What’s going on Sunday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Sturgill Simpson @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sturgill Simpson released his new rock-oriented LP Sound & Fury (and its accompanying anime) last week, and he’ll play those new songs at this intimate Brooklyn show, with proceeds going towards the Special Forces Foundation.
David Byrne’s American Utopia @ Hudson Theatre
David Byrne has retooled his acclaimed “untethered” 2018 tour for the Broadway stage, and his 16-week run continues tonight. While the setlist and arrangements are much like what they were on his tour, songs are now threaded together with new monologues from Byrne, making for a much more theatrical experience.
Thrasher x Vans Death Match NYC @ Knockdown Center
Trasher x Vans Death Match wraps up today, and today’s lineup is much heavier than yesterday. Legendary bands Obituary and Agnostic Front end the day with back-to-back sets, and before them it’s a whole slew of rising hardcore and metal bands.
Phil Collins @ Madison Square Garden
Phil Collins is best known for his ’80s heyday as one of the biggest hitmakers in pop, and some all-time classic singles (“In the Air Tonight,” “I Don’t Care Anymore,” “Against All Odds”), but he’s also played drums on records by Brian Eno, John Cale, and of course those early Genesis albums. He’s a legend.
John Zorn, Laurie Anderson @ Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
John Zorn is participating in the centennial celebration of the New School today, with two special (and different) performances. First he and Laurie Anderson will perform as a duo, and then Right after his set with Laurie, Zorn will lead a 35th anniversary performance his infamous improvisational game-piece, “Cobra,” where the rules can change on a whim. Zorn will be the “prompter” and he’s gathered an all-star dozen to play: Uri Caine, Kenny Wollesen, Brian Chase, Brian Marsella, Matt Hollenberg, Wendy Eisenberg, Taylor Levine, Sae Hashimoto, Kenny Grohowski, Nick Shellenberger, Brandon Lopez, and Simon Hanes. 3 PM start.
Madonna @ BAM: Brooklyn Academy of Music
Madonna’s Madame X tour continues its 17-show run at BAM, which are some of the most intimate shows of her career. The show is heavy on her new album but it’s a rare chance to get up close and personal with Madge.
Robert Glasper Trio, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) @ Blue Note (two shows)
Like he did last year, Robert Glasper is taking over the iconic Blue Note Jazz Club for a month-long residency, with 56 shows in 28 nights (8 & 11 PM shows each night). It continues tonight, with the Robert Glasper Trio (Glasper, Chris Dave, Derrick Hodge) joined by rap legend Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def). Yasiin Bey wraps up his four-night stint with them this evening.
Bloodshot Bill, TeleVisionaries @ Gran Torino
Tandoori Knights member, King Khan & BBQ/Mark Sultan collaborator, and solo artist in his own right, Bloodshot Bill has a voice that can go from a guttural growl to disarming falsetto, sometime within a single phrase. His take on blues and rock n’ roll is best experienced live.
White Fence, Big Search @ Rough Trade
In town for shows with his frequent collaborator Ty Segall, Tim Presley’s White Fence play a headlining show tonight. The Ty shows are over too — you never know who might show up.
David Liebe Hart, Chip the Black Boy, Whatever Your Heart Desires @ Rubulad
Most know David Liebe Hart as the oddball puppeteer from Tim and Eric, Awesome Show, Great Job! but he writes and records songs too (with a similarly skewed outlook).
The Glenn Branca Ensemble @ Saint Vitus Bar
This is a special performance commemorating the posthumous release of Downtown NYC icon and avant-garde great Glenn Branca’s album the Third Ascension on what would’ve been his 71st birthday.
The Queers, 45 Adapters, UFC, Grundle Thunder @ The Kingsland
Ramones and Beach Boys-worshipping punk vets The Queers haven’t released an album of new music in a while, but they remain ridiculously active on the road, and they’re back in NYC tonight.
Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival
The annual Downtown Brooklyn Arts Festival celebrates “the artists, writers, and performers who inspire the borough’s creative spirit.” Among today’s festivities includes a DJ set from Talib Kweli, and a performance from Brooklyn-via-DC rapper Oddisee.
William Shatner @ Paramount Theatre
William Shatner presents this screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan tonight, complete with a Q&A. Expect at least one “KHANNNNNN!” and maybe some singing, too.
Nick Hakim, Active Bird Community, Sidney Gish, Sad13 @ Baby’s All Right
It’s a fun night for a good cause at Baby’s All Right. Tonight’s show is dubbed, “Show Up For the Immigrant Defense Project,” and brings together a group of notable musicians to benefit the organization, which aims to “protect and expands the rights of all immigrants.”
Prong, Merauder, Eat Lead, Arc @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Having just been on tour with Agnostic Front (who play Thrasher Death Match tonight), NYC metal vets Prong play a hometown show with another long-running heavy NYC band, Merauder.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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