What’s going on Saturday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Dead Milkmen, Sage Francis @ Irving Plaza
Sarcastic Philly Punk legends The Dead Milkmen are responsible for such snotty classics as “Bitchin’ Camaro,” “The Thing That Only Eats Hippies” and, of course, “Punk Rock Girl.” BrooklynVegan is psyched to be hosting tonight’s show that’s also with indie rapper Sage Francis — hope to see you there!
Springsteen on Broadway
After a year of sold-out shows at The Walter Kerr Theater, The Boss wraps up “Springsteen on Broadway” tonight. For those who didn’t manage to score a ticket (or didn’t want to spend the money on them), his intimate show is coming to Netflix as a concert special on Sunday.
The Continental Bar Farewell Party
Legendary East Village dive and former punk/metal venue The Continental will pour its last round of 5-shots-of-anything-for-$12 tonight (well, early Sunday morning). The farewell bash is hosted by The Village People’s Randy “Cowboy” Jones and features DJ sets from Lenny Kaye, Jesse Malin, and more.
OCS (see: Thee Oh Sees), Shannon Lay @ Murmrr Theatre
Usually Oh Sees shows are a wild, sweaty mess. Not so tonight, as John Dwyer and Brigid Dawson will be playing their folky OCS album, complete with most of the current Oh Sees lineup as well as a string section. Dwyer does say they’ll play “a couple long jammers at the end to let the steam out.”
Bush Tetras, Gong Gong Gong @ The Kitchen
Legendary NYC post-punks Bush Tetras — of “Too Many Creeps” fame — released their first new record in a decade this year and close out 2018 at their old stomping grounds with Beijing duo Gong Gong Gong.
Chris Thile, St. Vincent, Jon Batiste (Live From Here) @ Town Hall
Chris Thile’s live APM show Live From Here is back in NYC for shows at Town Hall and today welcomes St. Vincent, New Orleans great (and Colbert bandleader) Jon Batiste, as well as old friends/bandmates Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers) and Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek).
Los Lobos @ City Winery NYC
It’s become a holiday tradition — L.A. legends Los Lobos begin their three-night CIty Winery run tonight.
The Black Lips, Gnarcissists, The Advertisers, NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off @ Elsewhere
It’s the holiday edition of Jonathan Toubin’s long-running party Soul Clap, with live performances from The Black Lips and more early in the evening, and the dance-off starts around 11.
Worriers, Gladie, Hit Like A Girl @ Asbury Park Brewery
Having just opened for The Bouncing Souls in Brooklyn, melodic punk rippers play a headlining Asbury Park show tonight with Cayetana offshoot Gladie.
Duster, Blackplate, Ice Balloons, Cassie Ramone @ Baby’s All Right
Duster were only around for two albums in the late ’90s and early ’00s, but they went on to influence a lot of today’s indie bands and now they’re finally back. Having just opened for (Sandy) Alex G at Warsaw last night, they play headlining shows at Baby’s tonight and tomorrow. This one’s with Blackplate (the current band of Sean Casement of ’90s act Tina, Age 13), Ice Balloons (ft. Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio), and Cassie Ramone (of Vivian Girls).
Ghost @ Barclays Center
Occult rockers Ghost are bigger than ever. Their new album Prequelle has been coming in at or near the top of many metal year-end lists, and now they’re set to headline an arena in NYC for the very first time.
Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, Shannen Moser @ Brooklyn Steel
Folky pop punks The Front Bottoms and grungy indie rockers Manchester Orchestra make for a great pairing, so it’s exciting news that they’re currently on a co-headlining tour. This is their second of two nights in Brooklyn, and Manchester Orchestra plays last at this one. Singer/songwriter Shannen Moser’s opening set is not to miss either.
Jorja Smith, Ravyn Lenae @ Hammerstein Ballroom
British R&B/soul singer Jorja Smith is back in North America supporting her great 2018 debut album Lost & Found. Ravyn Lenae is a well-matched opener and it’s worth getting there on time to see her too.
Taking Back Sunday, Modern Chemistry @ Starland Ballroom
Long Island emo vets Taking Back Sunday wrap up their annual holiday run at NJ’s Starland Ballroom tonight, and these are extra special, as TBS will be playing their first three albums in full across the two nights to celebrate their 20th anniversary. They’ve also got their daytime pop-up/acoustic set at Starland this afternoon.
Ween @ The Capitol Theatre
Celebrate Weenmas with this two-day stay at The Cap. This is night 1.
Life of Agony, Sick of It All, BillyBio @ Stone Pony
Life of Agony and Sick Of It All are two of New York’s most-loved long-running heavy bands, but they’ve never played together. Until now. This is their second of two co-headlining shows this weekend. BillyBio (Billy from Biohazard’s new thing) opens.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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