What’s going on Saturday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Record Store Day
It’s maybe gotten a little out of hand (a lot out of hand) with all the exclusive releases but any day that encourage people to go buy records in actual record stores is okay by us. Expect lines and for the hot-ticket items to go quick, so if there’s something you really want, get to the store of your choice early. Or you can just go and see some live in-store performances, or even drink some free beer. Check out our guide to events for more info.
Mr. Lif (5pm), The Fleshtones (4pm), Nothing (3pm), Jesca Hoop (2pm), WALL (1pm), Max Jury (12pm), Eli Paperboy Reed (DJ Set) @ Rough Trade
As usual, Rough Trade celebrates Record Store Day with a full day of free in-store performances. This one has underground rap vet Mr. Lif (who just released his first album in seven years yesterday), loooong-running NYC super-rock band The Fleshtones, shoegaze revivalists Nothing, underrated folk singer Jesca Hoop (who just released an album with Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam yesterday), shouty post-punks WALL, and Des Moines singer/songwriter Max Jury.
13th Chime, Anasazi, Dame @ Saint Vitus
UK deathrock band 13th Chime were only briefly active in the early ’80s, and as that genre continued to gain popularity 13th Chime’s recordings became sought after. Sacred Bones recently reissued them, and tonight they play their first-ever US show. Both openers were surely influenced by the sounds 13th Chime helped pioneer.
Arrington de Dionyso, Greg Saunier (of Deerhoof), Phoebe Osbourne @ 192 Front Street
Part of the Out to See Festival, this is a screening of documentary REAK: Trance Music and Possession in West Java followed by a performance by clarinetist and throat-singer Arrington de Dionyso and Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier.
Sheer Agony, Home Lives, Literature, Ratbath @ Cake Shop
Montreal’s Sheer Agony are students of the classics: The Soft Boys, The dB’s and Sloan, making quirky guitar pop that tracks frontman Jackson Macintosh’s travails through day jobs, social circles and dating. Their sound is is almost entirely out of step with what is currently going on in the musical zeitgeist…which is probably exactly where they want to be. Recommended.
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ Set) @ Output
While there’s still no word a second album from TEED, main man Orlando Higgenbottom will be spinning tonight.
The Dandy Warhols, Seratones @ Rough Trade
The Dandys’ new album, Distortland, is a nice return to form for the band, showing they’ve still got some catchy hooks up their sleeves. Following two nights at Bowery Ballroom, they place this much more intimate show.
Ween @ Terminal 5
After taking a few years off, Dean and Gene are back at it and play their final of three sold-out Terminal 5 shows tonight.
The Subways, PINS, Born Cages @ The Studio at Webster Hall
UK band The Subways, best known in the U.S. for their song 2005 single “Rock n Roll Queen,” have continued to crank out riffy records in these post-OC days, most recently on last year’s self-titled album (their fifth). They play tonight with Manchester, UK rabble-rousers PINS.
DTCV, Roya @ Union Pool
California duo DTCV make garage rock with a French twist, as heard on their just-released album, Confusion Moderne.
Waco Brothers @ WFMU Monty Hall
The Waco Brothers, the raucous alt-country band fronted by John Langford of Mekons, just released Going Down in History, their first new album of original material in 10 years,
Mike Birbiglia @ The Lynn Redgrave Theater
Comedian Mike Birbiglia has been doing his show “Thank God for the Jokes” for nearly two years. He’s putting it to bed, but not before this run which was extended through May.
Power Trip, Vanity, Aggression Pact, Razorheads, Outskirts @ Acheron
Power Trip recall the heavy thrash of early Metallica and Slayer, but they do it with even more of a hardcore punk mentality than those bands had. Their recordings are good, but their live shows are out of this world. Tomorrow they play NYC again opening for Death Side, who also play NYC tonight…
Death Side, S.H.I.T., Vaaska, Warthog, Indignation, Mommy @ Le Poisson Rouge
Japanese hardcore band Death Side have been at it for quite a while (1991’s Bet On The Possibility is an especially great record), but they’ve never played the US. That will finally change this weekend with two sold-out shows at LPR, this being the first.
Goldie, DJ Seoul @ 88 Palace
Back in 1995, Goldie released his perfectly named album Timeless which he celebrated last year by performing it with an orchestra. Tonight’s show will be much more scaled down (he’s DJing), but still surely a fun one.
Pictureplane, Vowws, Night Club, Winkie @ Baby’s All Right
Pictureplane continues to progress his sound, with last year’s industrial-pop Technomancer being one of his best albums yet.
Citizen, Turnover, Sorority Noise, Milk Teeth @ Bowery Ballroom
This is a great bill all around — Citizen basically introduce the Jesus Lizard to the modern pop punk world, Turnover have an emo-ish take on dream/jangle pop, Sorority Noise make crunchy rock with seriously heavy lyrics, and Milk Teeth are a new-ish UK band who sound straight out of mid-’90s Alternative Rock. Tonight’s their first of two sold-out NYC shows on this tour.
Marco Benevento, Mikaela Davis @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Marco Benevento has been a staple of the jam band world for years, but as people have pointed out before, his music is often a lot closer to indie rock than you might expect. His new album The Story of Fred Short is a great example of this. Tonight’s the release show.
Royal Thunder, Godmaker, Tower @ Saint Vitus
There’s no lack of bands who hearken back to riffy ’70s hard rock, but Royal Thunder set themselves apart thanks to singer Mlny Parsonz’s impressive yowl.
Logan Takahashi of Teengirl Fantasy, Image Man, Michael Beharie, Josh Diamond, Highlife, Lafawndah, Greem Jellyfish @ Trans Pecos
Teengirl Fantasy have been making psychedelic dance music for a few years now, and the duo’s Logan Takahashi just releasd his first solo record. This is the release show.
George Fitzgerald, JDH & Dave P, Florian Kupfer, Willie Burns @ Good Room
Last year, German electronic musician George FitzGerald released his first full length album, Fading Love, which features a few live vocalists and injects a very human feel into his music.
The Black Dhalia Murder, Fallujah, Disentomb @ Knitting Factory
Melodic death metal champs The Black Dahlia Murder have been doing their thing since the early ’00s, and for this tour they’re playing their 2003 debut Unhallowed in full.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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