What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
The Hold Steady @ Brooklyn Bowl
This is night three of The Hold Steady’s third annual ‘Massive Nights’ holiday run at Brooklyn Bowl. They haven’t announced the opener for tonight — any guesses?
Mitski, Downtown Boys, Sasami @ Brooklyn Steel
Mitski’s fantastic new album Be The Cowboy is one of her best yet and one of the year’s best, and she’s also bigger than ever. She’s about to begin an entirely sold-out, four-night run at Brooklyn Bowl tonight. Political punks Downtown Boys and indie rocker Sasami are both great openers, so don’t miss ’em. Speaking of Downtown Boys…
Downtown Boys, Choked Up, Material Support, Ohyung @ Market Hotel
After opening for Mitski tonight, Downtown Boys head to Market Hotel for this show, which is a benefit and zine launch for The New York Abortion Access Fund and Shout Your Abortion Brooklyn’s new zine.
Bob Dylan and His Band @ Beacon Theatre
Bob Dylan needs no introduction, and it’s truly a treat that he still performs as frequently as he does over half a century into his career. This is the second to last night of his seven-show Beacon Theatre run.
WHY? (playing Alopecia), Lala Lala @ Elsewhere
Indie rock/hip hop blenders WHY?’s Alopecia is one of their most-loved records, and they reissued it this year (with bonus material) for its 10th anniversary. They’re also now playing it in full on tour, with quality support from rising indie rocker Lala Lala.
John Grant, Two Medicine @ Warsaw
Having released the gorgeous and heartfelt Love is Magic earlier this year, John Grant is on his first U.S. tour in three years and tonight’s his biggest NYC headlining show to date.
Har Mar Superstar and Sabrina Ellis (do the songs of Dirty Dancing), Closeness @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Sean Tillman, aka Har Mar Superstar, and A Giant Dog’s Sabrina Ellis are making music together as Heart Bones, and are on this tour where they’re playing songs from the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack. You might have the time of your life.
Beach Rats, Slashers, School Drugs, Boardwalk Kings @ Saint Vitus
Beach Rats is the new punk supergroup fronted by Lifetime vocalist Ari Katz, and also featuring members of Minor Threat, Dag Nasty, Bad Religion, and The Bouncing Souls. They put out a ripping debut EP on Bridge 9 this year (which anyone who likes the members’ more famous bands would dig) and tonight’s their first NYC show ever.
The Internet, Moonchild @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Neo-soul group The Internet (aka Syd, Matt Martians, Steve Lacy, Patrick Paige II, and Christopher Smith) put out their great, slightly more challenging album Hive Mind earlier this year, and after opening for Gorillaz at Barclays Center in October, they’re now back in NYC for a headlining show.
Playboi Carti @ The Wellmont Theater
Playboi Carti has quickly emerged as one of the new leaders of “mumble rap,” and this year’s Die Lit has earned itself a lot of praise. He plays NYC-area shows at Montclair, NJ’s Wellmont Theatre tonight and Huntington, NY’s Paramount on December 27.
Snail Mail, Why Bonnie @ White Eagle Hall
Lindsey Jordan, who is Snail Mail, has had quite a year, releasing one of the more talked about indie rock debuts of 2017.
Peter Bjorn and John, Georgi Kay @ Rough Trade
Veteran Swedish indie rockers Peter Bjorn and John released new album Darker Days this year and play this fairly intimate show tonight that will probably include a couple songs that feature whistling.
Andy Stott, Demdike Stare, Nick Klein, RRAO @ Knockdown Center
Forward-thinking, UK producer Andy Stott will fill the cavernous Knockdown Center with his dark, moody sound tonight.
Say Lou Lou, Foxes in Fiction @ The Park Church Co-Op
Say Lou Lou, the Australian/Swedish sisterly duo who used to be called Saint Lou Lou and who are the daughters of The Church’s Steven Kilbey, released their second album, Immortelle, back in September which sort of splits the difference between ABBA, Fleetwood Mac and ’90s trip hop, and even features a cover of their dad’s hit “Under the Milky Way.”
Olivia Neutron-John, Beech Creeps, Sediment Club, Decor @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Blow your ears out with this night of superior noise rock.
Middle Kids, The Shacks @ Bowery Ballroom
If you’re going to see Australian indie pop group Middle Kids tonight, do get there early for the winsome and charming iPhone commercial stars The Shacks.
Coeur De Pirate @ Irving Plaza
Béatrice Martin has been making music as Coeur de Pirate for a decade and is one of the few Francophone artists from Canada to have a following below the border. Her new album is En cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé.
Everyday Decisions with Jo Firestone @ Union Hall
Comedian and creator of a zillion quiz shows, Jo Firestone hosts this new one where she “joins friends and children to discuss how they make their everyday decisions.” Tonight features Joyelle Nicole, Starlee Kine, and “surprise special guests.”
Springsteen on Broadway
The Boss continues his sold-out “Springsteen on Broadway” run at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which wraps up soon — December 15. 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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