What’s going on Saturday? (Sylvan Esso, Titus Andronicus, Gigawatts Fest, Memory Tapes, Main Attrakionz, more)
photo: Sylvan Esso at Terminal 5 in January (more by Gretchen Robinette)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Gigawatts Festival @ The Wick, The Well & Out Wicked Lady
Brooklyn zine 1.21 Gigawatts has really upped its game on its annual festival this year, with three nights at connected venues The Wick, The Well and, down the street, Our Wicked Lady, featuring seriously stacked bills. Saturday's action starts at 1 PM and features Anamanaguchi, Miniature Tigers, Ava Luna, Potty Mouth, Pile, Jack and Eliza, Fort Lean, The Mystery Lights, Honduras, Quarterbacks, Maxo, Slonk Donkerson, Future Punx, Motion Studies, Mannequin Pussy, SHAPES, The Bottom Dollars, EULA, Forever Lesbians, Shark?, The Gradients, Sofa Club, Larry and The Babes, Jangula, Piers, Warm the Duke, Retail, Bugs in the Dark, Hound Basket, and Whiskey Bitches.
Sylvan Esso, Porches @ Prospect Park
Electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso bring a lot more charm and charisma than you might expect from a group that doesn't have a drummer. This is their biggest headlining show in NYC to date. Rising band Porches open. Free.
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. Night 2 of their sold-out five-night run at Shea Stadium.
Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds, Degreaser, Art Gray Noizz Quintet @ Union Pool
Kid Congo Powers has played in The Gun Club, The Cramps and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, which is an impressive enough CV to just rest on your laurels, but he's still making cool new music. They headline today's free "Summer Thunder" show. This should be a good one. Starts at 2 PM.
Baauer, Skepta, DJ Slimzee, Tory Lanez, Sicko Mobb, Dark0, Joey LaBeija @ MoMA PS 1
Warm Up continues with the guy who made "Harlem Shake," UK grime staple Skepta, rap weirdos Sicko Mobb and more.
Taso, Sicko Mobb, Ricky Eat Acid, Tripletrain @ Palisades
After Warm Up, keep the party going with Sicko Mobb, who head to Palisades for a late show.
Memory Tapes, Computer Magic, School Dance @ Baby's All Right
It's been a couple years since chillwave survivor Memory Tapes has released a new album. We got a couple new tracks earlier this year but to find out what might be next, catch him live tonight.
Plastic Pinks, Tall Juan, Cara Bella (DJ) and Selector F YEs (DJ) @ Elvis Guesthouse
Miami's glammy garage rockers Plastic Pinks headline this show that's being presented by the party-forward folks at Burger Records. Things could get crazy.
Woodsman, Tonstartssbandht, Jovontaes, Herbcraft @ Palisades
Brooklyn-via-Denver blissful droners Woodsman are about to start work on their fourth album that should be out in early 2016. Until then, catch them tonight as part of this experimental-leaning bill.
Bombino, Young Fathers, Fantastic Negrito @ Central Park SummerStage
African guitarist Bombino has worldwide acclaim, and probably owes some of his U.S. rock fan crossover to his 2013 album on Nonesuch, Nomad, produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. Opening is hyped Scottish alt-rap group Young Fathers and blues singer Fanastic Negrito. This is a free day show, going from 2-7 PM.
Main Attrakionz @ Rough Trade (2 PM)
Main Attrakionz came from the buzzy cloud rap movement of the early '10s, and though that buzz died, they continue to make quality music. This is a free in-store in support oft heir new album, 808s & Dark Grapes III.
Screeching Weasel, The Queers, The Mr. T Experience @ Webster Hall
Screeching Weasel have a new lineup and a new album on Todd Congelliere's Recess Records, which basically sounds like a Screeching Weasel. (For a band like them, that's a good thing.) Tonight's show is good all around with the bands old pals and fellow Ramones devotees The Queers and The Mr. T Experience.
Aye Nako, In School, Vagabon, Palehound @ Silent Barn
This is a good bill all around of local-ish punk and indie rock, and it doubles as the release party for Aye Nako's new EP on Don Giovanni.
'Going Off Track' w/ Blake Schwarzenbach, Vanessa Bayer, Eddie Stern, Christopher Norris @ Union Hall
The 'Going Off Track' podcast -- with United Nations member and music writer Jonay Bayer, Steven's Untitled Rock Show's Steven Smith & Mike Cangemi, and The Goops' Brad Worrell -- tapes today. This one includes punk veteran Blake Schwarzenbach (Jawbreaker, Jets to Brazil), Jonah's sister Vanessa (SNL, 'Sound Advice') and more.
Captain We're Sinking, Somos, The Holy Mess, Sunk, Arson Welles @ Riis Park Beach Bazaar
Riis Park Beach Bazaar hosts free daytime shows on Rockaway Beach, and today they've got a mostly punk lineup. We especially recommend catching Somos, who add a bit of Pacific Northwest-style indie to their sound.
Beach Slang, Hurry @ Asbury Lanes
Beach Slang's album is finally done being recorded, and while we wait for it to come out, they're doing a long weekend of shows. Tomorrow they're in NYC, but this one's close by and with solid indie rockers Hurry.
Big Blood, Human Adult Band, Picastro @ WFMU Monty Hall
Big Blood have been making truly eccentric psychedelic folk for almost a decade. This year they released two albums, Double Days I & II, which feature covers of Black Sabbath, The Cure and "Wild Mountain Thyme" arranged in unique ways to fit right in with the 16 originals.
The Flag, Courtship Ritual, GDFX, Parlor Walls @ Union Pool
Ted McGrath, formerly of Antimagic and These Are Powers, currently makes music under the name The Flag. His new album, Heat Waves, just came out and tonight's the release party. Check out the video for "To Wear the Vest of Wealth" below. Also worth catching are duo Courtship Ritual who make slinky, sultry post-punk.
Leon Bridges @ Surf Lodge
Texan Leon Bridges looks and sounds like he stepped out of 1962, and his take on vintage soul and R&B has become massively popular. If you're out in Montauk this weekend, here's a chance to see him at a venue smaller than he'll likely play any time soon. And it's free.
Def Leppard, Styx, Tesla @ PNC Bank Arts Center
If you dig hair metal at all, few bands had more hits than Def Leppard (Hysteria had seven singles alone). Tesla being part of this tour makes sense, but Styx?
Sinmara, Lluvia, Predatory Light, Slidhr, Aureole, Vilkacis @ Saint Vitus
It's the final day of Brooklyn metal festival Dissociative Visions, with Sinmara, Lluvia, Predatory Light, Slidhr, Aureole, and Vilkacis.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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