What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Beak>, Kill Alters @ Elsewhere
Beak>, the trio of Geoff Barrow (Portishead), Billy Fuller (who plays in Robert Plant’s band) and Will Young (Moon Gangs), have never changed their MO across their three albums, still adhering to their creative rules where all music must be recorded live in one room with no overdubs, and only using edits to create arrangements. Still, their newly released third LP is their best, most varied, yet.
Oh Sees, Landed, The Flying Luttenbachers @ Warsaw
Having hung onto the same four-piece, double-drummer lineup for a few years now, Oh Sees still manage to mine new sounds from their basic building blocks, as heard on this year’s heavy Smote Reverser. Live is where they really blast off, though.
The Damned @ Stone Pony
Still led by frontman Dave Vanian and guitarist Captain Sensible, UK punk pioneers The Damned remain a great live band and have an arsenal of killer songs to choose from.
Jonathan Richman w/ Tommy Larkins @ White Eagle Hall
Like the Velvet Underground, Jonathan Richman has been a huge influence on rock n’ roll and indie rock since releasing the first Modern Lovers album in 1976, and he remains and absolute charmer live.
Elton John @ Madison Square Garden
Elton John is in the midst of his verrrrry long farewell tour, and so far it looks like he’s going out with a bang. These shows have been filled with countless hits and Elton remains an animated performer. After tonight’s show, he has eight more NYC-area shows scheduled.
Night Birds, Radioactivity, Spiritual Cramp, No Love @ Market Hotel
Night Birds and Radioactivity are two bands with a knack for good hooks and raw, driving punk, and it’ll be a blast to see them back to back tonight.
The Bouncing Souls, Swingin’ Utters, The Last Gang @ Rocks Off Cruise
The Bouncing Souls and Swingin’ Utters are both lifers in the melodic punk genre, and today they board a boat together.
Timber Timbre, Gianni Lee @ Baby’s All Right
Folk-noir band Timber Timbre are on the road in continued support of last year’s Sincerely, Future Pollution, hitting Brooklyn for the second of two consecutive shows tonight.
Murder By Death, William Elliot Whitmore @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Murder by Death and William Elliot Whitmore are two acts that appeal to both country and punk audiences (but in different ways), which makes this a very cool pairing.
The Vapors, Split Squad, The Mylars @ Mercury Lounge
New wave vets The Vapors were only briefly around in the late ’70s and early ’80s and released just two albums (the first of which produced their one hit, “Turning Japanese,”), and after reuniting in 2016 for the first time in 30+ years, they’re now finally playing NYC. They’ll be at Mercury Lounge for three sold-out nights, starting tonight.
Pile, The Spirit of the Beehive, Dig Nitty @ Saint Vitus
Pile and The Spirit of the Beehive are two of the more unique bands to come out of the current Northeast DIY indie rock scene, and they make for a good pair. They’re playing Vitus tonight and tomorrow.
Laraaji, Arji OceAnanda, Matthew Nichols @ Secret Project Robot
Ambient pioneer and cult artist Laraaji just released an album with frequent collaborator Arji OceAnanda and Austin synth trio Dallas Acid, and tonight he and Arji celebrate it at this show.
Restorations, Wild Pink @ House of Independents
Tiny Engines labelmates Restorations and Wild Pink both released very good albums this year, both of which taken on a different kind of heartland rock (Restorations are on the punk side, while Wild Pink are on the synthy indie rock side). They’re on tour now, hitting Asbury Park tonight and Brooklyn tomorrow.
Duckwrth, Glam @ Rough Trade
Rising artist Duckwrth, who mixes funk and rap, was last in Brooklyn for the Afropunk festival and he’s back for a headlining show tonight.
David Bowie ‘Low’ tribute w/ Jonathan Meiburg & more @ Brookfield Place
Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg leads this three-night tribute to Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy, continuing tonight with Low. The ensemble of musicians includes Carlos Alomar, who was Bowie’s rhythm guitarist for 30 years, Angel Deradoorian, Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart, Greg Fox (Zs, Uniform, Liturgy), Deerhoof’s Ed Rodriguez, plus other members of Shearwater, the Wordless Music Orchestra, and more. Free, 7:30 PM.
BRIC JazzFest @ BRIC HOUSE
BRIC JazzFest culminates in a three-night marathon with ensembles performing staggered sets in multiple spaces throughout BRIC House. Tonight: Meshell Ndegeocello, Cyrus Chestnut Trio, Keyon Harrold, The Jazz Passengers, Xenia Rubinos, Camila Meza, Michael Sarian & The Chabones, and Yasser Tejeda & Palotré.
The Holydrug Couple @ Public Arts
UPDATE: Holydrug Couple’s tour has been postponed.
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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