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 Specials, The Far East @ Terminal 5
2 Tone legends The Specials inspired so much mediocre ska music its easy to forget just how great they were -- at least till you listen to their blisteringly alive debut album. Expect a Prince Buster tribute or two tonight.
of Montreal, Ruby The Rabbitfoot @ Webster Hall
of Montreal basically deliver what you expect on each new album, but on this year's Innocence Reaches they injected their trademark sound with a more modern electronic vibe (Kevin Barnes namedropped Jack U and Arca as influences).
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Skells, Babetown @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
It's opening night of the new location of Brooklyn Bazaar. Much of kitchy '70s charm of previous tenants Polonaise Terrace has been kept. Christening the upstairs live music space (which is ticketed) is Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
Giorgio Moroder, Jackmaster, Oliver, Kungs, DJ Nicky Siano @ Brooklyn Sanctuary
This party called "I Feel Love" promises to bring back some of the hedonism of '70s disco. Emphasis on "feel" -- "be prepared that you should be comfortable standing, walking, climbing stairs, being touched, interacting with participants, or being alone" and "may include nudity." Also, "I Feel Love" creator Giorgio Moroder will DJ.
Real Numbers, Moth Eggs, The Saylavees @ Cake Shop
Minneapolis’ Real Numbers make mod-ish, tinny and relentlessly catchy indiepop that owes a whole lot to Television Personalities. They've got an album on Slumberland due out in September and this is their first of three NYC shows this week.
Tribute to The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World@ Le Poisson Rouge
The Shaggs' cult classic 1969 debut album Philosophy of the World just got reissued by Light in the Attic and is celebrated tonight with Bush Tetras, Roddy Bottum (Faith No More), the Defibulators, Rachel Trachtenburg, Corn Mo, Ava Mendoza, Jessica Pavone, Patti Rothberg and more.
The Giraffes, Not Blood Paint @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
Brooklyn heavy riff rockers The Giraffes released new album Usury earlier this year and will set sail tonight with Not Blood Paint.
Ian Sweet, Horse Jumper of Love, Florist, Hovvdy @ Shea Stadium
Brooklyn indie rock trio Ian Sweet just released their debut album on Hardly Art and celebrate tonight.
Khruangbin, Lake Ruth @ Bowery Ballroom
his Houston, TX trio make hard to categorize but easy to like music, mixing R&B, ’60s Thai pop, psych, surf, afrobeat, and more into one cohesive, chilled-out, groovy sound. Opening are baroque pop act Lake Ruth.
Tribulation, Youth Code, Horrendous @ Knitting Factory
This is an amazing bill for fans of heavy music, with Sweden's Tribulation, who add a dose of classic rock riffage to black/death metal, the EBM-inspired Youth Code, and classic-style death metal revivalists Horrendous.
The Body & Full of Hell, Gas Chamber, Trenchgrinder, Limbs Bin, Limbs Bin @ Market Hotel
Experimental metal band The Body and noisy grinders Full of Hell have a collaborative album out, and they're now supporting it on a tour together. Things should get very weird and very loud tonight.
Craig Bell, Richard Papiercuts, Stefan Christensen & Friends, Consolidated Plastics @ Alphaville
Craig Bell of proto-punk legends Rocket From The Tombs returns today with a new solo album, aka Darwin Layne, which is rooted in the same type of music RFTT helped pioneer. Tonight's show has some good openers too.
ZZ Top, Gov't Mule @ Jones Beach
ZZ Top will bring their long beards, top hats and classic rock riffs to Jones Beach tonight, and Warren Haynes' jammy band Gov't Mule open the show. Should be a nice night.
Violent Soho, Meat Wave, Joy Again @ Saint Vitus
Between Australian grunge revivalists Violent Soho and Chicago garage punks Meat Wave, there will be plenty of headbang-worthy riffs at Vitus tonight.
Simian Mobile Disco (DJ Set), Rex The Dog, JDH & Dave P @ Good Room
UK dance duo spin tonight at this Greepoint spot.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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