What’s going on Saturday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Thursday, Touche Amore, Basement, Cities Aviv @ Irving Plaza
New Jersey post-hardcore heroes Thursday reunited last year, and their shows have been just as powerful as the ones from back in the day. Tonight they begin a two-night stand at Irving Plaza, with direct support from the equally powerful Touche Amore (who were sort of Thursday’s proteges early on), UK punks Basement, and alt-rapper Cities Aviv.
WFMU Record Fair @ Brooklyn Expo Center
If you didn’t blow all your vinyl money at Record Store Day last weekend, by all means go dig through the hundreds of record crates at the annual WFMU record fare. There are movie screenings, music performances, food, and beer as well. If you’re going…we’ve got a coupon for $2 off admission. 10 AM – 7 PM.
Numero Group Pop-Up @ Duke’s Annex
…and if you still have money after the record fair, esteemed reissue label Numero Group is in town with their pop-up store, offering most of their catalog and discount prices. This label doesn’t put out much stuff (any?) that isn’t quality. They should have their RSD releases and maybe a few things that aren’t even out yet. 10 AM – 8 PM.
Diana Ross @ New York City Center
As a staple of Motown’s early ’60s era, the disco era, and plenty of the in-between, the legendary Diana Ross can sing just about anything. This is the last night of her five-show run at the New York City Center.
Mitski, Salt Cathedral, Told Slant @ Brooklyn Steel
Mitski is still touring in support of last year’s excellent Puberty 2, and she just gets bigger and bigger. Tonight she headlines the large new NYC venue Brooklyn Steel, which has been sold out for a while.
‘Billy Miller Forever Memorial Celebration’ w/ Reigning Sound, The 126.96.36.199’s, Barrence Whitfield and The Savages, The Condo Fucks, Daddy Long Legs, Bloodshot Bill, Miriam & Nobody’s Babies @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Norton Records founder Billy Miller passed away late last year and this is a tribute show featuring many of the label’s artists, and some of his favorite bands. Proceeds go to the The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
Kris Kristofferson @ City Winery NYC
Actor and Rhodes Schollar Kris Kristofferson has written some amazing songs, including “Me and Bobby McGee”, “For the Good Times”, “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night.” At age 80, he’s still going strong.
Laurie Anderson @ Highline Ballroom
Highline Ballroom opened almost 10 years ago to the day. Laurie Anderson, who played the first night, is back for this anniversary celebration.
White Lung, Pop. 1280, Verdigrls @ The Studio at Webster Hall
White Lung push the boundaries of punk about as far as they go, without abandoning what makes the genre so thrilling. Their live shows are at least as good as their albums, with singer Mish Way taking over small stages as if they’re arenas.
Shonen Knife, Yucky Duster, The Prits @ Sunnyvale
Japanese pop punk band are over three decades into their career, and they remain cult favorites. Any chance to see them is worth taking.
Matmos, Chuck Bettis @ The Stone
Experimental duo Matmos, who recently made an album consisting of washing machine samples, will be collaborating with Chuck Bettis.
Fluxo: Funk Probidao @ Villain (RBMA)
Not only is this the first event/night of the 2017 Red Bull Music Academy, it’s also the first night of the newly relocated Villain: “Fluxo: Funk Probidao” is a “a celebration of Brazil’s vital and explicit bass music movement” and is headlined by new True Panther Sounds signee
M C Bin Laden, plus sets by MC Carol, DJ Assault, Sicko Mobb, Venus X, Asmara, Leo Justi, and Tom DJ. UPDATE: Due to “circumstances beyond our control,” MC Bin Laden couldn’t get into the country for tonight’s show.
Froth, Wildhoney, Soft Fangs @ Baby’s All Right
Los Angeles band Froth make minor chord dreampop with a strong gothic romance streak running though it. They’re well matched with Baltimore’s Wildhoney tonight.
Matthew Logan Vasquez, Mail The Horse, Winstons @ Rough Trade
Delta Spirit frontman Matthew Logan Vasquez’s solo career does the ’70s-inspired “real rock” thing, but MLV’s got so much, uh, spirit, that it doesn’t come off cheesy at all. His live show is great.
Playboi Carti, DJ Wavy @ Knockdown Center
Having just released his self-titled project, Playboi Carti is blowing up quick. Catch him tonight before he’s not playing venues this small anymore.
‘Guitar Mash: A Campire Jam’ w/ Mark Stewart (Paul Simon, Bang on a Can), Emel, Delicate Steve, Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman Band), Binky Griptite @ BRIC House
This is part of the free BRIC OPEN Festival. Bring your guitar or just bring you.
Ende Tymes VII @ Silent Barn
NYC’s seventh annual “festival of noise and experimental liberation” Ende Tymes is here with all kinds of challenging, confrontational acts.
Ali Wong @ Town Hall (two shows)
Comedian Ali Wong broke big this year with her acclaimed show (and Netflix special) Baby Cobra, a raw, unexpurgated hour on sex, pregnancy, hoarding, and more. Tonight continues her three-night, six-show run at Town Hall.
Brooklyn Folk Festival
The 9th annual Brooklyn Folk Festival takes place at St. Ann’s Church with 40+ performances across two stages this weekend.
Michael Che @ Caroline’s (two shows)
As a current co-anchor of SNL’s Weekend Update and with his recently-released Matters special, Michael Che is becoming a go-to guy for smart, funny, topical comedy. He’s in the midst of a run at Caroline’s.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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