What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Nothing, Swirlies, Big Bite, Smut @ Warsaw
Nothing have become one of the bigger shoegaze revival bands, and they’re currently touring with an OG band who probably influenced them, Swirlies. Swirlies have a new EP out, Magic Strop: Tonight, while Nothing released their latest album Dance On The Blacktop earlier this year.
Shame, Bodega, Public Practice @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This is UK punk/postpunk band Shame’s second MHOW show this week and is worth showing up for openers Bodega and Public Practice as well. A very solid night.
Gorilla Biscuits box set release party (non-concert) @ Coney Island Baby
NYHC legends Gorilla Biscuits are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their debut 7″ with a new box set, and this is the release party (they aren’t performing). It goes from 8-10 PM and it’s free. Tomorrow, GB headline the Thrasher Death Match party in Queens. Speaking of…
GZA, Roc Marciano, Tommy Genesis, City Morgue, MIKE, Priests, Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Dirty Fences, Easy @ Knockdown Center (Thrasher Death Match)
This is day one of the two-day Thrasher Death Match party, which is happening in NYC for the first time ever after many great years in Austin during SXSW. The lineup is stacked, with local rap vets GZA and Roc Marciano, rising local avant-rapper MIKE, killer new-ish punk bands like Priests and Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, and more. It’s free with RSVP, which is now closed.
Thrice, The Bronx, Teenage Wrist @ PlayStation Theater
Thrice have been reunited for a bit now, and recent shows have been just as powerful as they were back in the day. And now they’re fresh off releasing their best album in years, Palms. Direct support from punk n’ rollers The Bronx makes this bill extra exciting.
Corridor, Petite League, Sic Tic @ ALPHAVILLE
Montreal’s Corridor make a spindly brand of indie rock/psych, with intertwining guitar leads, bass and harmonies. The band members are whirling dervishes themselves and are so good you might not even notice all their songs are in French.
Systematic Death, Bastard Noise, Paranoid, Subversive Rite, Niuta @ Saint Vitus
Japanese hardcore legends Systematic Death are coming to Brooklyn to celebrate their 35th anniversary across two nights with California noise vets Bastard Noise and others. This is night one.
Gary Clark Jr. @ Gramercy Theatre
Ahead of his two shows opening for Eric Clapton at Madison Square Garden on Saturday and Sunday, Gary Clark Jr headlines this intimate (for him) show.
King Khan & The Shrines, Gabriella Cohen, Chorizo, Toddphonic Todd @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Canadian garage rock royalty, KIng Khan is always a good time and tonight’s show is extra nice with Australia’s Gabriella Cohen and Chorizo.
Lando Chill, Miho Hatori Elsewhere
LA-via-Chicago rapper Lando Chill is releasing his new album Black Ego on Mello Music Group next week, but first he plays this Brooklyn show. It’s a cool, unique double bill with Cibo Matto’s Miho Hatori.
Brighter Death Now, Pharmakon, Gnawed, Scant @ Brooklyn Bazaar Cellar
Power electronics/industrial vet Brighter Death Now has been making harsh, dark music for about 30 years now, and helped pave the path for newer artists like Pharmakon who provides direct support tonight.
Horse Feathers, Lowland Hum @ Rough Trade
Portland folk-rockers are back in town in continued support of Appreciation, which came out earlier this year via Kill Rock Stars.
MDC, The Elected Officials, Urban Waste, Cop Out @ The Safari Room at El Cortez
Hardcore punk vets MDC are touring in continued support of 2017’s Mein Trumpf, their first album in 13 years. They play Bushwick tonight.
Bruno Mars, Ella Mai @ Barclays Center
Bruno Mars wraps up his two-night stand at Barclays Center tonight, and though Cardi B is unfortunately no longer opening, he’s got another exciting opener instead: Ella Mai, who had a huge breakout with “Boo’d Up” and whose anticipated debut album comes out next week.
Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
It’s day three of the four-day Brooklyn Electronic Music festival, and tonight’s shows include Motor City Drum Ensemble, Francois K, and more at Avant Gardner; The WEDIDIT 10th anniversary party with Shlohmo, D33j, Groundislava, and more at Kings Hall at Avant Gardner; and Jets (aka Jimmy Edgar & Machinedrum) and more at Good Room.
George Fitzgerald @ National Sawdust
German producer George FitzGerald, released All That Must Be back in the spring which features collaborations with Bonobo, Tracey Thorn (, and Hudson Scott, plays a full band show tonight.
Leon Bridges, Khruangbin @ Radio City Music Hall
With his update on classic soul, Leon Bridges continues to rise — as this Radio City Music Hall show attests.
STRFKR @ Bowery Ballroom
Portland band STRFKR are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year are playing their debut album (back when they were called Starfucker) in full, plus second set of songs from their rest of their catalog, tonight and Saturday.
Sons of an Illustrious Father, Honduras, Thick, Thanks For Coming, Farah Brooks (MC) @ The Park Church Co-Op
This show is a benefit for Planned Parenthood.
The Stargazer Lilies, Kempt, The Crushing Violets, Mevius @ The Well
Stargazer Lilies warm up for their upcoming tour with Black Moth Super Rainbow with this show that also features Kempt (the new band from James Hanna of Asobi Seksu).
Frankie Cosmos, Lomelda, Stef Chura @ White Eagle Hall
Frankie Cosmos is wrapping up her North American tour with three NYC-area shows, tonight being the first.
Springsteen on Broadway
The Boss continues his sold-out “Springsteen on Broadway” run at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which runs 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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