What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Bob Mould, Ted Leo (solo) @ Webster Hall
Bob Mould has been making vital music for nearly 40 years and he remains as melodically on point (and deafeningly loud) as ever. With Ted Leo opening (and maybe a surprise guest or two, we’d bet) this will be a great show.
WFMU Record Fair @ Brooklyn Expo Center
It’s the first night of the annual WFMU Record Fair that will take over the huge Brooklyn Expo Center with thousands of cool, old records to thumb though and maybe buy.
The Helio Sequence, Honduras @ Baby’s All Right
The Helio Sequence put their new self-titled album out on Sub Pop last year which added a lightly psychedelic touch to their sound. Fresh off a tour with Joy Formidable, catch them at this headlining show tonight.
Paul Collins Beat, Danny Laj and The Looks @ Cake Shop
Former Nerves songwriter and power pop godfather Paul Collins helped pioneer a jangly sound that’s still being imitated today.
KIKI – Film Premiere, The Ballroom Community, Qween Beat @ El Museo del Barrio
The kickoff event to this year’s Red Bull Music Academy Festival, this is the NYC premiere of KIKI, “a cinematic journey into the city’s ballroom subculture known as Kiki. Created and governed by LGBTQ youth of color, the Kiki scene prides itself as a “society within a society,” and provides an activist and creative space for a community dealing with marginalization and discrimination.”
NOFX, Direct Hit, Mephiskapheles @ Irving Plaza
NOFX have been delivering their distinct brand of snotty pop punk for close to three decades, and they’re nothing if not consistent. They haven’t released a new album since 2012, but this tour is in support of their new autobiography, The Hepatitis Bathtub Stories and Other Stories. They’ll do a book signing at Strand from 6:30 to 7:30 PM and then play a set at Irving.
Pharmakon, Container, Cienfuegos @ Market Hotel
Things are sure to get weird and loud at this late-night show headlned by the always magnetic Pharmakon.
Matthew Logan Vasquez (of Delta Spirit), Reverend Baron, Dustin Lovelis @ Mercury Lounge
Delta Spirit frontman Matthew Logan Vasquez released solo album Solicitor Returns earlier this year which isn’t too far removed from is other band.
Laura Stevenson, Crying, Chris Farren @ Shea Stadium
After doing the singer/songwriter thing, Laura Stevenson went for a more punked-up album with 2015’s Cocksure. She’s touring in continued support of that, and tonight’s her second of two NYC shows with chiptune punks Crying and Antarctigo Vespucci/Fake Problems’ Chris Farren.
Naughty by Nature, Black Moon, Smif-n-Wessun @ Stage 48
East Coast hip hop veterans Naughty by Nature have been going at it since 1991 and celebrate 25 years with a “Hip Hop Hooray” tonight.
B Boys, WALL, RIPS @ Union Pool
Here’s a hat-trick of a lineup, showcasing three of the city’s best young bands doing variations on the postpunk sound.
Kiki & Herb @ Joe’s Pub
Legendary lounge/cabaret duo Kiki and Herb (aka Justin Vivian Bond and Kenny Mellman) went into retirement in 2007 but they’re returning to the stage for this run called “Kiki and Herb: Seeking Asylum!” Sold out but a limited number of tickets given away free each night via lottery.
James Chance and the Contortions, Gary Wilson w/ Tredici Bacci, Horse Lords, Eartheater @ Market Hotel
For something completely different, try this show featuring no-wave legend James Chance & the Controtions, plus out-there artist Gary Wilson backed by the Morriconesque Tredici Bacci, Baltimore’s experimental Horse Lords, and more.
Håkan Hellström @ Gramercy Theatre
While not well known in the U.S., Håkan Hellström is a household name in Sweden both from his days in Broder Daniel and with his solo career. Expect to see a lot of Scandinavian ex-pats at this sold-out show.
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.
‘Purple Rain’ screening and Prince Dance Party @ Fort Greene Park
We’re still in disbelief that Prince has left us. Celebrate his genius tonight with this free tribute party featuring DJs starting at 5 PM and a screening of his classic film Purple Rain at 8 PM.
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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