What’s going on Saturday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Paul Simon @ Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Goodbye to Rosie, the queen of Corona. Rhymin’ Simon plays what he says will be his very last show in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park tonight, which seems like a very special location to see him for one last time.
Brooklyn Flea Record Fair @ East River State Park (Smorgasburg)
It’s that time of year again when the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair brings together indie labels, indie record stores and vintage vinyl dealers all under one tent. There will also be DJs, a beer garden, and a live performance from The Natvral (aka Kip Berman of Pains of Being Pure at Heart).
The Growlers, Kirin J Callinan @ Brooklyn Steel
Named for their annual festival, The Growlers “Beach Goth” tour (which is just a regular tour, not a traveling fest) slides into Brooklyn tor two consecutive nights. Definitely get there early to see Aussie eccentric Kirin J Callinan.
IDLES, Bambara @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Hot on the heels of their amped up new album, Joy as an Act of Resistance, UK punks IDLES bring their joyous, energized live show to Brooklyn. Get there early for the gothy romance of noise that is Bambara.
!!! (chk chk chk), Wives @ Industry City
It’s official fall today but this show is part of The Bell House Summer Series at Industry City Courtyard, tonight featuring long-running disco-punks !!!.
Gary Numan, Nightmare Air @ Irving Plaza
Synthpop icon Gary Numan, who released Savage last year, recently played Riot Fest and will be bringing his classic hits tonight.
Farm Aid @ XFINITY Theatre
The annual Farm Aid is in Connecticut this year and it’s got a stacked lineup including Neil Young & Promise of the Real, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Kacey Musgraves, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and more. If you’re not going, you can stream it live (at the above link).
Pig Destroyer, Despise You, Full of Hell, SECT @ Gramercy Theatre
Pig Destroyer’s new album Head Cage is their first album with a bassist, and it also takes their sound into more dynamic territory than ever. It’s great stuff, and tonight’s show is sure to be a rager too, especially with that stacked undercard.
Portugal. The Man, Lucius, Jungle, Hobo Johnson & the Lovemakers @ Forest Hills Stadium
After years of making quality indie-psych-prog-pop, Portugal. The Man had a surprise hit with last year’s “Feel It Still,” and the album it’s on (Woodstock) was home to quite a few other gems too. Their live shows might be even better, and lately they’ve included elements of jam, metal, and a few musical nods to the classic bands that influenced them. Tonight, they play one of NYC’s nicest outdoor venues, and they’ve got some pretty big openers too.
Patti Smith: Words and Music @ Minetta Lane Theatre
NYC punk legend and author is combining two of her talents for this run of “Words and Music” shows, which will feature “original spoken-word performance interwoven with music from her beloved catalog creating a one-of-a-kind intimate portrait of this pioneering artist.” She plays tonight, Sunday, and Monday.
Sick of It All, Skarhead @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
NYHC legends Sick Of It All have been going strong for three decades, and if you’ve seen them recently, you know that their live show still crushes. Tonight’s show on a boat should be no different.
Janelle Monae, Sofi Tukker, Samantha Robson (DJ), Va$htie (DJ) @ LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park
Women’s blog Bustle has a new event called “Rule Breakers” with music, meditation, roller disco, and more. It’s headlined by boundary-pushing R&B/soul/pop/rock/etc artist Janelle Monae, who released her great Dirty Computer earlier this year.
Shakey Graves, The Wild Reeds @ Terminal 5
Shakey Graves is touring behind his new album Can’t Wake Up, which is way different for him — it’s weirder, poppier, and more psychedelic than his music has ever been.
Joan Baez @ Beacon Theatre
Paul Simon isn’t the only folk music veteran with a farewell tour hitting NYC tonight — Joan Baez (who attended Paul’s MSG show earlier this week) is doing the same (but her “Fare Thee Well” tour continues through 2019).
The Jayhawks, Old Ceremony @ Bowery Ballroom
Americana vets The Jayhawks released Back Roads and Abandoned Motels earlier this summer which featured songs frontman Gary Louris had originally written for other artists like The Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maines, Jakob Dylan, and others.
The Buttertones, Wild Wing @ Rough Trade
California surf-noir combo The Buttertones recently released Midnight in a Moonless Dream on Innovative Leisure, featuring more sonic vignettes inspired by film and early rock n’ roll.
Warm Drag, Brandy, Richard Papiercuts @ Union Pool
Warm Drag, the duo of Paul Quattrone (currently one of Oh Sees’ two drummers) and former K Holes/Golden Triangle vocalist Vashti Windish, released their debut album on In the Red back in August. It’s a cinematic record, pulling from Italian soundtracks, freak-beat, krautrock, psych and more. Openers Brandy features a couple of the guys who used to be in much-missed art-punks Pampers.
WORD*ROCK*SWORD: Toshi Reagon, Joan As Police Woman, Roya Marsh, Nona Hendryx, Onliest, Tamar-Kali, Morley, Be Steadwell, Nappy Nina, Judith Casselberry, Tatiana Adeel, Marcelle Davies Lashley, Kofy Brown, Jadele McPherson @ Le Poisson Rouge
This concert is part of Toshi Reagon’s eight-day WORD*ROCK*SWORD: A Festival Exploration of Women’s Lives VIII with the intention of “responding creatively, showing our lives, our work, our activism and our talent.”
Brooklyn Comedy Festival @ Brooklyn Bazaar
The Brooklyn Comedy Festival, which is parked on all three floors of Brooklyn Bazaar, tonight includes: a comedy & animation panel featuring H. Jon Benjamin (Bob’s Burgers, Archer), Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano (HBO’s Animals) Alyson Levy (PFFR); “Myq Kaplan’s Broccoli & Ice Cream”; ‘Las Culturistas’ with Bowen Yang and Matt Rogers; and more
Bilal, Ayo @ Sony Hall
Neo-soul great Bilal hasn’t released a new album since 2015’s very solid In Another Life, but he’s always busy with something and he’s got plenty of worthy material to pull from at tonight’s show.
Zao, The Atlas Moth, Yashira @ Saint Vitus
Metalcore vets Zao headline this show, and if you’re going, don’t miss Chicago psych-metallers The Atlas Moth, who released the great Coma Noir this year.
GDFX, Evan Caminiti, Ka Baird @ MoMA PS1 (NY Art Book Fair)
As part of the 2018 NY Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1 hosts this show of experimental music with Greg Fox (Liturgy, Uniform, Ex Eye, etc) playing as GDFX, Barn Owl’s Evan Caminiti. and Ka Baird.
Ozuna @ Madison Square Garden
Puerto Rican trap artist Ozuna is quickly becoming one of the biggest artists in the world, and he’s been having some crossover with English-speaking fans thanks in part to collaborations with Cardi B (including on his 2018 album Aura). Tonight, he headlines MSG.
SALES, No Vacation, Hana Vu @ Elsewhere
This is a good chance to catch three buzzed about indie pop acts on one bill, headlined by the increasingly popular SALES.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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