What’s going on Friday (Valentine’s Day)?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Village of Love Benefit @ TV Eye
Panache Booking’s annual Village of Love benefits for Planned Parenthood are happening in many cities tonight all over the country and NYC’s includes Cait O’Riordan (Pogues), Shilpa Ray, Hayley Dahl (Sloppy Jane), Zohra Atash (Azar Swan) and more.
American Nightmare, Ceremony @ Brooklyn Steel
Melodic hardcore greats American Nightmare have a killer new single out, and they’re also celebrating their 20th anniversary (and the new reissue of their first two EPs) on this tour. Opening is Ceremony, who released the very fun, Devo-esque In the Spirit World Now last year.
Earthgang, Mick Jenkins @ Gramercy Theatre
Atlanta rap duo EarthGang have been rapidly rising since releasing their very good new album Mirrorland on Dreamville last year, and they’re now supporting that album on tour with Chicago jazz-rapper Mick Jenkins, whose fresh off releasing the very fine EP The Circus. This is their second of two sold-out NYC shows this week.
DAWN, Cakes Da Killa, Sadboy @ Mercury Lounge
R&B shapeshifter DAWN has been releasing a string of very good singles, and this week she plays two shows at NYC’s Mercury Lounge. Local rapper Cakes Da Killa provides direct support at this one — don’t miss him.
Blood Incantation, Dysrhythmia, Artificial Brain @ Saint Vitus
Beloved modern-day death metallers’ Blood Incantation only two East Coast shows of 2020 happen at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus tonight and tomorrow. Both will find the band performing their highly acclaimed 2019 sophomore album Hidden History of the Human Race in full, and this one also features a full performance of their 2017 debut LP Starspawn. Great openers too.
Nastie Band, Valentinus Ritual with Lilith, Sähd Wyte Guyz @ The Broadway
Daggers Mag invites you to “join us as we usher in the spring by invoking the divine feminine” at this Valentine’s Day Daggers Magazine release party. Headlining is Nastie Band, the project led by visual artist Frank Haines (under the name Sandy Smiles) and also featuring Faith No More/Imperial Teen member Roddy Bottum and songs with vocals by the 81-year-old Chris Kachulis.
Sanction, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Vamachara, Typecaste, Adrenaline @ The Kingsland
This is an absolutely stacked five-band bill representing the current thriving metalcore scene. If you like this kinda stuff at all, don’t miss it.
Vader, Abysmal Dawn, Hideous Divinity @ Warsaw
Polish death metal vets Vader are celebrating the anniversaries of three older albums on this tour — De Profundis (25 years), Litany (20 years), and The Art of War EP (15 years) — so expect songs from those, and from their upcoming album Solitude in Madness.
Beech Creeps, Upper Wilds, ESSi @ ALPHAVILLE
Beech Creeps, which features ex-Ex Models’ Zach Lehrhoff, The Library is On Fire’s Mark Shue and Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase, make the kind of scuzzy, no-nonsense rock n’ roll that New York has always done well.
Anna of the North, Dizzy Fae @ Bowery Ballroom
Norwegian indie pop artist Anna of the North released her sophomore album, Dream Girl, last year and is now on her biggest North American tour to date.
Eagles (performing Hotel California) @ Madison Square Garden
Eagles — which these days is Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, with Deacon Frey and Vince Gill – will be playing their 1976 mega-seller Hotel California across two nights at MSG. This is night one.
Juliana Hatfield, Will Dailey @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Former Blake Babies frontwoman Juliana Hatfield has been on a hot streak lately, having released the politically charged Weird and an album of Police covers in 2019.
Ween @ Terminal 5
What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a little chocolate…and cheese.
The Sons & Heirs (The Smiths Tribute) @ The Bell House
Are you miserable when two lovers entwined pass you by? We know a place that you can go and stand on your own and embrace your glumness. It’s Sons & Heirs’ annual Smiths-themed Valentine’s Day party with Rolling Stone critic Rob Sheffield MCing the night.
You can also find quality entertainment on almost any night of the week at: Barbès bar and performance space in Park Slope, LunÀtico in Bed Stuy, Nublu in the East Village, Blue Note jazz club in the West Village, The Stone in multiple locations, Comedy Cellar in the West Village, and Q.E.D. comedy club in Astoria.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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