What’s going on Friday? (Titus Andronicus, Black Lips, Pure Disgust, Marriages, Primus & Dinosaur Jr, Shuggie Otis, more)
photo: Titus Andronicus at NYU Strawberry Fest 2014 (more by Chris La Putt)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Titus Andronicus @ Shea Stadium
TItus Andronicus' ambitious new 29-song rock opera takes them through a ton of different sounds, all while keeping the aesthetic of raw garage punk band. Tonight begins their sold-out 5-night run at Shea Stadium.
Gigawatts Festival @ The Wick
Free Brooklyn zine 1.21 Gigawatts has really upped its game on its annual festival, with three nights at connected venues The Wick and The Well featuring seriously stacked bills. Tonight's the kickoff with The Black Lips, A Place to Bury Strangers, Cerebral Ballzy, Amanda X, Liturgy, Celestial Shore, Rivergazer, Heaven's Gate, Surfbort, Palehound, Paperhaus, Anomie, Journalism, Vulture Shit, Bambara, Acid Dad, O-Face, Parlor Walls, Huffers, and Secret Crush. Bands start at 4 PM.
Creepoid, Marriages, Geoff Rickly, DJ Nicky Palermo (of Nothing) @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
This bill is pretty excellent all around. There's the shoegaze of Creepoid, the gothy post-rock of Marriages, who are led by powerhouse vocalist Emma Ruth Rundle, and a solo acoustic set from Thursday/United Nations/No Devotion frontman Geoff Rickly (who also runs the label Creepoid and Nothing are on).
Jason Isbell, Dawn Landes @ Prospect Park
Jason Isbell just released his fifth solo album, Something More Than Free, and if you've been keeping up with his solo career it shouldn't surprise you that the songwriting on it is quality stuff. This show is free, and Dawn Landes makes it a great double bill.
Planning for Burial, Iron Gag, Prostitution, Somnuri @ Grand Victory
For fans of truly dark music, last year didn't get much better than Planning for Burial's Desideratum on The Flenser. More recently he put out a split with Mother Room.
Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe, Dej Loaf @ PNC Bank Arts Center
If the idea of a big mainstream rap/R&B show in a huge venue turns you off, that's understandable but this bill is actually pretty great all around. Nicki's touring in support of her best album yet, and Meek just dropped a new quality LP of his own last month. Rae Sremmurd have two of the most unstoppable rap hits in recent memory, and the same can be said for Tinashe for R&B. Dej Loaf is showing a lot of promise too.
Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Washer, Macula Dog @ Alphaville
Baltimore beat duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat are a shouty, punky, party-friendly good time...funny guys, too.
Mr. Twin Sister, Moon King @ Bowery Ballroom
We're still not sure why they added the title to their name but there's no denying the lushly orchestrated dance music on Mr. Twin Sister's debut album that evokes mid-'90s Bjork and Everything But the Girl. If you're going tonight, do get their early for Toronto's Moon King who make exciting, motorik, shoegazey pop.
Shuggie Otis, Douglas and The Goodhearts, Father Dude @ Brooklyn Bowl
'70s cult soul icon Shuggie Otis resurfaced a few years and we're glad to have him back playing classics like "Strawberry Letter 23" and "Aht Uh Mi Hed."
Primus, Dinosaur Jr., Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger @ Stone Pony
It's a Lollapalooza '93 reunion with Primus and Dinosaur Jr -- what, no Front 242 or Fishbone? Instead, opening is Sean Lennon's The GOASTT.
Sergio Mendes @ BB King's
Tropicalia and lounge legend Sergio Mendes, famous for his hit "Mas, que Nada!," is a huge influence on pop to this day (take to listen to Todd Terje's album for a very recent example). He's still making music too, having released Magic last year.
Rocky Votolato, Dave Hause, Chris Farren @ Mercury Lounge
Three singer/songwriters with punk roots (using the term loosely) team up for this show. Rocky recently released a full-band album on No Sleep, and he's touring with a full band too. Chris just put out a collaborative album with Jeff Rosenstock as Antarctigo Vespucci this week. Dave doesn't have anything new out, but does have plenty of material to pull from.
Slaughterhouse @ Rough Trade
The new boxing flick Southpaw hits theaters today, and rap group Slaughterhouse (who appear on the soundtrack) will celebrate that with this show. To get in, you need to purchase the soundtrack from the Rough Trade store today.
Iron Chic, Beach Slang, Broadcaster, Scout Boys @ Amityville Music Hall
Beach Slang will be in NYC for Gigawatts Fest this Sunday, but ahead of that they're just outside of the city for this Long Island show. Making this one extra appealing are the very good LI bands Iron Chic and Broadcaster.
Pure Disgust, Barge, Depths of Reality, NYC Headhunters, Concealed Blade @ Palisades
Earlier this year, DC hardcore band Pure Disgust released the Chained EP on Katorga Works. Like a lot of that label's recent releases, it's raw and dirty but catchy too. Stream it below.
Tokimonsta, Gavin Turek, Sofi Tukker @ Baby's All Right
Electronic dance musician Tokimonsta normally plays way bigger venues than Baby's All Right, so this show should be pretty nuts. Not surprisingly, it's sold out.
Your Old Droog, Chelsea Reject @ Baby's All Right
Your Old Droog hasn't totally escaped those Nas comparisons yet, but he does continue to gradually come into his own. Chelsea Reject is becoming a regular on Duck Down shows, and is also worth catching.
One Tail One Head, Sortilegia, Vanum, Hæthen, Eos, Vorde @ Saint Vitus
This is the second of the two-day Brooklyn metal festival Dissociative Visions.
The Jones Family Singers @ Joe's Pub
Acclaimed Texas gospel group The Jones Family Singers incorporate rock and soul into thier joyous sound, as heard on their new album Live From Mt. Zion. They celebrate its release tonight.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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