What’s Going on Saturday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Fever Ray, Nidia, Bunny Michael @ Brooklyn Hangar
Karin Dreijer (The Knife) brings her Fever Ray solo project to NYC for two nights, as part of the Red Bull Music Festival. Given The Knife’s tours were visual spectacles, and with the highly political nature of her new album, it will be interesting to see what kind of show this will be.
Snapcase, Give, Sharptooth @ Saint Vitus
Boundary-pushing metalcore vets Snapcase debuted their first new song in 17 years at a hometown show in Buffalo earlier this year, and they’re promising more new music. Tonight’s their second of two Brooklyn shows this weekend — maybe we’ll get more new songs at these shows? Let’s hope. Good openers too.
Jorja Smith, Ama Lou @ Brooklyn Steel
British soul/R&B singer Jorja Smith has continued to rise since releasing her very promising debut EP Project 11 in late 2016. She since appeared on Drake’s More Life and Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther album, and now her debut album Lost & Found is set to drop this June. First, she returns to NYC tonight.
Craig Finn, Laura Stevenson @ Coney Island Baby
The Hold Steady are playing shows later this year, including a Stay Positive 10th anniversary show in NJ, but first frontman Craig Finn, who just performed at the Americana Benefit in Brooklyn earlier this week, plays new NYC venue Coney Island Baby (which took over the old Brownies/HiFi spot). Laura Stevenson makes this a very appealing double bill.
Margaret Glaspy, Julian Lage @ Le Poisson Rouge
Indie rock singer/songwriter Margaret Glaspy deservedly won a lot of people over with her 2016 debut LP Emotions and Math, and this year she followed it with the Born Yesterday EP. Tonight she’s back in NYC.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, The Britanys @ Rough Trade
Australian band Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever make indie rock in the ’90s definition, with an emphasis on jangle and dueling guitar lines. Their debut album, Hope Dawns, is out next month via Sub Pop.
Fu Manchu, Mos Generator @ Bowery Ballroom
Stoner rock vets Fu Manchu recently released their latest album Clone of the Universe, which, among other things, has an 18-minute song featuring Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson. They’re supporting the new album on tour now.
Dwarves @ The Kingsland
Long-running punk greats Dwarves always put on a wild show, and they’ll surely do just that tonight.
Rival Consoles, Time Wharp @ Elsewhere Zone One
Rival Consoles (real name Ryan Lee West) — often compared to Jon Hopkins and Nils Frahm — has been making forward-thinking electronic music for many years now, and he recently put out a new LP called Persona. The album shares its title with the Ingmar Bergman film of the same name, whose opening scene was a main inspiration for the record.
Springsteen on Broadway
The Boss continues his sold-out “Springsteen on Broadway” run at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which has now been extended through December. At these shows, Bruce is giving fans shows “that are as personal and as intimate as possible.”
Stretch & Bobbito, Terrence Parker & Merachka @ The Roof at Output
Legendary radio DJs Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito started once again doing a radio show (as an NPR podcast) last year, for the first time since 1998. They’ve also been DJing at clubs/events a lot lately, including this one tonight.
Pavo Pavo, Starchild and The New Romantic @ Baby’s All Right
Brooklyn experimental pop act Pavo Pavo travel in the same circles as San Fermin, Here We Go Magic, Roomful of Teeth, and Dave Longstreth, employing a particuarly airy sense of melody and harmony. They play tonight with Starchild and the New Romantic who travel on a Prince/Sade wavelength.
The Men, Barbed Wire, Maxband @ Our Wicked Lady (Rooftop)
While the weather forcast make keep this show from actually happening on the OWL rooftop, it will still make for an intimate show for The Men whose new album, Drift, is their skronkiest yet. Opening the night is Maxband which features members of Parquet Courts (we’re guessing Max Savage, given the band name).
Jonathan Davis, Palisades, King’s Bounty @ Irving Plaza
Korn frontman Jonathan Davis is releasing his debut solo album later this month, and though it’s not out yet, he’s playing almost all the songs from it on this tour. It doesn’t look like he’s doing any Korn songs, but still, it’s not everyday you get to see Jonathan Davis in a room as small as Irving Plaza.
Sum 41, Seaway, Super Whatevr @ Terminal 5
Speaking of mainstream rock you may be nostalgic for, Sum 41 are playing Does This Look Infected? in full at this show. If you were into the late ’90s / early ’00s pop punk craze at all (and if you’re in your 20s and into indie rock, you probably were), you probably have a place in your heart for this album, which was one of mainstream pop punk’s most rock-solid LPs start to finish. Also, fuzz-rock newcomers Super Whatevr are worth showing up early for.
Kondabolu Brothers Podcast @ Littlefield
“Ashok and Hari Kondabolu go from city to city, delighting audiences with insights on important cultural matters such as ‘soap’ and ‘handshakes.’ They also dissect their experiences growing up as second generation Indian Americans and how their upbringing influences their take on pop culture and politics.”
John Early (host), JD Samson, Cole Escola, Theda Hammel, Murray Hill, Ilana Glazer, Marie Faustin & Sydnee Washington @ Littlefield
John Early (Search Party) hosts this fundraiser for a radical revival of Wallace Shawn’s play Marie and Bruce, featuring a host of comedy and music talents.
Ladies Who Ranch @ The Brick
The Ladies Who Ranch are a formidable all-female comedy group, feautirng new material each show from Kelly Cooper (Ground Floor), Caitlin Dullea (Ground Floor), Rachel Kaly (Montreal Sketchfest), Maya Sharma (Annoyance) , Caroline Yost (Annoyance) and Sophie Zucker(Marvelous Mrs. Maisel). For their their residency at The Brick, they have also invited a rotating drop-in to perform new material, and this week it’s none other than the fantastic Robbie Hoffman, who has stood out as one of the most original voices from The Chris Gethard Show thanks to her dry observational humor.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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