What’s going on Wednesday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
My Bloody Valentine, Heavy Blanket @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine need no introduction, but this tour is even more exciting than usual, as MBV have been debuting some new songs, which are presumably off of the album and/or EP that MBV have been promising. Fellow Jazzmaster and Marshall amps lover J Mascis opens the show with his psych band Heavy Blanket. Bring earplugs.
The Smashing Pumpkins, Metric @ MSG
The Smashing Pumpkins are back with 3/4 of their original lineup (Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin) for the first time in years, and for this tour, they’re focusing on music from the first five albums (and some covers, including, yes, “Stairway to Heaven”). Billy is probably bummed that he’s up against MBV tonight.
Carly Rae Jepsen, Jamila Woods, Mitski, Phoebe Bridgers, I’m With Her @ Damrosch Park Bandshell
This free show is part of both Lincoln Center Out of Doors and NPR Music’s “Turning the Tables Live” series. Mitski, Phoebe Bridgers, Jamila Woods, and Carly Rae Jepsen will “come together for a song circle, performing stripped-down versions of their original music and discussing modern popular-music culture with moderator Ann Powers,” and I’m With Her (aka Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan) are opening.
Lord Huron, Cherry Glazerr @ Brooklyn Steel
Folk rockers Lord Huron went in a psychedelic direction, as well as a bigger, more rockin’ direction on this year’s Vide Noir, which is their best album yet. They play Brooklyn Steel tonight and tomorrow, both with very solid support from garage punks Cherry Glazerr. Both shows are sold out.
Seu Jorge @ Blue Note (2 shows)
Brazilian singer and Life Aquatic troubadour Seu Jorge begins his 10-night Blue Note residency.
Tony Allen @ Le Poisson Rouge
Tony is one of the greatest drummers in the world, having provided the backbeat for Fela Kuti’s band for 13 years, and his current projects include Damon Albarn’s The Good, The Bad & The Queen.
Alex Cameron, Jackie Cohen @ White Eagle Hall
While his onstage persona is that of a past-his-prime a louche, but Cameron is anything but. He’s a magnetic performer and a very funny banterer (as is his saxophonist and business partner Roy Molloy).
Rise Against, AFI, Anti-Flag @ Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
Rise Against, AFI, and Anti-Flag are all popular, long-running punk bands, and in their own ways, they’ve all managed to honor their more aggressive, early punk influences, compete with the more melodic pop punk boom of the 2000s, and then go on to influence a handful of today’s worthy bands.
Chloe x Halle @ Bowery Ballroom
Beyonce proteges Chloe x Halle released their debut album earlier this year (which features Joey Bada$$, GoldLink, and Kari Faux), and they’re now opening Beyonce and Jay-Z’s “OTR II” tour. Ahead of the two MetLife Stadium shows this week, they play their own headlining show at Bowery Ballroom. Sold out.
Madison McFerrin, Saint Mela, Naima @ SOB’s
NYC neo-soul newcomer Madison McFerrin is the daughter of Bobby McFerrin (of “Don’t Worry Be Happy” fame), and like her father, she often performs a cappella. Tonight’s the video release party for her recent single “Insane.”
Amy Schumer, Rachel Feinstein, Bridget Everett, Mia Jackson @ The Rooftop at Pier 17
Amy Schumer is having a big year as usual — her new movie I Feel Pretty is out, and she’s continuing to do stand-up. Tonight, she performs at the opening night for the Seaport District’s new Pier 17 Rooftop Concert Series, and she’s got some talented friends joining her.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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