What’s going on Friday? (Menzingers, Grifters, Running, Pup, Peter Hook, BEMF, Cold Specks, Weedeater & more)
The Menzingers in Chicago in June (more by Jeff Ryan)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival
The multi-venue BEMF continues tonight with Booka Shade and more at MHOW; Allesandro Cortini, Bitchin Bajas and more at Villain (early); Universal Cell Unlock and more at Villain (late); DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist playing from Afrika Bambaataa's collection at Verboten (early); The Gaslamp Killer and special guests at Verboten (late); Pinch and more at Glasslands; Lindsay Lowend and more at Baby's; and Route 94 and Todd Edwards at Output.
Waxahatchee, Allison Crutchfield, Radiator Hospital @ Asbury Lanes
Katie Crutchfield's band Waxahatchee should have a new album in 2015 and you can get an early taste as they're trying out new songs on this currently tour. Support comes from Swearin's Allison Crutchfield (Katie's twin sister) and Radiator Hospital (the project of former Waxahatchee bassist Sam Cook-Parrott).
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.
The Menzingers, Spraynard, Captain We're Sinking, Pale Angels, DJ Gravves @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This is the first night of a stacked punk weekend at Brooklyn Night Bazaar with an all around killer lineup. Headliners The Menzingers had a pretty big boost in their career this year thanks to their '90s alt-rock-inspired new album, Spraynard returned after a 2 year absence this year and have been playing non-stop since, Captain We're Sinking is fronted by the brother of one of the Menzingers singers and have a similar take on punk rock songwriting, and Pale Angels (who do or once did have Mikey Erg on drums) make ripping garage punk.
PUP, Chumped, Typefighter @ Mercury Lounge
A show that's in pretty tough competition with the BK Bazaar show goes down at Mercury Lounge. This one's got Canada's anthemic PUP, Brooklyn real-deal pop punks, and DC's folky and punky (but not folk punk) Typefighter. This one's got a 10:30 start, with BK Bazaar going from 9-1 maybe it's possible to catch some of both?
Excepter, Music Blues, The Dreebs, Running, Dog @ Death By Audio
Tonight's full of experimental sounds, headlined by longrunning Brooklyn outfit Excepter, shoegazy trio Dreebs, Music Blues (members of Harvey Milk, Uniform, UOA), and grimy Chicago punks Running.
Grifters, Turn To Crime @ Glasslands
Not unlike Guided by Voices, Memphis indie rock greats mixed a love of '60s pop with low-fi aesthetics to make some of the great records of the Clinton era. The band reformed last after 17 years off, and NYC's getting two shows, this being the first.
Peter Hook & The Light @ Irving Plaza
While we'd just as soon Hook and the rest of New Order (perfect) kiss and make up, tonight the low-slung bassist is here with his band performing New Order's Low-Life and Brotherhood in full, plus a few Joy Division songs. Fans of those LP's deep cuts like Low-Life's "Sunrise" or "Sooner Than You Think" or the first side of Brotherhood, might wanna go just to hear these played live. Maybe?
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. Friday offers up Kevin Barnett, Marc Maron, Amy Schumer, Hannibal Buress, Aparna Nacheria, an edition of The Corrigan Show, and more. Check the NYCF schedule for ticket availability.
James McMurtry, Jonny Burke @ Mercury Lounge
Discovered by John Mellencamp in the '80s, McMurty is as much a storyteller as a songwriter, but he's got a way with a hook too. His talky delivery has aged well.
Young Ejecta, Eaves, Tele/visions, Best Friend, Nirvanus @ Palisades
Joel Ford and Leanne Macomber have added a qualifier to their collaboration's name, now calling themselves Young Ejecta. Pretty much everything is the same -- same synthpop sound and Macomber's lack of clothing in promotional pictures.
Cold Specks, Eddi Front, Sun Nectar @ Rough Trade
Canadian goth-inflected soul songwriter Cold Specks released her new album Neuroplasticity back in August which on August 25, including two songs that feature Swans Michael Gira. Her live show is where she really shines.
Benjamin Booker, Blank Range @ Baby's All Right
Benjamin Booker makes soulful blues/garage rock and tonight concludes a two-night stand in NYC on his tour with Blank Range.
Weedeater, Lazer/Wulf, Full of Hell @ Saint Vitus
The crushing triple-billed tour of stoner doomers Weedeater, hardcore rippers Full of Hell and the proggy Lazer/Wulf hits Saint Vitus tonight. Metallic hardcore locals Tiger Flowers will add excellent support.
Body/Head (Kim Gordon & Bill Nace), Nate Young (Regression Nightmare), Vanessa Rossetto @ 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. The second of two nights at Union Pool.
Trentemoller @ Webster Hall
Danish producer Trentemoller released a new remix album, Lost Reworks (remixes of tracks from his 2013 LP Lost), in September and is back for a second tour of North America this year.
Jefferson Starship @ The Paramount
The current Jefferson Starship, led by co-founder Paul Kantner, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the band on this tour. Go for '70s style prog rock -- if you're looking to get knee deep in the hoopla, you're gonna be disappointed.
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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