What’s going on Thursday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Though we’re bummed there are no big free outdoor concerts part of Northside this year, there are still lots of good shows happening tonight through Sunday. (There’s a real good one on Saturday, by the way.) Chances are if one of the below shows is in Williamsburg, Greenpoint or Bushwick it’s a Northside show. You can use a Northside badge if you have one, but venues ofter have caps on the number they admit, so get there early if there’s a show you really want to see.
Liz Phair, Soccer Mommy @ National Sawdust
Influential and beloved indie rock vet Liz Phair is touring in support of the expanded reissue of her classic debut Exile In Guyville, and hitting NYC tonight for an intimate show with Soccer Mommy, who put out one of 2018’s most enjoyable indie pop albums (and is almost certainly influenced by Liz Phair). Liz will be back in Brooklyn for a larger show in October.
milo, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Sammus @ Brooklyn Bowl
Rory Ferreira makes some of the best underground rap around with both his milo and scallops hotel monikers. He released the great milo album who told you to think??!!?!?!?! last year, and he also put out a new scallops hotel album, sovereign nose of (y)our arrogant face, this year on New Year’s Day. He’s in milo mode tonight, and he’s joined by two similarly eccentric, well-matched openers.
Pissed Jeans, Yvette @ Rough Trade
Pennsylvania’s noisy, sarcastic, post-hardcore rippers Pissed Jeans are back in town supporting last year’s solid Why Love Now (Sub Pop). Opening is local sensory overloaders Yvette, who are not to miss.
Caspian, Som @ Saint Vitus
Post-rock greats Caspian are in town to play Saint Vitus tonight and tomorrow, and they’re saying these will be their only US shows of the year. Tomorrow’s show has them playing Dust and Disquiet in full but this one will be a regular set.
Mind Over Mirrors, L’Rain @ Brooklyn Bazaar
This Tinnitus Music Series/Northside show is headlined by droners Mind Over Mirrors, whose sixth album Bellowing Sun recently came out on Paradise of Bachelors.
Barrie, Tmboy, Care @ Trans-Pecos
New local dream pop band Barrie are quickly picking up some buzz for this very catchy, very pleasant sound, and tonight’s their first show as a headliner.
Gary Clark Jr. @ The Capitol Theatre
Modern-day blues rocker continues to rise, and he’s got NYC shows this fall opening for Eric Clapton at MSG. If you wanna see him somewhere way smaller, just outside of NYC, you can do that tonight and tomorrow at the Cap.
Lou Barlow, Shana Falana, The Goon Sax @ Knitting Factory
A pretty great diverse lineup at Knit tonight: indie rock icon Lou Barlow (Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr), gothy postpunks Shana Falana, and young Australian band The Goon Sax playing their second-ever NYC show.
Gomez, Anthony D’Amato @ Brooklyn Steel
UK stalwarts Gomez are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their Mercury Prize-winning debut, Bring it On, by playing it in full on this tour. This is not a Northside show.
Snail Mail, Lionlimb, Corridor @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This Northside show also serves as a record release show for Snail Mail’s debut album which is out Friday via Matador. If you’re going, be sure to get there to see Montreal’s terrific Corridor (this is their first NYC show, they also play our showcase on Saturday at Elsewhere).
Ought, Men I Trust, Common Holly, Elle Barbara’s Black Space @ Market Hotel
More Montreal bands at this Northside showcase, headlined by the wiry, melodramatic Ought, plus the breezy pop of Men I Trust and talented singer songwriter Common Holly.
Haerts, Anemone @ Baby’s All Right
If you need even more Montreal, Anemone (who are a little bit like a more party-friendly Stereolab) open this show tonight.
Carla dal Forno, Tess Roby, Human Host @ Elsewhere Zone One
Wait there’s still more Montreal! Tess Roby, who just released her cooly groovy debut via Italians do it Better. She’s on tour with Australian artist Carla Dal Forno who makes a similarly detached brand of synthpop.
Mr. Twin Sister, Sateen, Gemma @ Elsewhere Rooftop
Meanwhile up on Elsewhere’s brand-new rooftop, Mr. Twin Sister will bring their lush, sophisticated disco sounds.
Cold Beat, Bambara, Remote Control, Russian Baths, Monograms @ Secret Project Robot
If you like bands that pull from classic post-punk but are also writing great new songs, this Northside showcase is pretty killer, featuring San Francisco’s Cold Beat, the dark swagger of Bambara, Russian Baths and more.
Future Punx, Pill, Eaters, Gift Wrap @ Our Wicked Lady
Dull Tools, the label co-run by A Savage of Parquet Courts, is throwing this rooftop party featuring four of their bands.
Kaki King, Treya Lam @ Joe’s Pub
Guitar great Kaki King is now also producing and running her own label, and the first artist she’s working with is Treya Lam, whose Kaki King-produced Good News comes out tomorrow. They’re playing a release show together tonight.
Adrian Belew @ Iridium
Having played with King Crimson, Robert Fripp, Talking Heads, and David Bowie to name just four, Adrain Belew’s bona fides are airtight. He plays with his “power trio” tonight.
So Percussion, Balún with Angelica Negron, Grey Mcmurray, Damsell, Sandbox Percussion. Dither Quartet, Bobby Previte, Shara Nova (aka My Brightest Diamond) @ Le Poisson Rouge
So Percussion are doing their annual “Night of Awesomeness” benefit show, and truly booked an awesome lineup of guests.
Horse Feathers, Twain @ Bowery Ballroom
Portland folk rock staples Horse Feathers recently returned with their sixth album, Appreciation (Kill Rock Stars), and it’s got them doing what they do best.
Paul Young & Midge Ure @ Highline Ballroom
Paul Young gave us such hits as “Love of the Common People,” “Come Back and Stay” and “Every Time You Go Away”; Midge Ure’s catalog includes hits with Ultravox (“Vienna”) and solo (“If I Was”), not to mention co-writing Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas.” It’s a double dose of ’80s nostalgia.
Daughtry, Bleachers @ Brooklyn Bridge Park
Hitmakers Daughtry and Bleachers perform acoustic sets at this event called “From Brooklyn With Love” that is promoting the Cobble Hill neighborhood.
Springsteen on Broadway
The Boss continues his sold-out “Springsteen on Broadway” run at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which has now been extended through December. At these shows, Bruce is giving fans shows “that are as personal and as intimate as possible.”
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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