What’s going on Saturday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Rhye, Natalie Prass, Overcoats @ Prospect Park
This is a very appealing — and free — triple bill of R&B-leaning alternative pop (especially now that Natalie Prass ditched the “Disney princess” comparisons for funky R&B on this year’s The Future and The Past).
Phoenix, Giorgio Poi @ Brooklyn Steel
Phoenix have turned Brooklyn Steel into an homage to Rome for this five-night “Ti Amo” residency. There’s gelato, there’s a Telefono booth, there’s a “supermercato” vending machine with crazy merch, and tons of red, white and green balloons. and more. That’s all in addition to their patented show-stopping performances.
Beach Fossils, Nothing, Sheer Mag, Dark Thoughts @ Terminal 5
Part of adidas Skateboarding’s weeklong “Das Days New York” residency, this free show includes a skate ramp in Terminal five and a pretty good, if disparate, group of bands. No tickets or RSVP necessary, doors at 5 PM.
Songhoy Blues, Braineaters @ Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
Part of Union Pool’s free Saturday “Summer Thunder” series, this should be a great one with joyous Malian band Songhoy Blues, and a very special set from Braineaters, the Misfits tribute band that is made up of members of Juan Maclean, LCD Soundsystem, Les Savvy Fav, Violent Bullshit and more.
Frog Eyes, Zachary Cale, Hello Blue Roses @ Elsewhere (Zone One)
Long-running Canadian indie rock band Frog Eyes recently released Violet Psalms, which they say will be their final album, and it’s a great, bittersweet way to go out — it sounds like classic Frog Eyes, which isn’t a bad thing at all. They’re also saying this is their final tour, and it’s with Frog Eyes leader Carey Mercer’s old pal Dan Bejar’s Hello Blue Roses project.
The Body, BIG|BRAVE, Lingua Ignota, King Vision Ultra @ Saint Vitus
Prolific, boundary-pushing heavy duo The Body returned this year with I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer, which features some cool guest vocalists, including the wildly impressive Kristin Hayter (aka Lingua Ignota). Lingua Ignota is also on tour with them and playing tonight’s show, and making the bill even more exciting is direct support from Montreal post-rockers (and Godspeed You! Black Emperor associates) BIG|BRAVE.
I’m With Her @ Caramoor (Katonah)
I’m With Her is the trio of Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan, and their debut album See You Around came out earlier this year. They’re on tour, hitting Katonah (just a quick train ride away from Grand Central) tonight.
Yes @ Wellmont Theatre
Prog rock vets Yes don’t have much of their classic lineup intact, but this current version of the band are currently on tour celebrating their 50th anniversary.
Boy Pablo, Jitwam @ SOB’s
Pablo Muñoz, who was born and raised in Norway by his Chilean parents, makes synthy dreampop under the guise of Boy Pablo that recalls Mac DeMarco, Gus Dapperton and Prefab Sprout. His video for “Everytime” became a viral hit, and has racked up over seven million views.
Bebel Gilberto @ City Winery
Daughter of João Gilberto, Bebel has long been a tropicalia star in her own right.
The Sons & Heirs: A Tribute to The Smiths, Dead Letter Office: A Tribute to R.E.M. @ Bowery Ballroom
The Smiths and R.E.M. were arguably the two biggest alt-rock bands of the ’80s, so here you can see them both in one night (in tribute band form).
My Favorite, My Teenage Stride @ Wonders of Nature
These two longrunning NYC indiepop acts share more in common than the “My” in both thier names, making jangly, smart music…and Wonders of Nature should be a great place to catch them.
James Murphy @ The Surf Lodge
If you’re out in Montauk, LCD Soundsystem will be DJing at this free event.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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