What’s going on Wednesday? (Grimes, Jennylee, Tribulation, Soldiers of Fortune, Envy, Lady Lamb, Laraaji, Phil Lesh, more)
photo: Grimes at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Grimes @ Guggenheim Museum
Grimes' highly anticipated new album finally drops this week. So far we heard one song that's pretty close to mainstream pop and another that's nothing like pop at all. We don't know what else to expect from this album, but maybe we'll learn more tonight.
Jennylee, Young Magic @ Baby's All Right
Warpaint bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg doesn't stray too far from her band's dark, slinky sound on her solo debut, right on!, which is out in December. Get an early taste tonight.
Soldiers of Fortune @ Max Fish (2 sets)
NYC indie rock super group Soldiers of Fortune (featuring members of Oneida, Chavez, Interpol and more) celebrate their second album tonight with two sets at Max Fish (8:30 PM & 10 PM), both are free. The album features guests like Cass McCombs and Stephen Malkmus...are either in town?
Tribulation, Occultation @ Saint Vitus
The stacked Deafheaven / Envy / Tribulation tour hits NYC's Webster Hall tomorrow, but tonight's an off night and Tribulation are headlining their own show at Saint Vitus. Their new album is a killer mix of black and death metal influences with classic rock riffage and some genuinely catchy songs.
Envy, So Hideous, Edhochuli, Driftoff @ Black Bear Bar
This show has a special guest headliner, and we're hearing it's someone to legitimately be excited for. UPDATE: It's Japanese screamo greats Envy. The undercard is pretty stacked too with atmospheric black metal locals So Hideous, Pittsburgh's proggy post-hardcore band Edhochuli, and Rosetta/Junius/City of Ships-related ragers Driftoff.
Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Land Lines @ Bowery Ballroom
Once a folk singer, Nathaniel Rateliff is now more popular than ever with his soul band Th Night Sweats, whose song "S.O.B." has been pretty unstoppable this year.
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club @ Beacon Theater
After 16 years, Buena Vista Social Club are saying 'Audios' with a world tour -- and a double-disc reissue of their debut album. This is the second of two nights at Beacon.
Jaye Bartell Record Release, Will Stratton, June West @ Union Pool
Jaye Bartell has been making music since the mid-'00s and you may have seen him open shows for Jessica Pratt or Angel Olsen recently. His sonorous voice fits well with his dark, dusty, folky songs, as can be heard on 2013's Loyalty which just got reissued by Captured Tracks-related label Sinderlyn. He celebrates that reissue tonight.
Jon Glaser, Janeane Garofalo, John Hodgman, Wyatt Cenac, Andy Blitz, Scott Adsit, Eugene Mirman, Carl Newman @ Bell House
Jon Glaser (Delocated, Girls) hosts this night of "Comedytainment" that benefits PS321 and features a whole bunch of funny people, plus New Pornographers' Carl Newman(who is also funny).
Antibalas, Saul Williams, EMEFE @ Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn afrobeat band Antibalas are on the second show of their four-show, month-long residency at Brooklyn Bowl tonight. Each has different guests, and tonight it's Saul Williams and EMEFE.
The Districts, Lady Lamb, Sun Club @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Rootsy rockers The Districts headline this show, and if you're going we especially recommend catching Lady Lamb. She's ben consistently great for a while, but this year's After is a noticeable step forward.
Laraaji, Headaches, Foxes in Fiction, James Place @ Trans-Pecos
Influential ambient musician Laraaji has been doing some reissues this year, including a just-released pressing of his Brian Eno-produced 1980 album, Ambient 3: Day of Radiance. The show's presented by the Human Pitch label, whose Landon Speers (aka Headaches) is on the bill. And two newer ambient musicians, Foxes In Fiction and James Place, open.
Midnight North w/ Phil Lesh @ SOB's
The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh had one 3-night run at the Capitol Theatre this past weekend and he does another this coming weekend. He's got time to kill in between, so tonight he's joining his son Grahame's band Midnight North for a few songs at their SOB's shows.
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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