What’s going on Thursday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Bob Dylan @ Beacon Theatre
The great Bob Dylan continues his intimate ten-night run at Beacon Theatre with his band which, if previous nights’ setlists (which have been pretty much the same) are any indication, includes lots of favorites.
Devendra Banhart, Black Belt Eagle Scout @ Brooklyn Steel
Devendra Banhardt’s new album, Ma, was inspired by him motherland, Venezuela, and is his best, most spirited record in a long time. He’s always an engaging performer.
Janelle James Comedy Festival @ The Bell House
Now in its second year, The Janelle James Comedy Festival (formerly the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival), kicks off tonight with “Comedians That Don’t Owe Me Money” that’s hosted by Janelle and features Sam Morril (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan), Hadiyah Robinson (Comedy Central, BET), Abi Sanchez (Laugh Factory Chicago), and more.
Tallies, Honey Cutt, End Scene @ ALPHAVILLE
Toronto band Tallies take cues from jangly UK pop like The Smiths and The Sundays. Tonight they play with their Kanine Records labelmates Honey Cutt
Chandra, Future Punx, Famous Logs in History @ The Broadway
Chandra Oppenheim was Hell’s Kitchen’s youngest no waver in 1980: at age 12, Chandra and her adult band (feat members of The Dance) released the discordant, danceable “mutant disco” EP Transportation with the help of Chandra’s dad, conceptual artist Dennis Oppenheim. After leaving music behind, Chandra starting playing again with new backing.
Robert Earl Keen @ Town Hall
Coming from the great Texas songwriting tradition of Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen’s work has been covered by everyone from Johnny Cash and WIllie Nelson to Bob Seger and Emmylou Harris. Tonight’s a holiday show that will also pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. It’ll all make sense at the show.
Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, Cage the Elephant, Jimmy Eat World, Of Monsters and Men, Judah and the Lion, SHAED @ Barclays Center
New York alt-rock radio station ALT 92.3 are throwing their second annual “Not So Silent Night” holiday show at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center tonight. Highlights of the lineup include Vampire Weekend (still riding high off the strength of Father of the Bride, widely considered one of the year’s best) and Jimmy Eat World (true lifers who released the rock-solid Surviving this year).
TU Dance & Bon Iver (Come Through) @ Kings Theatre
Bon Iver released their new album and played Barclays Center this year, and they’re also staying busy with their Come Through show, a collaboration with dance company TU Dance. They’re doing that show at Kings Theatre tonight. Night 2 of 2.
The Hold Steady, Wussy @ Brooklyn Bowl
This is night two of The Hold Steady’s annual four-night holiday show run at Brooklyn Bowl. There’s a different opener every night, and tonight it’s fellow 2000s-era indie rockers Wussy.
Thurston Moore Group, Devin Brahja Waldman @ Le Poisson Rouge
Sonic Youth is no more, but if you crave the unique thrill of their intense live shows, Thurston Moore’s current band scratches a similar itch.
Wiki, Blair @ The Dance
Wiki remains one of NYC’s most underrated rappers, and tonight’s his first hometown show since the release of his new album OOFIE.
Avey Tare @ Public Records
Animal Collective’s Avey Tare made a bit of a return to his mid 2000s freak folk days on this year’s Cows on Hourglass Pond, and today he follows it with the Conference of Birds / Birds in Disguise EP and begins a two-night stand in NYC.
The Menzingers, Tigers Jaw, Culture Abuse @ Warsaw
The Menzingers, Tigers Jaw, and Culture Abuse is a pretty amazing triple bill in the punk/emo world, and this rager hits Warsaw tonight and tomorrow.
Lucy Dacus, Haley Heynderickx @ Webster Hall
Lucy Dacus has been releasing various holiday songs all year, and now she plays NYC right as Christmas season is starting to be in full effect. Fellow folky indie rocker Haley Heynderickx opens and she’s not to miss.
Puce Mary, JFK, Wetware, 51717, Hivemind @ Saint Vitus
Saint Vitus hosts a night of noise, headlined by the great Puce Mary.
Howard Fishman, Damn Tall Buildings, Food Will Win The War @ Pete’s Candy Store
Tiny Williamsburg bar/venue is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week with performances by many of their favorite artists. Tonight is headlined by Howard Fishman who has been playing in and around WIlliamsburg for just as long (and maybe longer).
Joe Pera Talks With You (screening) @ Alamo Drafthouse
We’re very excited that Joe Pera’s wonderful, low-key hilarious Adult Swim series, Joe Pera Talks With You, is back this Friday with Season 2. Tonight, Joe will host a screening of all seven episodes, plus pie, popcorn and and a Q&A. Sold out.
You can also find quality entertainment on almost any night of the week at: Barbès bar and performance space in Park Slope, LunÀtico in Bed Stuy, Nublu in the East Village, Blue Note jazz club in the West Village, The Stone in multiple locations, Comedy Cellar in the West Village, and Q.E.D. comedy club in Astoria.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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