What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Bob Dylan, Mavis Staples @ Forest Hills Stadium
Bob Dylan’s been covering Frank Sinatra standards on recent albums, but the folk legend still breaks out the old classics live. This is an excellent double bill with Mavis Staples, who also has music dating back to the ’60s and put out a great new album this year.
John Carpenter @ PlayStation Theater
Filmmaker John Carpenter has long scored his own movies, with many of those themes now classics, but he never performed live until this year. With a full band he’ll perform his first-ever NYC show tonight.
Jessy Lanza, Morgan Geist, DJ Taye @ Bowery Ballroom
Jessy Lanza returned this year with her sophomore album, Oh No (on Hyperdub), which like her debut, was co-produced by Junior Boys’ Jeremy Greenspan. Her tour with TEKLIFE’s DJ Taye hits NYC tonight for her first of two shows.
French Vanilla @ Cake Shop
Los Angeles quartet French Vanilla make skronky feminist art punk that delivers its message emphatically on the dancefloor. The band’s four-track 2015 demo is very much in the same vein as Kleenex, Le Tigre, Gang of Four, and X-Ray Spex (or more recent bands like Downtown Boys and Priests).
Kayo Dot, Planning For Burial @ Mercury Lounge
Kayo Dot may have started out as a metal band, but there’s not an ounce of metal to be found on their great new album, which is a warped take on industrial/synthpop. Tonight’s the release show and doomgazer Planning for Burial opens.
Collapsing Scenery, James Chance, Certain Creatures, EU1OGY, Diamond Terrifier, M.Beharie @ Output (Roof)
Part of Output’s “Friday Night Life” series, this eclectic bill features no wave icon James Chance, the drone-funk of Don Devore’s current project Collapsing Scenery, and more.
Josh Ritter, Martha Redbone, Birds of Chicago @ Prospect Park Bandshell BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
Rootsy singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, who released the well-received Sermon on the Rocks last year, headlines this free show in Prospect Park.
Inter Arma, Pyrrhon, Coagula @ Saint Vitus Bar
Inter Arma’s great new album Paradise Gallows has them pushing the boundaries of their sound all over the place. It’s very heavy metal, but it never sticks to one subgenre. Unfortunately, their tourmates Withered had to drop off this show due to injury.
Warthog, Aspects of War, Indignation, Porvenir Oscuro @ The Acheron
Acheron closes this Saturday, and they’ve got a solid punk lineup for the second to last night.
SISU, Azar Swan @ Union Pool
With Dum Dum Girls on hold while Dee Dee’s in Kristen Kontrol mode, DDG drummer Sandra Vu has reignited her band SISU who make dark, shoegazy rock. It should be a good double-bill with the gothy Azar Swan, and Simon Pace from Blonde Redhead on DJ duty.
Nap Eyes, Jacques Le Coque @ WFMU Monty Hall
Hailing from Halifax, NS, Nap Eyessound a bit like The Clean or The Modern Lovers or another Lou Reed descendent of your choice.
Yonatan Gat @ Barbès
This show is not happening — sorry.
Bishop Nehru, Phenom, Bush Tea, AllNat @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Brooklyn’s House of Hip-Hop Festival is underway, and tonight’s show is headlined by rising local rapper Bishop Nehru.
Rakim @ The Wellmont Theater
Rakim has been performing his classic Paid In Full… in full… and will do so just outside of NYC tonight.
Geoff Rickly @ Amityville Music Hall
While Thursday are reuniting this year, frontman Geoff Rickly is first taking the time to play some stripped-down solo shows. Tonight he’s on Long Island.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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