What’s going on Friday?
Happy Labor Day Weekend! If you're in town, check out our NYC Labor Day Show Guide for more things to do. You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Half Simian, Human Impact, Ageist, Lapis Lazuli @ Union Pool
This show is headlined by “Half Simian” (the description on the event page says “wink”), and it also features some newer bands with veteran musicians: Human Impact (featuring [former?] Unsane frontman Chris Spencer and members of Cop Shoot Cop and Swans), Ageist (members of Freedom Fighters, Mind Over Matter, Errortype:Eleven, Primitive Weapons), and Lapis Lazuli (Kurt Wolf from Pussy Galore, Boss Hog). Sold out but maybe tickets at the door?
Labor Day Weekend in NYC always means EDM festival Electric Zoo on Randall’s Island, and Friday's lineup includes Diplo, Kaskade, Eric Prydz, and more.
Flying Lotus in 3D, Brandon Coleman Spacetalker, Salami Rose Joe Louis, PBDY @ Brooklyn Mirage
Flying Lotus recently released his very good new album Flamagra, which is loaded with big guests, and while the guests help make it one of his most accessible albums yet, he doesn’t need any help putting on a fun, vivid show that will get the whole place moving and he’s sure to do that at Brooklyn Mirage on Friday.
Future Islands @ White Eagle Hall
Future Islands are working on the follow-up to 2017’s The Far Field, and they’re going to “road test these new songs” on a short tour that starts with two nights at Jersey City’s White Eagle Hall.
Pagan Altar, Cauchemar, Spite @ Saint Vitus
Terry Jones, frontman of legendary UK doom band Pagan Altar, sadly passed away in 2015 after a battle with cancer, but his bandmate/son Alan Jones has been keeping Pagan Altar alive with Brendan Radigan of doom revivalists Magic Circle as Terry’s replacement. They also currently have members of Cauchemar (who open this show), Voice of Destruction, and Bloodstone, and the current lineup does a lot of justice to the band’s classic sound.
Jonah Matranga, Stathi, Early Riser @ Mercury Lounge
Jonah Matranga is a true legend and lifer of post-hardcore/emo, thanks to his many great projects including but not limited to Far, New End Original, and onelinedrawing. He remains very active, and any chance to see him is a treat.
Slipknot, Volbeat, Gojira, Behemoth @ PNC Bank Arts Center
It’s been a hell of a year for Slipknot. They celebrated the 20th anniversary of their debut, which prompted many fans, critics, and fellow musicians to celebrate how important and influential they’ve been since then, and then they released a great new album, We Are Not Your Kind, which truly holds up against their classic work. Now they’re on tour with two killer openers, French prog/death metallers Gojira and Polish blackened death metallers Behemoth.
John Zorn, Amir Elsaffar, Matt Hollenberg, Simon Hanes, Brandon Lopez, Brian Chase @ The Glove
Bushwick DIY venue The Glove closes for good on Saturday and the penultimate night features an improvisational show lead by the great John Zorn and featuring Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase and more. There’s an aftershow with Tredici Bacci and more.
Paradise Garage Reunion @ Elsewhere Hall
Paradise Garage, the famed NYC disco where DJ Larry Levan spun in the ’70s and ’80s, only lasted 10 years but its influence lives on. David DePino & Joey LLanos host this annual event featuring good vibes and dancing.
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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