What’s going on Thursday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Japanese Breakfast, Mannequin Pussy, The Spirit of the Beehive @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Japanese Breakfast released her Dead Oceans debut, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, earlier this year, and it’s easily the best and most diverse-sounding thing she’s done yet. She’s back in NYC tonight with two very solid openers.
Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival kicks off today with two shows: Brazil’s DJ Marky at Good Room and LA beat-scene staple TOKiMONSTA at House of Yes.
Mura Masa, Joey Purp @ Terminal 5
UK pop-electronic producer Mura Masa released his debut album on Polydor this year, with guest spots by A$AP Rocky, Charli XCX, Desiigner, Nao, Jamie Lidell, Damon Albarn, Christine and the Queens, AK Paul, and more. He’s been known to bring out some of those guests at shows — will he do that at tonight’s sold-out NYC show? If you’re going, it’s worth showing up early for the great, rising Chicago rapper Joey Purp.
Guns N’ Roses @ Madison Square Garden
The cheekily titled “Not In This Lifetime Tour” reunites Axl, Slash and Duff and hits NJ after playing Madison Square Garden last night..
Future Islands, Jenny Besetzt @ Brooklyn Steel
Future Islands wrap up their three-night, sold out run at Brooklyn Steel. If you’re going, North Carolina’s gothy Jenny Besetzt are worth getting there early to see.
Mike Doughty @ City Winery
Mike is performing his old band Soul Coughing’s 1996 album Irresistible Bliss in full at this show.
Frankie Rose, Bootblacks, Suburban Living @ Rough Trade
Frankie Rose dipped a toe into dance music on her new album Cage Tropical that fits right in with her ethereal pop style. Tonight’s show is with the gothy Bootblacks and Philadelphia’s Suburban Living.
Lust For Youth, Secret Boyfriend, Cienfuegos @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Lust For Youth hail from the same Danish punk scene as Iceage and Lower, but unlike their guitar-oriented peers, their music pulls from dark ’80s synthpop. Their latest album is last year’s solid Compassion.
Kool AD, Cult Days @ Brooklyn
While Kool AD’s former Das Racist partner Heems is a little more popular these days with Swet Shop Boys, Kool AD continues to lead a very worthwhile solo career as well.
Blind Pilot, Charlie Cunningham @ Irving Plaza
Last year, Portland indie folk group Blind Pilot released their first album in five years, And Then Like Lions, on ATO. They’re back in NYC tonight in continued support of it.
Brother Ali, Sa-Roc, Last Word (DJ), Sol Messiah (DJ) @ Knitting Factory
Underground rap staple Brother Ali returned earlier this year with All the Beauty in This Whole Life on longtime label Rhymesayers, and he’s on tour now in support of the album.
Joyner Lucas @ SOB’s
Worcester, MA rapper Joyner Lucas released his Atlantic Records debut, 508-507-2209, back in June. It was executive produced by Drake associate Boi-1da, and features some highly emotional storytelling.
Peanut Butter Wolf, Prince Paul, DJ Thanksgiving Brown @ Rocks Off Cruise
It’s a night of extraordinary DJs, including Stones Throw Records head Peanut Butter Wolf, De La Soul producer Prince Paul and more.
Margaret Cho @ Gramercy Theatre (two shows)
Comedian Margaret Cho brings her “Fresh Off the Bloat” tour to NYC for two shows tonight.
FEA, Bruiser Queen, Kristeen Young @ Berlin
For years Kristeen Young was Morrissey’s opener of choice. Tonight she celebrates the release of her new album, Live at the Witch’s Tit.
A Tribute to Pauline Oliveros @ Brookfield Place
Part of the “New Sounds Live” series, Darmstadt Ensemble, led by Ben Neill and Zach Layton, lead this tribute to “deep listening” pioneer Pauline Oliveros (who died last year). Free, 7:30 PM.
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead @ Brooklyn Bowl
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead have emerged as one of the finest Grateful Dead-related bands around (and Russo often plays with actual Dead members). They’re in the midst of a six-night run at Brooklyn Bowl.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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