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Afropunk Festival 2018 - Saturday
Smino at Afropunk 2018 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…

Bjork (Cornucopia) @ The Shed
Bjork’s latest high-concept live show — she calls it a “sci-fi pop concert” — officially opens tonight at Hudson Yards’ The Shed, with a massive choir, flutes, elaborate stage sets, costumes and enveloping surround sound.

 

Mavis Staples @ Apollo Theater
Soul legend Mavis Staples is a true lifer, with a handful of classics from the 1960s and plenty of worthwhile new material today (she has a new Ben Harper-produced album coming out and the singles have been great). She’s in the midst of playing some 80th birthday shows, including one at Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater tonight.

Moor Mother @ BRIC House (Red Bull Music Festival)
Experimental hip hop artist and activist Moor Mother presents her new work Red Summer as part of Red Bull Music Festival. The work, “which will occur on the 100th anniversary of Red Summer – the flood of heightened anti-Black racial terror that swept cities across America in 1919 – features a large-scale performance curated by Moor Mother and an installation by Black Quantum Futurism.”

Meat Puppets, Sumo Princess, Stephen Maglio @ Brooklyn Bowl
Meat Puppets are back with their original lineup of Curt & Cris Kirkwood and Derrick Bostrom (plus Curt’s son Elmo and new keyboardist Ron Stabinsky), and they’ve got a very good, folky new album called Dusty Notes out now. Their Northeast tour began in NYC last night, and it includes a second NYC show tonight, followed by two NJ shows and more.

Ex Hex, Versus, Thick @ Elsewhere
Mary Timony’s glammy garage-punk trio just released their very fun second album, It’s Real. Tonight’s all the better with NYC indie rock vets Versus.

Smino, Earthgang @ Brooklyn Steel
Smino released his very good sophomore album Noir back in 2018, and now he’s supporting it on this tour with J Cole associates Earthgang. The tour hits Brooklyn Steel tonight and Irving Plaza tomorrow.

Strand of Oaks, Wild Pink @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Strand of Oaks’ new album (which he made with 4/5 of My Morning Jacket) felt a bit more modest than its very ambitious predecessor Hard Love, but in its own way, it might be an even stronger album. He’s supporting it on tour with indie heartland rockers Wild Pink, which is a great pairing.

Primitive Weapons, Thought Crimes, Netherlands, Bangladeafy @ Saint Vitus
If you like ’90s and early ’00s post-hardcore, Primitive Weapons are one of Brooklyn’s best current bands who keep that kind of music alive (and guitarist Arty Shepherd was actually in one of those classic ’90s bands, Mind Over Matter). Tonight they grace their home base Saint Vitus with what should be a very fun gig.

Nana Grizol, Your Heart Breaks, Loamlands @ Coney Island Baby
The South invades Coney Island Baby tonight, with Athens, GA collective Nana Grizol and Charlotte, NC’s Loamlands.

Sxip Shirey @ National Sawdust
Sxip Shirey celebrates his birthday with this “Hour of Charm,” his ongoing art variety show now in its 16th year, with a variety of acts, performances, screenings and more.

Delicate Steve, The Muckers, Practice @ ALPHAVILLE
Indie rock guitar slinger released Till I Burn Up earlier this year, another prime example of his six string virtuosity.

Justin Vivian Bond @ Joe’s Pub
Cabaret star, Downtown maven and one half of Kiki & Herb, Justin Vivian Bond “explores dreams of stardom, otherness, and strategies of escaping tweenage small-town boredom in a new show called A Star Is Borned, The New Adventures of Chipra.”

The Blasters @ The Bell House
Still led by Phil Alvin, The Blasters were one of the leading lights in the ’80s twangy, rip-roaring “cowpunk” scene — a sound that’s held up pretty well over the last 30+ years.

Lissie @ City Winery
Singer-songwriter Lissie recently released When I’m Alone: The Piano Retrospective, which features stripped down reinterpretations of many of her past songs, and covers of songs by Fleetwood Mac, Dixie Chicks, and more.

Miami Horror, Glassio @ The Arc 
This is the first public show at Long Island City’s massive venue/recording studio, The Arc. Miami Horror are fresh off an appearance at last weekend’s Just Like Heaven fest.

For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.

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