What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Natalie Merchant @ Beacon Theater
Former 10,000 Maniacs singer Natalie Merchant left that band back in ’93 and soon after put out her first solo album, Tigerlily, in 1995. That album still lives up today, and last year she celebrated its 20th anniversary by releasing a re-recording of it. Now she’s on tour in support of that release, and this is the first of two Beacon Theatre stops.
Metric, Joywave @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Canadian indie band Metric went a bit further into the pop realm with last year’s Pagans in Vegas. Tonight they return to NYC for a pretty big show at Hammerstein Ballroom.
Pig Destroyer, Dropdead, Full of Hell, Cloud Rat, Mother Brain @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
If you’re into metal and hardcore, this bill is just ridiculously stacked from start to finish. There’s grindcore heroes Pig Destroyer, influential Providence hardcore vets Dropdead, the much newer (and very killer) boundary-pushing band Full of Hell, and more grind from Cloud Rat and Mother Brain. Sold out.
Cut Chemist, DJ Shiftee, DJ Amir @ Output
The onetime DJ for Jurassic Five and occasional DJ Shadow collaborator shows off his impressive turntable skills tonight.
Magic Circle, Ecstatic Vision, Sanhedrin, Polygamyst, Filth Hound @ Saint Vitus
Magic Circle includes members of Doomriders, Mind Eraser and Rival Mob, and this band gives those guys a chance to dish out trad-style doom. Psych rockers Ecstatic Vision provide direct support.
Greg Dulli @ Roulette
The Afghan Whigs frontman will lead a stripped-down band through a selection of his own songs (from throughout his career) and covers. It’s “An Evening with Greg Dulli,” no opener.
Oneida, Collapsible Shoulder, Invisible Circle @ Shea Stadium
Long-running Brooklyn indie rock shapeshifters Oneida released a new three-song EP, titled Positions, at the tail end of 2015. Vinyl just got pressed and they’re out touring in support.
Bellows, The Max Levine Ensemble, Thin Lips, Katie Ellen @ Aviv
This is a cool bill all around, with Epoch band Bellows, nasally/wordy punks The Max Levine Ensemble, punky indie rockers Thin Lips (who announced their debut album yesterday), and Katie Ellen, the new band from half of Chumped.
Yonatan Gat, Sunwatchers @ Studio at Webster Hall
Yonatan Gat is very much a “see it live” musician, as he and his band’s style — usually set up on the floor and highly improvisational — can be described (as I have before) as in-your-face. If you’re ok with that, his shows are highly recommended. Skronky jazz-psych act Sunwatchers open.
Essaie Pas, DJ Richard @ Trans Pecos
Montreal duo Essaie Pas are Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau who make dark slinky synthwave that could be the soundtrack to a postpunk noir thriller set in 1980. Their new album, Demain est une autre nuit (“Tomorrow is another night”), just came out on DFA.
Silento, iLoveMemphis, DLOW, We Are Toonz, 99 Percent, Team NueEra, Dance 411, DJ Double J @ Kings Theatre
A bunch of rappers who have songs with dances associated with them, including Silento (“Watch Me [Whip/Nae Nae]”), iLoveMemphis (“Hit the Quan”), DLow (“DLow Shuffle”) and 99 Percent (“Yike It In”), are in NYC tonight on the “Let’s Dance” tour.
Mumdance, Rabit, Mexican Jihad, GENG @ Palisades
Mumdance returns to NYC, not long after the London producer released Proto, a collaborative album with Logos. Making it a great double bill is the Tri Angle-signed Rabit (who has also collaborated with Mumdance and Logos).
Mike Birbiglia @ The Lynn Redgrave Theater
Comedian Mike Birbiglia has been doing his show “Thank God for the Jokes” for nearly two years. He’s putting it to bed, but not before this run which just got extended through May.
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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