What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
J Mascis, Luluc @ Rough Trade
Dinosaur Jr frontman J Mascis recently released a new solo album, Elastic Days, which offers up another 12 doses of the softer side of J’s sound, and it’s as enjoyable as anything he’s done. He’s on tour now, hitting NYC tonight and tomorrow.
Yo La Tengo @ Bowery Ballroom
We’re in the home stretch of Yo La Tengo’s annual Hanukkah celebration, which has been held at Bowery Ballroom these last two years. We’ve had some amazing surprise guests already — Graham Nash, a Strangeloves reunion 53 years in the making — and who knows who’ll show up on stage tonight. Sold out.
2MANYDJS, Museum of Love @ Elsewhere
Stephen and David Deawale, also of Soulwax fame, were at the forefront of the early-’00s mashup craze under their 2MANYDJS guise, and their cut-and-paste mastery is still something to behold. 2MANYDJS don’t do too many U.S. shows anymore, either.
Thurston Moore, Tom Surgal @ The Stone
Thurston Moore continues his residency at the new location of The Stone tonight. Having brought out his collaborators White Out last night, tonight he’ll be joined by White Out member Tom Surgal.
Brian Wilson @ St. George Theater
We’re fully in the season where you’re hearing holiday music everywhere you go. And if you’d like to hear the music from one of the most classic holiday albums ever, 1964’s The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album, you may want to see this tour where Beach Boys mastermind is performing the album in full. Like at his Pet Sounds shows, Brian will be joined by fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin (and other musicians). This is his second of two NYC-area shows on this tour.
Junglepussy, Dorian Electra, Hale, Renata Zeiguer @ WBAR Winter Formal
Barnard College radio staton WBAR are throwing their annual Winter Formal tonight (which they say is “not an actual formal but that said you can dress up or down as much as you’re feeling”) and this one’s headlined by the great, fast-rising NYC rapper Junglepussy. It’s free, all ages, and open to the public.
Justus Proffit & Jay Som, Peaer, Alex Napping @ Baby’s All Right
We named Jay Som one of our favorite new-ish artists of 2017 off the strength of her album Everybody Works, and this year she followed it with a collaborative EP with LA singer/songwriter Justus Proffit. They’re now touring together in support of that EP and hitting Brooklyn tonight.
OSHUN, Highclass Hoodlums, Kora (The Artist), Monyae @ Brooklyn Bazaar
NYC neo-soul band OSHUN are one of NYC’s best kept secrets, and though they’re still a little smaller than they deserve to be, that many not be the case for long. (They recently rose their profile by doing a song with Jorja Smith.)
Ministry, Carpenter Brut, Alien Weaponry @ Irving Plaza
Industrial vets Ministry are still going strong (even if Al Jourgensen is the only original member). They released AmeriKKKant and they’ll probably play stuff off that tonight, but expect classics (which still sound great live) too. Opening is synthwaver Carpenter Brut, and New Zealand’s teenage metal-meets-Māori band Alien Weaponry.
Pharoah Sanders @ Birdland (two shows)
Free jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders was a key member of John Coltrane’s bands in the ’60s before becoming a legendary bandleader in his own right with classic albums like 1969’s Karma. He remains influential today (on Kamasi Washington and others), and this week he’s doing two shows a night at Birdland through Saturday.
Doug Paisley, Matt Kivel @ Union Pool
Canadian singer-songwriter Doug Paisley, who has toured with Bonnie Prince Billy and released Starter Home this year, plays tonight with Matt Kivel who used to be one half of Princeton and also has BPB connections.
Swearin’, Long Neck, Dark Thoughts @ Monty Hall
After Allison Crutchfield took time to pursue her solo career, Swearin’ returned from hiatus with Fall Into The Sun, their first album in five years and first for Merge. They’re beginning another tour in support of it in Jersey City tonight.
Z100’s Jingle Ball @ MSG
We don’t really recommend going to Z100’s Jingle Ball (which is sold out anyway), but if you do happen to be going, it’s at least another chance to see Cardi B, who’s having a hell of a year and only recently started playing shows again (after giving birth). The lineup also includes Calvin Harris, Camila Cabello, G-Eazy, Alessia Cara, Bazzi, and more.
Helena Deland, Lisel @ Elsewhere Zone One
Montreal singer-songwriter makes spare, haunting folk-pop that is unassuming yet powerful
Neal Brennan @ Highline Ballroom
Comedian and co-creator of Chappelle’s Show, Neal Brennan plays early and late shows tonight as part of his “Here We Go” tour.
2 Dope Queens @ Kings Theatre
Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson’s hit podcast, 2 Dope Queens, may be done, but it lives on as an HBO series. Season 2 wraps up taping tonight.
Flasher, Public Practice, Gong Gong Gong @ Saint Vitus Bar
Flasher, the band led by onetime Priests bassist Taylor Mulitz who make very catchy ’90s-style indie rock, and post-punk inspired group Public Practice (featuring members of Wall and Beverly) wrap up their tour tonight with Beijing minimal blues duo Gong Gong Gong.
Baby Dayliner, Damara Rose @ Sunnyvale
Mixing DIY R&B, indie rock, dance music, doo-wop and more, all with his signature croon, nobody else is quite like Baby Dayliner.
Sunflower Bean, Samia, Purr @ Warsaw
They’ll soon be on tour with Interpol, but you can catch Sunflower Bean at this headline hometown holiday show tonight.
Springsteen on Broadway
The Boss will soon wrap up his sold-out, year-long “Springsteen on Broadway” run at the Walter Kerr Theatre — the last show is next Saturday. For those who didn’t manage to score a ticket (or didn’t want to spend the money on them) his intimate show is coming to Netflix this month as a concert special.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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