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 Meadows @ Citi Field
It’s day two of NYC festival The Meadows, headlined by Gorillaz, who are supporting a new guest-filled album (featuring longtime pals De La Soul, who also play The Meadows today). There’s tons of other good stuff too, like Erykah Badu, LL Cool J, M.I.A., TV on the Radio, Big Boi, A-Trak, Flatbush Zombies, Antibalas, BadBadNotGood, Vampire Weekend side project Dams of the West, and more.
Scorpions, Megadeth @ MSG
While best known for hits during the hair metal era, Scorpions’ rich, influential career dates back to the early ’70s when they were making hard rock/proto-metal. It’s a killer double bill at MSG tonight with “Big Four” thrashers Megadeth.
Day 2 of Basilica Soundscape offers up a pretty killer lineup of dark post-punk, with Zola Jesus headlining and sets from Priests, Protomartyr, John Maus, Yvette and more.
The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival
The festival that started almost as a joke is now in its 10th, and what Eugene says will be its final year. Tonight’s offerings, which happen at The Bell House and Union Hall, include the big 10-year anniversary show featuring Derrick Brown, Janeane Garofalo, Bobcat Goldthwait, Robyn Hitchcock, Caroline Rhea, and Reggie Watts.
Tombs, River Black, Longest War @ Saint Vitus
NYC metal staples Tombs released their new album The Grand Annihilation earlier this year, and they bless their hometown with another show tonight. Also of note is River Black, the new band with ex-Burnt by the Sun members, who released their self-titled debut album this year.
Dreamdecay, Big Band, Bozos, Silk Sign @ The Glove
Seattle noise rockers Dreamdecay have a sound that, for a very modern comparison, is kinda like Destruction Unit meets Total Control. Their new album YÚ came out this year on Iron Lung.
Fred Thomas, Steven Reker, Wild Pink @ The Safari Room at El Cortez
Saturday Looks Good To Me singer Fred Thomas has been leading a very rich solo career lately, most recently releasing Changer on Polyvinyl earlier this year. Like 2015’s All Are Saved, it’s wordy, stream-of-consciousness indie rock. It’s a good bill all around with People Get Ready’s Steven Reker and Tiny Engines-signed indie rockers Wild Pink.
Mal Devisa, Jelani Sei, L’Rain, Bathe @ Trans-Pecos
Mal Devisa’s one-person, bass-and-vocals approach to soul has to be seen live to be fully experienced. She’s more powerful than some five-piece bands.
The Afghan Whigs, Har Mar Superstar @ Brooklyn Steel
After a Bowery Ballroom show last night where they played their new album in full, The Afghan Whigs head to Brooklyn for a more career-spanning set.
BADBADNOTGOOD @ Irving Plaza
The funky, jazzy Canadians play this Meadows aftershow tonight — hopefully some of their famous friend collaborators will make appearances.
Steve Gunn, Julie Byrne, Myriam Gendron @ Murmrr Theatre
Having just wrapped a West Coast tour with Heron Oblivion and James Elkington, guitar-slinger Steve Gunn plays a solo show tonight with Julie Byrne which makes for a great, mellow double bill.
Roger Waters @ Nassau Coliseum
While he might be a little outspoken for some, it’s hard to argue with Roger Waters’ body of work. He brings real spectacle (and tons of Floyd songs) to his live show, too.
Jessy Lanza (DJ Set), Seven Davis Jr., The Juan Maclean (DJ Set), Mike Bloom, Mikey Perez @ The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House (Variance Festival)
This is the second-annual Variance Festival, featuring an all-day relaxed lineup of live music and DJ sets at the historic Vander Ende-Onderdonk House in Queens. The whole thing is solar-powered, btw.
Scully, Soft Signals, Pickled Onion @ ALPHAVILLE
Brooklyn garagey indie rockers Scully, who were born out of Splinters, are splintering and calling it quits. Not before they say goodbye, though, with this final show.
‘Star Wars’ Concert Series @ Lincoln Center
The New York Philharmonic are performing John Williams’ scores live to accompany screenings of many of the Star Wars films, and tonight’s the original (Star Wars aka Episode 4: A New Hope).
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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