What’s going on Saturday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
The Thermals, Tweens, Yucky Duster @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Indie-punk staples The Thermals returned earlier this year with the new album We Disappear and also reissued their fan-fave The Body, The Blood, The Machine for its 10th anniversary. This is their second of two Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows this weekend, and it’s also worth showing up in time for Tweens.
Body/Head, Silk Purse, MV Carbon @ National Sawdust
Sonic Youth are still sorely missed, but luckily all four members remain very active. One of Kim Gordon’s current projects is her experimental band with Bill Nace, Body/Head, who just released their new album No Waves.
The Sonics, Daddy Long Legs, D’NT, The Naked Heroes @ Warsaw
Seattle’s iconic The Sonics helped set the blueprint for punk and continue to make vital music today.
Thee Oh Sees, The Straight Arrows @ Bowery Ballroom
Thee Oh Sees released two albums this year — the crazed A Weird Exits in the Spring and the more gentle An Odd Entrances this month — both featuring the group’s current killer two-drummer lineup. Sold out.
Pet Shop Boys @ Theater at Madison Square Garden
For 30 years, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have been skewering what it means to be pop stars while playing within the genre’s boundaries. They’re highly theatrical shows are not to be missed.
Rhys Chatham, Oneida, Tredici Bacci, Amirtha Kidambi, Elder Ones @ The Park Church Co-Op
Moved from Market Hotel, this show brings together a disparate but interesting group of acts, from no wave icon Rhys Chatham, to the Morricone-esque Tredici Bacci, and Brooklyn vets Oneida.
Hit Bargain, Weeping Icon @ The Glove
Hit Bargain are a self-described “queencore” band (“an intersection of queer, queening and hardcore”) who are based out of L.A. but feature members from a number of defunct NYC bands: Nora Singh (aka Anna Barie of These Are Powers, Knife Skills) Mike Barron (North Highlands, Bennio Qwerty), and Anton Hochheim (Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Degeneration Guild, Ablebody).
Seu Jorge @ Town Hall
Renowned Brazilian musician Seu Jorge may be best known in the U.S. for his role in Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou where he played shipmate Pelé dos Santos whose covers of David Bowie songs are a sonic thread through the film. He’ll be playing those songs and more Bowie covers across three Town Hall shows.
Tony Molina, Wildhoney, Fur Helmet @ Union Pool
One his last record, Tony Molina channeled Weezer’s crunch. On his new one, he borrows heavily from The Beatles. The brevity of his songs remains the constant. Baltimore shoegazers Wildhoney make this a good Saturday bet.
Cut Worms, Nassau , Ben Seretan @ Union Pool
This afternoon show is headlined by the highly talented, somewhat eccentric Cut Worms, whose music is somewhere between The Everly Brotheres and Harry Nillson) headlining. 2 PM.
Jagwar Ma, Klangstof @ Webster Hall
Australia’s Jagwar Ma split the difference between Beatlesque pop and trippy dance music — making them a second (third?) coming of Madchester-style pop. The band’s new album, Every Now and Then, is out now.
Axis:Sova @ Elvis Guesthouse
On previous Axis: Sova releases, Chicagoan Brett Sova was a one-man-band, sometimes recording on his iPhone. For his new album, Motor Earth, (his second for Ty Segall’s God? imprint), Axis: Sova bravely made the leap to both recording as an actual band and mid-fi production. Burning off the haze revealed a still-gritty outlook — part Suicide, T-Rex and Hazel Adkins — but one that let his musicianship shine through.
Helmet, Local H @ Highline Ballroom
Helmet recently returned with their first album in six years, Dead to the World, which has the kind of heavy, pounding riffs that no one does quite like them. Their tour with fellow ’90s alt-rock lifers Local H hits NYC twice this weekend.
Ghost, Marissa Nadler @ Kings Theatre
Satanic rockers Ghost and dark-folk singer Marissa Nadler may seem pretty different on paper, but they actually make a great pairing. Both have ties to the metal world, but also have fanbases that exist outside of that world entirely.
Trap Them, Yautja, Ache, Carcosa @ Saint Vitus
There is no lack of the type of metallic hardcore that Trap Them play, but few bands do it this consistently good. This year’s Crown Feral is another winner. The brutally weird Yautja are just as worth catching.
Fight Amp, Haan, Fashion Week @ Sunnyvale
Fight Amp have spent the last 12 years reviving the type of post-hardcore/noise rock that labels like AmRep and Touch & Go were known for in the ’80s/’90s, and tonight’s their very last show before they break up.
Spill, Nervous Dater, Good Looking Friends, Hard Pass @ The Gateway (Planned Parenthood Benefit)
Given this week’s events, it’s a particularly great time to donate to Planned Parenthood, and this PP benefit show has a cool lineup with Pennsylvania fuzz rockers Spill, local pop punks Nervous Dater, and more.
John Bender, Marshstepper, Enrique, Horoscope, Cienfuegos, SSPS, Jock Club, Bobby Flan @ Knockdown Center
This show, dubbed ‘Stalker Fest,’ has some pretty out-there stuff including Destruction Unit side projects Marshstepper and Jock Club.
El Ten Eleven, Bayonne @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Post-rock/electronic duo El Ten Eleven return to NYC tonight, and there’s quality support from Bayonne.
Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
BEMF continues today with a Black Madonna show at Analog BKNY, a Sam Hillmer-curated show at Knockdown Center, and more.
Broncho, Sports (OK) @ Baby’s All Right
The power poppy Broncho are back on the road, hitting Baby’s tonight.
Dave Simonett (of Trampled by Turtles), Carl Broemel (of My Morning Jacket) @ City Winery
Some of the My Morning Jacket members made solo albums this year, like Carl Broemel whose 4th of July came out over the summer.
Raekwon, K$ace, OG Chase B, Venus X, DJ Spinking @ Club Lust Gentlemen’s Club (Fool’s Gold 9th Anniversary)
Fool’s Gold celebrates its 9th anniversary at this show, which is headlined by the legendary Raekwon and takes place at a gentlemen’s club.
Thrilling Adventure Hour w/ Paul F. Tompkins, Paget Brewster, Marc Evan Jackson, Mark Gagliardi @ The Bell House
In the spirit of the old radio serials (and Firesign Theatre) comes Paul F. Tompkins’ Thrilling Adventure Hour!
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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