What’s going on Thursday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Pixies, Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Brooklyn Steel
The Kim Deal-less version of the Pixies are on night two of their three-night run in NYC tonight. If you’re going, don’t miss Cymbals Eat Guitars, one of the better modern bands who hearken back to the era of indie rock that the Pixies helped pioneer.
Piebald, Simon Doom, Cyclone Static @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
During their initial run as a band, Piebald made powerful post-hardcore, crunchy, catchy indie rock, Beatlesque pop, and more. They’ve been reunited for a bit now, but their shows are still few and far between, so don’t miss your chance.
Margaret Glaspy & Julian Lage @ The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space (NY Guitar Fest)
As part of the New York Guitar Festival, indie rock singer/songwriter Margaret Glaspy is teaming with jazz guitarist Julian Lage for a unique collaborative performance tonight.
Noothgrush, Iron Lung, Captain Cleanoff, P.L.F., Mother Brain @ Saint Vitus
Sludge vets Noothgrush are in NYC before Maryland Deathfest, and this show has killer direct support from the raw powerviolence two-piece Iron Lung.
Sara Watkins @ Rockwood Music Hall
The prolific Sara Watkins has played with Nickel Creek, Watkins Family Hour, The Decemberists, and more, and she’s also a very active solo artist. Her latest solo album is last year’s Young in All the Wrong Ways.
Wale, Kent Jones, Chaz French, Rotimi, Phil Ade @ Irving Plaza
Seinfeld-loving rapper Wale is still at it, having released the new album Shine last month. Direct support at this show comes from Kent Jones, who’s gotten a lot of buzz for his hit “Don’t Mind” (the “she said ‘hola como estas'” song).
Ecstatic Vision, Weird Owl, Rattlesnake @ Union Pool
Heavy psych rockers Ecstatic Vision returned last month with their sophomore album, Raw Rock Fury, on Relapse. Tonight they’re back in NYC.
Innov Gnawa @ BRIC House
Brooklyn Gnawa music group Innov Gnawa have gotten some recognition in the pop-music world this year after appearing on Bonobo’s new album and performing live with him. Tonight they’re taping a live-in-studio performance for BRIC TV.
Kool G Rap, Fred the Godson, Saigon, Termanology, AG Da Coroner, DJ Lord Sear, DJ Eclipse, Pearl Gates & Syll @ BB King’s
One of the most influential MCs in ’80s/’90s rap, Kool G Rap is still active and releasing his new album Return of the Don this year. Tonight’s the hometown release show.
Com Truise, Clark, Logan Takahashi of Teengirl Fantasy @ Warsaw
Electronic musicians Com Truise and Clark are on a co-headlining tour in support of their respective new albums, Iteration and Death Peak. Logan Takahashi of Teengirl Fantasy opens the show.
“The Hum” with Angel Deradoorian, Miho Hatori, Ikue Mori, The Blow, Eartheater, Chaos Chaos @ Le Poisson Rouge
The Hum is a “unique all-female music series with an emphasis on collaborations between musicians who have never played together before.” Tonight’s lineup is pretty impressive, with Angel Deradoorian, Cibo Matto’s Miho Hatori, The Blow and more participating.
“The New American Paradise” short films, Saint Mela performance @ Metrotech Commons (Rooftop Films)
This free program of shorts, part of Rooftop Films’ summer series, offers a “journey to the more peculiar corners of the modern U.S of A.” Before the screening NYC indie trio Saint Mela performs. Music starts at 8 PM with the films at 9 PM.
Max Kansas City Festival @ Bowery Electric
Iconic NYC punk venue Max Kansas City closed in 1981 but its legacy lives on. Tonight is the start of a three-day celebration of Max’s spirit with performances from Waldos, Sic F*Cks, Puma Perl & Friends, New York Junk, Dive Bar Romeos, Luigi & The Wise Guys, The Cynz, Gina Harlow & The Deep Throats, and Sweet Things.
10,000 Maniacs @ City Winery
While Natalie Merchant left the band in 1993, and guitarist Robert Buck died in 2000, the much-loved folk-rock band carry on with Mary Ramsey singing lead.
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