What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Parquet Courts, RIPS @ Bell House
Having just released what is arguably their best album yet, Parquet Courts celebrate Human Performance tonight with this sold out show.
Andrew Bird, Boogarins @ Terminal 5
Andrew Bird just returned with his new album, Are You Serious. It’s more or less the Andrew Bird you know and love, but there’s a real nice surprise in the form of a duet with Fiona Apple. Tonight’s his second of two NYC shows in support of it, and Brazilian psych rockers Boogarins open this one.
Pharoah Sanders @ Birdland (two shows)
Free-jazz legend Pharoah Sanders backed John Coltrane early in his career, and he quickly became a bandleader of his own and released such classic records as 1969’s Karma. He’s currently in residency at Birdland through Saturday, with two shows a night.
DJ Quik, Stretch Armstrong @ American Museum of Natural History
Veteran hip hop artists DJ Quik and Stretch Armstrong team up for this edition of One Step Beyond. The series “transforms the Rose Center for Earth and Space into a massive dance club,” and in addition to music, “audiences enjoy a dynamic flight through the virtual universe based on an accurate cosmic atlas.” Sold out.
Brooklyn Folk Festival @ Saint Ann’s Church
Brooklyn folk festival begins today, and among the acts is folk legend Michael Hurley at 9:30 PM.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony feat. Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, NWA, Steve Miller @ Barclays Center
We’re not sure who’s performing (we know NWA isn’t), but tonight you can see musical innovators NWA, Deep Purple and Cheap Trick get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Chicago and Steve Miller are also getting inducted.
Jam City, Dan Wender, Blacky II @ Good Room
UK bass musician Jam City (aka Jack Latham) returned last year with his latest album Dream a Garden. He’ll get the dancefloors moving in NYC tonight.
Tournament, Desert Sharks, Aneurysm @ Shea Stadium
Local band Tournament have a sound that’s part classic rock swagger, part scuzzy punk. They just released their new album, Teenage Creature.
David Wax Museum, Darlingside, Haroula Rose @ Rough Trade
David Wax Museum’s “Mexo-Americana” isn’t like much else. They last released Guesthouse in 2015.
The Avengers, Youthquake, Les Sans Culottes @ Grand Victory
San Francisco punk greats The Avengers — which still feature founding members Penelope Houston and Greg Ingraham — are here for what is a very intimate show.
BMX Bandits & Friends @ Cake Shop
Scottish cult band BMX Bandits traveled in the same circle as Teenage Fanclub and the Vaselines (and featured some of the same members), and counted Kurt Cobain as a fan. They’re in town for two rare NYC shows this week, this being the second. An Early show, 7 PM.
TEEN, Roya, Showtime (ft. Jen Goma) @ Baby’s All Right
TEEN released their best album yet, Love Yes, back in February, a record that merged the arty aspirations of their debut with the nu-R&B of it’s followup. They play tonight with Roya (Habibi/Grooms/The Clean), and A Sunny Day in Glasgow’s Jen Goma in solo mode.
The Sadies @ Hill Country
Canadian alt-country mainstays The Sadies are dipping below the U.S. border this week for a run of East Coast shows, including both NYC branches of Hill Country. Brooklyn tonight, Manhattan on Saturday.
Moving Panoramas,The Grownup Noise, Benjamin Cartel @ Union Hall
Austin’s Moving Panoramas make hazy psych pop with the kind of intricate harmonies that instantly elevate things a couple inches off the ground. Singer/guitarist Leslie Sisson was a member of The Wooden Birds and, like them, Moving Panoramas employ a great sense of dynamics in the arrangements.
Steve Gunn, Dawn Landes @ Outpost in the Burbs (Montclair)
A former member of Kurt Vile’s band, Steve Gunn is in similar pleasingly mellow guitar rock mode on Eyes On The Lines, his first album for Matador.
Dwight Twilley @ Berlin
Best-known for his 1975 hit “I’m on Fire,” Dwight Twilley went on to make some great, underheard powerpop albums in the late ’70s/early-’80s.
Dirty Fences, Liquor Store, Dino Boys, Birdcloud @ Union Pool
Denim delinquents Dirty Fences celebrate the release of their new 7″ with pals for a night of nice n’ sleazy punk.
Future Punx, Plattenbau, Decorum @ Silent Barn
Berlin’s Plattenbau, who make dark post-punk, share the bill tonight with the double-bass attack of Decorum, and new new new wavers Future Punx.
John Prine @ Kings Theatre
A true country/folk songwriting great, John Prine remains vital 40 years into his career.
Cloud Cult, BBGun @ Bowery Ballroom
Minnesota experimental art pop band Cloud Cult celebrate the release of their new album The Seeker tonight. Expect sweeping grandeur, and probably some onstage painting.
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.
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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