What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Monsterland, SAVAK, Fruit and Flowers @ Mercury Lounge
’90s era band Monsterland were contemporaries of The Dambuilders and Lotion, and made a similar racket, with some really great singles — and good sense of humor — that hold up well against better known indie rock of the time. Tonight is their first show in 22 years!
Hamilton Leithauser, Lucy Dacus @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Leithauser’s weary yowl brought grit to The Walkman’s raw sound, and it’s aged well as his music has gotten smoother, like on his collaborative 2016 album with ex-Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij. This is Hamilton’s second of three NYC shows supporting that record. Rostam isn’t listed on the bill, but you never know. Do catch opener Lucy Dacus, whose debut album was released via Matador last year.
JEFF The Brotherhood, Tweens @ Sunnyvale
Jake and Jamin Orall have been laying down the stoner rock jams for most of this decade. Last year saw the release of Zone and the Oralls remain a blast live.
Caroline Polachek (of Chairlift) @ National Sawdust
You might’ve expected Caroline Polachek to go even poppier on her first post-Chairlift album, but instead Drawing the Target Around the Arrow is minimal ambient music. She’ll perform that album tonight with assistance from vocal ensemble Choral Chameleon.
Vagabon, Mal Devisa, Jelani Sei @ Baby’s All Right
NYC indie rock artist Vagabon releases her great debut album Infinite Worlds today, and she celebrates with this sold-out release show. Direct support comes from Mal Devisa, who released the great Kiid last year.
Pissed Jeans, Weeping Icon, Latchkey Lights @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Post-hardcore rippers Pissed Jeans return today with their new album Why Love Now, and it’s as angry and sarcastic as ever. Their live shows are even more so.
Emel Mathlouthi @ Joe’s Pub
Tunisian singer/songwriter Emel Mathlouthi moved out of her homeland in 2008 after her music was banned from radio stations for going against the government, and she literally became the voice of the Tunisian revolution when one of her songs became an anthem for protesters in the streets. She’s now living in New York and signed to US label Partisan, who releases her new album Ensen today.
William Bell, John Leventhal @ The Appel Room at Lincoln Center
The American Songbook series continues tonight and this one’s headlined by soul veteran William Bell. William’s been at it since the ’60s and last year he released This Is Where I Live, which won a Grammy for Best Americana Album.
Pional, JDH & Dave P @ Good Room
Spanish musician Pional is known to many as a vocalist on John Talabot songs, but he makes plenty of his own music too. Tonight he’s in NYC for a FIXED party.
The Skatalites, Organically Good Trio @ Brooklyn Bowl
Jamaican ska vets The Skatalites — who still have ’60s-era vocalist Doreen Shaffer — remain active, having released Platinum Ska last year.
Corey Glover & friends @ Saint Vitus
Best known as the singer for Living Colour, Corey Glover will be playing solo tonight with “friends.” Who might show up?
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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