What’s going on Thursday? (Sleater-Kinney, Swans, This Will Destroy You, Gaslight Anthem, John Reis, Seoul & more)
photo: Sleater-Kinney in Chicago earlier this month (more by James Richards IV)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Sleater-Kinney, Lizzo @ Terminal 5
Sleater-Kinney aren't on some nostalgia reunion -- they're picking up right where they left off with a killer new record and this is tour is as much about that as it is about old favorites. Tonight's the first of two T5 shows. Both are sold out.
This Will Destroy You, Christopher Tignor, So Hideous @ Saint Vitus
Epic post-rockers This Will Destroy You kick off their BrooklynVegan-presented 2-night stand at Saint Vitus tonight. Different openers both tonights, tonight being TWDY collaborator Christopher Tignor and local atmospheric metal band So Hideous. Both nights are sold out.
Swans, Xylouris White @ Bowery Ballroom
Swans returned five years and three records ago, and nothing's been slowing down this late-career creative burst. The albums are some of their best yet, and the live shows are unstoppable. Tonight's show is understandably sold out.
Seoul, Calvin Love @ Baby's All Right
Montreal's Seoul make featherlight pop that is laid-back but engaging, owing to much to the hushed cool of '80s groups like The Dream Academy and The Blue Nile. Tonight's show is with fellow Canadian Calvin Love.
The Soul Rebels, Pharoahe Monch, Afrika Bambaataa @ Brooklyn Bowl
Eight-piece New Orleans based brass ensemble The Soul Rebels are playing three nights at Brooklyn Bowl and tonight's special guests are conscious rapper Pharoahe Monch and hip hop / electro legend Afrika Bambaataa.
Solids, Cutters, Center, Wather Underground @ Cake Shop
Montreal's Solids make two-piece fuzz rock not unlike their Canadian neighbors Japandroids. Tonight's their second NYC show this week.
Swami John Reis & The Blind Shake, The So So Glos @ Mercury Lounge
The great John Reis (Rocket from the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, etc) has teamed up with hard-hitting garage rock trio The Blind Shake to pay tribute to classic surf rock instrumentals on a new collaborative album, Modern Surf Classics.
Bang On A Can @ Merkin Concert Hall
Part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, tonight Bang on a Can debut new works by premieres of new works by Wilco's Glenn Kotche, Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) & Ben Frost.
Figs Vision, Holy Komodo, Talibam! @ Baby's All Right
Foxygen auxiliary members Nina Joly and Justin Nijssen have their own band, Holy Komodo who make funky, soft rock synthpop. Check out their new EP below.
MK, Kevin Saunderson, Justin Miller, Nadastrom @ Output
'90s house vet MK and Detroit techno originator Kevin Saunderson headline Output's weekly INPUT party in the main room, while Nadastram (who just dropped a new album on Friends of Friends) will be in the Panther Room.
Sweater Beats, Kastle, Vindata @ Verboten
An equally good dance party to the one at Output goes down at the nearby Verboten tonight with Sweater Beats, Kastle and Vindata.
PC Worship, Turn To Crime, Beech Creeps, Happy You @ Shea Stadium
Detroit's Turn to Crime make soulful garage rock that at times has a warm lived-in quality but also has its scratchy paranoid moments as well. Such are the times. Tonight's show is solid all-around.
Shovels and Rope @ Lincoln Center
Johns Island, SC duo Shovels and Rope play this installment of the American Songbook series, which takes place in the gorgeous Appel Room (with its killer view of Columbus Circle).
The Gaslight Anthem, Northcote, The Scandals @ Webster Hall
The Gaslight Anthem's last two albums sound built for the arenas they're probably just about big enough to play, but luckily for now they're still choosing smaller rooms like tonight's Webster Hall show. On Saturday they'll be at the slightly larger Terminal 5. Both sold out.
Everything Ever, Doe, Blithedale Romance, Eli Whitney and The Sound Machine @ Court Tavern
UK trio Doe pull from '90s indie rock and emo influences. With a new compliation out on Old Flame, the band are over for a bunch of NYC-area shows, this being the only in NJ.
Eartheater, Extreme Animals, Haribo, Highlife @ Secret Project Robot
Eartheater is the solo project of Guardian Alien singer Alexandra Drewchin, which gives her the opportunity to make outsider pop.
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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