What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
David Byrne’s American Utopia @ Hudson Theatre
David Byrne has retooled his acclaimed “untethered” 2018 for the Broadway stage and the show makes its debut tonight. While the setlist and arrangements are much like what they were on his tour, songs are now threaded together with new monologues from Byrne, making for a much more theatrical experience.
Mudhoney, Shut Up, 50 ft. Furies @ White Eagle Hall
Seattle grunge/punk legends Mudhoney have been with us for more than 30 years and are still going strong, as evidenced by this year’s Morning in America. They are still a sick live band, too…go ahead touch them.
Ty Segall (& Freedom Band performing First Taste & Emotional Mugger), DMBQ @ Bowery Ballroom
Ty Segall’s five night NYC residency continues tonight — he and the Freedom Band will play their new, guitar-less album First Taste, and then they’ll perform Emotional Mugger. Legendary Japanese psych band DMBQ open the night. Unsurprisingly, shows have been wild so far.
Whitney, Hand Habits @ Brooklyn Steel
Few records in recent memory feel as well-timed, release-wise, as Whitney‘s new album Forever Turned Around. The band’s gorgeously orchestrated, southern-tinged pop exudes a happy/sad air that is evocative of the end of summer and start of fall, when shadows get longer, and a chill sneaks in around a spectacular sunset. If you’re going tonight, Hand Habits are great, too.
Robert Glasper Trio ft. Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) @ Blue Note (two shows)
Like he did last year, Robert Glasper is taking over the iconic Blue Note Jazz Club for a month-long residency, with 56 shows in 28 nights (8 & 11 PM shows each night). It continues tonight, with the Robert Glasper Trio (Glasper, Chris Dave, Derrick Hodge) joined by rap legend Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def). Yasiin Bey appears with them through Sunday (10/6).
Visigoth, Crypt Sermon, Magic Circle, Sanhedrin @ Saint Vitus
This show is the release party for photographer Peter Beste’s new battle vest photobook, Defenders of the Faith: The Heavy Metal Photography of Peter Beste, which came out last week on Sacred Bones. AND it’s the release party for Crypt Sermon’s killer new album The Ruins of Fading Light, which came out a few weeks ago on Dark Descent. AND it’s a rare East Coast one-off for Salt Lake City’s Visigoth. Rounding out the classic-metal-revival bill are two other bands with great new albums out this year, Magic Circle and Sanhedrin.
Just Friends, Save Face, The Sonder Bombs, Hotline TNT @ Brooklyn Bazaar
This is a pretty stacked bill all around of bands across the modern-day DIY indie-punk spectrum.
The Head and the Heart, Rayland Baxter, The Moondoggies @ Kings Theatre
The Head and the Heart’s tour hits Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre tonight, and it’s a pretty cool triple bill all around for Americana fans. Tomorrow, the tour hits Port Chester’s Capitol Theatre with Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser replacing Rayland Baxter.
Jeff Caudill (of Gameface), Popeye Vogelsang (of Farside), Dave Hill (host), special guest @ Limited to One Records
Two frontmen of two long-running melodic/post hardcore bands (both with ties to Revelation Records), Popeye of Farside and Jeff Caudill of Gameface, are on an acoustic tour together. Tonight the tour hits with Dave Hill hosting and a special guest.
Tiger Army, SadGirl, Kate Clover @ Knitting Factory
Psychobilly vets Tiger Army released their sixth album Retrofuture on Rise Records last month, and it finds their dark, eerie sound in fine form.
Ram Dass documentary Becoming Nobody screening and Q&A w/ director Jamie Catto @ Rubin Museum
Spiritual teacher, psychologist, and psychedelic explorer Ram Dass is subject of a new documentary, Becoming Nobody, which is “structured around a heartwarming interview between [director Jamie] Catto and Ram Dass and extensive archival footage from past Ram Dass teachings.” It’s screening at the Rubin Museum tonight, Saturday, and Sunday, with Q&As with Jamie Catto.
Angel Olsen (signing) @ Rough Trade
Angel Olsen’s great new album All Mirrors comes out today, and if you buy your copy at the Rough Trade NYC store, you can get it signed at that store by Angel at 7 PM.
Rhys Chatham, Jonathan Kane, Zeena Parkins @ Issue Project Room
This is the world premiere of The Sun Too Close to the Earth, an “expansive new ensemble work by iconoclast composer Rhys Chatham.” The performance is presented as a part of the French Institute Alliance Française’s Crossing The Line Festival and also features work from Zeena Parkins & Jonathan Kane.
KOKOKO! @ (le) poisson rouge
Hailing from the Congo capital of Kinshasa, KOKOKO! are known for using homemade electronic instruments that they’ve upcycled from metal, cans, engine parts and plastic containers. If you dig Konono Nº1, they are in the same general territory, sound-wise, but more overtly electronic.
Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society, Steve Gunn & John Truscinski @ Union Pool
Chicago bassist Joshua Abrams leads Natural Information Society, making methodical, contemplative, deeply felt compositions that incorporate all manner of instrumentation into its, looping, droning music. It’s the second of a two-night stand at Union Pool, with an opening duo set from Steve Gunn & Truscinski
Ava Luna, Rafia, Thelma @ Market Hotel
Ava Luna is saying goodbye to vocalist Becca Kauffman but not till this show is over. The band say, “we probably won’t be able to play many of these songs ever again, or at least until we reunite the classic lineup for someone’s wedding.”
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Meatbodies, Acid Dad @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Hailing from Perth, Australia, the vividy named Psychedelic Porn Crumpets dropped And Now For The Whatchamacallit this year which is closer to King Gizzard than Tame Impala in the world of Aussie psych.
The Damnwells, Carissa Johnson @ The Bell House
Brooklyn’s The Damnwells have been making twangy rock for nearly 20 years and tonight’s show is a 15th anniversary celebration of their debut album Bastards of the Beat.
Warbringer, Enforcer, FerreTT, Concussion, Tortured Existence @ The Kingsland
Two different types of classic heavy metal revivalists, California thrashers Warbringer and Swedish speed-metallers-who-recently-became-hair-metallers Enforcer (who have traded members over the years with Tribulation, both of whom were born from the ashes of Hazard), are on the road together now, hitting Brooklyn’s Kingsland tonight (10/4) and Queens’ Blackthorn 51 on Saturday (10/5).
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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