What’s going on Thursday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Holly Herndon @ Pioneer Works
Holly Herndon recently released her excellent, high-concept new album PROTO which makes use of A.I., electronic music, and real-life human choirs. It was a very ambitious undertaking, and tonight she presents the PROTO songs live in NYC for the first time.
Bjork (Cornucopia) @ The Shed
Bjork’s “most elaborately staged concert to date” is an audiovisual feast, presenting the songs of Utopia to the accompaniment of lush floral imagery and a septet of flutists. It runs at new Hudson Yards multi-arts space The Shed until June 1.
The Dream Syndicate, Peter Holsapple Combo @ Mercury Lounge
Leaders of the ’80s “paisley underground” movement, The Dream Syndicate’s ringing sound, which pulled more from Velvet Underground than the Byrds — still sounds great today. The reactivated band just released new album These Times and this intimate show — part of the Mercury Lounge’s 25th anniversary celebration — also has The dB’s Peter Holsapple on board, making for a pretty great night.
Olden Yolk, Peel Dream Magazine, Sunshine @ Baby’s All Right
Olden Yolk, the duo of Shane Butler of Quilt and Caity Shaffer, are back with their second album, Living Theatre, this week which mixes pastoral folk and baroque pop with a decidedly krautrock-y rhythm section. Opening are Peel Dream Magazine whose sound is somewhere between Broadcast and Belle & Sebastian.
mewithoutYou, Cursive, The Appleseed Cast @ Bowery Ballroom
This is a pretty amazing bill for fans of late ’90s / early ’00s emo/post-hardcore/indie rock crossover, with three veteran bands who put out classic albums during that era and still make worthy new music today too. The tour hits NYC tonight and Jersey City tomorrow.
Broken Social Scene, Dave Hill @ Webster Hall
Toronto indie rock greats just released a new EP and they’ve still got that power to make you swoon. Comedian, guitar-shredder and occasional BV-contributor Dave Hill opens the night.
Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Swedish tech-metal vets Meshuggah and US death metal staples The Black Dahlia Murder are on the road together and this very cool double bill hits NYC tonight. From the looks of it, Meshuggah have been doing career-spanning sets for this tour, while TBDM have been leaning most heavily on their latest LP, 2017’s Nightbringers.
Perturbator, GosT, Destryur, Valentine (DJ) @ Irving Plaza
It’s a double dose of horror-tinged synthwave on this Perturbator/GosT tour, which lands in NYC tonight. Local support comes from the likeminded Destryur.
Killing Joke, The Pink Slips @ Saint Vitus
Killing Joke have touched on post-punk, industrial, metal, goth, and more throughout their lengthy career, and they’re celebrating their 40th anniversary on this tour. This is the second of two NYC shows.
Damien Jurado, Anna St. Louis @ The Park Church Co-Op
Seattle indie folk vet Damien Jurado recently released his very good new album In The Shape of a Storm, which is his most stripped-down album since the early 2000s, or maybe ever. He’s on tour now with Anna St. Louis (which is a cool pairing), and hitting Brooklyn’s gorgeous Park Church Co-Op tonight. This is their second of two nights at the venue.
HIRS Collective, Coherence, Choked Up @ Safari Room at El Cortez
Philly queer grindcore collective HIRS are playing shows supporting their 2018 LP Friends. Lovers. Favorites., which features appearances from Garbage’s Shirley Manson, Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace, Screaming Females’ Marissa Paternoster, and a bunch of others.
The Hold Steady, John K. Samson @ White Eagle Hall
The Hold Steady tend to favor various weekend-long runs instead of tours lately, and tonight they begin a Northeast run that includes headlining shows in Jersey City tonight and Hamden on Saturday, with an opening slot for Frank Turner in Boston on Friday. Tonight’s show will be opened by Weakerthans frontman John K. Samson, which is a perfect match for The Hold Steady. Saturday’s show will be opened by Paisley Underground vets The Dream Syndicate.
Efrim Manuel Menuck & Kevin Doria, Ornament @ Murmrr Ballroom
Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Thee Silver Mt. Zion’s Efrim Manuel Menuck and Growing’s Kevin Doria recently released their first collaborative album, are SING SINCK, SING, on Constellation, and they’re gearing up for a Europe tour together including a stop at Primavera Sound. First, they play Brooklyn tonight.
Charly Bliss @ Rough Trade
Charly Bliss got a little synthier and poppier on their new album Young Enough, but it’s still got plenty of that trademark Charly Bliss sound too. They celebrate it with an in-store/signing at Rough Trade tonight.
Matthew Logan Vasquez, Frances Cone, PR Newman @ Rough Trade
After the Charly Bliss in-store, Rough Trade hosts another appealing show: Delta Spirit’s Matthew Logan Vasquez.
Lindstrom, Juan Maclean (DJ Set) @ Industria
Part of the Masters of Design conference, Norwegian electronic great LIndstrom (whose brand of housey disco can be playful and sublime) performs a one-man live set tonight, with an opening DJ set from Brooklyn’s Juan Maclean.
Nashville Pussy, Guitar Wolf, Turbo AC’s @ Brooklyn Bowl
Get down and dirty tonight with some unfiltered rock n’ roll courtesy Guitar Wolf (whose new album just came out on Jack White’s Third Man label) and Nashville Pussy.
Mark Lanegan Band, Simon Bonney @ Stone Pony
Mark Lanegan has a new album out this but don’t expect to hear any of it beyond current single “Stitch it Up.” Also don’t expect any “QOTSA, Gutter Twins, Isobel Campbell, Garwood, and especially no Trees” — this is an all Mark Lanegan Band show. Crime and the City Solution’s Simon Bonney opens.
The Kitchen’s Spring Gala with Anohni (honoree), Robert Gober (honoree), Gang Gang Dance, Nomi Ruiz, Mina Tindle, This Is The Kit, Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner, Total Freedom (DJ Set) @ The Kitchen
It’s The Kitchen’s annual Spring Gala which tonight honors Anohni and others, and features performances by Gang Gang Dance, Nomi Ruiz, Mina Tindle, This is The Kit, and Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of The National
PAT Party w/ JD Samson Union Pool
It’s the March edition of JD Samson’s monthly PAT Party, featuring “good vibes, good sound, video projection by local video artists and DJ’s that aren’t afraid to go deep.”
Aziz Ansari @ BAM
Comedian Aziz Ansari is playing three nights at BAM on his “Road to Nowhere” tour.
Chuck Prophet @ WFMU Monty Hall
Former Green on Red frontman Chuck Prophet brings his unique storytelling song style to Jersey City and Monty Hall will be a great place to be regaled with those tales.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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