What’s going on Thursday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Ween @ Terminal 5
After taking a few years off, Dean and Gene are back at it and play their first of three sold-out Terminal 5 shows tonight.
Future Punx, Pujol, Nude Beach @ Shea Stadium
A bit of a kooky bill, this, with the new wave stylings of Future Punx juxtaposed against the much more rock n’ roll vibe of Nashville’s Pujol and Brooklyn’s Nude Beach. But all three bands are very good live.
A Tribute to Sunny feat. Marc Ribot, Miss Ida Blue, Luna Sisters, Stillhouse Serenade, John Pinamonti, Stevie from St Lou, The Gotham Easy @ Pioneer Works
Sunny Balzano, owner of beloved Red Hook spot Sunny’s Bar, passed away in March and tonight a whole bunch of breat musicians, most notably guitarist Marc Ribot, pay tribute tonight.
Wall, Bambara, Threats, Weeping Icon @ Berlin
UPDATE: This show has been moved to May 12.
Songhoy Blues, Young Paris @ Le Poisson Rouge
Malian band Songhoy Blues have been winning audiences over around the globe with their infectious energy and undeniable charisma. The band’s album, Music in Exile, is worth checking out too.
Iggy Pop, Noveller @ Capitol Theatre
With a terrific new album and backed on this tour by a killer band featuring Queens of the Stone Age‘s Josh Homme, Dean Fertita and Troy Van Leeuwen, plus Arctic Monkeys‘ Matt Helders and Chavez’s Matt Sweeney, Iggy Pop remains a total rock n’ roll force. It’s worth catching the ambient guitar soundscapes of opener Noveller too.
Melvins, Napalm Death, Melt-Banana @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Melvins are busy as usual this year, with their looong-in-the-making collaboration with godheadSilo’s Mike Kunka finally out, a new tour 7″, and an album with six different bassists on the way. Tonight’s their first of two NYC shows with grindcore legends Napalm Death (whose 2015 LP Apex Predator – Easy Meat ranks among the band’s best work) and Japanese noise rock staples Melt-Banana.
Corrosion of Conformity, Mothership, Polygamyst @ Saint Vitus
The recent CoC tours have been especially exciting because they’re back with Pepper Keenan on vocals these days. This is their second of two consecutive nights at Saint Vitus.
Tim Hecker, Prurient @ Warsaw
Tim Hecker has been putting out acclaimed ambient/drone music for two decades now, and his brand new Love Streams (which came out last week on 4AD/Paper Bag) has him sounding great as ever. This is a killer double bill with Prurient, whose heavily ambitious 2015 LP Frozen Niagara Falls was one of the more unique albums of last year.
Japanese Breakfast, Roof Doctor, Friendship, Fits @ Silent Barn
Japanese Breakfast is the current focus of Little Big League singer Michelle Zauner, but this band is closer to ’80s Fleetwood Mac/dream pop than LBL’s mathy indie-punk.
Esperanza Spalding @ Apollo Theater
Jazz musician Esperanza Spalding turned a lot of heads when she beat Drake, Justin Bieber, Florence + the Machine and Mumford & Sons at the 2011 Grammy Awards, and she continues to progress. This year’s Emily’s D+Evolution (co-produced with Tony Visconti) has garnered lots of acclaim.
Nothing Nowhere, The Obsessives, ROMP @ Rough Trade
The main draw on this bill (for us at least) is the punk-ish indie rock from Philly’s The Obsessives and New Brunswick’s ROMP. Headliners Nothing, Nowhere kind of mix pop-emo with Post Malone-style rap (and it’s as weird as it sounds).
Audacity, Big Eyes, Fletcher C. Johnson @ Baby’s All Right
Cali garage rockers Audacity have a new album out on Suicide Squeeze, and tonight’s their second of two NYC shows in support of it. Good openers too.
Har Mar Superstar @ Knitting Factory
Har Mar celebrated the release of this new album Best Summer Ever over two nights at Knitting Factory. Expect special guests and other party-forward shenanigans.
Jerry Seinfeld @ Beacon Theater
What’s the deal with these shows? It’s Seinfeld’s monthly residency, that’s what. He’s been getting some cool people to open, 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 was recently extended through May.
Kyp Malone (of TV on the Radio), Elliot Sharp & Zachary Pruitt Duo, Max Alper @ 49 Shade
New Bed-Stuy DIY venue 49 Shade makes it’s debut tonight with this bill of experimental / improvisational music headlined by TVOTR’s Kyp Malone. Giants be warned: this basement venue’s ceilings are low.
Underoath, Caspian @ Playstaton Theater
Popular metalcore band Underoath headline this show, but we’re most interested in the fact that it’s a chance to catch the great post-rock band Caspian.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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