What’s going Friday? (Eyehategod, The Movielife, Hamiltons, Porches, Empire! Empire!, Todd Edwards, Natalie Prass, more)
photo: Eyehategod at Europa in 2010 (more by Samantha Marble)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Nude Beach, Shellshag, The Hamiltons, Mal Blum, Black Wine, Crow Bait, Chris Gethard (host) @ Knitting Factory
Tonight's the first of three Don Giovanni Records showcases at Knitting Factory this month. All of them have great lineups, and tonight it's '70s power pop lovers Nude Beach, NYC DIY veterans Shellshag, Ramones-loving/"Dirty Work'-inspired punks The Hamiltons (who are maybe actually The Ergs), singer/songwriter Mal Blum, indie rockers Black Wine, alt-country punks Crow Bait, and comedian Chris Gethard as your host.
Eyehategod, Mortals, Blackout, Scowl @ Saint Vitus
Sludge legends Eyehategod are still touring in support of their excellent 2014 self-titled LP, and tonight the begin a sold-out 2-night stand at Saint Vitus. Different openers both nights, and they're all worth catching too.
The Movielife, Crime in Stereo, Pass Away @ Irving Plaza
Late '90s/early '00s Long Island melodic hardcore band The Movielife broke up in '03 after two albums of Lifetime/Gorilla Biscuits worship and a third album and EP that pushed that sound in new directions. They briefly reunited in 2010-11, and now they're thankfully back once again. Tonight's their first of two sold-out Irving Plaza shows with their pals Crime In Stereo. Opening this one is Pass Away (mem I Am the Avalanche, Crime In Stereo).
Porches, Frankie Cosmos, Krill, Sheer Mag @ Bowery Ballroom
Porches and related band Frankie Cosmos have been local staples for a while now, and their profile has clearly risen, as proven by tonight's sold-out Bowery Ballroom show, their biggest headlining appearance yet. They've got some talented friends to open, including quirky indie rockers Krill and classic rock-inspired garage rockers Sheer Mag.
Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate), Warren Franklin & The Founding Fathers, Paper Streets, For Everest @ Palisades
Empire! Empire! returned last year with their first album since their 2009 debut, but now they're reissuing that debut and playing it in full on this tour. Warren Franklin just put out a split album with Kind of Like Spitting, and if you like KOLS, you'd probably dig Warren too.
Todd Edwards, Beautiful Swimmers, Bobby Renz @ American Museum of Natural History
Dance music veteran Todd Edwards has a long history, but he's been in the spotlight as of late thanks to collaborations with Daft Punk and associations with Disclosure. Tonight he DJs the ongoing One Step Beyond series at the Museum of Natural History, and Maxmillion Dunbar's duo with Ari Goldman, Beautiful Swimmers, open.
Jeffrey Lewis, Diane Cluck, The Spookfish @ Nola Darling
Two great artists with ties to the anti-folk scene, Jeffrey Lewis and Diane Cluck, begin a tour together tonight, their first of two NYC stops on the tour. It's sold out, but there will be a few tickets at the door.
Animal Collective (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
Animal Collective continue their DJ residency at Brooklyn Bowl tonight with everyone except Panda Bear in tow.
Dre Skull, Obey City, Jubilee, Figgy, Sleepyhead, Chris Patrick @ Lot 45
Tonight's Broke City party at Lot 45 in Bushwick (411 Troutman) has a handful of quality DJs to keep you dancing all night long. Free before midnight.
Natalie Prass, Lady Lady, Small Wonder @ Rough Trade
Natalie Prass just picked up a ton of buzz (and a ton of Disney comparisons) for her debut album. Does she live up to the hype? Those with tickets to tonight's sold-out show will find out.
Algiers, Beliefs, The Flag @ Baby's All Right
London-via-Atlanta band Algiers make gothy/industrial soul, or soulful goth-industrial. If you're not sold on the recordings, word is Algiers, who just signed to Matador, are a see-it-live kind of thing. Also on the bill are Toronto's Beliefs who bring real muscle and songwriting chops to their brand of shoegaze.
Stranger Cat, Little Strike, Salt Cathedral @ Chelsea Market
Stranger Cat, the electronic art pop project of Cat Martino, headlines tonight's installmente of Paper Garden Records' Friday shows at Chelsea Market.
Violent Bullshit, IYEZ, Aircrafting, Hints @ Union Pool
While screamo pioneers Orchid are long gone, its members are scattered across a few solid newer bands, including Violent Bullshit, led by Orchid vocalist Jayson Green.
Too Many Zooz, Osekre & The Lucky Bastards, Douglas and The Goodhearts @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar puts local crafts, microbrews, food-truck type eats, mini golf, ping pong, and live music all under one roof. Tonight's live entertainment is headlined by funky brass band Too Many Zooz. Free.
J Dilla Birthday Celebration w/ J57 & Guests @ Littlefield
This weekend would've been J Dilla's 41st birthday. Celebrate his memory with MC/producer J57, PitchBlak Brass Band, and Product.
Hannibal Buress @ The Space at Westbury
Once an underground favorite and known as comedian's comedian, Hannibal Buress is nobody's secret anymore.
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