What’s going on Friday? (Swervedriver, Title Fight, Patti Smith, JSBX, The Get Up Kids, Sannhet, Bob’s Burgers Live & more)
Swervedriver at BV-SXSW 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Swervedriver, Gateway Drugs @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Arguably the heaviest, most rocking of the original UK shoegaze acts, Swervedriver returned this year with their first new album since the '90s -- and it's pretty damn good. But expect to hear favorites like "Duel" and "Rave Down," too, at their NYC shows this weekend.
Patti Smith & Jesse Smith @ Le Poisson Rouge
Punk pioneer and NYC icon Patti Smith has been giving a variety of performances lately, and this one's a collaboration with her daughter Jesse for the "Hands On Live" benefit concert, which raises funds for Terakoya, "a new naturopathy clinic/workshop to be built in the upstate Catskill Mountains."
The Get Up Kids, PUP, Restorations @ Stone Pony
Nineties-era greats The Get Up Kids last reunited in NYC before every '90s emo band you could think of started doing the same thing, and now they're finally back for another round. They don't hit NYC proper, but will be in NJ tonight and Long Island tomorrow. Great openers too: poppy Canadian punks PUP and Philly's heart-on-sleeve rockers Restorations.
La Dispute, Title Fight, The Hotelier @ Webster Hall
This is a killer triple bill with two always-progressing co-headliners -- La Dispute whose newest stuff is progressive post-hardcore with a hint of spoken word, and Title Fight who are currently toeing the line between punk and shoegaze. Cathartic emo band The Hotelier open the show. Sold out.
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ The Point
The JSBX released their cracking new album Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015 this week and are celebrating by playing shows in every borough. Tonight takes them to the Bronx where they'll play a benefit for Hunts Point community center The Point.
Diamond Rugs, New Madrid, Justin Collins @ Bowery Ballroom
This supergroup -- featuring John McCauley & Robbie Cowell of Deer Tick, Ian Saint Pe formerly of Black Lips, T. Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos and Bryan Dufresne of Six Finger Satellite -- released their second album this year and bring their good-time rock n' roll to NYC tonight.
Har Mar Superstar, Kahli Abdu, VHS Safari @ Knitting Factory
A fearless and funny performer, Har Mar Superstar brings the party -- and his R&B/rock/pop songs -- to wherever he plays. This one starts at 11:30 PM and will go late.
Untold, Egyptrixx, Tessela (DJ Set) @ The Wick
The "Tinnitus" series continues tonight, pairing together UK bass producer Untold with Canada's UK-inspired Egyptrixx.
Ikonika, Jubilee, DJ HVAD, Tripletrain, Geng, Dave Q, "Very Special Guest" @ Palisades
UK Hyperdub-signed producer Ikonika (aka Sara Abdel-Hamid) makes the kind of dubstep her label's best known for, with releases dating back to 2008. Tonight's show has a "Very Special Guest." Any guesses?
Sannhet, Kayo Dot, Oneirogen @ Saint Vitus
Brooklyn trio Sannhet make crushing instrumental post-metal and their live show (killer light show included) can really overwhelm you if you let it. Tonight's their release show forRevisionist, and it's a great bill all around with Toby Driver's genre-less collective Kayo Dot and one man metal band Oneirogen.
Tobias Jesso Jr., Okay Kaya @ Baby's All Right
Canadian singer-songwriter TJJ recalls the early-'70s days of Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman and John Lennon on his new album, Goon. Will he live up to the hype?
Teen Suicide, LVL UP, Amanda X, Crying, Flagland, Washer @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This whole bill is a pretty great showcase of the burgeoning Northeast indie rock scene, with Ricky Eat Acid's punk band Teen Suicide, '90s-esque rockers LVL UP, punky indie rock trio Amanda X, chiptune-gone-Rush trio Crying, garage rockers Flagland, and the shambolic sounds of Washer.
The Budos Band, Spires @ Brooklyn Bowl
Where their first three albums traffiked in funky afropop, the Budos Band went heavy (as in almost proto-metal) on last year's Burnt Offering which works a lot more organically than you might think. This is their first of two Brooklyn Bowl shows.
Shakey Graves, Nikki Lane @ Warsaw
Quickly-rising Austin folk singer Shakey Graves plays his second of two NYC shows with Nikki Lane tonight.
Hallelujah the Hills, Adam Schatz (of Landlady) @ Bell House
Boston cult indie rockers Hallelujah the Hills have been at it for ten years, developing a very loyal fan base. Anthemic choruses abound.
Dropdead, Fucking Invincible, V-Sect, Narcoleptics @ The Acheron
Providence hardcore vets Dropdead have been going strong since '91 with most of their original lineup, and their newest material is just as crushing as their classic stuff. Fucking Invincible are not to miss either.
Las Rosas, Boytoy, Threats (members of Drowners), Winstons @ Alphaville
It's a gaggle of garage rock in the back room of Bushwick bar Alphaville tonight, headlined by the very '60s-ish Las Rosas.
Ceremony @ Kinfolk 94 (6:45 PM)
Ceremony's upcoming new album has them moving even further away from their powerviolence roots, this time towards something that sounds inspired by Joy Division. They'll be playing songs from that album at this intimate, early show tonight.
Baked, Bueno, Leapling, Weed Hounds, Pupppy @ Shea Stadium
Tonight's Shea show brings together a handful of regulars on Brooklyn's current indie rock scene.
Deborah Harry @ Cafe Carlyle
Blondie singer Deborah Harry continues her residency at Upper East side cabaret supper club Cafe Carlyle tonight. It runs through April 4.
Bob's Burger's Live @ Beacon Theater
The entire main cast of FOX's charming animated sitcom are on hand for this event tonight for individual standup segments, a table read of an upcoming episode and an audience Q&A.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.