What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Smino, Earthgang, Phoelix @ Irving Plaza
Smino released his very good sophomore album Noir back in 2018, and now he’s supporting it on this tour with J Cole associates Earthgang. This is his second of two NYC shows.
Tierra Whack @ Rainbow Room (Red Bull Music Festival)
Tierra Whack’s 2018 15-minute, 15-song audiovisual album Whack World quickly made her a unique, rising star and has already been called an influence by Solange and Earl Sweatshirt. This year, she’s been following that album with a series of singles, and tonight she plays an “immersive show just for [Red Bull Music Festival] with music from Whack World and more” at the Rockefeller Center’s Rainbow Room.
Pedro the Lion, John Vanderslice @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Pedro the Lion returned in January with their first album in 15 years, Phoenix, and it rivals a lot of their more classic material. They’re on tour now with fellow indie vet John Vanderslice, who also has a new album out this year.
IDLES, Fontaines D.C. @ Brooklyn Steel
Joy As an Act of Resistance is not only the title of UK punks IDLES’ 2018 album but also a credo, as they channel all that aggressive energy through a positive filter. If you’re going to this sold-out show, get there early for Irish band Fontaines DC.
Morrissey @ Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
It’s the penultimate night of Moz’s seven-show Broadway run. So far he’s managed to play at least one song that he hasn’t played at one of the previous shows, setlists have been good in general, and his voice sounds great.
Nitzer Ebb, Liebknecht @ Elsewhere
Iconic industrial/EBM group Nitzer Ebb are down a couple members due to some visa issues but core members Bon Harris and Douglas McCarthy are in the house and ready for folks to join the chant.
Klaus Johann Grobe, Vinyl Williams, Mahogany @ Baby’s All Right
Switzerland’s finest krautrock disco group, Klaus Johann Grobe, are on their first North American tour in three years, in support of last year’s great Du bist so symmetrisch. They mostly sing in German, but their grooves know no language barrier.
Overkill, Life of Agony, Death Angel, Act of Defiance @ PlayStation Theater
Overkill and Death Angel are both survivors of the original ’80s thrash era, and they also both have worthwhile new albums this year. They’re on tour together now, including this NYC show which also has hometown alt-metal heroes Life Of Agony on the bill.
Conan, Yatra, False Gods @ Saint Vitus
UK doom/sludge greats Conan just played two NYC shows earlier this week opening for Black Label Society, and then they squeezed in this last-minute headlining show.
ESG, Habibi @ Le Poisson Rouge
NYC post-punk/hip hop icons ESG’s debut EP is nearly 40 years old and it still sounds fresh, weird and amazing.
The Drums, Tanukichan @ Warsaw
Who’d have thought The Drums would still be around 10 years after declaring they wanted to go surfing? Who knew they’d still be releasing really good records, like the just-out Brutalism.
Knife Knights, Lando Chill, Tron & DVD @ Knitting Factory
In addition being a member of Shabazz Palaces and the reunited Digable Planets, Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler is also one half of Knife Knights with longtime Shabazz Palaces collaborator Erik Blood. Their debut album 1 Time Mirage came out last year on Sub Pop and tonight their tour supporting it hits Brooklyn. It’s worth catching underground LA-via-Chicago rapper Lando Chill too.
Lil Pump, Lil Skies @ Terminal 5
Love him or hate him, Lil Pump continues to be gigantic and he hits Terminal 5 tonight.
Iron Lung, Protester, Wound Man, Intensive Care, Outskirts @ Brooklyn Bazaar
The always-great powerviolence duo Iron Lung headline this show, and there’s plenty of other great, well-matched stuff on this bill too.
The Felice Brothers, Johnathan Rice @ The Bell House
Countrified indie rock band The Felice Brothers are celebrating the release of their new album Undressed.
AA Bondy Rough Trade
Eccentric artist AA Bondy is back with, Enderness, his first album in eight years and celebrates its release tonight.
Mattiel @ Berlin
Georgia musician Mattiel, whose brand of indie rock has a little twang and a lot of attitude, will be previewing song from her forthcoming album for ATO, Satis Factory, tonight.
David Sedaris @ Town Hall
Humorist and author will regale the crowd tonight with stories at his first of three “An Evening With” performances at Town Hall.
Nana Grizol, Your Heart Breaks, Loamlands, Anna Altman @ Trans-Pecos
The South invades Ridgewood tonight, with Athens, GA collective Nana Grizol and Charlotte, NC’s Loamlands.
Justin Vivian Bond @ Joe’s Pub
Cabaret star, Downtown maven and one half of Kiki & Herb, Justin Vivian Bond “explores dreams of stardom, otherness, and strategies of escaping tweenage small-town boredom in a new show called A Star Is Borned, The New Adventures of Chipra.”
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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