What’s going on Saturday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Roots Picnic @ Bryant Park
The Roots have been doing their Roots Picnic festival for years but this is the first time they’re doing it in NYC. Today, The Roots are headlining with a collaborative set with D’Angelo and John Mayer. The lineup has other cool stuff too, like Kevin Gates, Emily Wells, and Lady Leshurr.
The Meadows @ Citi Field
Roots Picnic isn’t the only fest in NYC this weekend. The first-ever Meadows festival happens outside Citi Field with J Cole,
The Weeknd (he canceled again), Grimes, Savages, Yeasayer, Frightened Rabbit, Kamasi Washington, and more.
Blood Orange, Kindness (DJ set) @ Terminal 5
Yesterday, the new Dev Hynes-assisted Solange album came out, but before that he released a great new Blood Orange album this year, Freetown Sound. His recent live shows have been quite the spectacle, and tonight will surely not be different.
Buzzcocks, Residuels @ Irving Plaza
The original pop punks and few have done it better than on Buzzcock’s seminal Singles Going Steady.
Elvis Costello, Larkin Poe @ Town Hall
Playing in front of a giant vintage television, Elvis Costello’s “Detour” shows are part concert, part audio-visual memoir peppered with his distinctive storytelling.
Luna, Sam Evian @ Rough Trade
The band will perform their 1995 album Penthouse in full on Sunday, but tonight it will be a career-spanning selection of favorites.
Opeth, The Sword @ Radio City Music Hall
Opeth returned yesterday with their hit-or-miss new album Sorceress. They’ll play some of that tonight, and they’ll also play their classic albums Damnation and Deliverance. The Sword, who just released an acoustic album, are opening.
Kevin Gates @ Irving Plaza
This is an afterparty for the Roots Picnic, headlined by Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates who released the great Islah earlier this year.
The Vibrators, The So So Glos, Swampboots @ The Bowery Electric
Punk vets The Vibrators’ only original member is their drummer, but they trek on and tonight play NYC with local staples The So So Glos.
Mommy, Vanity, Urochromes @ Aviv
Aviv hosts a cool punk bill, including Vanity who just released the great Don’t Be Shy LP.
Jen Kirkman @ Bowery Ballroom (2 shows)
Comedian Jen Kirkman is taping her new standup special tonight across these two shows.
Charly Bliss, ARMS, Left & Right, True Dreams @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
The new Brooklyn Night Bazaar hosts a night of indie rock, with the peppy Charly Bliss, the consistently catchy ARMS, and more.
The Hood Internet, ShowYouSuck @ Brooklyn Bowl
Chicago alt-rap is well-represented at Brooklyn tonight with this double bill.
Handsome Family, Brooke Annibale @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Having made their American Gothic style folk for over 20 year, Chicago’s The Handsome Family got a boost via having their song “Far From Any Road” used as the theme to HBO’s True Detective. Not that it’s changed what they do one bit.
Xenia Rubinos, Ela Minus@ Mercury Lounge
The eccentric Xenia Rubinos released Black Terry Cat earlier this year on ANTI-, and she’s currently supporting it on tour.
Big Eyes, Wet Nurse, The Meltaways, HVAC @ Suburbia
Big Eyes are one of NYC’s best-kept secrets as far as melodic punk goes. Tonight they play Bushwick DIY spot Suburbia.
Bad Religion, Against Me!, Dave Hause @ The Paramount
This is one stacked bill. Bad Religion are godfathers of pop punk and remain lifers of the genre, Against Me! are arguably making the best music of their career right now, and the crazy-prolific Dave Hause (The Loved Ones, The Falcon, ex-Paint It Black, etc) is always worth seeing. The tour is on Long Island tonight, and two NYC shows will follow.
Violent Femmes @ The Wellmont Theater
Violent Femmes’ self-titled debut is a stone-cold teen angst classic that is still help folks sort out their weird feelings. They may have never equalled it, but Gordon Gano still channels those geeky hormones today.
Tacocat @ The Wonder Bar
Seattles Tacocat tackle serious issues with wit instead of sermon which makes their punky pop fun and thoughtful all at once. They’ll play Brooklyn on Sunday.
Rock Carnival @ First Energy Park
NJ’s Rock Carnival is sort of a strange lineup, but there’s some stuff on it that you might wanna catch, like hair metal giants Twisted Sister, thrash vets Overkill, and KISS guitarist Ace Frehley. (There’s also some stuff you definitely don’t wanna catch, like Daughtry and Fuel.)
E-Town Concrete, Candiria, All Out War, Hounds, Negative Sky @ Starland Ballroom
Hardcore vets E-Town Concrete celebrate their 20th anniversary tonight, and the genre-defying Candiria (who recently reunited and have provide direct support.
Jimmy Eat World @ Vintage Vinyl
Jimmy Eat World put out a handful of highly influential emo albums during their early years, but these days they’re in more of a mid-tempo alternative rock phase. Ahead of the release of their new album, they play this in-store tonight.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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