What’s going on Thursday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
New Order @ Radio City Music Hall
New Order returned in 2015 with new album Music Complete that was their danciest album since Republic (and probably best since Technique). That positive vibe — and a big handful of their ’80s hits — will hopefully energize this first night of their U.S. tour.
The Snails, Oh Hang, Benny Boeldt @ Mercury Lounge
Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring and bassist/guitarist William Cashion’s side project, The Snails, as a lark, with song titles like “Dusty Snails” and “Barnacle on a Surfboard.” Musically, though, it’s not overly novelty, though it is definitely weirder than what Future Islands do. Unsurprisingly, this is sold out.
Methyl Ethel, Cotillion, Violent Video @ Baby’s All Right
Australian band Methyl Ethel meld dreamy textures with a sense of grandeur that makes them successors to groups like The Triffids. Their new album Oh Inhuman Spectacle just got reissued by 4AD.
Stooges tribute w/ J Mascis, John Moloney, Rob Thomas, Noel Ford, Don Fleming, Dez Cadena & more @ Bowery Electric
Late Stooges members Ron and Scott Asheton will be paid tribute to at this show by the band “Ron & Scott” (aka Sunburned Hand of the Man’s Rob Thomas & John Moloney, and Noel Ford) with help from Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis (who has played with the Ashetons), Black Flag/Misfits’ Dez Cadena, Gumball’s Don Fleming, and more. Jonathan Toubin is DJing, Jesse Malin is hosting, and that’s not even all of it. This sounds like a fun show.
Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place, Palm, Heliotropes @ Knitting Factory
Pinback is sadly no more, but Rob Crow now has a new band called Rob Crow’s Gloomy Place and their excellent new album You’re Doomed. Be Nice. basically picks up where Pinback left off. If you miss that band, don’t miss this show.
Krallice, The Sabbath Assembly, Gnaw @ Acheron
Brooklyn experimental black metal band Krallice have been pretty prolific lately, with a new album and EP out in under a year, and it’s all been some of their best stuff yet.
My Nu Leng, DJ Paypal, Celestial Traxx, Vik Rai, Acid Eastern @ Good Room
Bristol duo My Nu Leng headline this show, and it’s also a chance to catch the Brainfeeder-signed DJ Paypal, who released the very good Sold Out last year.
Dean Blunt, Dedekind Cut, Bookworms @ Market Hotel
British electronic musician Dean Blunt makes records on his own and with Inga Copeland. His latest release, Platinum Tears, came out under his alter-ego Babyfather.
Pinkwash, Unstoppable, Death Machines, Parlor Walls, Mindtroll, Studeyed @ Shea Stadium
The Don Giovanni/Sister Polygon-signed Pinkwash formed a couple years ago with members of Bleeding Rainbow and Hume. They make powerful, noisy punk, most recently heard on last year’s Cancer Money 7″.
Naytronix, Young Nudist, Windhorse, O13 @ Cake Shop
Naytronix is the project of Nate Brenner, who may you know as the bassist for tUnE-yArDs. His own stuff is catchy and quirky too.
C. Spencer Yeh, Dan Friel, Greg Fox, Sarah Lipstate, Travis Laplante @ Trans Pecos
A ton of talented musicians come together for solo sets at this show, including former Parts & Labor member Dan Friel, Liturgy drummer Greg Fox, avant-guitarist Sarah Lipstate (aka Noveller), and more.
Less Than Jake (playing Hello Rockview), Bigwig, Mikey Erg @ Highline Ballroom
Less Than Jake played Losing Streak in full last night, arguably their best album, but there’s fun stuff on Hello Rockview too: “All My Best Friends Are Metalheads,” “History of a Boring Town,” etc. The openers make this a good show too: NJ punk vets Bigwig and the busiest drummer in punk, Mikey Erg.
Dropkick Murphys, Tiger Army, Darkbuster @ Webster Hall
If you’re looking for a fun show to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day season, what better than Boston’s celtic punk faves Dropkick Murphys? They wrap up their two-night stand at Webster Hall tonight.
Bambara, Junk Boys, Fur Helmet @ Union Pool
Brooklyn trio Bambara make swaggering, pitch-black, howling rock in the mould of Swans, The Birthday Party and The Gun Club. The band just released their second album, Swarm.
Hoops, Nite Fields, Outside World @ Sunnyvale
Brisbane, Australia’s Nite Fields make dark, gauzy guitar pop that owes more than a little to the hazy, gothy daze of mid-’80s 4AD/Beggars Banquet. Outside World, who make hooky, anthemic janglepop in the tradition of Tommy Keene, The Barracudas and The dB’s, are worth catching too.
Mike Birbiglia @ The Lynn Redgrave Theater
Comedian Mike Birbiglia has been doing his show “Thank God for the Jokes” for nearly two years. He’s putting it to bed, but not before this run which just got extended through May.
Mattie Safer (of The Rapture) @ Goldsounds
It’s the grand opening of new Bushwick spot Goldsounds with a live performance by onetime Rapture bassist Matt Safer. Free show.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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