What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights...
The So So Glos, Wild Yaks, Cumgirl8, Knucklehead, SUO (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bazaar
It’s the second-to-last night for Brooklyn Bazaar, featuring a host of great local bands, including punks The So So Glos.
Record Store Day Black Friday
It’s not quite as big as the Record Store Day that happens in April, but the now annual RSD Black Friday does offer a bunch of exclusive, limited edition releases, including Jonathan Fire*Eater‘s 1997 album Wolf Songs For Lambs on vinyl for first time in 20 years, The Wrens’ album Silver on vinyl for the first time ever, plus records by Cardi B, Lizzo, Arcade Fire, Nas, Devo, Pylon, They Might Be Giants and more.You can find RSD Black Friday titles at your local independent record store (Rough Trade in Brooklyn will probably have the most stuff).
The Fleshtones & Lenny Kaye @ Rough Trade
Speaking of Rough Trade, part of their RSD Black Friday celebration will be a free performance by NYC garage rock royalty The Fleshtones who will be accompanied by Patti Smith Band guitarist Lenny Kaye. They’ll be signing copies of their RSD 7″ after the performance. 3 PM and free.
Beach Rats, Speedy Ortiz, Restorations, American Trappist, Well Wisher @ House of Independents
Not only is it Thanksgiving Weekend, but Asbury Park venue House of Independents is celebrating something too: their fourth anniversary. They’ve put together this great lineup for the occasion, including three pretty big names in indie/punk: punk supergroup Beach Rats (Lifetime, Bouncing Souls, Minor Threat, etc), indie rockers Speedy Ortiz, and heartland punks Restorations. The all-around solid bill is rounded out by American Trappist (members of River City Extension) and indie-punk newcomers Well Wisher.
Darlene Love: “Love For The Holidays” @ Sony Hall
The incomparable Darlene Love, whose voice helped make A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector the classic that it is, returns to NYC for her annual run of holiday shows happening at Sony Hall. As far as holiday voices go, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Live Skull, Taiwan Housing Project, Norman Westberg, Female Genius @ Saint Vitus
NYC experimental rock vets released Saturday Night Massacre, their first album in 30 years, earlier this month and celebrate tonight with former Swans member Norman Westberg, Philly's Taiwan Housing Project, and more.
CHON, Between the Buried and Me, Intervals @ Starland Ballroom
It's a double dose of two very different kinds of prog with this co-headlining tour from proggy math rockers CHON and prog-metallers Between the Buried and Me.
Zeta, Taking Meds, Stay Inside, Armywives @ The Kingsland
Having recently released their solid new album Mochima, experimental post-hardcore band Zeta bring their busy tour schedule back to Brooklyn tonight.
Juan Atkins, Noncompliant, Lauren Flax, Juliana Huxtable, LOKA @ Elsewhere Hall
The ELSEWORLD dance party goes down in Elsewhere Hall with a solid lineup headlined by Detroit techno originator Juan Atkins.
A$AP Twelvyy & Friends @ Mercury Lounge
A$AP Rocky on Thanksgiving Eve isn’t enough A$AP Mob this weekend? No worries, A$AP Twelvyy and a bunch of friends (Billz Raw, Russ, Lago 2.0, Bindo, Smoove Aura, Yung Lunchbox, Zay Nailer, Hassi Irv, A Gem, 27Delly, Jay Blue) will hit Mercury Lounge on Friday. Rocky and Ferg may still be A$AP Mob’s biggest names, but Twelvyy has been putting out some pretty great music of his own over the past couple years and he remains on the rise.
Hot Tuna @ Town Hall (Friday and Saturday)
Hot Tuna live in NYC is a Thanksgiving tradition, and this year they’re doing the Friday and Saturday after the holiday at Town Hall. Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady (both famously also of Jefferson Airplane) tour constantly, and it’s kept them well-oiled machines for their entire 50+ year professional careers. If you’ve been to a Tuna show, you don’t need us to tell you to catch these, but if you’ve never seen them before, it’s still very worth it. The Grateful Dead and Phish might finally be reaching the indie rock crowd lately, but Jorma and Jack go all the way back with the Dead to the Haight-Ashbury days and Hot Tuna remain a fiery jam band today.
You can also find quality entertainment on almost any night of the week at: Barbès bar and performance space in Park Slope, LunÀtico in Bed Stuy, Nublu in the East Village, Blue Note jazz club in the West Village, The Stone in multiple locations, Comedy Cellar in the West Village, and Q.E.D. comedy club in Astoria.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar. For more Thanksgiving Weekend shows, check out our list of 27 shows to see in NYC over Thanksgiving Weekend 2019.
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