What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Radiohead, Junun @ Madison Square Garden
Thom Yorke and crew mixed things up, setlist-wise, between their first two MSG shows. We’ll see what tonight brings.
Erasure, Reed & Caroline @ Beacon Theatre
Vince Clarke and Andy Bell have created some of the most memorable synthpop of the last 30+ years, and tonight’s the first of three sold-out Beacon shows.
Kimya Dawson, Daphne @ The Safari Room at El Cortez
After taking some time off from music, anti-folk vet Kimya Dawson returned this year with the great new song “Cyclone” and she’s playing shows again too. This is her first of two shows at El Cortez.
The Get Up Kids, Racquet Club, Ageist @ White Eagle Hall
Emo vets The Get Up Kids returned this year with the Kicker EP, their first release in seven years, and their first music to recall their classic ’90s era in a long time. They’re on tour now with Knapsack/Jealous Sound offshoot Racquet Club, which is a perfectly matched pairing.
Black Milk with live band Nat Turner, HD Been Dope, Sam Austins @ Rough Trade
Underground rap staple Black Milk is on tour with his usual live backing band, Nat Turner, and he’s supporting his new album FEVER.
Sinkane presents Caparundi @ National Sawdust (early show)
Sinkane is in the midst of a residency at National Sawdust, and tonight he presents “Caparundi.” From the venue’s website: “This special show takes audiences to the fictional location of Caparundi, a magical and colorful place where Africa, North America, South America, Asia, and the Caribbean blend together to create a new identity. All music and all peoples are welcome.”
Elysia Crampton, Eartheater @ National Sawdust (late show)
Later at National Sawdust tonight, there’s the appealing double avant-pop bill of Elysia Crampton and Eartheater.
The Rock*A*Teens, Joseph War, Nighthawk @ Elsewhere Zone One
Georgia indie rockers The Rock*A*Teens just returned with Sixth House, their first album in 18 years which finds them sounding as rocking and strident as ever, if with a little more clarity.
Dent May, Shannon Lay @ Market Hotel
Mississippi native Dent May updates yacht rock sounds for the modern age, with lyrics about technological / relationship woes, all to music that goes down pleasingly smooth. Hi live show is great, too. Underrated!
Collapsing Scenery, Ruby, Sleeparound @ Golden Unicorn
Collapsing Scenery, the music and art project of Don Devore (Ink & Dagger, The Icarus Line, Amazing Baby, Lilys, Sick Feeling) and Reggie Debris, play this NYC dim sum palace tonight — expect high concept, low-fi spectacle.
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.”
Gentrify @ UCBEast
This long running variety show hosted by UCB vets Brandon Scott Jones, Justin Tyler, and Alden Ford consistently brings an eclectic mix of local comedians. This week’s lineup includes SNL’s Nimesh Patel, as well as Andy Haynes (Conan), Alex Dragicevich (Netflix), Camille Theobald (MTV), and Gabe Stoddard (Comedy Studio). Patel’s a regular at the Comedy Cellar, where his thoughtful observations on dating, race, and politics have made him a stand out.
Judah Friedlander @ Eastville Comedy Club
Though this show has a two-drink minimum on top of its $20 fee, seeing veteran stand ups like Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), as well as Chris Distefano (Guy Code) and Carmen Lynch (Conan) makes this bill worth it. Also make sure to check out Akaash Singh, who you may recognize from The Leftovers and Guy Code.
Gardens with Derrick Carter, Dinky, Russell E.L. Butler, & more @ Elsewhere
Derrick Carter is a house legend from the very city that codified the genre, Chicago. After countless Smartbar residences, he lands in New York for a one-night engagement at one of our favorite Brooklyn venues, Elsewhere. Make sure to stick around for Bermudian producer Russell E.L. Butler, whose synths have been lighting up the Oakland scene for years.
Whiplash @ Union Hall
Long-running comedy show Whiplash moved from UCB to Union Hall and has now moved from Monday to Friday. They also announce lineups ahead of time — tonight’s got Dan Soder, Liza Treyger, Joel Kim Booster, Casey James Salengo, Emmy Blotnick, Tom Thakkar, Martin Urbano, Jordan Temple — but there still may be surprises.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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