What’s going on Thursday? (Alex Bleeker & Martin Courtney, NYCF, Skream, King Khan, Elysian Fields, Vivid Low Sky, more
photo: Martin Courtney/ Real Estate at Radio City in June (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Skream @ Verboten
Dubstep OG Skream takes over Verboten tonight from open to close. Doors are at 10.
Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Steve Gunn, Martin Courtney, Will Epstein & Jesse Lauter, King Cyst @ Brooklyn Bowl
Alex Bleeker and The Freaks are the jammiest of all the Real Estate-related projects (Alex is the Deadhead in the group) and they've got a new album called Country Agenda that they'll be celebrating tonight. The bill is loaded with special guests: ace guitarist Steve Gunn, Alex's Real Estate Martin Courtney (who has his own great solo record out now), Darkside collaborator Will Epstein playing with Elvis Perkins collaborator Jesse Lauter, and the Ducktails/Big Troubles-related King Cyst.
Jeezy @ Highline Ballroom
Jeezy will release his eighth album this week, Church in These Streets, and recently revealed a Janelle Monae-featuring single from it. Before we get to hear the whole thing though, he'll play NYC tonight.
NY Comedy Festival
The NYCF continues tonight and Thursday highlights include: Nathan "For You" Fielder at the Skirball Center; Bridget Everett and The Tender Moments at Gramercy Theatre; and David Cross guests at "Ask Me Another" at The Bell House.
King Khan & BBQ Show, Milk Lines, The Mystery Lights @ Knitting Factory
King Khan & BBQ Show released Bad News Boys, their first album together in half a decade, back at the start of the year. They play together tonight, with great support from local garage band The Mystery Lights.
Elysian Fields @ The Owl
Venerable NYC band Elysian Fields are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a run of shows where they're performing their entire catalog live. Tonight it's 2014's Dreams That Breathe Your Name.
Vivid Low Sky, Jef Brown @ Cake Shop
Vivid Low Sky is the mostly solo, mostly post-rock (and entirely instrumental) project of David Koslowski, whose debut, 2000's Music for Movies Unmade, featured Miyuki Furtado (Rogers Sisters), Shirlé Hale (from another Koslowski band, Gerty), Thomas Moore (Plow) and J. Robbins (Jawbox/Burning Airlines). The band are back, with Robbins behind the boards this time, to make II, which will be out in March. But you can see them live tonight.
Future Punx, Parlor Walls, Dead Waves, Clean Girls, Heavy Birds @ Shea Stadium
Parlor Walls, the new project from EULA's Alyse Lamb, celebrate the release of their new Cut EP tonight. New Wave revivalists Future Punx headline.
Skinny Puppy, Youth Code @ The Paramount
Long-running Canadian electro-industrial outfit Skinny Puppy come designed to shock...and to dance. Their live shows are usually something else. Their pals Youth Code open.
Anna von Hausswolff, Shana Falana @ Saint Vitus
Swedish singer/church organist Anna Von Hausswolff has a new album coming out this week that she recorded on one of the largest pipe organs in Scandinavia. It's ethereal, haunting stuff. Tonight's the NYC release party, and local openers Shana Falana are well-matched and worth showing up for.
Beacon, Glass Gang, DJ Internet Explorer, DJ David Rafael @ Cameo Gallery
Cameo closes this month, and they're on their final stretch of shows. Tonight they've got a lineup of electronic pop.
Futurebirds, Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, SUSTO @ Bowery Ballroom
Athens, GA alt-country band Futurebirds headline this show, and if you're going it's also worth catching the experimental jammers Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band.
Odesza, Bonobo (DJ Set), Jai Wolf @ Terminal 5
Seattle dance duo Odesza seriously blew up. It was just over a year ago you could see them at places like Santos Party House and Knitting Factory, and tonight they kick off a 3-night run at the huge Terminal 5 and the whole thing is sold out. Openers vary each night, and tonight it's the aways-fun Bonobo on DJ duties and local producer Jai Wolf.
Bonobo (DJ Set), Joe90 @ Output
Keep the party going after the Odesza show by following Bonobo over to Williamsburg, where he'll DJ the Output club.
VH1 'You Oughta Know' concert w/ Hozier, Ella Henderson, George Ezra, Tori Kelly, James Bay, Nate Ruess, Rachel Platten, Elle King, Miguel, X Ambassadors @ The Armory Foundation
You probably want to avoid this show (and we wouldn't blame you), but while it's mostly lame, it's still a chance to see Miguel whose great new album Wildheart only gets better.
Seal @ Irving Plaza
Get a little crazy tonight, and sing along loudly to "Kiss From a Rose" with '90s megastar Seal.
Beach Fossils, Sunflower Bean @ LDS Center - Stony Brook University
Beach Fossils remain one of Brooklyn's most energetic, fun live bands. This Stonybrook show pairs them with Sunflower Bean who just wrapped up their tour with DIIV.
Local H, Ultra Major @ Mercury Lounge
Midwest rockers Local H have gone pretty strong since their 1995 debut, and now 20 years later they've got a new album out, Hey, Killer.
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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