What’s going on Friday? (Zombies, Alex G, Sun Kil Moon, APTBS/Grooms, Michael Chapman, Luna, “Fable” & more
photo: APTBS/Grooms @ DbA's final show (more by PSquared)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Ricky Eat Acid, Juiceboxxx @ Alphaville
Bass and drum duo Ed Schrader's Music Beat are fresh out of party jail and ready to start your weekend right, with snarky Milwaukee rap crew Juiceboxxx as well.
Lilys, LightHeat @ Baby's All Right
Kurt Heasley brings his Lilys moniker out of retirement for two shows this weekend that will highlight the band's early '90s shoegaze years. Under musical direction from Don Devore, the band includes members of Ducktails, MGMT, Sea & Cake and more. Tonight's show is sold out but Sunday's is not.
Teen Daze, Heavenly Beat, Mister Lies @ Baby's All Right
British Columbia's Teen Daze has come along way since the chillwave days of so long ago (2010). His new album, Morning World (his first in three years), was made with producer John Vanderslice in less than two weeks with nary a synthesizer in earshot. Still blissful, but definitely a different approach. Tonight's with Brooklyn's Heavenly Beat and Chicago's Mister Lies.
A Place to Bury Strangers, Grooms, Scully @ Saint Vitus Bar
Wrapping up their U.S. tour, A Place to Bury Strangers and Grooms play this homecoming show tonight with old DbA friends Scully. Bring earplugs.
The Growlers, Babe Rainbow @ Irving Plaza
Party rockers The Growlers released Chinese Fountain last year which found the band in a laid-back mood, drawing inspiration from twangy early-'60s rock, with a few danceable numbers in there as well.
Porcelain Raft, David Moore, Julianna Barwick @ Knockdown Center
Some of you may remember "Debut," the ambitious, large-scale production by Derrick Belcham (La Blogotheque) and choreographer Emily Terndrup (Sleep No More) that happened last year at The Knockdown Center and featured music by Porcelain Raft's Mauro Remiddi, Julianna Barwick and more. Those folks are teaming up again for another large-scale production that again merges independent music, immersive dance theater and large-scale art installation, titled "Fable." Tonight is it's debut perforamnce.
The Zombies @ Society for Ethical Culture
Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent have had a version of The Zombies going for years now, but for this tour they're reunited with fellow original members Chris White and Hugh Grundy and playing their 1968 classic Odessey and Oracle in full. It's this lineup's first tour in five decades, and the band has never played the album front to back in the US with any lineup. Needless to say, this will be a special night.
Brian Wilson @ Queens College
The Zombies aren't the only legendary psychedelic pop musicians playing NYC tonight. Brian Wilson and fellow Beach Boy Al Jardine will appear at Queens College's Kupferberg Center for the Arts to perform music off Brian's new solo album, No Pier Pressure, and "a selection of Beach Boys classics."
The March Violets @ Mercury Lounge
Their 1984 single "Snake Dance" is a goth night staple, goth vets March Violets -- still fronted by Tom Ashton -- are over supporting their 2014 album, Made Glorious, which is actually their first-ever studio LP.
Luna, EZTV @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Reforming after 10 years off, Luna's VU/Dead-style strum ages extremely well -- they sounded great at Northside this summer. This is the last of three NYC shows this week and they're well-matched with new band EZTV.
Javelin, Guerilla Toss, Zula @ Palisades
It's a night of off-kilter dance music with Luaka Bop signees Javelin and Guerilla Toss who are new to the DFA stable.
'Blade Rave' w/ The Crystal Method, Pictureplane, A Place Both Wonderful and Strange @ Terminal 5
Part of the NY Comic Con/Super Week, the same folks who turned Rough Trade into Empire Records are turning T5 into the rave from the Blade's opening sequence. Will blood rain from the ceiling just before revelers are eviscerated by vampires? Probably not but you might not want to wear your fine washables to this just in case.
Cabinet of Wonders w/ Wesley Stace, Robyn Hitchcock, Eugene Mirman, Kelly Link, Tom Sleigh, Emma Swift, Joe Jack Talcum, Loudon Wainwright III @ City Winery
Wesley Stace's monthly variety show Cabinet of Wonders looks pretty good this time, with old pals Robyn Hitchcock and Eugene Mirman, Louden Wainright III, Joe Jack Talcum of Dead Milkmen and more.
Steely Dan @ Beacon Theatre
Steely Dan are back for another multi-night run at Beacon Theatre and each night is a different theme. tonight it's 1980's Gaucho in full, plus a second set of hits.
Bottle Rockets, Mark Olson @ The Bowery Electric
Fans of '90s alt-countyr will not want to miss this show featuring Festus, Missouri's Bottle Rockets and former Jayhawks singer Mark Olson.
Saintseneca, The Sidekicks, Yowler @ Mercury Lounge
Saintseneca make the kind of lushly arranged indie folk that's gained a lot of mainstream popularity lately, but they take it back to its DIY roots. Tonight's show is all in the family, with two opening bands that share members with Saintseneca.
Alex G @ Rough Trade
Alex G's new album and first for Domino, Beach Music, comes out this week. It's a hazy, quirky, and kinda slowcore-ish record. He plays this in-store tonight, and then...
Alex G, Frankie Cosmos, Palm, Emily Yacina @ SkyHigh Murals Future HQ
Does it again at the new Brooklyn venue SkyHigh Murals Future HQ, which is a benefit show for Silent Barn (where the show was supposed to happen_.
Michael Chapman, Ryley Walker, Peter Walker, Bob Brown @ Rough Trade
Michael Chapman, Peter Walker and Bob Brown are all cult folk singers of the late '60s / early '70s period whose careers have gotten boosts recently thanks to the power of the internet. This is Bob Brown's first NYC show since the '80s, and newer musician Ryley Walker is backing him (and also playing on his own).
KEN mode, Child Bite, The Austerity Program, Garrett Jamieson @ The Acheron
KEN mode toned down their metallic tendencies for this year's Success and went in a more straight-up post-hardcore direction than ever before. The openers are well-matched, and making the night even more interesting, The Austerity Program will give a powerpoint presentation called "Bands We Are Accused Of Ripping Off: An emperical exploration by the Austerity Program." You can't make this stuff up.
Sun Kil Moon @ Town Hall
Sun Kil Moon's last few albums have had him making the most lyrically music of his career, and some of it (especially 2014's Benji) is some of the best material he's put out yet.
OSHUN, Adrian Lau, Zenizen, Amani Fela @ Aviv
OSHUN released their debut mixtape this year which they self-describe as "Floetry meets Lauryn Hill meets Chief Keef" which is pretty spot on.
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