What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Gorilla Biscuits, The Explosion @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises (Aboard The Liberty Belle)
NYHC legends Gorilla Biscuits haven’t put out new music in forever, and their shows remain pretty rare, but they are still one of the most well-oiled machines in hardcore, and their live show is totally life affirming. We’re very excited to co-present this Rocks Off Cruise with GB tonight, and it’s even more exciting thanks to another band who only plays rarely these days: Boston punks The Explosion.
Giuda @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises (Aboard The Cosmo)
Italian band Giuda mix glam and punk into a shout-along blend that, along with their high octane stage energy, always makes for a great live show. Plus: it’s on a boat!
Bon Iver, Yo La Tengo @ Barclays Center
Bon Iver returned this year with his fourth LP i, i, which is one of Bon Iver’s most accessible albums yet, so it’s fitting he’ll bring the album to the massive Barclays Center for his largest NYC show yet. Indie legends Yo La Tengo make this a great double bill.
Big Thief, Palehound @ Webster Hall
Big Thief continue their three-show run in NYC leading up to the release of Two Hands, their fourth LP overall and second of 2019. The band have a reputation for sounding even better live than on their great records, so don’t miss ’em.
The New Yorker Festival
The 2019 New Yorker Festival kicks off today with, as usual, a mix of talks and performances featuring folks from the world of the arts, media, politics and more. Friday’s events include Patti Smith, Hasan Minhaj, Rob DeLaney, and Florence + the Machine.
Titus Andronicus @ Asbury Park Brewery
Titus Andronicus are currently on an extensive US tour behind this year’s An Obelisk, and they’ll play two consecutive shows in their home state of New Jersey this week, starting with tonight’s Asbury Park date.
David Byrne’s American Utopia @ Hudson Theatre
David Byrne has retooled his acclaimed “untethered” 2018 for the Broadway stage and 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.
Melvins, Redd Kross @ Stone Pony
Sludge vets Melvins and indie rock vets Redd Kross are on the road together, and not only do Melvins and Redd Kross already share bassist Steve McDonald, and Melvins’ Dale Crover will also pull double duty on this tour as he’s drumming for Redd Kross on this run. Despite the similar lineups, these two bands sound nothing alike but should pair together very nicely tonight.
Playboi Carti @ Avant Gardner
Atlanta rapper Playboi Carti has gained enormous amounts of hype behind last year’s Die Lit, and tonight he heads to Brooklyn’s Avant Gardener for a headlining show, before he plays Rolling Loud NYC tomorrow.
Benefit for Aging NY Prisoners @ Starr Barr
A cast of amazing jazz improvisers, including Marc Ribot, Ches Smith, Jessica Pavone, Daniel Carter and more, join forces to raise money to aid aging New York State prisoners. 7 PM, $20 suggested cover.
Mashrou’ Leila, Kelsey Lu, Beautiful Swimmers, Whitney Fierce of Hercules and Love Affair @ Knockdown Center
Damian Lazarus brings his “Get Lost” party to NYC for a two-day event this weekend. Tonght is “Get Lost Live” which, according to the press release, will be an “audio-visual experience aimed to redesign the way a live show is experienced” with the kind of “immersive theatrics” Get Lost parties are known for. It features performances by art pop cellist/singer Kelsey Lu and Lebanese indie dance band Mashrou’ Leila, plus DJ sets from duo Beautiful Swimmers and Whitney Fierce.
The annual O+ Kingston Festival, which is promoted as a “festival of art, music and wellness,” celebrates its 10th edition this year, with a lineup featuring !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Elvis Perkins, The World/Inferno Friendship Society, Bodega, Tall Juan, Sound of Ceres, The Giraffes, Foster Care, and more.
Sick of It All, Napalm Death, Municipal Waste, Take Offense, Subversive Rite @ Bowery Ballroom
It might get loud at Bowery Ballroom tonight, as the amazing quadruple metal/hardcore bill of Municipal Waste, Napalm Death, Sick Of It All and Take Offense take the stage, with additional support from Subversive Rite. Napalm Death’s lineup looks slightly different on this tour, as Vernon Blake has taken on bass duties, replacing usual bassist Shane Embury, who had to drop out of the tour due to unforeseen circumstances.
Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls, Dead Swords, Kayleigh Goldsworthy @ White Eagle Hall
Frank Turner titled his latest solo LP No Man’s Land quite literally; the album’s lyrics were “dedicated to telling the fascinating stories of women whose incredible lives have all too often been overlooked.” He’ll stop by Jersey City’s White Eagle Hall tonight, ahead of an NYC date at Town Hall next week.
The Legendary Pink Dots, Orbit Service @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Still led by Edward Ka-Spel, these Pink Dots are indeed legendary…and prolific, having released at least one album, if not more, of tripped-out, baroque, gothy psych most years since forming in 1980. Their latest is Angel in the Details which came out in August.
Thievery Corporation, Escort @ Pier 17
Genre-defying electronic duo Thievery Corporation and Brooklyn disco ensemble Escort team up for a show at Pier 17 tonight.
KAZU (of Blonde Redhead), Sound of Ceres @ Rough Trade
Kazu Makino released her debut solo album last month which is an even more electronic extension of the hazy shoegaze she makes as part of Blonde Redhead. Sound of Ceres make a similar style of spacey dream pop, so its a good double bill.
Monstrosity, False Prophet, Bound By The Grave, Blasphemous @ Saint Vitus
Florida death metal vets Monstrosity are perhaps best known as the band George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher fronted before joining Cannibal Corpse, but they’re still active now with drummer Lee Harrison as the only original member and “new” lead vocalist Mike Hrubovcak (who’s been in the band since ’06). Last year, they released their first album in over a decade, The Passage of Existence (on Metal Blade), and this year they’re playing a few select shows.
Brian Posehn @ The Bell House
You may know Brian Posehn for his work on Mr. Show, Adult Swim series Metalocalypse. His comedy rocks.
Yellow Eyes, Mick Barr, Morbid Sphere @ Union Pool
Connecticut’s Yellow Eyes released one of the year’s most acclaimed black metal albums thus far with Rare Field Ceiling, and they’ll celebrate it in Brooklyn tonight with a solo set from Krallice’s Mick Barr.
The Crystal Method, Lauren Flax @ Warsaw
The Crystal Method are sometimes called the American Chemical Brothers which is not innacurate, having come up during the Big Beat late-’90s era and making a similar style of stadium ready electronic music with a rock n’ roll attitude.
Bettye LaVette @ Cafe Carlyle
The great Bettye LaVette continues a three-night stand at swanky supper club Cafe Carlyle, which will be a great place to see her.
Robert Glasper Acoustic Trio feat. Vicente Archer & Damion Reid @ Blue Note (two shows)
Robert Glasper is taking over the Blue Note for a full month, and his shows are not only always worth seeing, but these Blue Note residencies tend to be full of surprise guests.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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