What’s going on Thursday? (James Blake, Deer Tick, Built to Spill, B-52s, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads, Skream & more)
Built to Spill at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Barkan)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
James Blake, Nosaj Thing @ Terminal 5
Mercury Prize winner James Blake returns to NYC for his second two-night run at Terminal 5 of 2013 tonight. If you haven't seen him yet, don't let his downtempo sounds fool you into thinking it'll be a boring show; even in a live setting James has been anything but. Nosaj Thing opens and is worth catching too. This is night 2.
Deer Tick, Robert Ellis @ Webster Hall
Twangy bar rockers Deer Tick always bring a beers-raised good time, and with their fifth album Negativity out now, they've got plenty of material to choose from (and they're not too shy to throw in a few covers either).
Skream, MK, Oneman, Curses, Route 94 @ Output (BEMF pre-party)
The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival starts tomorrow, but tonight there's a pre-show at Output (which doubles as their weekly INPUT party) headlined by dubstep pioneer Skream. The openers aren't too shabby either, especially including Detroit house vet MK.
Fat History Month, Celestial Shore, Krill, Palehound @ Death by Audio
This is a great all-around bill for indie rock fans with the fuzz-folky Fat History Month, mathy indie pop band Celestial Shore, eccentric rockers Krill, and noisy singer/songwriter Palehound.
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Anasazi, Koward @ 538 Johnson
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads combine organ-filled garage rock with furious, classic-style hardcore punk, and it makes for some super-fun live shows. NYC's intense, gothy post-punks Anasazi are not to miss either, and for Boston hardcore band Koward, this is their first NYC show in two years.
B-52s @ Brooklyn Bowl
These new wave survivors remain basically a party in a can, and they'll be popping the top tonight.
John Hodgman @ Union Hall
Erudite funnyman John Hodgman has one of his "Secret Society" shows tonight. Clearly the secret is out -- it's sold out.
Built To Spill, Slam Dunk, The Warm Hair @ Irving Plaza
Buit to Spill are kings of jammy music for people who don't like jammy music, courtesy three of the '90s greatest indie rock albums.
Born Ruffians, Twin Peaks @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Canadians rock outfit Born Ruffians are currently touring in support of new album Birthmarks. If you're going tonight, do get there early to see Chicago's punky/catchy Twin Peaks.
Federico Aubele, Leif Vollebekk @ Littlefield
Argentine singer-songwriter Federico Aubele blends dub, ambient, tango and other genres into a sound all his own; Canadian Leif Vellebekk falls a little more into traditional singer-songerwriter territory.
Lazy, The Hairs, Lame Drivers @ Cake Shop
Kansas City group Lazy do not sound like their name, making speed-fueled, melodic punk that might've fit in the early-'80s LA scene. They're playing with punkish locals Lame Drivers and The Hairs.
Slava, Phedre, Rioux, Rimar @ 285 Kent
This installment of the multi-sensory electronic music party Connect includes schizophrenic producer Slava, experimental indie duo Phedre (mems. Doldrums and Hooded Fang), psychedelic dance producer Rioux, and funky chillwaver Rimar.
Rudimental @ Bowery Ballroom
UK dance four-piece Rudimental are bringing their pop-house party to NYC for two sold-out nights this week. Tonight is the second.
Ital, Shumi, Nooka Jones @ Bossa Nova Civic Club
Ital has his roots in abrasive punk bands, and though that may not come across in the electronic music of his current project, it does when he delivers on stage and never settles for being a standstill knob-turner.
Tod Seelie's 'Bright Nights' book party w/ Japanther, The So So Glos, Unstoppable Death Machines, Ken South Rock, Amour Obscur @ Silent Barn
This is a party for Tod Seelie's new book Bright Nights, which documents 14 years of photographing the undersides of New York City life, with a bunch of local rock bands, which should make for a pretty good time.
Heliotropes, Flown, Black Lagoon, Beech Creeps @ Acheron
Fuzzy NYC rockers Heliotropes got their debut album out earlier this year, and continue to do a ton of local shows. Tonight they're at Brooklyn punk club Acheron.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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