What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
David Bowie Tribute ft. Cat Power, Perry Farrell, Ann Wilson (of Heart), The Polyphonic Spree, Tony Visconti, Woody Woodmansey, Mumford & Sons, Blondie, Pixies, Michael Stipe, Bette Midler, Jherek Bischoff, Amanda Palmer, Anna Calvi, Jakob Dylan, Holy Holy, The Flaming Lips, Kyp Malone (of TV on the Radio), Ron Pope @ Radio City Music Hall
Announced just before David Bowie died, this year’s “Music Of” concert at Carnegie Hall almost instantly took on more gravity, and has grown to be an especially star-studded event that now spans two nights. Where else are you going to see Pixies, Flaming Lips, Anna Calvi and Bette Midler all on the same bill? Also, what artist will do “Life on Mars”?
Weezer @ Rough Trade
Having just played an intimate Brooklyn show at Warsaw, this evening Weezer play an even more intimate (but acoustic) show here at Rough Trade. To get in, you have to buy a copy of their new “White Album” starting at 11 AM today at the Rough Trade store. The show is at 6 PM.
Bongzilla, Black Cobra, Kings Destroy, Lo-Pan @ Saint Vitus
This is a good bill all around, headlined by reunited stoner metal greats Bongzilla and also featuring the crazy powerful sludge duo Black Cobra, throwback riffers Kings Destroy, and melo-sludge band Lo-Pan.
Jonathan Richman (feat. Tommy Larkins on drums) @ Bell House
Massively influential, Jonathan Richman remains a consummate live entertainer with no shortage of great songs. Jonathan is playing two nights at The Bell House both with longtime drummer Tommy Larkins.
Magma, Helen Money @ Le Poisson Rouge
It’s like it’s Prog Week in NYC. We just had Faust in town for three shows, and now here’s French band Magma bringing krauty rhythms and the occasional Gregorian chant to LPR.
Slingshot Dakota, For Everest, Katie Ellen, White Pisces @ Aviv
Husband/wife duo Slingshot Dakota have just piano and drums but their sound, which is a little similar to Mates of State, is louder and more driving than some five-piece rock bands. Their new album Break (out now on Topshelf) is a good one. Also worth catching tonight is Katie Ellen (aka one half of the now-defunct Chumped) and grunge revivalists White Pisces (ex-Street Smart Cyclist, Slow Warm Death).
Basia Bulat, Twin Limb @ Bowery Ballroom
Canadian singer/songwriter Basia Bulat has been at it for years, and her new Jim James-produced album Good Advice is one of her best. It’s more heavily arranged than her past releases, and it should be interesting to see how she delivers the new stuff live.
Budos Band, Mystery Lights @ Brooklyn Bowl
The black sheep of the Daptone label, Budos Band bring serious heaviosity to their funk, dabbling in hard rock and psych on their most recent album. Mystery Lights, Brooklyn’s best garage-psych band, make for a good opener.
Jowe Head and the Celestial Choir, Counter Intuits @ Cake Shop
Having played in both Swell Maps and Television Personalities, Jowe Head brings his eccentric indiepop lineage to Cake Shop (which is named after a Swell Maps song) tonight.
Invisible Familiars, Caged Animals, Tropic of Pisces @ Chelsea Market
This show is part of the Friday “Chelsea Nights” series in Chelsea Market, tonight with a pretty good lineup featuring the Beatlesque band Invisible Familiars and the heartfelt pop of Caged Animals.
Frankie Cosmos, Eskimeaux, Anna McClellan @ Shea Stadium
Frankie Cosmos’ new album Next Time (out today) is another batch of confessional, intimate-sounding songs. Tonight’s the first of two sold-out release shows at Shea with related band Eskimeaux. Frankie also plays Market Hotel in May.
WALL, Wimps, Parlor Walls, Nonsense @ Silent Barn
Featuring ex members of The Intelligence and Meth Teeth, Seattle band Wimps make shouty post-punk, as can be heard on Suitcase which came out via Kill Rock Stars. There will be lots of shouting at this show, as WALL are very much in the same mould. Should be fun.
David Cross @ Capitol Theatre
David Cross is currently “Making America Great Again!” on tour. Tonight he’s in Port Chester but will be in NYC proper to play Beacon Theatre later this month.
Joe Jack Talcum (of Dead Milkmen), Crazy and the Brains, Trashy @ Grand Victory
As part of Dead Milkmen, Joe Jack Talcum was responsible for the band’s poppier hits like “Punk Rock Girl.” Tonight he plays with xylophone-fueled punks Crazy and the Brains.
Little Annie, Blasco, And The Wiremen @ The Owl
Having collaborated with Antony, Swans, Marc Almond, and Kid Congo Powers, Little Annie’s music has encompassed dub, gothy cabaret and more. Catching her at this tiny Brooklyn club should be a treat.
Lucius, Pure Bathing Culture @ Webster Hall
The harmonizing chamber pop band Lucius headline this sold out show, and it’s worth showing up for the breezy, Fleetwood Mac-y Pure Bathing Culture too.
The Smith Street Band, Hard Girls, Worriers, Adult Dude @ Knitting Factory
Australian folk punks The Smith Street Band are back in the USA and they’ve got some great stateside openers on the road with them: Hard Girls and Worriers, who both make punk that’s melodic without exactly being “pop punk.” Local support comes from the Dino Jr/Superchunk-ish Adult Dude.
Excepter, ONO, Fox, Tobias, Patrick Higgins @ Palisades
Reunited ’80s band ONO mix noise, punk and no wave with a performance-art bent that sets them apart from a lot of other stuff in that realm. If you’ve never had a chance to catch them before, you should.
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 was recently extended through May.
Alpenglow @ National Sawdust
Folk act Alpenglow celebrates the release of their debut full-length album Callisto with this special live performance that features a light installation created by the band that uses different shapes and colors of synchronized light with the music in order to create a holistic light environment that reflects the tone of each musical moment.
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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