What’s going on Saturday? (Governors Ball, RadioLoveFest, Pissed Jeans, Andrew Bird, King Khan, Earlwolf, more)
King Khan at Austin Psych Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Governors Ball @ Randall's Island
NYC's Governors Ball continues to grow and rival the other major US festivals. It continues today for its second of three days with a ton of great artists including Jack White, Spoon, The Strokes, Disclosure, Broken Bells, Chance the Rapper, Classixx, Deafheaven, Diarrhea Planet, and plenty more.
Hamilton Leithauser, Wyatt Cenac, San Fermin @ BAM
Part of BAM's RadioLoveFest, this is WNYC's "Soundcheck" evening that mixes performance and conversation, with comedian Wyatt Cenac, former Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser, and artpop combo San Fermin.
This American Life: One Night Only @ BAM
Perhaps NPR's most popular program, Ira Glass' storytelling showcase does something it's never attempted before: an evening of journalism presented as radio drama. Featuring a mini-musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, with stories from Mike Birbiglia, SNL's Sasheer Zamata, songs from Stephin Merritt, and more.
Classixx, BAIO @ Brooklyn Bowl
One of the official Governors Ball afterparties, it's a solid double-bill of pop-friendly dance acts.
DIANA, Las Rosas, Empress Of (DJ set), Special Guest @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Gorilla Vs. Bear and Forest Family present tonight's BKNB line-up, headlined by a mystery headliner. Who could it be?
Needles and Pizza, Quitty & The Don'ts, Katterwhaul, Semi Femme @ Cake Shop
This show marks the debut of Semi Femme, the new band from ex-Orca Team (and recent NYC transplant) frontman Leif Anders. Unlike his old band, Semi Femme are decidedly more dark and postpunky.
Yonatan Gat, State Champion, Bueno, Scupper @ Death by Audio
Yonatan Gat of Monotonix celebrates the release of his solo debut EP, Iberian Passage which was inspired by Brazilian cult band Os Mutantates and the improvisational spirit of Miles Davis
Angel Haze, The Death Set, Bad Rabbits @ House of Vans
Rapper Angel Haze's debut album Dirty Gold is pretty good, but her live shows and freestyles are where it's at, so tonight should be a blast. Don't miss dancepunks The Death Set either.
Earlwolf (feat. Tyler, the Creator & Earl Sweatshirt), The Internet @ Irving Plaza
The Odd Future guys are still putting on memorable hip hop shows, and if you don't think their schtick is up yet, you should dig the craziness that is about to ensue.
Bill Orcutt, Glenn Jones, Mark McGuire, Matthew Mullane, Anthony Pasquarosa @ Issue Project Room
Tonight's a showcase of acoustic guitar talent presented by label e Vin Du Select Qualitite.
King Khan & The Shrines, Red Mass, Vomit Squad @ MHOW
An excellent, all-Canadian garage-pysch-soul double bill with the wild and awesome King Khan & the Shrines, plus Montreal true believers Red Mass. This is their second of two NYC shows.
Andrew Bird, Tift Merritt, Alan Hampton @ Rough Trade (early nad late)
Andrew Bird's new band The Hands of Glory is an old timey acoustic configuration featuring Tift Merritt, Alan Hampton, Bowl of Fire alumnus Kevin O'Donnell, and Eric Heywood on pedal steel." Tonight they play two Rough Trade shows (6:30 PM and 10 PM) with Tift opening the first and Alan opening the second.
Janka Nabay, Guardian Alien, Sunwatchers @ Secret Project Robot
Bubu musician Janka Nabay headlines this highly ecclectic bill also featuring Greg Fox's avant garde combo Guardian Alien and drony horn ensemble Sunwatchers.
Meyhem Lauren, Buckwild @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Meyehm Lauren & Buckwild just put out the killer Silk Pyramids LP which sounds straight out of the '90s and is hard as hell. It features some other local faves including Action Bronson, Heems and Troy Ave. Hopefully at least one of them shows up for this.
O'Death, VietNam, Shilpa Ray, Fletcher C. Johnson @ The Wick
It's a varied bill at The Wick with dark alt-country/bluegrass band O'Death, long-running NYC artists Vietnam and Shilpa Ray, and guitar pop songwriter Fletcher C Johnson.
Summer Thunder w/ Pissed Jeans, Cold Fronts @ Union Pool
Summer Thunder is back at Union Pool for another sunny season of free outdoor daytime shows. This should be a wild one, as it's headlined by beer-flinging punks Pissed Jeans. The fun starts at 2 PM but don't expect bands to go on till later.
Chimurenga Renaissance, Smoota @ Union Pool
Shabazz Palaces member Tendai ("Baba") Maraire now also has another group, Chimurenga Renaissance, who make out-there rap not unlike Shabazz.
Concrete Mascara, Swallowing Bile, Aischrolatreia, Swollen Organs, Penchant, :M:, Vat, Nick Klein @ Trans-Pecos
Sonic masochists can get a fix of bloody eardrums with a night of noise and power electronics at Trans Pecos, with eight acts--six from NYC--and a DJ set going late into the night.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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