What’s going on Friday? (Cut Copy, Warpaint, War on Drugs, HtDW, Ex Hex, Clientele, The Body, Fat White Family & more)
Warpaint at SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
There are a lot of post-SXSW artists swinging through town tonight, making for show overload. You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Cut Copy, Jessy Lanza, Turkish Prison @ Terminal 5
Cut Copy bring their trusty synth pop over from Australia for a sold-out two-night run at Terminal 5, beginning tonight. If you're going, don't miss Hyperdub-signed downtempo pop singer Jessy Lanza, who was pretty impressive last week at SXSW.
Warpaint, Cate Le Bon @ Webster Hall
Warpaint's second album is a slow burn, more about vibe than obvious singles, but the record has many sultry charms. They're very good live too. If you're attending this sold-out show don't miss the wonderful Cate Le Bon who opens.
The War On Drugs, TEEN, Sore Eros @ MHOW
The War on Drugs sound better than ever on their new album, Lost in the Dream, which takes the sound they honed on 2011's Slave Ambient and expands on it. Tonight they wrap up their sold-out three-night run in NYC.
How To Dress Well, Forest Swords @ Rough Trade
R&B singer/songwriter How to Dress Well recently released a new single, "Words I Don't Remember," which sounded pretty promising that he only continues to get better. He's in NYC tonight for this sold out Rough Trade NYC show, which is the venue's first night open after having closed for months (but the second show -- Rathborne plays an early show at 7:30). Psychedelic beatmaker Forest Swords opens tonight and he's worth catching too.
Ex Hex, Andrew Cedermark @ Mercury Lounge
Ex Hex is the newest project of Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave), and from seeing them at SXSW and CMJ, it sounds like Mary is still churning out great songs over 20 years into her career. This is their second of two NYC shows this week.
Big Ups, Roomrunner, Greys, Kal Marks @ Shea Stadium
This is a NYC show for recent Carpark signees, Greys, on their way back home from SXSW to Toronto. The METZ-like punks will be joined by a solid local-ish lineup that includes NYC caustic post-hardcore band Big Ups, Baltimore grunge lovers Roomrunner, and Boston indie rockers Kal Marks.
Anamanaguchi, Maxo, Awkwafina @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers weekends of local artisan shopping, gourmet eats, beer and wine, ping pong, black light minigolf and music all under one Greenpoint roof. Tonight's musical entertainment is headlined by hyperactive 8-bit pop band Anamanaguchi.
The Clientele, Versus, Barbara Manning, The Saturday People @ The Bell House
he good folks at Chickfactor throw another birthday party at the Bell House, with lots of hand-picked bands both old and new. Tonight features a the first show in nine years from the classic Strange Geometry line-up of The Clientele, plus indie rock vets Versus, onetime SF Seals singer Barbara Manning and DC pop vets The Saturday People.
The Body, Theologian, Couch Slut @ Saint Vitus
The Body tour pretty constantly and their noisy sludge never gets old. Tonight they return to Saint Vitus for another show here with Theologian and Couch Slut.
Woman's Hour, Jenny Hval, Future Of What @ Glasslands
This London four-piece have been together since 2011, and over the course of a handful of singles have carved out an identifiable sound: chilled-out pop, heavy on synths but strictly slow-dance material. Comparisons to The xx are not entirely off-mark, but the quartet aren't quite that minimal. Having just played SXSW, they're in NYC for two shows, this being the second. If you're going tonight, don't miss Jenny Hval, who brings over her terrifically strange art pop all the way from Norway.
Fat White Family @ BV SXSW (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Fat White Family, Shilpa Ray, Vaadat Charigim, Memo @ Pianos
Hide the children! The UK's sleezy, depraved rock band have hit NYC after leaving their stink on Austin at SXSW. They really are a "must see live" band, and this is your first of three chances here to do so. Tonight's an early-ish show (FWF are on at 10 PM) with Israeli shoegazers Vaadat Charigim and local hellion Shilpa Ray. That's a good show!
Shellshag, Brick Mower, Ben Snakepit, Pity Party @ Acheron
It's a great show at Acheron tonight with local DIY vets Shellshag, their punky Don Giovanni labelmates Brick Mower, Austin zinester Ben Snakepit, and ex-The Measure [sa] punks Pity Party.
The Suzan, Clinical Trials, Fielded, Psychic Reality @ Death by Audio
There's some good local music on this bill, including indie pop band The Suzan and electronic pop singer/producer Fielded.
Vulture Shit, Mannequin Pussy, Gym Shorts, Big Neck Police @ Emet
NYC punks Mannequin Pussy have been a regular on the local live scene for a while, but this is their first hometown show since announcing their signing to Tiny Engines (Cayetana, The Hotelier). Also of note on this bill is local guitar-less punks Vulture Shit.
Tanks Amigo, Christines, Univers, Doubting Thomas Cruise Control @ Cake Shop
Spanish band Univers make a reverby sound not too far off from Girls Names or Crystal Stilts; members of CS are part of Tanks Amigo who play their first show in two years; and Christines is the very Swervedriver-y new band from Andy Burr of Woven Bones.
The xx @ Park Avenue Armory
The xx continue their run of 25 shows at the Park Avenue Armory which run through March 29. Each show is extremely intimate (holds 40 people) and very sold out.
The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre
Pioneers of jam bands, and progenitors of blues and southern rock, The Allman Brothers continue their multi-night run at Beacon Theatre tonight.
Axxa/Abraxas, Donovan Blanc, Anika (DJ set) @ Baby's All Right
Ben Asbury made the new Axxa / Abraxas album with Jarvis Taveniere from Woods, and you can definitely hear some of his band in Axxa/Abraxas -- the folky psych-pop and occasional falsetto vocals. Tonight's his first NYC show and also features the mysterious Donovan Blanc, plus a DJ from German singer Anika.
FaltyDL, Teengirl Fantasy, Huerco S, Weird Magic DJ set @ Baby's All Right
The late show at Baby's tonight is a dancey one with three of NYC's finest beatmakers.
NO, Reuben and the Dark, The Darcys @ Cameo Gallery
All three of these bands are on the Canadian label Arts & Crafts, and their joint tour is in NYC for two shows, this being the first. We're partial to The Darcys who have been known to cover whole albums by Steely Dan.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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