re bummed there are no big free outdoor concerts part of Northside this year, there are still lots of good shows happening through Sunday. (There’s a real good one on Saturday, by the way.) Chances are if one of the below shows is in Williamsburg, Greenpoint or Bushwick it’s a Northside show. You can use a Northside badge if you have one, but venues ofter have caps on the number they admit, so get there early if there’s a show you really want to see.
Shannon Shaw (of Shannon and the Clams), T-Rextasy @ Brooklyn Bowl
Shannon, of “& The Clams” fame, releases her new solo album today via Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound label, and celebrates tonight at this Northside show.
Flasher, Dehd, Public Practice @ Elsewhere
Former Priests bassist Taylor Mulitz is focusing energies on Flasher these days, making super-catchy ’90s-style indie rock. Flasher’s debut album is out today on Domino and the band celebrate tonight with tourmates Dehd. If you’re going, do get there early to see Public Practice the dancefloor-friendly post-punk group featuring members of Wall and Beverly.
Weaves, Active Bird Community, Peaer @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Toronto’s pleasingly quirky indie rockers Weaves (who were up for the Polaris prize in 2017) headline this Northside show.
Sam Evian, Katie Von Schleicher, Buck Meek, Potted Plant @ Rough Trade
Here’s a pretty solid Northside show: Sam Evian works some late-period Beatles magic on his new album You, Forever; Big Thief guitarist Buck Meek just released his terrific solo debut; and Katie Von Schleicher has a new single, too.
Jo Passed, Dick Stusso, Wooing @ The Park Church Co-Op
Canadian skronky power-pop band Jo Passed just released their first album for Sub Pop; Dick Stusso, meanwhile, has gotten a co-sign from Angel Olsen and released his charming new album via Sub Pop sister label Hardly Art.
Have Mercy, Kississippi, Gleemer, Super American @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Baltimore emo band Have Mercury are playing their 2013 debut album The Earth Pushed Back in full at this show, and if you’re going, we recommend getting there in time for Philly indie rockers Kississippi, whose very solid debut album came out earlier this year.
Skinless, Primal Rite, Ringworm, Churchburn, Outer Heaven @ Brooklyn Bazaar (late show)
This is one of Revolver Mag‘s Northside showcases and it’s an awesome metal/hardcore lineup, including reunited death metallers Skinless, metallic hardcore lifers Ringworm, and more.
OSHUN, Spellling @ Knitting Factory
OSHUN are one of NYC’s best kept secrets — a neo-soul/hip hop group with a seriously talented live band and a thrilling stage show. They seem primed to get way more popular than they are.
Topaz Jones, Latasha, Bayli @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This is an all-around cool hip hop show, with funk singer/rapper Topaz Jones headlining, jazzy Brooklyn rapper Latasha, and Bayli of The Skins.
CHON, Polyphia, TTNG, tricot @ Playstation Theater
Popular prog/math rockers CHON headline this show, and if you’re going, we also recommend catching the similarly mathy TTNG (fka This Town Needs Guns).
Caspian (playing Dust and Disquiet), Covet @ Saint Vitus
Post rock greats Caspian are on their second of two Saint Vitus shows tonight, and they say these are their only US dates of 2018. This one’s extra special, as they’ll be performing their latest album, 2015’s Dust and Disquiet, in its entirety (“plus 2-3 older songs”).
Telefon Tel Aviv @ Saint Vitus (late show)
It’s also worth heading to Vitus (or hanging around after the Caspian) show for electronic act Telefon Tel Aviv (who surely share some fans with Caspian).
Ry Cooder @ Town Hall
A master of the slide, guitarist Ry Cooder has played with everyone from Captain Beefheart to Randy Newman to Rolling Stones and the Doobie Brothers.
Men I Trust, Anemone @ WFMU Monty Hall
It’s two Montreal acts at Monty Hall tonight: Men I Trust make gentle danceable pop a la TOPS; while Anemone goes for more of a groovy Stereolab bachelor pad vibe.
La Luz, GYMSHORTS, Mons Vi @ Public Arts
There are a lot of surf bands out there, but West Coast group La Luz bring great songs and a real sense of fun to party.
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.”
Comedy Party @ Secret Loft
This monthly comedy showcase at a secret location in Greenwich Village features some awesome comedians from Comedy Central, Carolines, and more. The lineup includes Erik Bergstrom (Comedy Central Half Hour), Chanel Ali (Caroline’s on Broadway), Anya Volz (Women in Comedy Festival), and Leonard Ouzts (Conan). It also includes free pizza with entry. The location is announced the day of the show for ticket holders.
Greer Barnes, Judah Friedlander, Emmy Blotnick & more @ Fat Black Pussycat
The Comedy Cellar is known for their eclectic lineups that bring together the youngest, freshest faces on the scene with experienced comedians, and Friday’s 8 PM lineup at sister bar Fat Black Pussycat is exemplary in this regard: the show features Emmy Blotnick (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert), Judah Friedlander, Greer Barnes (Chapelle Show), and MC Jared Fried. As always, there’s a two drink minimum in addition to the ticket charge – but the lineup makes it more than worth it.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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