What’s going on Wednesday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
TEEN, Will Butler, Denitia @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn band TEEN, made up of the three Leiberson sisters, have decided to call it a day and say goodbye with what is looking to be a guest-filled final performance. The openers are not too shabby, either.
Beach Fossils, Kinlaw, Samantha Urbani @ The Dance
Beach Fossils play their first of two intimate shows at new Manhattan venue The Dance. These guys like Halloween but we’ll see what they have in store for Devil’s Night.
Sleater-Kinney, Joseph Keckler @ Kings Theatre
Sleater-Kinney play their first of two NYC shows behind this year’s St. Vincent-produced This Center Won’t Hold, with opener Joseph Keckler. It’s your only chance to see S-K if you have plans to be trick or treating on Halloween. Get your tickets.
Angel Olsen, Vagabon @ Asbury Lanes
Angel Olsen went in a more atmospheric direction on this year’s great All Mirrors, and now she’s bringing her show on the road. She plays Asbury Park tonight with quality support from Vagabon (whose new self-titled album is out now), and then plays three Brooklyn shows in November.
Wolf Eyes, Pharmakon, Home Blitz @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Get in the Mischief Night spirit with this double dose of noise from Wolf Eyes and Pharmakon at the soon-to-close Brooklyn Bazaar (tickets are still available.
Sally Can’t Dance: Tribute To The Cramps @ Bowery Electric
Monthly party Sally Can’t Dance once again pays tribute to NYC psychobilly act The Cramps for Halloween, gathering a skeleton crew of vocalists to sing the band’s gravest hits, including Bob Bert (Sonic Youth), Peter Zaremba (The Fleshtones), Stu Spasm, Miss Guy, and more.
Omni, Patio, The Hecks @ The Sultan Room
This is a killer triple bill of off-kilter pop: headliners Omni release their Sub Pop debut on Friday; Brooklyn’s Patio released their terrific debut album earlier this year; and Chicago’s The Hecks, whose new synthpoppy album recently came out on Trouble in Mind, open the night.
David Byrne’s American Utopia @ Hudson Theatre
David Byrne has retooled his acclaimed “untethered” 2018 for the Broadway stage and while the setlist and arrangements are much like what they were on his tour, songs are now threaded together with new monologues from Byrne, making for a much more theatrical experience.
The Schizophonics, The Elevator Operators, Miranda & The Beat @ Union Pool
San Diego’s Schizophonics make blistering garage punk, straight out of the early ’70s Detroit rulebook.
Mike Doughty (Plays Soul Coughing’s “Ruby Vroom”), The Ghost Of Mr. Oberon @ Mercury Lounge
Part of Mercury Lounge’s continued 25th anniversary celebration, Mike Doughty will perform his old band’s classic 1994 debut in full.
Elvis Costello & the Imposters @ The Capitol Theatre
Backed by The Imposters (which includes Attractions members Steve Nieve and Pete Thomas), Elvis Costello has been playing sets with tons of classics and lots of stories. Night 2 of two at The Cap.
John Zorn (New Masada Quartet), Julian Lage, Jorge Roeder, Kenny Wollesen @ Village Vanguard (2 shows)
John Zorn, with much help from Julian Lage (guitar), Jorge Roeder (bass) and Kenny Wollesen (drums), aims to “put Ornette Coleman and the Jewish scales together” as the New Masada Quartet.
Jidenna, Deante Hitchcock, Kelechi @ Brooklyn Steel
Jidenna bridges the gap between US hip hop and Afropop on his new album 85 To Africa, and his tour supporting it hits Brooklyn Steel for a sold-out show tonight.
The Original Robert Glasper Experiment @ Blue Note (two shows)
Robert Glasper is on the final run of shows in his month-long Blue Note Jazz Club residency, which will find him playing with The Original Robert Glasper Experiment (Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Chris Dave, Casey Benjamin) through November 3. Glasper has already had a bunch of cool surprise guests join him at this residency… will anyone show up tonight?
Junglepussy @ Superchief Gallery
With creepy new single “Spiders” out just in time for Halloween, Brooklyn rapper Junglepussy should be a perfect choice for Mischief Night. This free show at Ridgewood’s Superchief Gallery is presented by Dr. Martens and you can RSVP here.
Dan Friel, Gold Dime, Droneroom, Nonconnah, Parlor Walls @ Trans-Pecos
Trans-Pecos throws a Halloween Extravaganza tonight with local electronic wiz Dan Friel, local experimental rock bands Gold Dime and Parlor Walls, and drone from Louisville’s Droneroom and Tennessee’s Nonconnah.
Wild Side, Rule Them All, Perfect World @ Saint Vitus
TheHardTimes.net has been consistently delivering witty punk satire since 2014, and yesterday they put out a “history of punk” book, The Hard Times: The First 40 Years. Tonight’s the release party, with sets from NYHC vets Killing Time and rising hardcore bands Wild Side, Rule Them All, and Perfect World.
Update: Wild Side sadly had to drop off at the last minute:
Due to problems with our vehicle we won’t be able to make our gig with Killing Time at Saint Vitus tonight. Sorry to anyone who was looking forward to it but we will be back in the future!
— Wild Side (@WildSideHC) October 30, 2019
UFO, Last In Line @ Sony Hall
Frontman Phil Mogg is one of two remaining original members of highly influential hard rock/proto-metal band UFO, but he’s stepping down after this tour, which also celebrates the band’s 50th anniversary. They headline this Manhattan show tonight, and open for Blue Oyster Cult in Staten Island tomorrow (Halloween).
The Japanese House, Our Girl @ Warsaw
Welsh musician Polly Mackey has been making music as Art School Girlfriend for the last few years, following the dissolution of her shoegaze band Deaf Club in 2014. As Art School Girlfriend, Polly’s music is darkly textured, drawing from trip hop, modern pop and more, all of which fits perfectly with her smokey vocals.
Errol Morris @ Murmrr Ballroom
Academy Award winning filmmaker and documentary icon Errol Morris reflects on his filmography and talks about his upcoming film American Dharma with Jamilah King of Mother Jones.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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