What’s going on Saturday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
David Byrne’s American Utopia @ Hudson Theatre
David Byrne has retooled his acclaimed “untethered” 2018 tour for the Broadway stage, and his 16-week run at Hudson Theatre continues tonight. While the setlist and arrangements are much like what they were on his tour, songs are now threaded together with new monologues from Byrne, making for a much more theatrical experience.
Ty Segall (& Freedom Band performing Manipulator), DMBQ @ Brooklyn Steel
It’s the final night of Ty Segall & The Freedom Band’s five-show NYC residency. Tonight they’ll play their new, guitar-free album First Taste in full, along with Manipulator in full. If you’re going, don’t miss Japan’s DMBQ who match Ty’s wild psychedelic energy.
Whitney, Purr @ The Dance
After playing two consecutive nights at Brooklyn Steel earlier this week behind this year’s great Forever Turned Around, Whitney brings their wistful country rock to the new 250-capacity Manhattan venue The Dance, which opened on Thursday.
Thrasher x Vans Death Match NYC @ Knockdown Center
Thrasher x Vans Death Match returns for its second annual NYC edition today and tomorrow. Today’s lineup is on the indie rock/punk side (with a little hip hop sprinkled in), with sets from dream pop outfit Beach Fossils, lyrical post-punks Protomartyr, shapeshifting punks/post-punks Ceremony, political sax-fueled punks Downtown Boys, genre-defying hardcore band Show Me The Body, melodic indie-punks Mannequin Pussy, and more.
Ceremony, Special Guest, Hubble, Phantasia @ Saint Vitus Bar
After Death Match, Ceremony play an official late-night after show at Saint Vitus.
Ghostly 20 @ Elsewhere
Electronic label Ghostly International is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and have been throwing parties all over the country for it. They take over all of Elsewhere tonight with a mix of liver performances (Gold Panda, Shigeto, Beacon, more) and DJ sets (Heathered Pearls, Matthew Dear, Xeno & Oaklander, more).
ESSi, Upper Wilds, Russian Baths, Wsabi Fox @ ALPHAVILLE
Led by singer-guitarists Luke Koz and Jess Rees, who really feed off one another live, Russian Baths make dark, post-punk that’s not without its moments of beauty.
Steve Lacy @ Apollo Theater
The Internet member Steve Lacy dropped his solid new LP Apollo XXI earlier this year, so for this NYC stop, it’s only fitting he’ll play Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater.
Agnostic Front, Prong @ Asbury Lanes
NYHC vets Agnostic Front recently announced a new album, but first they’re touring in support of the 35th anniversary of their classic 1984 debut album Victim In Pain. Fellow long-running NYC band Prong is opening, and the tour hits NJ tonight. After this, Agnostic Front play Thrasher Death Match in NYC tomorrow and Prong play Brooklyn Bazaar with Merauder tomorrow.
Teebs, Caleb Giles @ Baby’s All Right
LA beatmaker and Brainfeeder artist Teebs plays Baby’s All Right ahead of the release of Annica, his first LP in five years.
Madonna @ BAM: Brooklyn Academy of Music
Madonna’s Madame X tour continues its 17-show run at BAM, which are some of the most intimate shows of her career. The show is heavy on her new album but it’s a rare chance to get up close and personal with Madge. If tickets are too pricey for you, she’s also been giving some away.
The Avett Brothers, Lake Street Dive @ Barclays Center
The Avett Brothers returned with their latest album Closer Than Together this week, and they’ll be promoting it at this huge record release show at Barclays Center, with support from southern rock/soul trio Lake Street Dive.
Robert Glasper Trio, Yasiin Bey @ Blue Note (two shows)
Like he did last year, Robert Glasper is taking over the iconic Blue Note Jazz Club for a month-long residency, with 56 shows in 28 nights (8 & 11 PM shows each night). It continues tonight, with the Robert Glasper Trio (Glasper, Chris Dave, Derrick Hodge) joined by rap legend Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def). Yasiin Bey appears with them through Sunday (10/6).
Pink Turns Blue, Pawns, Blu Anxxiety @ Brooklyn Bazaar
German post-punk/darkwave icons Pink Turns Blue, who reunited in 2003 after initially breaking up in the mid-90s, play Brooklyn Bazaar tonight as part of their first-ever North American tour.
Rhys Chatham, Jonathan Kane, Zeena Parkins @ Issue Project Room
This is the world premiere of “The Sun Too Close to the Earth”, an “expansive new ensemble work by iconoclast composer Rhys Chatham.” The performance is presented as a part of the French Institute Alliance Française’s Crossing The Line Festival and also features work from Zeena Parkins & Jonathan Kane.
Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival
The annual Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival celebrates “the artists, writers, and performers who inspire the borough’s creative spirit.” This year’s fest features a wide array of musical performances, including an appearance from Rhys Chatham, who plays Issue Project Room later in the day.
Shannon Lay @ Rough Trade
Songwriter Shannon Lay released her latest LP August earlier this year (her first for Sub Pop), and she’ll play an intimate Rough Trade show tonight.
The Head and the Heart, Hamilton Leithauser, The Moondoggies @ The Capitol Theatre
The Head and the Heart’s tour hits Port Chester’s The Capitol Theatre tonight, and it’s a pretty cool triple bill all around for Americana fans, with Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser being a particularly exciting opener.
Pottery, Future Punx, youbet @ Union Pool
Montreal band Pottery make the kind of jangly, manic post-punk pop favored by XTC, The Monochrome Set, Chris Stamey-era dB’s and Orange Juice. They also bring impressive musicianship to their tight bursts of melody that, so far at least, are much more impressive live than on record. Very worth checking out.
White Denim, Abram Shook @ White Eagle Hall
Austin indie rockers White Denim head to Jersey City, NJ tonight, as part of their current US tour leg behind this year’s Side Effects.
Enforcer, Warbringer @ Blackthorn 51
Two different types of classic heavy metal revivalists, California thrashers Warbringer and Swedish speed-metallers-who-recently-became-hair-metallers Enforcer (who have traded members over the years with Tribulation, both of whom were born from the ashes of Hazard), are on the road together now. They’ll head to Queens tonight, following their show at Brooklyn’s Kingsland last night.
Skullshitter, Bleeding Out, Stimulant @ The Broadway
Two killer grindy bands, NYC’s Skullshitter and Toronto’s Bleeding Out, released a split LP together last week, and tonight their tour begins in Skullshitter’s hometown.
Vinnie Caruana @ Gold Sounds Bar
Movielife frontman Vinnie Caruana has been busy lately. He recently released the debut EP by his new band Constant Elevation with Sammy Siegler, which was his most straightup melodic hardcore project in a while, and he even more recently released his new solo EP, which has some of his most powerful singer/songwriter-type songs to date. Catch him in solo mode tonight.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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