What’s going on Thursday? (The Go! Team, Torres, Julien Baker, Nef the Pharaoh, The Star Spangles & more)
photo: The Go! Team at Brooklyn Bowl in 2011 (more by Ben Lozovsky)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
The Go! Team, Superhuman Happiness, Glockabelle @ Brooklyn Bowl
The Go! Team's fifth album, The Scene Between, is a return to form for the UK band, mixing samples, funky rhythms and sunshine pop into a rather winning combination. This will be their first NYC show in five years.
Julien Baker, Eskimeaux @ Mercury Lounge
Young singer/songwriter Julien Baker's bare-bones debut album Sprained Ankle was one of our favorites of last year, and the command she has as a live performer is maybe even more impressive. This is her first of two NYC shows on this tour, and this one's sold out. Local DIY-pop artist Eskimeaux opens.
Torres, Palehound @ Bowery Ballroom
This is a pretty well-matched double bill of two artists who combine the intimacy of folk with the raw power of grunge, without ever sounding too much like either style. Torres and Palehound are coming off 2015 albums, Sprinter and Dry Food, respectively.
House Party With Just Blaze, Nef The Pharaoh, DJ Soul, Electric Punanny, Va$Htie @ Webster Hall
Bay Area rapper Nef The Pharaoh deservedly picked up some buzz last year for his super catchy single "Big Tymin." He's got a new mixtape on the way soon, and tonight he takes a night off from the G-Eazy/A$AP Ferg tour to play the weekly House Party at Webster Hall. That tour has three NYC shows starting later this week.
The Star Spangles, Dirty Fences, Baby Shakes @ Union Pool
NYC anthemic punks The Star Spangles caused a stir in the late '90s with their "whoa-oh"-laden single ""Which of the Two of Us is Gonna Burn This House Down." The band reformed last year after eight years off.
Big Eyes, Nuclear Santa Claust, Simpler Times @ Cake Shop
If you're into punk in the catchy, stripped-down, post-Ramones fashion, Big Eyes are one of the better modern bands around doing that kind of thing. The albums are great, but the live shows are even better.
PMS and The Mood Swings, The Mystery Lights, Roya @ Berlin
A very solid night of garage psych, featuring two groups who splintered from Habibi (PMS and The Mood Swings, Roya) as well as The Mystery Lights, maybe the best band in the city making this kind of music. Berlin is a good place to see stuff like this, too.
Larry and The Babes, Crazy and The Brains, Bodega Bay, Little Cobweb @ Palisades
Crazy & the Brains combine classic-sounding punk with a heavy dose of xylophone. It may sound weird on paper, but it works.
Rone @ Output
French producer Rone returned last year with Creatures, which, among other things, featured contributions from The National's Bryce Dessner. He returns to NYC tonight.
Alejandro Escovedo @ City Winery
Punk rocker turned roots rocker Alejandro Escovedo begins his three-night stint at City Winery.
Kurt Braunohler: Trust Me w/ Jo Firestone, Julio Torres @ Bell House
The great Kurt Braunohler performs his latest stand-up show tonight. Is it funny? Trust him. Julio Torres and Jo Firestone will warm up the crowd.
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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