What’s going on Saturday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Brian Wilson (performing Pet Sounds) @ Radio City Music Hall
Brian Wilson is back in NYC on what he’s saying will be his final tour of performing the classic Pet Sounds in full. He’s joined by former Beach Boys Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine, and they also have two NJ shows shortly after this one.
Interpol (performing Turn on the Bright Lights), Deerhunter, Battles @ Forest Hills Stadium
One of the landmark albums of the early ’00s NYC indie rock explosion, Interpol’s debut album still sounds great today. They’ll be performing that in full, hopefully along with some other songs, tonight and with opening sets from Deerhunter and Battles, sounds like a great night.
Brooklyn Flea Record Fair @ Smorgasburg
It’s the fall edition of the BFRF which has over 50 tables from independent labels (4AD, Secretly Canadian, Merge etc), indie record stores, and vintage vinyl dealers. There are some exclusive items, and DJs all afternoon. 11 AM – 6 PM.
Cap’n Jazz, The Van Pelt @ Brooklyn Steel
It’s a double dose of reunited ’90s off-kilter post-hardcore bands tonight, with the highly influential Cap’n Jazz, who basically wrote the blueprint for the “emo revival” (and whose members went on to form American Football, Owen, Owls, Joan of Arc, and more), and hometown heroes The Van Pelt.
Global Citizen Festival @ Central Park
Global Citizen Festival has a different initiative each year, and this year, they’re “campaigning to stop the cuts to US foreign aid; to expand access to education for every human being; and to create more opportunities for women and girls to succeed.” The star-studded lineup includes Stevie Wonder, Green Day, The Killers, Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, Andra Day, Alessia Cara, and more.
Brooklyn Comes Alive
The unique jam-oriented weekend of musical improvisation Brooklyn Comes Alive is tonight and tomorrow at Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl and Schimanski. Tonight includes the special DJ Premier and Crystal Method sets, plus a jam with George Porter Jr of The Meters, an Allman Brothers tribute, a set from Dave Harrington & friends (with Yuka Honda, Ian Chang, and more), and much more.
Have A Nice Life, Planning For Burial, Low Estate, Elizabeth Colour Wheel @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Beloved cult band Have A Nice Life have a sound that’s part shoegaze, part goth, part post-punk, part doom, and more, and a strained, cathartic vocal delivery that connects with fans on a highly emotional level. They play their first NYC show in seven years tonight, and their Flenser labelmate Planning for Burial is on the bill too.
Xiu Xiu @ Union Pool (7 PM & 10 PM shows)
This capper to Xiu Xiu’s tour went from being in a warehouse space, to two very intimate shows at Union Pool which will be a great place to the them. The late show is with Noveller, both are sold out.
Flesh World, Home Blitz, RIPS @ Trans-Pecos
Flesh World, which features Scott of Limp Wrist and Jess of Brilliant Colors, just released their second album, Into the Shroud, which is more of their melancholy indiepop fueled punk.
Joey Bada$$, Pro Era, surprise guests hosting hurricane relief benefit @ Brooklyn Borough Hall
Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era are hosting a party tonight to benefit hurricane victims, and attendees are required to make a donation of clothing, food, household items, hygiene items and toiletries. They’re also promising “music by Joey’s favorite DJs and some very special guests.”
H2O (performing Thicker Than Water) @ Rocks Off Cruise
New York melodic punk vets H2O’s classic 1997 sophomore LP Thicker Than Water turns 20 this year, and to celebrate, H2O are performing the album in full on a boat.
Jonathan Toubin, New York Night Train Soul Clap @ Baby’s All Right
There’s no dance off tonight, but Jonathan Toubin is bringing his Soul Clap party to Baby’s tonight with live projections by Spencer Bewley.
Toshi Reagon, Nona Hendryx, Be Steadwell, Joan As Police Woman, Carolyn Malachi, Morley, Tamar-kali, Mal Devisa, Arooj Aftab, Shelley Nicole, Karma Mayet, MX Justin Vivian Bond, Amy Leon, Judith Casselberry, Climbing PoeTree, Flutronix, Jadelle McPherson, Marcelle Davies Lashley @ Le Poisson Rouge
This is the seventh edition of “Word*Rock*& Sword: A Musical Celebration of Women’s Lives” with an incredible lineup of performers
Love Theme (Alex from Dirty Beaches), Bernardino Femminielli @ The Park Church Co-Op
Alex Zhang Hungtai (who you may have seen on Twin Peaks: The Return) brings his drony, ambient new project, Love Theme, to NYC with Montreal’s twisted, debauched Bernardino Femminielli.
Pixies @ Stone Pony Summer Stage
Their new material may not be so hot and Kim Deal may be out of the band, but it’s still worth seeing one of the most influential alternative rock bands of all time. They also play the Capitol Theatre tomorrow.
Between the Buried and Me (performing Colors), The Contortionist, Polyphia, Toothgrinder @ Irving Plaza
Colors, one of Between the Buried and Me‘s most loved albums, turns 10 this year. In honor of the anniversary, the prog/tech/jazz/death/everything band will perform the album in full on tour.
Cayetana, Hemming @ Baby’s All Right
Philly indie-punks Cayetana released their second album this year, which picks up right where their great debut left off.
The Queers, The Ataris, American Darlings @ Goldsounds
Ramones and Beach Boys-worshipping Lookout! vets The Queers are back on the road, playing Brooklyn tonight and Jersey City on Tuesday.
BIG|BRAVE, A Film in Color, Furnace Head @ Saint Vitus
BIG|BRAVE, toured with Sunn O))) earlier this year and their new album features members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra, so you might correctly guess you’re getting colossal post-rock, but unique vocalist Robin Wattie sets them apart from their peers.
Bushwig @ Knockdown Center
Two-day drag show Bushwig is back with a huge lineup, including rising, raunchy rapper CupcakKe.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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