What’s going on Thursday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Bill Callahan, 75 Dollar Bill @ Webster Hall
Between his days as Smog and the music he’s released under his own name, Bill Callahan has three decades of great music to pull from tonight — including this year’s fantastic Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest — and he’s been mixing up his setlists pretty well between the new album and the classics. It’s worth catching local experimentalists 75 Dollar Bill too.
Beast Coast (Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, CJ Fly, Powers Pleasant) @ Pier 17
Beast Coast — the NYC rap supergroup featuring Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, Joey Bada$$ and other Pro Era members — released their very fun debut album Escape From New York earlier this year, and this week they’re back in New York for hometown shows at Pier 17 tonight and tomorrow.
Tame Impala, Velvet Negroni @ Madison Square Garden
Tame Impala’s new album has been relegated to TBD status, but they’ve got no shortage of favorites to fill MSG for their second consecutive night. New 4AD signing Velvet Negroni opens.
Rubella Ballet, Haram, Blu Anxxiety, Wisteria, Miedo @ Brooklyn Bazaar
UK anarcho-punk/post-punk band Rubella Ballet were described by the Punk Globe‘s Tyler Vile as “the band who bridged the gaps between the Sex Pistols, X-Ray Spex, and Crass” and are currently on their 40th anniversary tour.
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Quicksilver Daydream @ Le Poisson Rouge
Fresh off playing Psycho Las Vegas, psychedelic rock legend Arthur Brown plays NYC tonight. We caught him at Psycho and said he’s “a legend that shows no signs of age and truly delivered an arena-ready show early in the afternoon, complete with pyrotechnics, lasers, video and many costume changes.”
Young Guv, Super Natural Psycho, James Matthew, Big City, Phantasia @ The Broadway
When not making hard-hitting, expansive punk rock with Fucked Up, guitarist Ben Cook crafts sparkling guitar pop as Young Guv that recalls Matthew Sweet, The Posies, The Stone Roses and Teenage Fanclub.
Pete Rock, Zhigge, Billy Danze (M.O.P) & more @ Mercury Lounge
Tonight, Lyricist Lounge hosts a NYC show that’s stacked with local hip hop legends.
Alternative Guitar Summit 2019: The Music of Woodstock 50 Years After @ Brooklyn Bowl
One of the many Woodstock 50th anniversary celebrations is this tribute show featuring a cast of very talented guitarists. The lineup includes Nels Cline plays Santana, Vernon Reid plays Janis Joplin & Sly Stone, Marc Ribot plays Jimi Hendrix & Canned Heat, Brandon Seabrook plays The Who & Ten Years After, and Joel Harrison plays Richie Havens & Grateful Dead.
Peel Dream Magazine, UV-TV, Activity @ Elsewhere
Here’s a solid triple bill of post-punk-leaning local bands: Peel Dream Magazine fall somwhere between Broadcast and Belle & Sebastian; UV-TV are Wire-esque and punky; while Activity chart dark alien sonic landscapes and features members of Grooms, Russian Baths and Field Mouse.
Ex Hex, Frankie and the Witch Fingers, Erotic Novels @ House of Independents
Having dropped a second killer album of glammy, punky rock earlier this year, Ex Hex (led by Mary Timony of Helium) wrap up their East Coast tour tonight.
Harry and the Potters, Glockabelle @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Wizard Rock vets Harry & The Potters released their first album in 13 years earlier this summer which compares the final Potter book, The Deathly Hallows, to our current politically climate against some very catchy jangle-pop.
Lina Tullgren, Carlos Truly, Michael @ Rough Trade
Lina Tullgren’s new album Free Cell comes out Friday via Captured Tracks, and celebrates just a few days early.
Squeeze, They Might Be Giants @ Stone Pony
Two bands who have done innovative things with pop over the years make for a fun double bill.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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