What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Robyn Hitchcock & The Nashville Fabs, Emma Swift @ Bowery Ballroom
These days, more often than not, Robyn Hitchcock plays solo, but he’s backed by his new band The Nashville Fabs. Half the fun is always the extemporaneous banter between songs, but the setlists on this tour look pretty killer.
Death Cab For Cutie, Charly Bliss @ Kings Theatre
Death Cab For Cutie recently returned with their ninth album Thank You For Today, which is pretty solid as far as their recent material goes. They’ll surely play some classics tonight too (at their recent Chicago show, they did a surprise performance of Transatlanticism in full).
Tribulation, Black Anvil, Morne @ Elsewhere
At the very beginning of 2017, Tribulation released their great new album Down Below, which has some of their most melodic songs yet. Now they’re finally playing their first NYC show since its release. Good openers tonight too.
Lucero, Brent Cowles @ Warsaw
Alt-country vets Lucero have been a consistently great band for a very long time, and this year’s Among the Ghosts is yet another winner.
The Beths, Godcaster @ Alphaville
The Beths make super tight, super crunchy power pop, thick with harmonies and fuzzed-out guitars, played at rocket speed. It’s very early-’90s in a Juliana Hatfield or Fastbacks kind of way, but with a My So Called Life sense of angst and uncertainty in Elizabeth Stokes’ often dark, self-deprecatingly witty lyrics.
Modest Mouse, Tropical Fuck Storm @ Stone Pony Summer Stage
It’s been a while since Modest Mouse have put out a new album, but they always stay busy on the road and their career-spanning live sets are always killer. Tonight’s a great double bill with Australia’s Tropical Fuck Storm, whose undefinable A Laughing Death In Meatspace is one of the year’s eccentric gems.
Django Django, The Shacks @ Le Poisson Rouge
Psych-pop eccentrics Django Django released their very fun new album Marble Skies earlier this year and followed it with the Winter’s Beach EP today. Tonight’s show has solid support from local dream pop band The Shacks.
Satan, Natur, Sacrificial Blood @ Saint Vitus
NWOBHM vets Satan reunited a few years back and they’ve stayed very prolific since then. They recently released their third reunion album, Cruel Magic, and they’re back in NYC tonight to support it.
Kali Uchis, Gabriel Garzon-Montano @ Terminal 5
Ever-rising alt-pop singer Kali Uchis is on the road behind her acclaimed debut album Isolation, hitting NYC’s massive Terminal 5 tonight.
Joyce Manor, Vundabar, Big Eyes @ Asbury Lanes
Joyce Manor returned this year with the new album Million Dollars To Kill Me, and though it’s a more subtle progression than their last album was, it’s still a super enjoyable album of Joyce Manor’s trademark punky pop. And as good as the album is, nothing beats the rush of Joyce Manor’s killer live show.
Culture Abuse, Iron Chic, Gouge Away, Somerset Thrower, The Fight @ Amityville Music Hall
This is a pretty stacked punk show all around, with surfy Bay Area punks Gouge Away, crushing Florida hardcore band Gouge Away, and two great local Long Island punk bands Iron Chic and Somerset Thrower.
Flynt Flossy, Turquoise Jeep, Oxymorrons, Tanya Morgan @ The Bell House
Tounge-in-cheek YouTube rap sensations Flynt Flossy and Turquoise Jeep return to the stage in Brooklyn tonight, joined by two great (and more serious) rap groups, Oxymorrons and Tanya Morgan.
The Early November, The Dangerous Summer, Jetty Bones, Save Face @ Brooklyn Bazaar
NJ emo vets The early November said they’d be releasing a new album called Lilac this fall, and while details on that still seem TBA, they’re playing Brooklyn tonight.
Drunks With Guns, Spray Paint, Conduit, Brandy @ Brooklyn Bazaar (Cellar)
Meanwhile down in the cellar of Brooklyn Bazaar, it’s a night of arty garage punk, including Austin’s caustic, paranoid Spray Paint and Brandy (which features ex members of much-missed band Pampers)
White Denim, Rotem, Pocket Sounds @ Brooklyn Bowl
Southern indie rockers White Denim are on the road behind this year’s Performance, hitting Brooklyn Bowl tonight for their second of two shows at the venue.
Ben Howard, Wye Oak @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Popular singer/songwriter Ben Howard headlines this show, and if you’re going, we recommend getting there early for the great Wye Oak.
Every Time I Die @ Rocks Off Cruise
Buffalo metalcore vets Every Time I Die are on night three of their five-show NYC run. After this, they’ve got two Saint Vitus shows.
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons @ Radio City Music Hall
Pop legend Frankie Valli often plays casinos these days (like the two Atlantic City casino shows he has this weekend), but tonight he’s playing NYC’s historic Radio City Music Hall for the first time in 30 years.
Benefit for Von LMO w/ Martin Rev, James Chance & The Contortions, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Toned @ Market Hotel
Cult musician Von LMO was supposed to headline this show, but was hit by a car and had his pelvis shattered. Now it’s a benefit for his medical expenses, featuring NYC downtown icons Martin Rev and James Chance, plus Ed Schrader and more.
The Revolution, Natasha Diggs @ Sony Hall
Prince died two years ago but his old band, including Wendy & Lisa, Dr. Z and more, are keeping the flame alive.
Valley Lodge, Windbreaker @ Rocks Off Cruise
When not yukking it up as a comedian (or going shirtless to shows for this site), Dave Hill fronts Valley Lodge whose song “Go!” is the theme for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Tonight the lodge is a boat.
Soft Machine @ Iridium
Prog/psych/Canterbury Scene legends Soft Machine no longer have any of the members who played on their classic first three albums (Robert Wyatt hasn’t been in the band for decades and of course no Kevin Ayers, may he rest in peace), but the current lineup (which does include three ’70s-era members) are celebrating the band’s 50th anniversary. Tonight begins their three-night, five show Iridium run.
Chris D’Elia @ Carnegie Hall
Comedian Chris D’Elia brings his “Follow the Leader” tour to NYC tonight.
Whiplash w/ Janeane Garofalo, Dulcé Sloan, Jacqueline Novak, Akaash Singh, Casey James Salengo @ Union Hall
Whiplash moved from Mondays at UCB with a mystery lineup (for free) to Fridays at Union Hall with an announced (and not free), but they’re still booking great comedians.
Underwater Sunshine Festival w/ Monks Of Doom, Stephen Kellogg, Sean Barna, Mikaela Davis, Yellow House Orchestra @ Bowery Electric
This is a free, two-day festival that today features Camper Van Beethoven-related Monks of Doom, harpist Mikaela Davis, and more.
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.”
The Losers Lounge Play the Music of Barry Manilow & Bette MIdler: A Battle of the Bands @ Joe’s Pub
Before Barry Manilow became the guy who wrote the songs that made the whole world sing, he was Bette Midler’s pianist and collaborator. Tonight Joe McGinty and the Losers Lounge pit their catalogs against each other.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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