What’s going on Friday? (J Mascis, Frankie Cosmos, Wampire, TOPS, Drive-By Truckers, Oneida, Teenanger & more)
J Mascis w/ Dinosaur Jr at MHOW in May (more by Caroline Harrison)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
J Mascis, Luluc @ Bowery Ballroom
J Mascis may be most loved for shredding in Dinosaur Jr, but his mostly-acoustic solo material is great too and he still rips out the guitar solos at these shows too.
Porches, Frankie Cosmos, Regal Degal, Rivergazer @ Baby's All Right
Porches go in a synthy new direction on their new single for Terrible Records, and tonight's show is all in the family with Frankie Cosmos (the project of Greta Kline who's in Porches that also features Porches singer Aaron Maine on drums) and Rivergazer (the project of Kevin Farrant who's also in Porches). Regal Degal aren't in the family but they're worth catching too.
Wampire, TOPS @ Baby's All Right
Wampire's brand of indiepop has a strong streak of yacht rock running through it (hey, isn't that a Gerry Rafferty song?) without actually setting sail; TOPS do to similarly and have gotten quite good in the last year (single "Way to Be Loved" is pretty irresistible). Both bands will be around for CMJ too.
Drive-By Truckers, St. Paul and The Broken Bones @ Beacon Theatre
Drive-By-Truckers have been on the road for a while now, having hauled their tenth album, English Oceans, earlier this year. This ain't no truck-stop, though, it's a show at one of NYC's classiest venues.
Teenanger, Nancy, The Abandos, Sheer Mag, Rock Bottom Boys @ Cake Shop
It's a night of snarling garagepunk, headlined by terrific Toronto band Teenanger, plus Philly's Abandos, Brooklynites Nancy and Philly riffers Sheer Mag.
Arto Lindsay, Guardian Alien @ Le Poisson Rouge
Arto Linsay is a veteran of the no wave scene, having been in the seminal band DNA, and he's also an excellent experimental composer, a collaborator of David Byrne, John Zorn and more. Solid support tonight comes from Guardian Alien, the project of Liturgy's wild drummer Greg Fox.
New Myths, ARMS, Twin Wave, Nicholas Nicholas @ Cameo Gallery
Brooklyn synth trio New Myths just released their appealing new album, Give Me Love, and celebrate tonight. ARMS brand of scifi prog pop will make for a good opener.
Horse Lords, Oh Hang, The Seeers, Brown Water Wampum Band @ Death By Audio
Experimental Baltimore band Horse Lords bring a heap of skronk to their sound. They play tonight with fellow Baltimore eccentrics Oh Hang, as well as VA's The Seeers and Brown Water Wampum Band (members of PC Worship, Head Molt & Liturgy).
Minus the Bear, O'Brother @ Gramercy Theatre
For Minus the Bear's current tour, they're celebrating both a new compilation with b-sides from their past few releases and the tenth anniversary of the excellent They Make Beer Commercials Like This EP from their prime early 2000s era. So it'll be a good mix of the old favorites and some of the lesser heard stuff.
Elliott Sharp @ Issue Project Room
Tonight is the second performance of Port Bou, Elliot Sharp's new opera about the final moments of philosopher Walter Benjamin's life in Port-Bou at the French-Spanish border as he flees Nazi-occupied France.
Har Mar Superstar, The Pizza Underground, Candy Boys, Nowhere @ Knitting Factory
Hope you like extra cheese, 'cause you're gonna get it tonight as Har Mar and The Pizza Underground's tour has returned to NYC. While PU's schtick has gotten cold, Har Mar's '80s-style funk-pop is generally a good time.
Com Truise, Rone @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This is a good double bill for electronic producers with Com Truise, who's touring behind Wave 1 and Rone, who's touring behind Apache.
Rone, Thug Entrancer, Photay @ Glasslands
Keep the party going after MHOW with Rone who heads to Glasslands for this late show with other quality producers, Thug Entrancer and Photay.
Dope Body, Rat Fist, Bambara, Bottoms @ Palisades
Dope Body make more loud rock on their new album, Lifer, and Pissed Jeans/No Age spinoff Rat Fist make this a great double bill.
Agent Orange, The Architects @ Santos Party House
Agent Orange's only original member is frontman Mike Palm, but with an album that lives up as well as 1981's Living In Darkness, they're still worth checking out.
Oneida, Guerilla Toss @ Secret Project Robot
Like your music descended from Beefheart? Miss the weird, mid-'00s days of Ponytail? Boston's Guerilla Toss make a not-too-dissimilar racket. They open for Brooklyn scene royalty Oneida tonight.
Jimmy Eat World, Minibosses @ Capitol Theatre
While Jimmy Eat World already toured their most classic album (1999's Clarity) for its tenth anniversary, they're now on the road giving the 10-years treatment to Futures which was the followup to their mainstream breakthrough and featured stranger moments than you might have expected from post-"The Middle" Jimmy Eat World.
Mike Wexler, Gardens, Larkin Grimm, Erin Durant @ Union Pool
Among the artists on this bill, psychedelic folk singer Mike Wexler and Swans/Martin Bisi associate Larkin Grimm are both especially worth seeing.
Judas Priest, Steel Panther @ Izod Center
Heavy metal legends Judas Priest released their 17th album in 44 years this year. It had some classsic-sounding Priest on there and sometimes that's all you can ask for. Of course, they've got tons major classics to play tonight too and we'll surely hear plenty of those.
We're Ghosts Now, Bo Ningen, Public Access T.V., Amigos Amigos, Hey Anna @ The Wonder Bar
Wuxia rock practitioners Bo Ningen were performing their high-flying musical acrobatics here in NYC not that long ago and are not to be missed. Amidst a second round of NYC dates, they hit Jersey tonight.
Hatsune Miku @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Comic Con was last weekend but surely this woulda fit right in, a computer-generated Japanese hologram singer (with synthesized voice) playing with a live band. No, really. Check out "her" appearance on Letterman, below.
Black Milk (w/ live band), Wara from the NBHD, AB, Azad Right @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Detroit rapper Black Milk has a new album coming later this month, and tonight he's in NYC with a full band and will hopefully be previewing some new songs.
Rosetta, So Hideous, White Widows Pact, Tiger Flowers @ Saint Vitus
Philly post-metallers Rosetta put out a new EP this week and tonight they're in NYC with guitarist Eric Jernigan from City of Ships joining them. So Hideous and Tiger Flowers make for solid and likeminded local support.
The Orwells, Skaters @ Asbury Lanes
Chicago-area troublemakers The Orwells bring their beer-friendly party rock to NJ with fellow good time charlies, Skaters.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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