What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Pere Ubu, Stuyedeyed, A Deer A Horse @ Le Poisson Rouge
Art punk legends Pere Ubu’s lineup has changed a lot over the yers, but according to frontman (and only remaining original member) David Thomas, “Once Ubu, Always Ubu.” For that reason, they’re welcoming back bassist Tony Maimone (who played on all the classic ’70s and ’80s albums) for some shows in Italy in September, and he’ll be appearing with them tonight too.
Sparta, Sound & Shape, Bethlehem Steel @ Bowery Ballroom
At The Drive In are reunited without Jim Ward in the band, but Jim is taking the time to get his old band Sparta back together. They’ve released a couple new songs, and now they’re on the road for the first time in a while.
Alkaline Trio, together PANGEA, Ogikubo Station @ Brooklyn Steel
Grim, melodic punk vets Alkaline Trio are releasing their first album in five years on Epitaph later this month, but first they’re on tour with two cool openers: the super-fun garage punks together PANGEA and Ogikubo Station, the new duo of Maura Weaver of Mixtapes and Mike Park of Asian Man Records (who released Alkaline Trio’s first two albums and first two EPs).
Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Frankie Rose @ Rocks Off Cruise
It’s “an intimate evening at sea” with Ted Leo & Pharmacists, who are not playing Hearts of Oak in full like they did earlier this year, but will probably play a bunch of songs from it nonetheless. We would say “show up early and catch Frankie Rose” but if you show up late you’ll literally miss the boat.
Rufus Wainwright, Amy Stroup @ Capitol Theatre
Rufus will soon be celebrating his first two albums on tour, but tonight’s show has no grand themes — just great songs and the ever charming and witty R.W.
The Gaslight Anthem, Dave Hause, Jared Hart @ Stone Pony Summer Stage
NJ heartland punks The Gaslight Anthem are back from hiatus and they’ve been playing their most-loved album The ’59 Sound in full for its 10th anniversary (the shows have been awesome so far). Tonight, they kick off a three-night run in their home state.
Ra Ra Riot @ Elsewhere Hall
Ra Ra Riot have gotten a bit less consistent as they’ve gone on, but their 2008 debut album The Rhumb Line remains a very fun, very catchy batch of pop-indie songs, so it’s pretty exciting that they’re playing it in full tonight for its 10th anniversary. Their current lineup includes The Rhumb Line-era members Wes Miles, Milo Bonacci, Mathieu Santos, and Rebecca Zeller (but no Alexandra Lawn).
SummerSlam kickoff w/ Open Mike Eagle, Mega Ran, TRØN & DVD @ Elsewhere Zone One
Indie rapper and wrestling podcast host Open Mike Eagle is combining his two passions tonight, as he headlines a kickoff concert for WWE SummerSlam.
MIKE, King Carter, Ivy Sole, Taphari, Takashi Yama (DJ), Ted Kamal (DJ) @ Market Hotel
Prolific NYC avant-rapper MIKE is touring behind his recent Renaissance Man project, and hitting his hometown tonight.
Couch Slut, Netherlands, Haan, Throat @ Saint Vitus
Confrontational heavy noise rockers Couch Slut headline a hometown show tonight with two fellow NYC acts, Netherlands and Haan. Haan are currently touring with Finland’s Throat, who open tonight’s show and are worth showing up early for.
Ski Beatz, P.U.D.G.E @ C’mon Everybody
Ski Beatz is a hip hop legend thanks to his production work on such classic albums as Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt, and he remains active and relevant today. He recently released the new album Switched On Bap and he celebrates it at this show.
Cake, Ben Folds, Tall Heights @ Forest Hills Stadium
Flash back to the carefree days of the late ’90s with the double bill of two alt rock radio faves who mixed sweetness with snark.
Emerging Music Festival w/ Evolfo, OHMME, Palmas, Underground System, EZTV @ Bryant Park
Duo OHMME, who have worked with Tweedy, Whitney, Chance the Rapper and others, highlight Day 1 of the Emerging Music Festival which highlights up-and-coming groups. Free, and starts at 5 PM.
Dan Friel, KATIEE, Invisible Circle, Brian Chase @ Wonders of Nature
Home electronics wiz Dan Friel and Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase are part of tonight’s experimental, improvisational lineup.
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.”
Mark Ernestus, Mbene Diatta Seck, Fatou Wore Mboup @ Pioneer Works
This show was originally billed as “Ndagga Rhythm Force” but the full lineup are unable to perform due to visa issues. Instead, Mark Ernestus will be “DJing reggae and dancehall, with freestyle support by NRF vocalist Mbene Diatta Seck and dancer Fatou Wore Mboup.”
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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