What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Slick Rick, DJ Kaos, The Slickettes, Intelligenz @ Brooklyn Bowl
Slick Rick helped define the art of rap storytelling as we know it on his classic debut The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, which recently turned 30 and got an expanded reissue in celebration of the anniversary. Tonight, Rick plays his 9th annual birthday show at Brooklyn Bowl.
Big Freedia, Salt Cathedral @ Brooklyn Bowl (late show)
The Brooklyn Bowl fun doesn’t stop with Slick Rick. Tonight’s late show comes from New Orleans bounce queen Big Freedia, whose shows are always a party.
scallops hotel, Elucid, Hprizm, Pink Navel @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Rory Ferreira had a very prolific 2018, with the release of a new scallops hotel album, a new milo album, and a collaborative album with Elucid as Nostrum Grocers. Tonight, he plays under his scallops hotel guise, while Elucid provides direct support.
Funeral Chic, Joy, WVRM, Dreamy D @ Brooklyn Bazaar Cellar
Funeral Chic had one of the most loved albums of 2018 in metal and punk circles with Superstition, and tonight the North Carolina band are playing their first NYC show since its release.
Rayland Baxter, Margaret Glaspy, Illiterate Light @ Brooklyn Steel
Nashville-based singer/songwriter Rayland Baxter took his alt-country sound in a more power pop direction than usual on last year’s Wide Awake, and he’s now supporting the album on tour with the great indie rock singer/songwriter (and ATO labelmate) Margaret Glaspy.
Michael Che, Michelle Wolf, Jess Ross & more @ Irving Plaza
‘Weekend Update’ co-host and increasingly popular standup comedian Michael Che grew up in NYC housing projects, and NYC poverty and gentrification are often themes in his standup, but tonight he’s going one step further by headlining this event, which raises money for a nonprofit associated with the New York City Housing Authority. He’ll be joined by the equally outspoken Michelle Wolf, RoastMaster General Jeff Ross, and more.
Ice Balloons, Honey, The Throat, Greta @ The Glove
TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone has a bunch of side projects, but none more fun that Ice Balloons where he really lets his freak flag fly. Honey, the undercard, make Detroit-style protopunk rock.
Joe Jack Talcum (Dead Milkmen), Crazy & The Brains, Abi Ooze @ The Safari Room at El Cortez
Joe Jack Talcum doesn’t sing lead on a lot of Dead Milkmen songs, but they’re all hits. Catch him solo tonight with xylophone punks Crazy & The Brains.
Pill, Ravi Shavi, Navy Gangs, Suspect @ Union Pool
Post-punk / no wave inspired bands are a dime a dozen on Brooklyn but Pill are cream of the crop, thanks to Benjamin Jaffe’s sax attack, the undeniable magnetism of singer Veronica Torres, and a whole bunch of memorable songs.
Jerry Seinfeld @ Beacon Theatre (two shows)
After taking some time off, Jerry returns to Beacon Theatre to begin his monthly residency.
Good One Live with Special Guest Julie Klausner, plus Jesse David Fox, Catherine Cohen, Bowen Yang, Matt Rogers @ Union Hall
Part of the Brooklyn Podcast Festival, Jesse David Fox hosts a live taping of his “Good One” podcast that is all about the art of jokes.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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