What’s going on Saturday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Brooklyn Flea Record Fair @ Smorgasburg
Attention crate diggers and music heads: It’s the semi-annual Brooklyn Flea Record Fair, offering up 50 stands from independent labels, record stores and vintage vendors. Among the labels you can visit and buy stuff from include the Secretly Group (incl. Dead Oceans & Jagjaguwar), Merge, Matador, Rough Trade, XL, K7, Mexican Summer, Kanine, Mom+Pop Music, Ninja Tune, Captured Tracks, Ba Da Bing!, Dull Tools, and lots more.
New York Magazine blog Vulture throws this now-annual cavalcade of pop culture talks, concerts, screenings and more. Among today’s offerings: Aziz Ansari talks Master of None; Bryan Fuller discusses American Gods and Hannibal; Edgar Wright chats about his upcoming film Baby Driver; a live taping of podcast Comedy Bang! Bang!; “Titus Burgess and his Pinot Noir” and LOTS more.
Cat Power, Frankie Cosmos @ Webster Hall
Also part of Vulture Fest is this concert with Cat Power featuring Frankie Cosmos.
Derv Gordon (of The Equals), Daddy Long Legs, So What @ Baby’s All Right
UK Rock band The Equals are best known in the U.S. for their 1968 bubblegum hit “Baby Come Back,” their song “Police on My Back” (which was made famous by The Clash), and that it was the old band of Eddie Grant who scored a massive 1982 hit with “Electric Avenue.” In the UK however, they had a string of hits, most of them great. Frontman Derv Gordon, backed by Oakland, CA’s So What, is in town for his first-ever East Coast shows.
Amanda Palmer, Edward Ka-Spel @ Bowery Ballroom
Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel of psych-post-punk cult icons The Legendary Pink Dots have known each other for over 20 years — she let LPD crash at her apartment in Boston during their 1995 tour. Having worked on music together for a while, the collaboration final saw the light of day this year.
Silent Servant, Not Waving, Pye Corner Audio, VIA APP @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
British electronic musician Martin Jenkins has been making records under the name Pye Corner Audio for most of this decade. Using a collection of eccentric analog snyths and lo-fi recording, he creates a retro-distopian-future sound filtered through John Carpenter soundtracks, JG Ballard novels, early Mute Records and all things dark and seedy.
The Smiths Vs Pulp @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Meanwhile, in Brooklyn Bazaar’s downstairs, two of the greatest British bands to feature thin, witty, frontmen are pitted against each other it what sounds like a fun party. Go and stand on your own, sing along with the common people, wear black on the outside, and dance and drink… and maybe save the “screw” of that song lyric part for later.
Laura Marling, Valley Queen @ Brooklyn Steel
“Semper Femina,” the title of Marling’s new album, is Latin for “always a woman,” and as Laura said on stage when she previewed the new album in NYC earlier this year, the lyrical themes focus on female friendships and femininity. “I don’t think there’s a single male pronoun on the album,” she told the crowd. Musically, it’s got elements of both Short Movie and the earlier material.
The xx, Sampha @ Forest Hills Stadium
Having released this year’s acclaimed I See You, The xx hit NYC for their second of two big shows at Forest Hills Stadium with Sampha.
Jenny Hval, Zola Jesus, Rose McDowall, Blanck Mass, The Men, Moon Duo (with Jim Jarmusch), Marissa Nadler, Psychic Ills, Uniform @ Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse
Part of Red Bull Music Academy, Brooklyn label Sacred Bones celebrates its 10th anniversary with an all-star roster, including a set where Jim Jarmusch joins Moon Duo.
Thurston Moore Group, Pigeons @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The further we get from Sonic Youth’s existence, the more Thurston’s solo music seems geared towards songs that could be on Sonic Youth albums. It’ll never be the same as hearing Thurston, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley all collide at once, but plenty of moments on his new LP, Rock n Roll Consciousness, come pretty damn close.
Kings of Leon, Deerhunter @ PNC Bank Arts Center
This is a weird double bill, right? We know it’s not the first time they’ve been though together, but still.
The Growlers, Delicate Steve @ Terminal 5
SoCal band The Growlers made the very enjoyable City Club LP which plays like a laid back take on classic-era Strokes. Having Julian Casablancas produce and release the record, probably had a little to do with it.
The Make-Up, Tyvek, Permanent Wave @ The Bell House
Ian Svenonius’ late-’90s “Gospel Yeh-Yeh” band The Make-Up are getting back together to play Primavera Sound and a few other European festivals, and are making time for a few U.S. shows, too, like these two nights at The Bell House this weekend.
Cro-Mags, Retaliation’s 30 Year Celebration Marc Carnivore & Louie Beato Perform Carnivore, Lion’s Cage, Jukai, Egodestroys, DJ Sid Da Kid @ Bowery Electric
NYC hardcore festival Black N Blue Bowl is tomorrow and this is the pre-show. The headliners are the legendary Cro-Mags, and very exciting direct support comes from 2/3 of Carnivore’s Retaliation lineup playing that album in full (RIP Peter Steele).
Tigers Jaw, Saintseneca, Smidley @ The Stone Pony
This is a great bill all around if you like indie rock with a punk edge. Tigers Jaw just released their fantastic new album spin yesterday. Saintseneca make harmony-fueled indie folk but the members’ roots in DIY punk scenes give them an energy on stage that folk bands don’t always have. And Smidley is the new solo project of Foxing singer Conor Murphy, whose upcoming debut album is upbeat and energetic (compared to Foxing’s depressive post-rock). The tour hits Asbury Park tonight and NYC in June.
Travis Scott @ BB King’s (late show)
Travis Scott recently sold out Terminal 5 and he’s opening the Kendrick Lamar tour this summer. Compared to T5 and the venues he’ll soon be playing, this show is tiny. Things may get crazy.
Wrekmeister Harmonies, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix @ Saint Vitus (matinee)
For a double bill of music that’s rooted in metal but not at all confined to it, look no further than this show.
CJ Ramone, Big Eyes, The Young Rochelles @ Goldsounds
CJ Ramone (Ramones bassist from 1989-1996) is now a solo artist on Fat Wreck Chords, and he makes music that fans of his old band may dig. His new album features Kait from the great indie-punk band Big Eyes, who open this show.
Whores, Wrong, Bummer, Iron Gag @ Saint Vitus
Heavy noise rockers Whores, Torche-related Helmet worshippers Wrong, and Kansas City sludge punks Bummer are touring together this year, and hitting Saint Vitus twice this weekend. This is night 2 and it’s free with RSVP.
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