What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Viagra Boys, Pottery, Spiral Heads @ Rough Trade
Led by by tattooed California ex-pat Sebastian Murphy, Swedish band Viagra Boys make sleazy punk with enough synth and sax to make it clear like they Devo. They play tonight with Montreal up-and-comers Pottery who are making their NYC live debut.
DMX @ Irving Plaza
DMX’s 1998 debut album It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot sounds as great today as it did the day it was released, so it’s exciting that he’s taking it on tour to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
PJ Morton, Rapsody, Shelea, Victory, Jon Batiste, Natasha Diggs, Michela Marino Lerman @ The Shed
New Manhattan multi-arts center The Shed is open now, and this is the first night of “Soundtrack of America,” “a five-night concert series celebrating the influence of African American music with a new generation of groundbreaking artists.” Especially of note is Rapsody, whose 2017 sophomore album Laila’s Wisdom was one of our favorites of that year.
Balance and Composure, Tigers Jaw, Ovlov @ Warsaw
Grungy post-hardcore band Balance & Composure are calling it quits after this tour, so catch them while you still can. Their old pals Tigers Jaw provide very appealing direct support.
Deafheaven, Baroness, Zeal & Ardor @ Starland Ballroom
The ridiculously good co-headlining double bill of Deafheaven and Baroness lands in NJ tonight, ahead of a NYC show next week. Deafheaven recently released the great (and very heavy) non-album single “Black Brick,” while Baroness just dropped the psychedelic “Borderlines” off their upcoming album Gold & Grey. Zeal & Ardor will provide well-matched support.
Burna Boy @ The Apollo
Nigerian Afro-fusion artist Burna Boy recently released a collaborative EP with DJDS, and tonight he brings his “African Giant Tour” to NYC ahead of an appearance at Coachella.
Lupe Fiasco, Jimi Tents, Bizzie Monroe @ Villain
Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco is two albums into his Drogas trilogy, and these albums have been something of a late-career comeback for him. Jimi Tents and Bizzie Monroe are both worth catching tonight too.
Brooklyn Folk Festival @ St Ann’s Church
It’s the kickoff night for the 2019 Brooklyn Folk Festival at ,featuring Jake Xerxes Fussell, Feral Foster & Ali Dineen, a Louisiana Dance Party and more.
Patio, B Boys, Obstacle (formerly Krill), DJ Heather Strange @ Union Pool
Brooklyn trio Patio make killer ’90s style indie rock and celebrate the release of their debut album, Essentials, tonight.
The Budos Band, Menahan Street Band, Holy Hive @ Bowery Ballroom
Horn-fueled instrumental psych-rockers Budos Band are releasing their new album V next week, but first they’re celebrating with NYC shows tonight and tomorrow. Menahan Street Band and Holy Hive make these shows a great lineup all around.
Deli Girls, Prison Religion, Ghüla, Nurse @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Deli Girls have been picking up buzz for their sound that’s like avant-garde noise meets metalcore screams, and you can experience it for yourself at Brooklyn Bazaar tonight.
Lotus, Jaw Gems @ Brooklyn Bowl
Electronic jam band Lotus are on night two of their three-night run at Brooklyn Bowl.
L’Rain @ National Sawdust
Brooklyn experimental musician L’Rain plays a sold-out show at National Sawdust tonight, and she’s inviting the public to help make the playlist that will play before and after her set.
Amy Rigby @ The Safari Room at El Cortez
Singer-songwriter Amy Rigby has been making music since the mid ’90s
Bad Sports, Foster Care, Big City @ Saint Vitus
Led by Orville Neeley who you may also know from OBN IIIs, Bad Sports make punky rock that owes a little to glammy power pop too. They are a lot of fun live, and undercard Foster Care are one of the more underrated garage punk bands in Brooklyn.
Plack Blague, StatiqBloom, Timeghost @ Saint Vitus (late show)
After tonight’s Bad Sports show, Vitus hosts a late show filled with gothy, industrial synths.
Hollis Brown (with Cyndi Lauper), Jesse Malin, Wild Pink, Bear Cub, Amy Vachal, Fort Francis, Roan Yellowthorn, Wilder Maker, Fairhazel & more @ Bowery Electric
This is day one of two of the free-with-RSVP Underwater Sunshine Fest at Bowery Electric, and there’s some cool stuff like the legendary Cyndi Lauper guesting with Hollis Brown, NYC punk lifer Jesse Malin, rising NYC indie rockers Wild Pink, and more.
Washed Out (DJ set), Fundido, JD Samson, Sammy Bananas @ Elsewhere
Chillwave is but a memory but Ernest Weatherly Greene Jr. is still surfing it. The rest of this DJ night includes Le Tigre’s JD Samson.
Buster Poindexter @ Cafe Carlyle
David Johansen trades in his platforms for a smoking jacket and will keep things hot hot hot at fancy pants supper club Cafe Carlyle.
Jerry Seinfeld @ Beacon Theatre (2 shows)
Jerry’s continuing his monthly Beacon residency tonight with early and late shows.
Whiplash w/ The Lucas Brothers, Dina Hashem, Sean Patton, Shane Torres @ Union Hall
Once a staple of UCB, standup show Whiplash now happens at Union Hall, and the Lucas Brothers are your host tonight.
The Losers Lounge: The Music of Queen @ Joe’s Pub
Joe McGinty and his ace band will pay tribute to Queen tonight with a whole host of guest singers. Two shows tonight and the late show is decidedly longer, which may be needed when a band has as many epics as Queen do.
Gargoyl, Shardik, Feast of the Epiphany @ The Kingsland
Gargoyl is Revocation frontman Dave Davidson’s grungier side project, and having recently released a new EP, they’re gearing up to release a full-length later this year. First, they’re playing a few Northeast shows.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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