What’s going on Thursday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Elbow, C Duncan @ Terminal 5
Having been around for nearly 20 years, Manchester’s Elbow make superior anthemic rock, full of heart and humility.Their latest LP, Little Fictions, is another worthy addition to their catalog. Why aren’t they massive?
Grizzly Bear, serpentwithfeet @ Brooklyn Steel
Grizzly Bear’s new album Painted Ruins, their first in five years, proves that still no one can make quite the same kind of off-kilter psychedelic pop that Grizzly Bear can. Tonight they begin a three-night run at Brooklyn Steel with great opener serpentwithfeet.
A Perfect Circle @ Barclays Center
While new Tool music is often talked about but so far nothing has come of it, Maynard James Keenan’s band A Perfect Circle did actually release a new single this year, and they say their long-awaited followup to 2004’s Emotive will be out in 2018. Maybe we’ll hear more new stuff tonight.
The Hotelier, Oso Oso, Alex Napping, Common Holly @ Brooklyn Bazaar
The Hotelier are still supporting 2015’s Goodness, and their live shows are as great as ever. If you’re going tonight, be sure to get there early for very promising opener Common Holly.
Mister Heavenly, Anna Burch, Simon Doom @ (le) poisson rouge
Indie supergroup Mister Heavenly – aka Honus Honus (Man Man), Nick Diamonds (The Unicorns, Islands), and drummer Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse, The Shins) — are now signed to Polyvinyl and released Boxing The Moonlight, their first album since their 2011 debut (which was on Sub Pop). Tonight’s show has direct support from labelmate Anna Burch, who is worth catching.
The Raincoats: Gina Birch & Ana da Silva (talk) @ The Kitchen
Post-punk icons The Raincoats return to the Kitchen (where they recorded a performance in 1982 which became The Kitchen Tapes) to discuss their debut album which just got the 33 1/3 treatment by Jenn Pelly. Maybe Jenn will convince them to play a couple songs.
Shout Out Louds, Surf Rock is Dead @ Bowery Ballroom
Coming of age in The OC era, Sweden’s Shout Out Louds have continued to make sweeping, shimmering pop, and just released their fifth album, Ease My Mind, via Merge.
Chic (featuring Nile Rodgers), The Soul Rebels @ Brooklyn Bowl
These days, funk/disco/R&B greats Chic are more likely to play arenas, so it’s a real treat to get to get to see Nile Rodgers and co play the hits somewhere as small as Brooklyn Bowl. Mind you tickets are not cheap but all proceeds go to charity.
ADULT., Plack Blague, Further Reductions @ Elsewhere (Hall)
Following its Grand Opening Halloween party, new Bushwick venue Elsewhere gets down to business as usual, hosting Detroit’s ADULT. and more in the main hall.
Guantanamo Baywatch, Surfbort, Sloppy Jane @ Elsewhere Zone One
Meanwhile in Elsewhere’s more intimate Zone One it’s party garage rockers Guantanamo Baywatch, who are paired with two bands known for wild live shows: Surfbort and Sloppy Jane.
Tera Melos, Speedy Ortiz, Fits @ Market Hotel
Spastic math rockers Tera Melos returned this year with Trash Generator, another great example of their ability to mix pop hooks with total weirdness. Speedy Ortiz, who have some math in their sound too, make this a great double bill.
Swans, Carla Bozulich @ Warsaw
The current version of Swans — which began with 2010’s My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky and concluded with 2016’s The Glowing Man — say they’re no longer going to perform together after three final shows at Warsaw, beginning with this one.
Cut Worms, John Andrews & The Yawns, Ryan Sambol @ Baby’s All Right
Cut Worms celebrates the release of Like Going Down Sideways, which collects some of his “soft boiled” demos onto one record. Opening is John Andrews, who plays in Woods, Quilt (and Cut Worms band these days).
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Maria Usbeck, Cool Maritime @ Good Room
Maker of soundscape-y, ethereal synthpop, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith celebrates the release of her new album, The Kid. Also on the bill is onetime Selebrities singer Maria Usbeck whose lovely 2016 Amparo was sorely underheard.
Curtis Harding @ Rough Trade
Having dipped his toe in garage rock and psychedelic soul, Curtis Harding melds those sounds together with more confidence than ever on his just-released Face Your Fear that features contributions from Danger Mouse and Sam Cohen.
YQY Workout w/ Ilana Glazer, Phoebe Robinson @ Union Hall (two shows)
Ilana and Phoebe warm up for their YQY (“Yaaas Queen Yaaas”) tour with two tiny shows at Union Hall tonight. Sold out.
chickfactor 25 w/ Kicking Giant, The Pacific Ocean, Bridget St. John, Honeybunch @ Union Pool
Beloved music fanzine chickfactor is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a “series of fortunate events” featuring some of its favorite artists. Tonight has Kicking Giant (who rarely play live and haven’t played NYC in ages), The Pacific Ocean (members of Versus and Containe), Bridget St. John, and Honeybunch (Jeffrey Underhill of Velvet Crush), plus host Sukhdev Sandhu.
The Woggles, Black Flamingos, Grey Ashley @ WFMU Monty Hall
Garage rock cult heroes The Woggles still put on a helluva show some 30 years into their career. Catch them tonight with former Gris Gris frontman Greg Ashley whose new album is out on Trouble in Mind.
Jerry Seinfeld @ Beacon Theatre (2 shows)
With a busy schedule that includes a new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and a bunch of Netflix specials, Jerry Seinfeld still makes time to play a monthly show at Beacon Theatre. Tonight he’s doing early and late shows.
Springsteen on Broadway
It’s the hottest ticket on Broadway: Bruce Springsteen playing solo at the intimate Walter Kerr Theatre, performing some of his biggest hits and telling stories about them. His show runs through February.
Flogging Molly, Anti-Flag, Jon Snodgrass @ Starland Ballroom
Flogging Molly returned this year with new album Life Is Good and their brand of Celtic punk always makes for super fun live shows. Direct support comes from Anti-Flag, whose political pop punk really resonates in the Trump era.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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