What’s going on Saturday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Morrissey @ The Theater at MSG
When Morrissey’s not busy saying a lot of amazingly dumb stuff in interviews, he’s on tour supporting his just released (and not bad) new album Low in High School.
St. Vincent @ Kings Theatre
St. Vincent is touring in support of her excellent new album MASSEDUCTION, which takes her sound in tons of new directions, from high-strung odes to pills to hip hop-inspired synths to piano ballads and more. This is her first of two sold-out shows at Brooklyn’s gorgeous Kings Theatre.
Jay-Z, Vic Mensa @ NYCB Live aka Nassau Coliseum
Jay-Z’s new album 4:44 is his quietest and most introspective yet, but he still knows how to bring a ton of energy to those songs in a live environment, and the classics sound as great as ever. Opening is Vic Mensa, whose new album The Autobiography came out via Jay’s Roc Nation and was mostly produced by No I.D., who executive produced 4:44.
Animal Collective (playing Sung Tongs), (Sandy) Alex G, Moses Sumney, Topaz Jones @ Knockdown Center
Before Animal Collective broke out in a huge way thanks to 2009’s poppy Merriweather Post Pavillion, they were one of the leaders of the mid-2000s freak folk movement, and one of their best freak folk albums was 2004’s Sung Tongs. To celebrate Pitchfork’s 21st birthday, they’re playing that album in full tonight for the first time ever. Opening is three other Pitchfork-approved acts, indie rocker (Sandy) Alex G, experimental crooner Moses Sumney, and rapper/singer Topaz Jones.
The Hold Steady, Frank Turner @ Brooklyn Bowl
The Hold Steady have been having different openers and doing different covers at each night of their four-night holiday run at Brooklyn Bowl. This is the final one. What surprises will they have in store? UPDATE: Frank Turner opens this one.
Spoon, Cécile McLorin Salvant, host Chris Thile @ Town Hall
Up until this week, tonight’s show was called A Prairie Home Companion, but following the allegations against former host (and APHC creator) Garrison Keillor, they’re going to rename the show. Whatever they’re calling it tonight, the show goes on and Spoon are the headline guests.
Brooklyn Rock Loterry @ Knitting Factory
Twenty-tive hand-picked musicians will gather early Saturday morning, put their names in a hat. Those names will then be drawn to form “bands” who then must write songs, rehearse and perform them tonight. This year’s lineup of musicians is extra impressive, including Torres, Jim White of Dirty Three, Lenny Kaye of Patti Smith Group, Cut Worms, and lots more.
The Dream Syndicate, The Richard Lloyd Group @ Bowery Ballroom
Paisley Underground icons The Dream Syndicate released their first album in three decades this year, which found them picking right up where they left off in the ’80s.
Descendents, The Ergs!, Ruth Ruth @ Starland Ballroom
Starland Ballroom hosts a killer, multi-generational pop punk bill tonight, headlined by the legendary Descendents, who released their first album in 12 years last year. 2000s-era greats The Ergs! reunited for The Fest this year and their shows are still super rare. And Ruth Ruth, who were on Epitaph and friends with Everclear in the ’90s, open the show.
Do Make Say Think, Forma @ Murmrr Theatre
Toronto post-rockers Do Make Say Think returned this year with Stubborn Persistent Illusions, their first album since 2009, and this is also their first NYC show since that year.
Mayhem, Immolation, Black Anvil @ Irving Plaza
Black metal as we know it today probably wouldn’t exist without the influence of Mayhem’s second wave classic, De Mysteriis Dom Sathana. They’re on tour playing that album in full, and bringing along two very solid openers.
Deer Tick, Nore Davis @ Brooklyn Steel
Deer Tick recently released two new albums, a rock record and an acoustic record, and they’re now on tour playing acoustic sets and electric sets at each show.
Wolf Eyes, Weeping Icon, Martin Bisi, Bentley Anderson, Nicholas John Stevens @ Saint Vitus
Vitus hosts a noise show, headlined by the great Wolf Eyes and also featuring Sonic Youth/Swans collaborator Martin Bisi, rising band Weeping Icon, and more.
The Menzingers, The Flatliners, Worriers @ House of Independents
The Menzingers released their very fun new album After The Party this year, and they’re closing the year out with some Northeast holiday shows. This is their second of two shows at Asbury Park’s House of Independents. Also of note, Worriers released their first album for SideOneDummy this year, Survival Pop.
Billy Club Sandwich, Dissent @ The Kingsland
NYHC vets Billy Club Sandwich reunited for last year’s Black N’ Blue Bowl, and they play their hometown again tonight with NJ’s Dissent.
Mathematics (Wu-Tang Clan) Q&A and performance ft. guests @ Rough Trade
Wu-Tang Clan producer Mathematics is giving a Q&A and performing with special guests at Rough Trade tonight, in continued support of Wu-Tang’s new album The Saga Continues.
Squeeze, Wesley Stace @ The Paramount
Still led by gifted songwriting duo Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, Squeeze bring their large catalog of classics (and songs from new album The Knowledge) to Long Island.
New York Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off w/ Jonathan Toubin, Breanna Barbara, Surfbort, Animal Show @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Jonathan Toubin’s dance party competition takes over three rooms of Brooklyn Bazaar with live music from Breanna Barbara, Surfbort and Animal Show.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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