What’s going on Wednesday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Broken Social Scene, The Belle Game @ Brooklyn Steel
Broken Social Scene recently returned with their first album in seven years, Hug of Thunder. Not only does it easily measure up against their classic stuff, it might be their most accessible album yet.
Paramore, Best Coast @ Radio City
Paramore made the shift to danceable ’80s-inspired pop on this year’s After Laughter, and the new sound suits them very well. Their tour with surfy indie rockers Best Coast hits NYC’s historic Radio City Music Hall tonight.
Phoebe Bridgers, Lionlimb, COTE @ Baby’s All Right
Phoebe Bridgers is fresh off releasing her debut album, Stranger in the Alps (on Dead Oceans), which is heartbreaking bedroom folk in the spirit of Bright Eyes (whose Conor Oberst sings on the album) and proves Phoebe is one indie rock’s most powerful new lyricists.
Bruce Springsteen @ Walter Kerr Theatre
If anyone was gonna unseat Hamilton as Broadway’s hardest-to-get ticket, it was Bruce Springsteen who just began his 18-week “Springsteen on Broadway” run at the 960-seat Walter Kerr Theatre. “My show is just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music,” says Bruce. “Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung.”
METZ, Uniform, Bambara @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
If you like your punk rock, dark, skuzzy, and very very loud, tonight’s an amazing triple bill headlined by Toronto’s METZ, whose new Albini-recorded album Strange Peace just came out on Sub Pop, and also featuring Ben Greenberg’s near-industrial Uniform, and Bambara (who just wrapped up a stint playing in Liars).
The is the second year for Mondo NYC, the “music festival and tech summit” that was started by CMJ founders. While the focus is really on the industry panels, there are showcases of mostly emerging artists at venue in the Lower East Side, the East Village and a few in Williamsburg
Janeane Garofalo, Josh Gondelman, Jo Firestone, Rebecca Vigil, Nore Davis, Emma Willmann, Giulia Rozzi, Christi Chiello, Zephyr Ann @ Littlefield (benefit for Planned Parenthood NYC Votes)
Comedian Giulia Rozzi (TruTV, Chelsea Lately) hosts fellow comics in this show benefiting Planned Parenthood NYC Votes.
Zola Jesus, John Weise @ Rough Trade
After moving to Mute for 2014’s Taiga, Zola Jesus returned to Sacred Bones for this year’s darker and more aggressive Okovi. Tonight’s her first NYC show since the album’s release, with noise artist John Wiese (of Sissy Spacek, Bastard Noise, and more).
Jane Weaver @ Rough Trade
Jane Weaver has been exploring the outer reaches of psych folk and pop since the early ’00s, including 2010’s Fallen by Watchbird and 2014’s The Silver Globe which saw her embracing droney prog influences. This year she released Modern Kosmology, a record that takes The Silver Globe‘s sounds even further, folding in icy synthpop, krautrock grooves into her otherworldly sound. Tonight she plays a free in-store with a signing afterwards. 7 PM.
Cloakroom, Horse Jumper of Love, Pink Mexico @ Saint Vitus
Earlier this year, Cloakroom released their first album for Relapse, Time Well, which has their sludge-metal-meets-shoegaze sound in fine form, and takes it in some new directions too.
‘Star Wars: Return of the Jedi’ Live in Concert @ Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center’s Star Wars Concert Series has the NY Philharmonic playing John Williams’ classic scores live to the film. Tonight it the third in the original trilogy, Return of the Jedi.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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