What’s going on Saturday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Destroyer, Mega Bog @ Brooklyn Steel
Dan Bejar’s latest Destroyer album, ken, brings icy postpunk to his signature romanticism which is a heady combination. Glass of wine usually in hand, Bejar brings a woozy magic to Destroyer live shows, aided by an ace band (and a crucial trumpet-player).
Talib Kweli ft. Rakim & band @ Blue Note
Talib Kweli has been celebrating the 15th anniversary of his classic solo debut, Quality, with a residency at The Blue Note that began this past September. It wraps up with four consecutive nights this week, and there’s a different guest at each night. Tonight (night three) has arguably the most exciting guest, groundbreaking MC Rakim, who was surely an influence on Talib.
Xenia Rubinos & Adam Schatz’s Civil Engineering @ Merkin Concert Hall (Ecstatic Music Fest)
The Ecstatic Music Festival brings together awesome, unique collaborations (usually with one artist from the pop world and one from the classical world), and tonight they bring together two “indie rock” (umbrella term) artists who really have no genre boundaries at all. Xenia Rubinos and Adam Schatz (Landlady) will “perform new arrangements of her songs, his songs, and composers they love, and premiere new works written for the Ecstatic Music Festival.”
Typhoon, Bad Bad Hats, Sunbathe @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Portland, OR chamber pop collective Typhoon recently returned with Offerings, an album that’s a bit darker than their earlier works but no less ambitious. It’s good stuff, and they’ll celebrate it with NYC shows at MHOW tonight and Rough Trade tomorrow.
Gatecreeper, Outer Heaven, White Widows Pact, Coagula @ Saint Vitus
Death metal rippers Gatecreeper are still riding high off the strength of their Relapse debut, Sonoran Deprivation, which came out in 2016. They’re fresh off a tour with Cannibal Corpse and Power Trip, and will return to NYC tonight for a sold-out headlining show.
Childish Gambino @ Irving Plaza
Donald Glover continues to remain busy as both a musician and a comedian/actor, with the second season of Atlanta coming soon and a new Childish Gambino album looking pretty imminent too. As Childish Gambino, he plays a very intimate show tonight as part of the pre-Grammys “Citi Sound Vault” series.
Emily Wells @ National Sawdust
Violin-weilding singer/songwriter Emily Wells blends indie rock and hip hop, and it’s always a treat to see her unique style come to life.
Hamilton Leithauser @ Café Carlyle
“Jacket required” is certainly not a problem for snappy dresser and former Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser who wraps up his 10-night run at swanky dinner club Cafe Carlyle.
Springsteen on Broadway @ Walter Kerr Theatre
The Boss continues his completely sold-out “Springsteen on Broadway” run at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which has now been extended through June! At these shows, Bruce plans to give fans shows “that are as personal and as intimate as possible.”
The Pietasters, High School Football Heroes, Ensamble Calavera, The Dull Blue Lights @ Brooklyn Bazaar
DC ska vets The Pietasters remain very active and usually play NYC a few times a year. You’ll get another chance to see them tonight.
Moon King, Psymon Spine, Jennifer Vanilla @ Alphaville
Moon King’s Daniel Benjamin moved from Toronto to Detroit and with it shed his shoegaze tendencies in favor of low-fi dancepop.
Musiq Soulchild & Marsha Ambrosius @ SOB’s
Two veterans of R&B/soul, Musiq Soulchild and Marsha Ambrosius, team up for this “His & Hers” show.
Gnaw, Belus @ The Safari Room at El Cortez
This is a good double bill with two local heavy bands, noise band Gnaw (ex-Khanate) and black metal band Belus, who both released new albums last year (Cutting Pieces and Apophenia, respectively).
Ela Minus, Stranger Cat, Haulm @ Elsewhere (Zone One)
New-ish Bushwick venue Elsewhere hosts a pretty solid triple bill of electronic art pop in their smaller Zone One room tonight.
Questlove Presents: Breaks For Kids Special Edition @ Gramercy Theatre (11 AM)
Questlove leads a daytime show for children at Gramercy Theatre today. More details: “Families and Children of all ages are welcome. DJ Performance by Amira and Kayla. Special live musical performance, dance performance by The Street Justice Crew, face painting, arts, crafts, and more! Suggested Donation online or at the door to benefit The VH1 Save the Music Foundation. Children under 1 are free.”
Josh Gondleman @ The Bell House
He just made his network TV debut this week on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and tonight Josh Gondleman headlines The Bell House with the promise of some very special guests.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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