What’s going on Wednesday? (Built to Spill, Front Bottoms, Phil Cook, Lydia Lunch, G.L.O.S.S., Cloak, Black Uhuru, more)
photo: Built to Spill at 50 Kent in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
photo: The Front Bottoms at MHOW in June (more by Mimi Hong)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
The Front Bottoms @ Rough Trade
The Front Bottoms' new album Back On Top is their first for a major label, but it's actually more subdued and often folkier than its predecessor. Tonight they celebrate with this 7 PM in-store, and to get in you have to purchase the album from the Rough Trade store.
Built To Spill, Crosss, Clarke and the Himself's @ Bowery Ballroom
Indie rock guitar heroes Built to Spill play their first of four NYC shows tonight. Also on the bill: Toronto's doomy Crosss who are worth catching.
Eliot Glazer, Ilana Glazer, Aaron Glaser, Jon Glaser, Glazer (The Band) @ The Bell House
They're not actually all related (or spell their names the same way) but it's a great idea to bring all the funny Glazer/Glaser folks together for one show they're calling "The Glas/zer Family Reunion." Rounding things out: NJ band Glazer. Was having Glasser too much of a stretch?
Dan Melchior, Nick Forte, Krissi Kathrin, Ning Nong @ Trans-Pecos
Dan Melchior is a prolific musician but hadn't released a new record with Broke Revue in 10 years. Lords Of The Manor breaks that decade absence and its good to have their warm sludge back.
Black Uhuru, Top Shotta Band, Screechy Dan @ Brooklyn Bowl
One of the great second generation reggae groups, Black Uhuru helped bring the sound into the '80s with electronics and dub. (Early singles comp Showcase is a classic.) Still fronted by Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, the band remain a positive force.
Ride, The Besnard Lakes @ Stone Pony
Following two nights at Irving Plaza, revived shoegazers Ride head to Stone Pony. Opening are Montreal's Besnard Lakes making for a great double bill.
Shifted, 400PPM (Shawn O'Sullivan), Skarn (Alessandro Cortini) @ Saint Vitus
The Tinnitus Music Series and Nothing Changes are teaming up for this night of extreme music, showcasing artists on Avian Records. Label boss Shawn O'Sullivan performs as 400PPM, and Nine Inch Nails' Alessandro Conrtini will play as Skarn. Wear earplugs.
Of Monsters and Men, Highasakite @ Beacon Theatre
Iceland's masters of sweeping "whoa-oh" style folk pop play their second of three Beacon shows tonight. If you're going, Norway's Highasakite are worth showing up early.
Phil Cook, The Dead Tongues @ Rough Trade
After the TFB show, Rough Trade hosts Megafaun member Phil Cook, who's supporting a new solo album Southland Mission. Opening is fellow North Carolina artist The Dead Tongues.
G.L.O.S.S., Aye Nako, Moor Mother Goddess, Cristy C. Road @ Silent Barn
G.L.O.S.S. stands for "Girls Living Outside Society's Shit," and the Olympia punk band make exactly the kind of confrontational music you'd expect from a group with that name. Locals Aye Nako are worth catching too.
Jose James (Billie Holiday tribute) @ Blue Note
Billie Holiday would have turned 100 this year. In addition to being an inspiration for the new Lana Del Rey album and the first artist to "play" The Apollo's upcoming hologram concert series, neo-soul singer Jose James will perform her music at a series of shows at the Blue Note this week. 8 and 10:30 PM sets every night through Sunday.
Child Abuse, Silk Purse, Lydia Lunch / Weasel Walter / Sandy Ewen "PLUS SPECIAL GUEST" @ Acheron
No wave legend Lydia Lunch plays this show with her Retrovirus bandmate Weasel Walter and a special guest, and another Retrovirus member, Tim Dahl, headlines with his band Child Abuse.
El Ten Eleven, Sego @ Le Poisson Rouge
Post rock duo El Ten Eleven are back with a new album this year, Fast Forward. It's got a lot more instruments than two people can play, but the band recorded it entirely themselves with loop pedals, so presumably they'll be recreating it with ease tonight.
Acid Dad, Dinowalrus, Cloak, The Flag @ Union Pool
One particular band of note on this bill is Cloak, who make dark synthy pop that's probably at least a little influenced by Pretty Hate Machine era Nine Inch Nails.
STATS, Survival, Couch Slut @ Baby's All Right
STATS' debut album is out now, and it subscribes to no particular genre: bits of hardcore, math rock, operatic prog and more all appear. Openers Couch Slut are not to miss either.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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