What’s going on Saturday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
New York Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off, Nick Waterhouse, King Khan, Ural Thomas, Surprise Band @ Baby’s All Right
With all the cool soul artists in town for last night’s Soul Clap & Dance Off 10th anniversary show, Jonathan Toubin decided to extend the party to tonight. Like the night before, Nick Waterhouse & The Tarots will be the backing band, with King Khan and Ural Thomas (who hasn’t played NYC shows since 1971). There’s also a full set from a “secret surprise artist.” Who could it be?
SubRosa, Mortals, Pilgrim @ Saint Vitus
One of last year’s best heavy albums was SubRosa’s For This We Fought the Battle of Ages, which combined gorgeous clean vocals and violin with crushing doom riifs. Tonight they play a one-off in NYC with two solid openers.
Pianos Become The Teeth, The Saddest Landscape, Sleep Bellum Sonno @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Pianos Become the Teeth switched things up from their screamo beginning with 2015’s excellent Keep You, an album that finds the midpoint between clean-sung post-hardcore and atmospheric post-rock. They’ve been playing a few shows this year, and hopefully we’ll get news of a new album soon. Two other long-running post-hardcore bands, The Saddest Landscape and Sleep Bellum Sonno, open the show.
The Soul Rebels (Celebrate The Music Of Nas, Lauryn Hill, Jay Z & Notorious B.I.G.), DJ Green Lantern @ Brooklyn Bowl
NOLA brass band The Soul Rebels wrap up a three-night run in Brooklyn tonight. The first two shows had them joined by some of hip hop’s all-time greats, and tonight they’ll do a tribute to other legends of the genre.
Tiny Hazard, Cuddle Magic, Twig Twig @ Rough Trade
Tiny Hazard’s recently-released debut album on Ba Da Bing, Greyland, is uncompromising art pop/indie rock that makes accessible music out of off-kilter sounds. It’s good stuff. Openers Cuddle Magic are a good match, too.
Thums Up (aka Vijay Iyer, Heems, Rafiq Bhatia & Kassa Overall), Arooj Aftab @ Kaufman Center (Ecstatic Music Festival)
The Ecstatic Music Festival features collaborations between artists in the indie/alt world and the modern classical world. This one’s got a band called Thums Up, which is a collaboration between jazz musicians Vijay Iyer and Rafiq Bhatia, and rappers Heems (of Swet Shop Boys, ex-Das Racist) and Kassa Overall. Pakistani vocalist/composer Arooj Aftab will perform with Thums Up and also perform her own set.
Kingdom, Asmara (of Nguzunguzu), MikeQ, Rizzla @ Knockdown Center
Kingdom has kicking around the electronic-music scene for a while, and he just finally released his first full-length, Tears In The Club, which features collaborations with SZA, Syd, and more. Tonight’s the album release show.
The Tossers, Gallows Bound @ Goldsounds
Chicago Celtic punk vets The Tossers just released their first album since 2013, Smash The Windows, yesterday. Tonight they play NYC at the relatively small Goldsounds.
Mike Doughty, Wheatus @ Bowery Ballroom
The onetime Soul Coughing frontman is currently on tour supporting last year’s The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns, with “Teenage Dirtbag” singers Wheatus in tow.
Busy P, Jacques, Max Pask @ Le Bain
Godfather of the “French Touch” sound, Busy P runs Ed Banger records that is home to Justice, Breakbot and others. He spins tonight as part of this “French Waves” party.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Steady Holiday @ (le) poisson rouge
Alec Ounsworth keeps the CYHSY flag flying, even though he is the only member of the band from their heyday still in it. This is a release part for their new album, The Tourist.
Slothrust, Ian Sweet, Surfbort @ Rough Trade
This show, featuring three local indie rock talents, is the tour kickoff for Ian Sweet who released their first album for Hardly Art last year.
Crocodiles, AJ Davila @ Sunnyvale
Crocodiles have been making JAMC-inspired noisepop for the better part of a decade; AJ Davila fronted Puerto Rican rabble-rousers Davila 666 and continues to make a racket as a solo artist.
Rickie Lee Jones, Madeleine Peyroux @ Town Hall
Rickie Lee Jones has been blending, pop, rock and jazz since the late ’70s, and is currently on tour with Madeleine Peyroux who puts a modern spin on Billie Holiday vocal jazz.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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