Woods at Austin Psych Fest 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Death by Art @ Death by Audio
For the last 16 days of it’s existence, DIY space Death by Audio will host an art instalation all over the premises, including what used to be the DbA pedal shop and other areas you may not have known existed. Tonight’s the official opening, starts at 8 PM and is free.
Woods, Nonhorse, Lame Drivers, Woolen Men @ Death By Audio
Meanwhile in the show space (there’s art there too), it’s another killer #ripdba show, headlined by Woods. Go early and catch Portland’s excellent Woolen Men. Go early also because it will sell out.
Deerhoof, Trans Am, White Reaper @ Baby’s All Right
Celebrating their 20th year as a band and the release of another strong album (La Isla Bonita), Deerhoof remain an arty indie rock dynamo live. This is their final of three consecutive nights at Baby’s and the one with arguably the most interesting openers. Sold out.
Dean Wareham, Tom Verlaine, Martin Rev, Eleanor Friedberger, Bradford Cox @ BAM
Presented by The Andy Warhol Museum (which turns 20 this year) and Dean Wareham, this three-day event comprises 15 never-before-seen films captured by Andy Warhol between 1963 and 1968 on his original 16mm Bolex camera, scored (and performed live) by Bradford Cox, Eleanor Friedberger, Martin Rev, Tom Verlaine and Wareham.
Kimbra, Empress Of @ Bowery Ballroom
Kimbra quickly escalated from only being known (in the US) as the other singer on that omnipresent Gotye song to someone who could headline some pretty large rooms. She recently released her first album since that newfound success, The Golden Echo, which features contributions from The Mars Volta’s Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth and others.
Stevie Wonder (performing “Songs in the Key of Life”) @ Madison Square Garden
Steve Wonder’s 1976 double album Songs in the Key of Life contains some of his best-loved songs — “Sir Duke,” “I Wish,” “Isn’t She Lovely,” “As” — and he’ll be performing the album live tonight, the kickoff show for his fall tour.
Avi Buffalo, High Highs @ Mercury Lounge
After taking time off for life stuff, Avi Buffalo is back with his second album, At Best Cuckold, which is another charming, cleverly arranged dose of acoustic-y indiepop.
Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
Tonight begins the 3-day multi-venue Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival with two shows: Manik at Kinfolk and Move D, Reagenz, Forma and more at Output.
New York Comedy Festival
Laughter invades NYC the day we might need it post (post midterm elections), with a host of big-league talent and venues all over the city. Thursday’s offerings include shows with Jim Gaffigan, Tig Notaro, Bridget Everett, Pete Holmes,Sasheer Zamata and more. Check the NYCF schedule for ticket availability.
Jenny Lewis, Girlpool @ The Space At Westbury
Jenny Lewis is on the road supporting her quality new solo record, and the former Rilo Kiley singer’s been working in a few cuts from her old band too. Opening the show is young and rising LA duo Girlpool, who made a big impact on NYC during CMJ.
Dean Blunt, Gobby, Loren Connors @ The Studio At Webster Hall
Electronic musician Dean Blunt makes a ton of different sounds on his new album Black Metal, which came out this week on Rough Trade. Tonight’s got a good lineup of fellow electronic musician Gobby and avant-guitarist Loren Connors.
PC Worship, Horse Lords, Voice Coils @ Trans-Pecos
This is a great bill with local noise rockers PC Worship, skronky Baltimore experimentalists Horse Lords, and proggy local collective Voice Coils (mems, Mitski, Roomrunner, Extra Life, Porches, more).
Body/Head, Nate Young’s Regression Nightmare, Steven Baczkowski @ Union Pool
This is a great double bill of noise rock with Kim Gordon and Bill Nace’s experimental guitar-led duo Body/Head and Wolf Eyes’ Nate Young’s band Regression Nightmare. They do it again tomorrow too.
Ben Sollee @ City Winery
Cellist and singer-songwriter Ben Sollee is due for a new album soon (his last proper album was 2012’s Half Made Man). Until then, enjoy his genre-bending songwriting tonight.
Fool’s Gold Anniversary Party @ Webster Hall
A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs’ electornic/hip hop label Fool’s Gold are celebrating their 7th birthday at tonight’s show which doubles as one of Just Blaze’s House parties. Veteran rapper/actor/NBA player/sports agent/writer/producer/director Master P is on the bill, along with Rowdy Rebel, Brenmar and a bunch of others.
Alberich, Work/Death, Gordon Ashworth, Negation @ Saint Vitus
Industrial/power electronics wiz Alberich makes quite devastating noise, and it’s even more so at the live shows.
Gesaffelstein, JDH & Dave P @ Terminal 5
Parisian producer just keeps getting bigger and bigger, probably because he knows how to bring the party which he’ll do at T5 tonight.
Benjamin Booker, Blank Range @ Mercury Lounge
Benjamin Booker makes soulful blues/garage rock and tonight begins a two-night stand in NYC on his tour with Blank Range.
Wave Racer, Louis Futon, Seventh Wonder, Powerslug, Alex English @ Verboten
This bill is loaded with dance acts, headlined by Wave Racer who’s kind of the Australian version of Rustie with his maximal but highly melodic take on dubstep and trap.
Suicide Girls @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Suicide Girls are currently on their ‘Blackheart Burlesque Tour’ which first hit NYC on Halloween and now returns tonight at MHOW.
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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