What’s going on Saturday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Michael Kiwanuka, Sammy Brue @ Terminal 5
Michael Kiwanuka rose in fame after his song “Cold Little Heart” became the theme for Big Little Lies, but that song is just the tip of the iceberg. Last year’s KIWANUKA is his best yet and one of the best modern-day psychedelic soul records in general.
Higher Power, Queensway, Hangman, Life’s Question @ Union Pool
UK band Higher Power’s recently-released sophomore album (and Roadrunner debut) 27 Miles Underwater puts ’90s hardcore and ’90s alternative rock in a blender, and the result is one of the year’s best rock records thus far. This is their first NYC show since it came out, and if you like hardcore, you shouldn’t miss any of these openers either.
They Might Be Giants (performing FLOOD) @ Bowery Ballroom
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of their hit album Flood, TMBG will play it in full tonight (though maybe not in order) along with a bunch of other songs. This is one of many Flood shows they’re doing at Bowery Ballroom this year.
NY Theremin Society Orchestra, Dorit Chrysler, A Tribute to Clara Rockmore @ Bushwick United Methodist Church
The theremin — the electronic instrument you don’t actually touch that gave us “Good Vibrations,” outer space sound effects and much more — turns 100 this year and will be celebrated tonight at this very special show spearheaded by master theremin player Dorit Chrysler .
Kool Keith, Ache @ 66th Congress
Ultramagnetic MC and oddball rap lifer Kool Keith remains incredibly active, and that’s not to be taken for granted. If you get the chance to see him (like tonight), it’s worth it.
Tim Barry, Roger Harvey @ Saint Vitus
AVAIL may be reunited, but frontman Tim Barry is keeping his folky solo career alive too. Last year he released The Roads To Richmond, and tonight he supports it in NYC with great, well-matched support from Roger Harvey.
Thrice, mewithoutYou, Drug Church, Holy Fawn @ Brooklyn Steel
Post-hardcore greats Thrice are celebrating the 15th anniversary of Vheissu on this tour, which is also one of the last tours for the equally great mewithoutYou before their hiatus. Rounding out the bill are two worthy newer bands: punk ragers Drug Church and the post-rock-ish Holy Fawn.
Native Sun, Public Practice, Pure Adult, Fontaines D.C. (DJ set) @ The Dance
Local indie rockers Native Sun celebrate the release of their new single tonight and it’s a fun bill all around, with danceable post-punks Public Practice and a DJ set from Irish band Fontaines DC among other performers.
Pink Mountaintops, No Year @ Lola
Vancouver’s Pink Mountaintops (aka Stephen Mcbean) haven’t made a record in six years, so maybe he’ll let us know what’s up at this show.
Richard Thompson @ Symphony Space
Songwriting giant, Fairport Convention founding member and one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Richard Thompson flips the concert experience for this special show where spontaneity replaces the setlist. He’ll be letting the audience decide what he plays, in real time, and unknown to all (including Thompson) until the moment he draws an audience request onstage.
Live From Here With Chris Thile, ++ Andrew Bird, Bedouine, Sarah Jarosz, Jia Tolentino, Tom Papa @ Town Hall
Chris Thile’s back in NYC with Live From Here and it’s a pretty great lineup of guests with Andrew Bird, Bedouine and more. If you can’t make it to Town Hall you can listen live on NPR.
The Loser’s Lounge “The Rat Pack” @ Joe’s Pub
Joe McGinty & The Loser’s Lounge present the classic songs of The Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, his pals Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and their fabulous entourage.
Jerry Seinfeld @ Beacon Theatre
It’s been over 20 years since Seinfeld went off the air and Jerry’s still mining humor from minutiae. He continues his monthly Beacon Theatre residency tonight.
Smino, Powers Pleasant, Odalys @ Schimanski
DJs Powers Pleasant (of Pro Era) and Odalys are throwing a party at Schimanski tonight, and sweetening the deal is a “special performance” from Midwest rapper Smino. Advance tickets are sold out, but a limited amount will be available at doors.
You can also find quality entertainment on almost any night of the week at: Barbès bar and performance space in Park Slope, LunÀtico in Bed Stuy, Nublu in the East Village, Blue Note jazz club in the West Village, The Stone in multiple locations, Comedy Cellar in the West Village, and Q.E.D. comedy club in Astoria.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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