You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Luna, Heaven @ Bell House
Luna, who reunited last year after a decade off, haven’t dated a bit with their mellow and witty post-VU sound. Tonight’s show is officially sold-out but there are sometimes tickets available when the box office opens night of show.
SAVAK, Sunwolf, Puff Pieces, Super Silver Haze @ Shea Stadium
SAVAK, which includes members of Obits, Holy Fuck and Nation of Ulysses, pull from a lot of different influences as can be heard on their terrific debut album, Best of Luck In Future Endeavors. Those influences all work their way in naturally, as you might expect on a record made by friends without eyes on the charts. Tonight’s the release party and it’s got a pretty cool undercard: Sunwolf (ft. Jerry Busher of late-period Fugazi/French Toast), Super Silver Haze (ft. Brendan Canty), and Puff Pieces (Mike Andre and Justin Moyer of Antelopes).
Phil Lesh & Friends @ The Capitol Theatre
Keep the Grateful Dead mania going all weekend with Phil Lesh & Friend's three-night run at the Capitol Theatre. All three shows are with frequent Phil Lesh & Friends member Warren Haynes (Allman Bros, Gov't Mule) on guitar/vocals and he's always one of Phil's best collaborators. Excitingly, Saturday and Sunday's shows have longtime Jerry Garcia Band keyboardist Melvin Seals will be playing with Phil Lesh & Friends for the first time ever.
A Giant Dog, The Mad Doctors, The Nude Party, Best Behavior @ Our Wicked Lady
Austin glammy, punky rock band A Giant Dog released the first album for Merge, Pile, earlier this year which is a whole lot of fun.
'Testimonium' ft. Joan of Arc @ Knockdown Center
Back in 2013, Joan of Arc teamed with experimental theater ensemble Every house has a door for the performance piece Testimonium, which eventually resulted in Joan of Arc recording the music they wrote for it as Testimonium Songs. Now they’re set to give Testimonium its New York premiere from May 26-28 at the Knockdown Center in Queens.
The Body, Uniform, Muslin @ Saint Vitus
The Body, always collaborating with someone in the metal world, have two albums out this year; their collaboration with Full of Hell and their solo "gross pop" album No One Deserves Happiness. They're a seasoned road outfit at this point and their confrontational approach comes across in a deafening, chaotic live set that should appeal to all who like their metal served extra harsh and alienating.
B Boys, Wireheads, Surfbort, Violent Video @ Alphaville
Adelaide, Australia’s Wireheads make a brand of indie rock that seems particular to their country: boozy and unhinged, sometimes dissonant and shouty, sometimes twangy, with a drony violin pulling a through-line. This is their first of three NYC shows this weekend and is a particularly good bill with B Boys, and Surfbort.
Radical Face @ National Sawdust
Poppy indie project Radical Face is best known for his 2007 single "Welcome Home," but he's continued to maintain a dedicated fanbase and put out consistently good records like this year's The Leaves. He plays two National Sawdust shows this week, and both are sold out. This is the second.
Buster Poindexter @ City Winery
New York Doll singer David Johansen puts back on the tux and his party-friendly Buster Poindexter persona for a night of saucy cabaret.
Mike Birbiglia @ The Lynn Redgrave Theater
Comedian Mike Birbiglia has been doing his show “Thank God for the Jokes” for nearly two years. He’s putting it to bed, but not before this run which wraps up this weekend.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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