What’s going on Wednesday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Oh Sees, Timmy’s Organism, The Flying Luttenbachers @ Warsaw
Having hung onto the same four-piece, double-drummer lineup for a few years now, Oh Sees still manage to mine new sounds from their basic building blocks, as heard on this year’s heavy Smote Reverser. Live is where they really blast off, though.
Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
The late Walter Becker will surely be missed at this nine-show Beacon Theatre run that begins tonight with the band playing The Royal Scam in full, plus other favorites.
Nine Inch Nails, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Daniel Avery @ Kings Theatre
Nine Inch Nails have been mixing up their setlists on this NYC run (and this tour in general), so there’s no telling what surprises they may have in store tonight. NIN’s old pals The Jesus and Mary Chain (who took NIN on tour back in the day) provide direct support, and it’s worth getting there for opener Daniel Avery too. This is the fourth and final show of the NYC run.
Big Thief, Range of Light Wilderness, .michael., Grey Gersten @ Brooklyn Steel
Big Thief singer Adrianne Lenker is fresh off releasing an excellent solo album, but Big Thief is still very much a going concern too and on the road as we speak. They’ve also been playing some awesome-sounding new songs on the road this year.
Trevor Powers, Cormac Roth @ National Sawdust
Trevor Powers (who used to go by Youth Lagoon) is on the road supporting his first-ever album under his own name, Mulberry Violence. It’s an excellent experimental, electronic pop album with hints of Kid A and Bjork’s recent Arca collaborations.
Dave East & Styles P @ Irving Plaza
Rising New York rapper Dave East and veteran New York rapper Styles P (who helped define the type of rap that Dave East favors) just put out a collaborative album, and tonight they play together at this benefit show for Hoodies for the Homeless.
Kero Kero Bonito, Tanukichan @ Elsewhere
UK trio Kero Kero Bonito morphed from a laptop project into a more tradition band with the just-released Time ‘n’ Place, but didn’t lose any of their creativity in the process.
Guided by Voices, Park Doing @ Asbury Lanes
Guided by Voices have two new album due in 2019, one of which is a double album, so maybe they’ll play a few of those amongst the 50-or-so others they’re bound to play tonight.
David Bowie ‘Lodger’ tribute w/ Jonathan Meiburg & more @ Brookfield Place
Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg leads this three-night tribute to Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy, starting tonight with Lodger. The ensemble of musicians includes Carlos Alomar, who was Bowie’s rhythm guitarist for 30 years, Angel Deradoorian, Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart, Greg Fox (Zs, Uniform, Liturgy), Deerhoof’s Ed Rodriguez, plus other members of Shearwater, the Wordless Music Orchestra, and more. Free, 7:30 PM.
Calvin Johnson, Cal Fish, Kate Mohanty, Anna Altman, Ryan Kayhart, Umbra (DJ) @ The Glove
One of the more unlikely pairings this year was Beat Happening frontman Calvin Johnson working with The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney on his new solo album (which also features Michelle Branch). Calvin celebrates its release tonight.
Ulrika Spacek, Honduras, No Swoon @ Baby’s All Right
UK psych outfit Ulrika Spacek dropped much of the darker side of their sound for this year’s excellent Suggestive Listening which offered a cleaner, effects-free, and prettier version of Ulrika Spacek. You can still compare them to Deerhunter, Television, and Pavement, but the melodies really pop and the interplay between the three guitarists really shines.
Murder By Death, William Elliot Whitmore @ Bowery Ballroom
Murder by Death and William Elliot Whitmore are two acts that appeal to both country and punk audiences (but in different ways), which makes this a very cool pairing.
Shilpa Ray, Ice Balloons, Cheap Sneakers, Half-Wet @ Union Pool (benefit for Julia Salazar & Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)
This show is a benefit for Democratic Socialists Julia Salazar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and it features punk-blues staple Shilpa Ray, TVOTR offshot Ice Balloons, and more.
Collapsing Scenery, Nymph, Body Stuff, Daisy Glaze, Dismal Stand @ Pyramid
Collapsing Scenery, the music and art project of Don Devore (Ink & Dagger, The Icarus Line, Amazing Baby, Lilys, Sick Feeling) and Reggie Debris, play tonight alsong with Daisy Glaze (Alix Brown of Golden Triangle & more).
Pictureplane, Lil Zubin, Yawns, Debit, Michael Magnan @ Public Arts
Goth-industrial artist Pictureplane recently released his new album Degenerate, and he celebrates it at this free show. UPDATE: This show has been postponed until November.
The O’My’s, Pink Siifu, Spencer. @ Rough Trade
Chicago soul group The O’My’s headline this show, and it’s also worth catching indie rapper Pink Siifu, who recently released his great new album ensley.
Red City Radio, Pkew Pkew Pkew, The Penske File, Original Sharks @ Knitting Factory
Red City Radio and Pkew Pkew Pkew make two very different kinds of high-energy punk, and it should be a pretty wild show with both of them on the same bill.
Crumb, L’Rain, Taphari @ Market Hotel
New York City band Crumb make jazzy pop that recalls The Bird and The Bee or The Cardigans as can be heard on last year’s self-released Locket EP
Springsteen on Broadway
The Boss continues his sold-out “Springsteen on Broadway” run at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which runs through December. At these shows, Bruce is giving fans shows “that are as personal and as intimate as possible.”
Chris Gethard (‘Lose Well’), Justin Linville, Carmen Christopher, Liza Treyger, Marcus Monroe, Mal Blum @ The Bell House
Chris Gethard, whose truTV show was sadly canceled, just released a new book all about learning from your mistakes titled Lose Well, . He celebrates with friends tonight.
Riz Ahmed in conversation with NPR’s Audie Cornish @ Murmrr Ballroom
Actor/rapper Riz Ahmed recently dropped a great new single and he’s got a NYC show coming up, but first he’ll be in conversation with NPR’s Audie Cornish tonight. Sold out.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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