What’s going on Wednesday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Pop Will Eat Itself, Chemlab, Statiqbloom @ Brooklyn Bazaar (Cold Waves Fest)
It’s Day 1 of the Cold Waves NYC fest, featuring an array of industrial, darkwave and other gothy synth music. Headlining are UK group Pop Will Eat Itself, led by Graham Cobb (Clint Mansell no longer plays in the band).
Nitzer Ebb, Surachai @ Warsaw
Not part of Cold Waves, but could be, is industrial/EBM vets Nitzer Ebb who will play in their full-band lineup tonight.
Madonna @ BAM: Brooklyn Academy of Music
Madonna is doing something different in support of her new album Madame X, playing multi-night runs at intimate theatres instead of the arenas where she normally holds court. Her 17-show run at BAM continues tonight.
Malcolm Mooney and the Eleventh Planet @ Union Pool
Original Can vocalist Malcolm Mooney — who appeared on Monster Movie, Soundtracks and more — has a new band, The Eleventh Planet, which includes Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley, as well as Alexis Marcelo, Ava Mendoza, Daniel Moreno and Devin Brahja Waldman, most of whom have played with Mooney before. Expect “CAN classics, as well as new and unrecorded music, and samplings of what’s yet to come.”
Boy Harsher, Olivia Neutron-John @ Bowery Ballroom
Coldwave synthpop duo Boy Harsher released the very good Careful back in February and bring their icy pop beats to Bowery.
Eric Andre @ Beacon Theatre
Not only did Eric Andre release a troll-ish music album as BLARF this year, he’s also staying very active with stand-up and bringing his “Legalize Everything” tour back to NYC tonight, where he also just played on Sunday.
Andrew Bird, Chicano Batman @ Brooklyn Steel
Andrew Bird returned earlier this year with his new album My Finest Work Yet, and after playing intimate shows this past spring, now he’s on more a proper tour of larger venues and returning to NYC tonight.
Becca Mancari, Frances Cone @ Mercury Lounge
Indie/country singer Becca Mancari has been working on a followup to her great 2017 debut album Good Woman, and now she’s on her first-ever headlining tour and promising to play every song on Good Woman and “a bunch of new songs,” so tonight will presumably be your first chance to hear a good chunk of the new album in NYC.
Tom Morello @ Minetta Lane Theatre
Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, and Prophets of Rage’s Tom Morello begins a three-night Off-Broadway run of stories and music tonight. Tom says, “I was the only black kid in an all-white town, the only anarchist at a conservative high school, the only heavy metal guitarist at Harvard University, and the only Ivy League Star Trek nerd in the biggest political rap rock band of all time. The songs, the stories, the triumphs, the tragedies, the riffs, the rebellion — all will be revealed. Oh, and I’m going play a lot of ripping guitar, too.”
Mannequin Pussy, Destroy Boys, Ellis @ Rough Trade
Mannequin Pussy really leveled up with this year’s Patience, which is their Epitaph debut and first made with producer Will Yip, and also their most varied and biggest sounding album yet. They celebrate tonight with a sold-out NYC show.
Venom Prison, Homewrecker, Black Mass, JOY @ Saint Vitus
Ohio metallic hardcore rippers and UK political death metallers Venom Prison are on a co-headlining tour that hits Brooklyn tonight. Call of the Void were initially on this tour too, but they dropped off after abruptly breaking up earlier this year.
Lingua Ignota @ Saint Vitus (late show)
After the Homewrecker/Venom Prison show, Vitus hosts a late show from theatrical noise artist Lingua Ignota, who released one of the year’s very best albums with Caligula. This is her second NYC show this week, and with music this physical, it begs to be seen live.
Luke Temple, Meernaa @ Baby’s All Right
Luke Temple spent the last couple years dabbling successfully with a four-track portastudio as Art Feynman, but is now back with a new album, Both-And, under his own name. He celebrates tonight.
Kimya Dawson, Your Heart Breaks, Shellshag @ Market Hotel
We have been excited about the comeback of Kimya Dawson since she released a new song and spent a good chunk of last year and earlier this year touring. She’s been quiet this year but hopefully she’ll give us an update tonight.
The Long Ryders @ WFMU Monty Hall
The Long Ryders, who skirted the twangy outskirts of L.A.’s Paisley Underground scene in the ’80s, returned this year with Psychedelic Country Soul, their first album in over 30 years. The album title is a good description of what the band do, too, and the new LP finds them in fine jangly form, picking up right where they left off.
David Cross, Dulce Sloan, Dan Soder, Found Footage Festival @ The Sultan Room
Shane Torres (Comedy Central, CONAN), Caitlin Cook (All Things Comedy, Edinburgh Fringe), Phoebe Bottoms (Adult Swim), and Tom Thakkar (CONAN, Comedy Central) host “Good Good” that has a killer lineup tonight, including David Cross, Dan Soder (Billions) and the folks from Found Footage Festival.
Kristeen Young @ Berlin
You may know Kristeen Young from her years as Morrissey’s regular tour-opener. She playing a residency in support of her new album, The Subset. at Berlin and tonight’s the final show.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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