What’s going on Friday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Built To Spill, Hop Along, Alex G @ Irving Plaza (BV Presents)
We're really excited to present this show, headlined by indie rock veterans Built to Spill and opened by two of our favorite modern bands who are very much in the same lineage as BTS. Built to Spill put out three classic records in the '90s, and their recent material is great too. If you do miss this show, or just want to see them again, this same triple bill hits Brooklyn Bowl and Asbury Park's Stone Pony in October.
Jeff Lynne's ELO @ Radio City Music Hall
With the first ELO album in 15 years out late last years, Jeff Lynne is officially back in the Orchestra pit. Radio City seems like the perfect place to hear classics like "Telephone Line," "Showdown" and "Evil Woman." They'll play again on Sunday.
Car Seat Headrest, Lucy Dacus @ Bowery Ballroom
Car Seat Headrest’s new album, Teens of Denial, is one of 2016’s more acclaimed indie rock records, full of memorable hooks, and witty, self-depricating lyrics. This is their second of two nights at Bowery Ballroom, both with Matador labelmate Lucy Dacus.
Psychic TV, Lydia Lunch, FORMA @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge's ever-morphing Psychic TV just released new album Alienist and they'll celebrate tonight, with NY No Wave vet Lydia Lunch doing her guest-filled RETROVIRUS, and Brooklyn krautrockers FORMA.
TR/ST, Cold Cave, Damian Genuardi @ Webster Hall
Candaina act TR/ST and Cold Cave make for a great double bill of danceable goth. Let's hope the fog machines will be cranked.
Allah-Las, TOPS @ Baby's All Right
Los Angeles retro rockers Allah-Las continue to channel jangly, surfy vibes on thier just-out Callico Review (their first for Mexican Summer), and their tour with Montreal's effervescent TOPS hits Baby's (which is undergoing some major renovations right now) tonight.
Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival
The 2016 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival starts in earnest tonight. At The Bell House, it's "Comics Famous Enough To Sometimes Get Free Appetizers At Nice Restaurants" with Caroline Rhea, Mirman and more TBA; at Union Hall it's the "You Get a Spoon" variety show early and "Stars Of A Future Internet Streaming Platform That Old People Will Probably Mispronounce" late.
Anthrax, Kyng @ Saint Vitus
Thrash legends Antharx still put on super fun shows, and singer Joey Belladonna says this one "has to be the most intimate show [they've] played since the early 80s.” It's also for a good cause: it's a benefit for cancer support group Gilda's Club.
Wolves in the Throne Room, Angel Olsen, Xylouris White, Youth Code & more @ Basilica Hudson (Basilica Soundscape)
Hudson, NY fest Basilica Soundscape begins today and continues through Sunday, with a very carefully curated lineup that puts black metal, psychedelic folk, EBM, and more outsider genres on one bill.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor (performing live score to 'monumental') @ BAM
Post rock greats Godspeed You! Black Emperor put on truly mesmerizing live shows, and tonight and tomorrow they'll be performing a live score for the NY premiere of 'monumental,' a large-scale work performed by Canada’s dance company The Holy Body Tattoo. It's part of the BAM Next Wave Festival.
Death Grips @ Terminal 5
Death Grips famously don't show up for their shows, and never officially un-broke up (even though they clearly are not broken up), but assuming this show is drama-free, it should be a fun one.
Downtown Boys, Sex Stains, Try The Pie, The Smarthearts @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Sax-fueled political punks Downtown Boys are one of those bands whose live show is undeniable, and if you don't believe me, just go see for yourself. Sex Stains, the current band of former Bratmobile singer Allison Wolfe, are very worth catching too.
Owen, Birthmark @ Rough Trade
Mike Kinsella and Nate Kinsella are bandmates in the current lineup of American Football, but right now their respective solo projects are on tour together. Owen's recently-released The King of Whys is quite possibly his best album in a decade, and pretty similar to those recent American Football singles.
Mykki Blanco, UNIIQU3 @ Market Hotel
Mykki Blanco almost gave up rapping for good, but instead got a debut album together and it comes out today. It's not like too much other rap out there, and Mykki's live shows are always fun.
Potty Mouth, Frameworks @ Baby's All Right (midnight, free)
Indie-punks Potty Mouth and screamo revivalists Frameworks are currently on tour opening for Against Me!. That tour has a night off tonight, so those two bands will play a free midnight show at Baby's All Right. 14 hours later, Against Me! will play an in-store at Rough Trade NYC.
The Album Leaf, Rituals of Mine (fka Sister Crayon) @ Littlefield
Post-rockers The Album Leaf sound as great as ever on Between Waves, their first album for their new (and somewhat surprising) label home, Relapse Records. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows on this tour.
Rocky Votolato, Chris Staples @ Mercury Lounge
Barsuk labelmates Rocky Votolato and Chris Staples are both musicians who once fronted post-hardcore bands (Waxwing and Twothirtyeight, respectively) but now make quieter singer/songwriter stuff. On this tour, Rocky's celebrating the 10th anniversary of Makers. Chris is supporting his just-released Golden Age.
Gambles, Roger Harvey @ Rough Trade
Matthew Daniel Siskin, former guitarist of now-defunct NYC indie rockers Levy, now makes sorrowful folky music as Gambles. The likeminded Roger Harvey makes this a cool double bill.
New Alternative Music Festival @ Asbury Park Convention Hall
Don Giovanni Records throws this one-time-only music festival today and tomorrow (shortened from three days) in Asbury Park. Today's lineup includes Screaming Females, Ought, PS Eliot (reunion), Tenement, Radiator Hospital, and some other cool stuff.
Devin Townsend Project, Between the Buried and Me, Fallujah @ PlayStation Theater
Two technical metal bands who can be a bit overpolished but also have plenty to like about them, Devin Townsend Project and Between the Buried and Me, bring their tour to NYC tonight.
Carol Burnett @ Beacon Theatre
One of television's greatest comedians, Carol Burnett presents "An Evening of Laughter and Reflection Where The Audience Asks The Questions." Carol will answer your questions, show classic clips and, if you're lucky, you'll get a Tarzan yell, an ear tug, and maybe even a song.
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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