What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Against Me!, Cursive, Dilly Dally @ Starland Ballroom
Against Me! are on their “2 Nights / 4 Records / 48 Songs” tour, which finds them playing two-night stands in various cities and playing two albums in full each night. The tour hits NJ’s Starland Ballroom tonight and tomorrow, and they’re playing Searching For A Former Clarity and New Wave tonight, and White Crosses and Transgender Dysphoria Blues tomorrow. Both shows also have killer openers: long-running indie/emo greats Cursive and grunge revivalists Dilly Dally.
Luna, Lake Ruth @ Elsewhere Hall
Luna are on a tour where they’re playing a variety of their albums in full, and tonight is the first of a few NYC shows, and will perform their great 1992 debut, Lunapark. Brooklyn baroque-psych band Lake Ruth open.
Oh Sees, Prettiest Eyes, Oldest @ Warsaw
Oh Sees are one of those groups, like The Fall, who are constantly morphing but always remain true to themselves. Face Stabber sounds nothing at all like 2008’s The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In, but you can tell the same person is behind both. Their latest album, Face Stabber, adds jazz to the mix
Steely Dan (“By Popular Demand”) @ Beacon Theatre
We miss Walter Becker, but Donald Fagen is brining the Steely Dan band back to Beacon Theater for another run of shows, most of which are centered around a theme or single album. Tonight it’s “By Popular Demand” fan favorites.
La Neve, Manchado, Ushamami @ ALPHAVILLE
La Neve is the swaggering new wave project of Downtown Boys’ Joey La Neve DeFrancesco, and she followed up a 2016 demo and a 2017 EP with her debut full-length, The Vital Cord, Don Giovanni this year. It’s a fun record, and it sounds built to be heard in a dark club like the back room of Alphaville.
Weakened Friends, Blis., Nervous Dater @ Asbury Park Brewery
Weakened Friends and Blis. both revive different types of ’90s rock (Weakened Friends are more crunchy power pop and Blis. are more post-hardcore), and they make for an appealing double bill. The tour hit Brooklyn last night and tonight it’s in Asbury Park with solid support from Nervous Dater.
Cave In, War on Women, Lazer/Wulf @ Bowery Ballroom
Earlier this year, Cave In released Final Transmission, which feature the last-ever recordings by the late Caleb Scofield. Now, the surviving members of Cave In are taking the new songs on tour (with Converge’s Nate Newton filling in for Caleb), and $1 from every ticket sold on this tour goes to the Caleb Scofield Memorial Fund. Tonight’s show has direct support from the awesome feminist punk band War On Women, and if you’re going, make sure you don’t miss ’em.
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.
Mark Mulcahy, Chris Harford @ Rough Trade
Mark Mulcahy’s warm, lived-in voice and great songs are worth hearing in any format, whether its leading Miracle Legion or Polaris, or playing solo with just an acoustic guitar.
Maria Bamford, Kate Willett @ The Bell House (2 shows)
Maria Bamford’s Amazon series Lady Dynamite was canceled too soon, as it was a great showcase for her quirky, yet grounded, style of humor. Her standup is a great showcase for it too. She’s awesome.
Negative Plane, Ominous Resurrection, Barrow Wight @ Saint Vitus
Long-running New York black metallers Negative Plane grace their hometown with a one-off show tonight.
Richard Lloyd (Television), The Ritualists, Phil and the Osophers, The Martinets @ The Bowery Electric
Television’s classic Marquee Moon wouldn’t have been what it was without the intertwining guitar leads of Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd, and though Richard Lloyd is no longer in the band, you can still see his guitar chops in person at his solo shows.
Antediluvian, Adversarial, Bog Body @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Canadian black/death metallers Antediluvian are playing Oakland’s Never Surrender Fest this October, but first, they have this exclusive East Coast one-off. It’s with fellow Canadians Adversarial (who they have a great 2012 split with) and locals Bog Body.
Robert Glasper: Stevie Wonder Tribute featuring Luke James @ Blue Note (two shows)
Robert Glasper continues his month-long residency at the Blue Note Jazz Club, and tonight’s shows are part of a run of Stevie Wonder tributes with guest singer Luke James. Glasper is also known for bringing out other surprise guests at these shows… let’s see if he does tonight.
Big Eyes, Nasalrod, The Art Gray Noizz Quintet @ The Broadway
Portland’s Nasalrod, which includes original & current FEAR drummer Spit Stix, are the out-of-towners on this bill which features garage punks Big Eyes and Art Gray Noizz Quintet (ex Lubricated Goat).
Fletcher C. Johnson, Unknown Sender, The Hussy, Big Kiss @ Union Pool
After three albums on Burger, garage rock singer-songwriter Fletcher C Johnson just released his new album Are You Feelin’ It? via his own label. Tonight’s the release show.
HXXS, Kyp Malone (of TV on the Radio), Itch Princess @ The Sultan Room
Glitchy, noisy Kansas City duo HXXS just dropped their debut album via Captured Tracks and celebrate tonight with a solo set TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone.
The 2019 edition of the Mondo NYC, the annual “festival and global business summit of music and tech industry insiders and innovators, emerging artists and their fans,” started by the founders of CMJ, continues today. The showcases, which focus on new emerging artists, happen at Arlene’s Grocery, Berlin, Bowery Electric, Brooklyn Bowl, The Delancey, DROM, Knitting Factory, and Pianos.
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