What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Cigarettes After Sex @ Barclays Center
The amazing Nick Cave has a stage presence that seems like it could fill any room. That will certainly be put to the test tonight when he and The Bad Seeds play Brooklyn arena Barclays Center.
The Church (30th anniversary of Starfish) @ City Winery
Australian psych and alt-rock vets The Church are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their breakthrough album Starfish, which gave them a U.S. hit with “Under the Milky Way.” They’ll play it in full, along with other favorites, tonight.
Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
The late Walter Becker will surely be missed at this nine-show Beacon Theatre run that continues tonight with the band playing the final album of their original era, Gaucho, in full, plus other favorites.
Jah Wobble & The Invaders of the Heart with special guest Bill Laswell, Mal Devisa @ Elsewhere Hall
With his fluid, dubby basswork in Public Image Ltd, Jah Wobble helped shape the sound of what a lot of people think of as “post punk.” He has continued to push boundaries over the last 40 years and just released new LP Dream World. Joining Jah and his band tonight is frequent collaborator Bill Laswell.
Descendents, Teenage Bottlerocket, Ruth Ruth @ Playstation Theater
Punk legends Descendents are still going strong, and not only do the classics hold up super well, but the new stuff is great too — their 2016 album Hypercaffium Spazzinate is killer. They also still put on some of the best punk shows around; it’s a real treat to see ’em.
Dillinger Four, Off With Their Heads, Tightwire @ Rocks Off Cruise
Speaking of melodic punk bands that it’s a treat to see, Dillinger Four’s shows are few and far between these days so any chance to catch them is worth taking. They still rip live, and making this boat show even more exciting, they’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of their classic debut Midwestern Songs of the Americas tonight.
Screaming Females, Kitten Forever, Big Huge @ Warsaw
Screaming Females continue to churn out solid records every two or three years (their latest being this year’s All At Once), but the stage is really where this shredding punk trio shines. They’ve been busy on the road this year as always, and they’re back in Brooklyn tonight.
of Montreal, Locate S,1 @ The Bell House
of Montreal remain insanely prolific in the studio (they released White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood this year) and very busy on the road too. Their tour brings them back to NYC tonight for a sold-out show.
The Wonder Years, Have Mercy, Oso Oso, Shortly @ Starland Ballroom
The Wonder Years are about to being another round of dates supporting this year’s great Sister Cities, and tonight’s show doubles as a Halloween celebration which will see every band on the bill doing cover sets and regular sets. The Wonder Years are doing Queen, Have Mercy are doing Post Malone, Oso Oso are doing Fall Out Boy, and Shortly is doing My Chemical Romance. The tour includes another NYC-area show at Long Island’s Paramount on November 4.
Minus the Bear, Caspian @ The Stone Pony
Minus the Bear are sadly saying goodbye after this one last tour, which begins a three-night NYC-area run in Asbury Park tonight. All three shows are with post-rockers Caspian, which is a great double bill.
Clutch, Sevendust, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown @ Irving Plaza
Riff rock vets Clutch released their new album Book of Bad Decisions earlier this year, and tonight they begin a two-night stand at Irving Plaza in support of it.
Jungle Brothers, Nine, GMiMs @ Brooklyn Bowl
Native Tongues founders The Jungle Brothers are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their groundbreaking East Coast hip-house debut album Straight out the Jungle at this hometown show.
Tracy Bonham @ Rockwood Music Hall
Tracy Bonham’s 1996 debut album The Burdens of Being Upright (home to her big hit “Mother Mother”) proved to be influential on modern-day indie rock, and last year she released a re-recorded version of it featuring a couple comparatively newer indie rockers (Sadie Dupuis and Kathryn Calder) as well as a legendary one (Tanya Donnelly).
SAVAK, Spectre Folk, Sunwatchers @ FM Bar
This Jersey City show has a great lineup for a great cause: it’s a fundraiser for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jess King and Justice Democrats.
Steady Hands, Pass Away, Soft Center @ Sunnyvale
While Modern Baseball remain on hiatus, most members have been staying busy with other projects. Drummer/sometimes singer Sean Huber’s band Steady Hands just released their new album Truth In Comedy last week and they celebrate in Brooklyn tonight.
Rina Sawayama, Jesediah @ NYU Kimmel Center
Alt-pop newcomer Rina Sawayama headlines NYC’s annual Pride Month concert which is free, though you need a valid NYU ID to get in.
DJ Snake @ Avant Gardner Great Hall
Fresh off releasing a new single with Cardi B, Selena Gomez, and Ozuna, DJ Snake makes his way to NYC for a Halloweekend show tonight.
Kllo, Ela Minus (DJ) @ Elsewhere Zone One
Australian R&B/electronic duo Kllo returned this year with new single “Potential,” which continues to push their sound forward. They’re back in Brooklyn tonight.
Public Practice, B Boys, Gustaf @ Alphaville
Public Practice, featuring Samantha York and Vince McClelland of Wall as well as Beverly members Drew Citron and Scott Rosenthal, release their debut EP today which is full of post-punk-y songs inspired by the likes of Pylon and Yellow Magic Orchestra. They’re celebrating its birth tonight.
Wavves, Beach Fossils, Kevin Krauter @ Asbury Lanes
Two bands that inspire wild crowds, Wavves and Beach Fossils are teaming up for this co-headlining tour that also features onetime Hoops member Kevin Krauter.
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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