What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Vio-lence, Ache @ Brooklyn Bazaar
After a long hiatus, thrash legends Vio-lence finally reunited, and they’ve been playing shows all year (we caught them at Psycho Las Vegas, where they sounded great). They play their first NYC shows of the reunion tonight and tomorrow at Brooklyn Bazaar.
JPEGMAFIA, Butch Dawson @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
JPEGMAFIA has quickly become a force in avant-rap, and he continues to get bigger and bigger. His tour supporting his great new album All My Heroes Are Cornballs includes two sold-out NYC shows this week, this being the second.
Rakim, PNTHN @ Sony Hall
Highly influential and legendary rapper Rakim has been reunited with his former partner in crime Eric B lately, but he still finds time for solo shows like this one in his hometown area tonight.
Samiam, Moving Targets, Have Gun Will Travel @ Union Pool
Post-hardcore/emo vets Samiam haven’t released new music in a while, and their shows are pretty rare these days, so any chance to see them is worth taking. Making this show even more exciting is Massachusetts alt-rock OGs Moving Targets (who recently released their first studio album in over 25 years) and Have Gun Will Travel, who will be joined during their set by Texas Is The Reason frontman Garrett Klahn.
Logic, J.I.D., YBN Cordae @ Barclays Center
The ever popular Logic headlines Barclays Center tonight, and he’s got support from two of the most promising newer rappers around, J.I.D. and YBN Cordae.
The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Harmony Woods, Maxband @ Rough Trade
Indie/emo/post-rock/etc collective The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die haven’t released new music in two years, but they just put out a compilation of odds and ends and they’re now on tour. Their unpredictable live show is always worth catching, and this tour should be no different. After tonight’s show, they play Long Island on Sunday.
Toro y Moi, Channel Tres @ Brooklyn Steel
Toro y Moi has proved to have a lot of longevity, even after the end of the chillwave era, and he is now set to bring his tour to Brooklyn Steel for sold-out shows there tonight and tomorrow. Opening is Channel Tres, who released the very good Black Moses EP in August.
Julia Jacklin, Christian Lee Hutson @ Warsaw
Fresh off appearing on stage with Lana Del Rey earlier this week, Australian indie rock/folk artist Julia Jacklin comes to Brooklyn in support of this year’s very good Crushing (Polyvinyl). Opening is Christian Lee Hutson, who has a Phoebe Bridgers-produced album on the way.
Bambara, Russian Baths, Signal @ Saint Vitus
Brooklyn goth/noise rockers Bambara have a new album called Stray coming out next year (and they recently released the very good lead single “Serafina”), and while you wait for that, they play this hometown one-off tonight. Well-matched direct support comes from Russian Baths, whose debut album Deepfake comes out this week.
Talib Kweli w/ live band (ft. Slick Rick), Intelligenz @ Blue Note (two shows)
Talib Kweli continues his full-band Blue Note residency with two shows tonight. Special guests are promised at both, and he spilled the beans that the early show will feature the legendary Slick Rick. Intelligenz will also open that one.
Masta Ace & Marco Polo with live band Lee Hogans & Pursuance @ Blue Note (late show)
After Talib, stick around the Blue Note for more veteran Brooklyn rap from Masta Ace and his collaborator Marco Polo.
Oneida, Opto S, Spreaders @ Littlefield
Experimental rockers Oneida have long been one of Brooklyn’s true gems and they grace their hometown with a show tonight.
Junglepussy, Nightfeelings @ Pioneer Works
Having recently released the very good single “Spiders,” NYC rapper Junglepussy performs at Brooklyn’s Pioneer Works tonight as part of Jacolby Satterwhite’s immersive installation “You’re at home.”
Blimes & Gab, Dave B @ Baby’s All Right
San Francisco/Seattle hip hop duo Blimes & Gab (aka Blimes and Gifted Gab, fka B.A.G.) went viral with last year’s “Come Correct,” and they recently released another fun song, “Feelin’ It.” Tonight, they bring their tour to NYC.
Satanicide, Jesse Rone Johnson @ Mercury Lounge
NYC’s mock-hair metal band Satanicide have been back in action for a few years, and they’re continuing to grace “Lower East Side hipster clubs” with their tongue-in-cheek-but-convincing songs.
Magic Sword, Droid Bishop @ Mercury Lounge
Mysterious masked and cloaked synthwave trio Magic Sword are again hitting the road in 2019, including a return to NYC tonight.
New York Comedy Festival
New York Comedy Festival continues tonight with tons of shows, including Trevor Noah at MSG, a Patriot Act show with Hasan Minhaj at Gramercy Theatre, Comedy Bang! Bang! Live at Beacon Theatre, and more.
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.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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