What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
The National @ Bowery Ballroom
The National celebrate today’s release of their acclaimed new album Sleep Well Beast by playing it in full at this special early show (7 PM) at Bowery Ballroom. If you didn’t score tickets its being broadcast live on SiriusXM satellite radio.
Diet Cig, Sports, Ratboys @ Bowery Ballroom
Right after The National play, Bowery has to empty out for quick turnaround for this sold-out show headlined by the winsome and spunky Diet Cig.
Dent May, Gemma, Space Captain @ Baby’s All Right
Dent May went from being a crooner with a ukulele to the more yacht rock inspired sounds of his brand new album, Across the Multiverse. He’s still a charmer live, no matter what style he’s taking on.
Eric Clapton, Jimmy Vaughan, Gary Clark Jr @ MSG
Blues rock legend Eric Clapton is playing what he says are his final US shows this year. After tonight at MSG, you may never get to see him in New York again.
Joshua Light Show, Dave Harrington Group, Boss Hog @ NYU Skirball Center
Joshua Light Show have been pairing phantasmagoric projected visuals with live music for 50 years. They’ll be pulling out all the old-school psych stops for this first of two special anniversary celebrations tonight which features Jon Spencer’s group Boss Hogg and the talented Dave Harrington Group.
Willie Nelson, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Willie Nelson, who is 84 and still going strong, brings his “Outlaw Music Festival” to the NYC area with a whole host of great other musicians, including The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Margo Price and his son, Lucas.
Upper Wilds, Yvette, Sunwatchers, Gold Dime @ Secret Project Robot
It’s a great night of noise and experimental music, highlighted by intense, dark duo Yvette, and Upper Wilds (members of Parts & Labor, Ex Models).
Tim Darcy, Devon Welsh, Bianca Stone @ Rough Trade
Both Tim Darcy and Devon Welsh are perhaps better known for fronting Montreal bands (Ought and the defunct Majical Cloudz) but have each just put out new solo records. Catch this double dose of Canada tonight.
Moon King, Dougie Poole, House of Feelings @ Silent Barn
Speaking of Canada, Moon King (who actually just relocated from Toronto to Detroit) made an about-face, stylistically, on their new tape, switching from shoegaze to synthpop. We’re anxious to see how that translates to their live show (which has been pretty great in the past)
The Dance Cartel (Wet Clutch) @ South Street Seaport
It’s the 15th anniversary of the Seaport Music Festival featuring a four-day celebration of free shows. Tonight is The Dance Cartel’s “Wet Clutch” which is “an immersive drive-in dance experience premiere that reinterprets and remixes movie heroines from the last four decades of American film.”
Of Montreal, Showtime Goma, Nancy Feast @ The Bell House
Of Montreal always put on a fun, theatrical show and with a deep catalog of great songs, this is a pretty sure bet. If you’re going, get there early to catch Showtime Goma (aka Jen Goma of A Sunny Day in Glasgow and Pains of Being Pure at Heart) & Nancy Feast (aka Teeny Lieberson of TEEN) who will be performing a collaborative, also theatrical, set themselves.
A Giant Dog, Rock n Roll Hi Fives @ WFMU Monty Hall
Austin punks A Giant Dog just released the tuneful and fun Toy via Merge and play this Jersey City show ahead of this weekend’s Meltasia Fest.
Roky Erickson, Death Valley Girls @ White Eagle Hall
Roky’s two shows in Brooklyn earlier this week were totally different, set-wise, including one that was about 95% 13th Floor Elevators songs (the other was mostly solo material). What will we get at this Jersey City show tonight?
Meltasia @ Blackthorne Resort (The Catskills)
Back for a second year (in a new Catskill Mountains location) the weekend-long Meltasia fest promises an anything-goes, let-it-all-hang-out spirit and sets from Raekwon, Italian band Giuda, and lots more tonight.
Marsha Ambrosius, Ro James @ Ford Amphitheater @ Coney Island Boardwalk
The City Parks Foundation (the people behind SummerStage) and Globe Star Media-N-Entertainment recently saved Coney Island’s free summer concert series, and announced four September shows, happening as an extension of the 2017 SummerStage season. This one’s with R&B vet (and Floetry member) Marsha Ambrosius.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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