What’s going on Friday? (PC Music, Beauty Pill, H2O, Eternal Summers, Muse, Cloud Nothings, Trophy Scars, more)
PC Music's Hannah Diamond
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Cloud Nothings, LVL UP, Celestial Shore, Field Trip @ NYU Strawberry Festival
The free annual daytime NYU Strawberry Festival returns, headlined by the noisy, post-hardcore leaning indie rockers Cloud Nothings who always put on a great show. Goes from 12:30-4:30 PM.
Muse @ Webster Hall
Muse know full well just how ridiculous they are -- in fact, they revel in it. Glass pianos, insane light shows, spiraling guitar solos, it's all part of their argument that "bombast" isn't always derogatory. (Though, after Absolution, they haven't been quite as much fun.) Still, embrace the cheese. This is also a rare chance to see Muse somewhere this small. Sold out, of course.
PC Music & Sophie: Popcube w/ QT, Hannah Diamond, A.G. Cook, GFOTY, Danny Harle @ BRIC House
Speaking of being in on the joke, UK collective PC Music are -- depending on who you talk to -- either postmodern pop prodigies, art prankters glimpsing into the scary non-too-distant future (like a musical Black Mirror), the flavour of the month, or totally annoying garbage. One thing seems for sure: this sold-out, high-concept show, dubbed "Popcube" and starring most of the acts on PC Music's roster, is sure to be a spectacle.
David Behrman, James Rushford, Klaus Lang, Joseph Kubera, Beth Griffith @ Abrons Art Center
Night 2 of ISSUE Project Room's Tectonics Festival features a headlining set from composer David Behrman who's presenting his classic "Wave Train" and the ensemble work "Long Throw."
Natural Child, Faux Ferocious, Car Seat Headrest @ Baby's All Right
Nashville trio Natural Child are a hell-raising, southern-fried good time, and they are seriously good musicians to boot. Making this show more appealing (if a bit disparate) is Seattle's Car Seat Headrest who make scruffy, bedroom-made pop.
H2O, Huge, All Torn Up @ Saint Vitus Bar
It's the final night (but not final day) of H2O's 20th anniversary run at Saint Vitus. They've been playing two albums a night and they'll complete their discography tonight. After this, they play all ages matinees at the venue on Saturday and Sunday.
Daniel Avery, Lone, JDH & Dave P @ Output
Two quality UK producers, Daniel Avery and Lone, team up with FIXED's JDH & Dave P for what's sure to be a nonstop party at Output tonight.
Beauty Pill, Grooms, The Flag @ The Bell House
DC/Dischord vets Beauty Pill were formed by Chad Clark after the breakup of his band Smart Went Crazy, and this year they put out their first album since their 2004 debut. If you're going tonight, locals Grooms are not to miss.
Trophy Scars, Hidden Hospitals, A Balance Between, True Apothecary @ The Shop
Trophy Scars have shifted their sound several times over the years, moving from a boundary-pusing post-hardcore band into proggy Mars Volta-like territory. No matter what mode they're in, it's all good.
Eternal Summers, Telepathic, Darlings, Plains @ Cake Shop
Eternal Summers' new album, Gold and Stone, moves them into more shimmery territory which works well with the kind of melodies they tend to write. The LP isn't out till next month, but you might just see it at the merch booth tonight. This is one of Cake Shop's "super shows" in celebration of their 10th anniversary. Telepathic is Rob and Sarah of Bleeding Rainbow in another guise.
RadioLoveFest @ BAM
BAM's weeklong RadioLoveFest is back, celebrating the art of audio broadcasting. Tonight's events includes a live edition of NPR's Snap Judgement, a live staging of Anna Sale's radio show Death, Sex & Money, and Royal KhaoZ in the BAM Cafe.
Saun & Starr @ Ginnys
Some of you may recognize Saundra Williams and Starr Duncan Lowe from their days singing backup for Sharon Jones. Saun & Starr have now made their own album, titled Look Closer, which is out May 19 via Daptone (of course). The pair celebrate the new LP tonight and Saturday at this Harlem spot, playing an early and late show each night.
HolyChild, Monogold, New Myths, Whitewash @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn Night Bazaar offers up a wide variety of evening entertainment, including ping pong, mini-golf, arcade games, shopping, micro-brews and local wines, and of course free live music. Tonight is headlined by Glassnote-signed duo HolyChild.
Statiqbloom, Hide, Trust Image, Fetishes @ Palisades
Palisades' lineup tonight leans on the dark industrial side with Statiqbloom (mem Batillus), Hide (fronted by punk visual artist Heather Gabel), and more.
Sunflower Bean, Honduras, Slingshot Dakota, Field Trip @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Psych rockers Sunflower Bean, '90s-style indie rockers Honduras, and indie pop/emo duo Slingshot Dakota team up for a NYC show tonight.
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo @ Capitol Theatre
Hard/pop rock veteran Pat Benatar still plays the hits (like "Hit Me With Your Best Shot," "Love Is A Battlefield," and "Heartbreaker"), and we're likely to hear all of those and more at tonight's show.
Generifus, Ronald Paris, Trace Mountains, Fraternal Twin @ Silent Barn
Olympia's K Records-signed Generifus is in town for his first of two NYC shows. Tonight's with Porches singer Aaron Maine in his Ronald Paris guise, Trace Mountains (aka Dave Benton from LVL UP), and Fraternal Twin. The next is Monday at Palisades with Fred Thomas.
Jon Mueller, Christopher Tignor, VHVL @ Silent Barn
Wires Under Tension's Christopher Tignor is a past collaborator of This Will Destroy You and opened one of their recent NYC shows. Tonight he plays solo.
Braille, L-Vis 1990, Seafloor @ Cameo
Braille (aka 1/2 of Sepalcure) and Night Slugs' L-VIs 1990 team up for what should be a dance party all night long at Cameo. Starts at midnight.
Jose James @ Harlem Stage (Billie Holiday Tribute)
The brilliant, timeless Billie Holiday would have turned 100 last month, and in celebration of that neo-soul/jazz vocalist Jose James plays a tribute to her in Harlem tonight.
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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