What’s going on Thursday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Regina Spektor @ Lunt Fontanne Theatre
Regina Spektor begins a Broadway residency tonight at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, the same theater where Morrissey’s Broadway residency happened in May. “I am so inspired as I plan these five nights on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne, a beautiful old theater with a rich history,” Regina says. “One of the things I’m most excited about is the chance to explore theatrical elements within my concert show. This isn’t a ‘Broadway Show,’ and yet it’s not a tour concert, either. I’m revisiting all the songs I’ve ever written, to see how some of them might group together and connect into a show. I am thinking up some fun ways to incorporate special guests as well.”
Drive-By Truckers, Craig Finn and the Uptown Controllers @ Brooklyn Bowl
Drive-By Truckers settle in for their first of six shows at Brooklyn Bowl (three this weekend, three the next.) Tonight and tomorrow are opened by The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn which makes for a great double bill of gritty, twangy heartland rock.
Khruangbin, Connan Mockasin, Kikagaku Moyo @ Central Park SummerStage
If you dig, jammy, groovy psychedelic music, this is quite the triple bill, with Texas trio Khruangbin, New Zealand’s quirky Connan Mockasin, and Japan’s terrific Kikagaku Moyo. Hopefully tonight’s weather stays as sunny as the music.
Pharoahe Monch, Miss Mocha Sunflower The Rhythm Goddess @ Herbert Von King Park
Veteran Queens rapper and former Organized Konfusion member Pharoahe Monch is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut solo album Internal Affairs tonight. He’ll be joined by “friends” during his set, and Miss Mocha Sunflower The Rhythm Goddess will open.
JEFF The Brotherhood, Speedy Ortiz @ Industry City
Nashville’s JEFF The Brotherhood went from stoner punk into much, much more expansive psychedelic territory with last year’s Magick Songs, but they still rock out live. They co-headline with indie rock outfit Speedy Ortiz (who just got through touring with Interpol).
Howe Gelb (of Giant Sand) @ Littlefield
Giant Sand frontman Howe Gelb released Gathered earlier this year, an album of intimate, jazzy folk-rock that finds him still a potent songwriter.
Roy Ayers @ MetroTech Commons
The forecast isn’t calling for a lot of sunshine today but at Metrotech Commons it will be there in spirit as jazz/funk/soul great Roy Ayers brings the good vibes to the free BAM R&B Festival. Noon – 2 PM
Ryley Walker, Wild Pink @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
The multitalented Ryley Walker covers a lot of ground, be it jammy folk, improvisational jazz, or covering Dave Matthews albums in full. And if you’re not following Ryley on Twitter, you’re missing some good jokes.
Liturgy, M. Lamar, Luminous Vault, Lutkie @ Saint Vitus
Genre-defying black-metal-turned-electronic act Liturgy haven’t released new music in a while, but they’re playing a hometown one-off tonight. Cool openers too.
TWEN, Ghost King, Miss June @ Union Pool
Nashville indie rockers TWEN built up a reputation for themselves off the strength of their live show before releasing any music. They’ve since signed to Frenchkiss, put out a couple singles that prove they’re good in the studio too, and are now gearing up for their debut album. First, they play NYC tonight. Their New Zealand-based labelmates Miss June, who recently released a punky alt-rock two-song single, open.
Pkew Pkew Pkew, The Drew Thomson Foundation, Caracara @ Mercury Lounge
This is a cool bill all around for fans of music that falls under the indie/punk/emo umbrella. Pkew Pkew Pkew make high-energy, party-friendly punk that’s somewhere between PUP and FIDLAR. Their Canadian neighbor Drew Thomson (of Single Mothers) has been gearing up for his anticipated solo album, which is more indie rock-oriented than his work with Single Mothers. And Caracara recently released the promising Better EP which falls somewhere between Manchester Orchestra and Pianos Become the Teeth.
Kate Berlant @ The Bell House (two shows)
You may know Kate Berlant from her work on Ghosted, Bojack Horseman, Search Party, or the short films she makes with frequent writing partner John Early. Her absurdist style isn’t for everyone but if you’re even a little left of center, you’ll connect to her sense of humor. The early show is sold out, but the late show with Aparna Nancherla is not.
A2IM Libera Awards w/ Hiss Golden Messenger, Sunflower Bean, Jean-Michel Blais, Kadhja Bonet, Deva Mahal @ Ziegfeld Ballroom
Industry conference A2IM Indie Weeks caps off with the annual Libera Awards that is mostly a pricey music biz shindig, but does have a number of short musical performances as part of it.
Yes, Asia, John Lodge (Moody Blues), Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy ft. Arthur Brown @ Westchester County Center
Yes plotted out this tour called “The Royal Affair” which features a whole bunch of associated acts and other British prog rock vets, including Asia (with Steve Howe back in the lineup for a portion of the set), John Lodge of The Moody Blues, and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy with guest vocals by Arthur Brown (whose band The Crazy World of Arthur Brown counted Carl Palmer as a member in the ’60s). Yes drummer Alan White, who played on John Lennon’s Imagine, will also perform a tribute to the late Beatle.
Nakhane, The Illustrious Blacks @ Baby’s All Right
South African artist Nakhane recently released his debut album You Will Not Die (which, among other things, features ANOHNI), and tonight he’s playing a U.S. one-off in NYC.
Adam Sandler @ Jones Beach
The Sandman has been in the midst of a comeback thanks to his acclaimed new Netflix special 100% Fresh, the very funny episode of SNL he recently hosted, and the newly-released Netflix movie Murder Mystery with Jennifer Aniston, and he’s also taking his show on the road with the 100% Fresher Tour. He’s hitting Jones Beach tonight and NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center next week.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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