What’s going on Thursday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Animal Collective (performing Sung Tongs), Laraaji @ Town Hall
Animal Collective recently announced a new album (that Panda Bear is not part of), but before it’s out, Panda Bear and Avey Tare are wrapping up a tour that has them performing their beloved 2004 album Sung Tongs as a duo. A far cry from the more electronic pop sounds that AnCo are known for now, Sung Tongs came out during the band’s “New Weird America” phase, and accordingly, the duo is performing the album with acoustic guitars and floor toms. They’re playing it at Town Hall tonight and tomorrow, and cult artist Laraaji’s opening set is not to miss.
An Horse, Gladie, Freezing Cold @ Baby’s All Right
Australian indie rockers An Horse are back from hiatus with a great new single, “Get Out Somehow,” and their first live shows in years. Tonight they’re finally back in NYC, and there’s quality direct support from Gladie, the new band led by Cayetana singer Augusta Koch.
Body/Head, Gunn-Truscinski Duo @ Elsewhere
Body/Head (aka Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Bill Nace) recently released their sophomore album The Switch, which is even noisier and more alienating than their debut (in a good way). They’ll bring those songs to life tonight, with well-matched support from Steve Gunn and John Truscinski.
Beck, Jenny Lewis @ Madison Square Garden
Mercurial as he is, Beck seems to change is approach with every record and on last year’s Colors he explored his most straight-up pop approach yet. Jenny Lewis, who was added to the bill last-minute to replace Glass Animals, has also changed it up a lot throughout her career. Her latest is 2014’s folk-pop LP The Voyager.
Deradoorian @ MoMA
Once a member of Dirty Projectors and Avey Tare’s band, Anjel Deradoorian has been on her own path for a while now, having released Eternal Recurrence last year. Tonight’s show is part of MoMA’s summer series in the Sculpture Garden and is free with museum admission.
Petal, Camp Cope, Sidney Gish @ House of Independents
This is a great indie rock triple bill, with co-headliners Petal and Camp Cope, and promising opener Sidney Gish. Petal’s new album Magic Gone a more emotionally resonant and more musically diverse album than their debut, and Camp Cope’s new How to Socialise & Make Friends is one of the year’s most defiant, empowering indie-punk albums. The tour hits Asbury Park tonight and NYC tomorrow.
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead @ Prospect Park Bandshell
There are a lot of good Grateful Dead tribute bands, but Joe Russo’s Almost Dead — who have collaborated with actual Dead members — are one the very best, and tonight they’ll deliver their show under the stars in the gorgeous Prospect Park.
Culture Abuse, Surfbort, Antagonize, Glitterer @ Rough Trade
Culture Abuse’s new album Bay Dream is an awesome mix of surf punk, hardcore, and more, and their high-energy live show is even better. If you’re going tonight, don’t miss Glitterer, the lo-fi pop project of Title Fight co-frontman Ned Russin.
Slum Village, Dead Prez, Kool Keith, Prince Paul, DJ Wels @ Highline Ballroom
This is a pretty amazing bill of veteran hip hop, with Detroit group Slum Village (who once counted the late J Dilla as a member), and local staples Dead Prez, Kool Keith (Dr. Octagon, Ultramagnetic MCs, etc), and Prince Paul (De La Soul, etc).
Coheed & Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, The Story So Far @ PNC Bank Arts Center
If you were into the emo/post-hardcore scene circa 2002, you probably have a place in your heart for both Coheed & Cambria and Taking Back Sunday. They’re playing NJ tonight and Coney Island on Saturday.
Between The Buried And Me, Born Of Osiris, Veil Of Maya, Erra, The Agony Scene, Allegaeon, Entheos, Soreption, Terror Universal @ Irving Plaza (Summer Slaughter)
The annual Summer Slaughter tour hits NYC tonight, and this year’s headliner is prog/death/etc icons Between the Buried and Me, whose new album Automata II just came out last week.
Acid Dad, Big Eyes @ Mercury Lounge
NYC poppy punks Big Eyes just announced a tour with Joyce Manor, but first they’ll play their hometown tonight with psych-pop band Acid Dad.
Mortuary Drape, Volahn, Python, Vilkacis @ Saint Vitus
This is an all-around fantastic black metal bill, headlined by Italian vets Mortuary Drape, who formed back in the 1980s, released two albums in the ’90s, two in the early ’00s, and then broke a decade of silence with the release of 2014’s Spiritual Independence.
Janeane Garofalo, Todd Barry, Christian Finnegan, Akaash Singh, Dave Kinney @ EastVille Comedy Club
Having moved from the East Village, it’s opening night for the new Brooklyn home of EastVille Comedy Club.
PAT Party, JD Samson @ Union Pool
For years onetime Le Tigre member JD Samson has been hosting PAT which is a “party for anyone from anywhere wearing anything and loving who they want. Video art. Amazing DJs and people willing to let go.”
Casual Town @ Sing Sing Karaoke
One of the more unique venues for live comedy, this dive-y karaoke bar in the East Village is home to a weekly stand up showcase hosted by Albert Kirchner, Evan Morrison and Jane Harrison. This week’s set features Aparna Nancherla (Comedy Central’s Corporate), along with several other surprise guests. Previous guests have included rising New York stand up comics like Catherine Cohen, Shane Torres, and Shalewa Sharpe, so it’s likely the $5 cover charge will be well worth it.
Concussion Comedy @ Le Cheile NYC
While the gimmick of this free Washington Heights showcase may be a bit tacky with its promise of “knockout punchlines,” the lineup delivers, with sets from Mike Recine (Comedy Central Half Hour), Mary Cella (The New York Times, Comedy Central), Fumi Abe (MTV News), and more.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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