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 Meadows @ Citi Field
It's the first day of NYC festival The Meadows, which is also the first hometown show for Jay-Z since the release of 4:44. That alone is worth the price of admission, and it gets even more exciting when you consider you can see Run the Jewels, Migos, Blood Orange, Joey Bada$$, Tegan & Sara, Sky Ferreira, Lizzo, and more today too.
The Afghan Whigs, Har Mar Superstar @ Bowery Ballroom
Greg Dullii and The Afghan Whigs always seem to make time for a Bowery Ballroom show when they tour, and tonight they'll be playing new album, In Spades, in full.
ChameleonsVox, Soft Kill, Boy Harsher, Second Still @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Mark Burgess has gathered an ace backing band who really know how to recreate The Chameleons' influential sound. and will play favorites from all four Chameleons albums.
The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival
The festival that started almost as a joke is now in its 10th year. Tonight's the kickoff with shows at The Bell House and Union Hall, including "SH!T SHOW: Comedy from Humans Rearing other Humans" featuring host Ophira Eisenberg, plus H. Jon Benjamin, Eugene Mirman, Emily Flake, Ben Schwartz, Jordan Carlos, and more.
Basilica Soundscape @ Basilica Hudson
The very unique Hudson, NY festival Basilica Soundscape always has a lineup that pulls from seemingly disparate types of music, but creates a powerful vibe when it all comes together. Today's schedule has footwork produer Jlin, orchestral R&B singer serpentwithfeet, Tunisian protest singer Emel Mathlouthi, sludge metal band Thou, ambient electronic musician Yves Tumor, poet Eileen Myles, experimental rapper Moor Mother, performance artist Naama Tsabar, and ambient ensemble Bing & Ruth.
'Star Wars' Concert Series @ Lincoln Center
The New York Philharmonic are performing John Williams’ scores live to accompany screenings of many of the Star Wars films, beginning tonight with the original (Star Wars aka Episode 4: A New Hope).
Ghostface Killah, Smoke DZA @ Brooklyn Bowl
As a member of the Wu-Tang and as a solo artist, Ghostface Killah has classic material dating back to the '90s and he still puts out good work, like his recent collaborations with psychedelic soul artist Adrian Younge. Tonight he plays this Meadows aftershow with newer New York rapper Smoke DZA, whose latest album is a collaboration with Pete Rock.
Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders, Steve Forbert, Hollis Brown, Lucy Kaplansky, Lee Ranaldo, Tom Perrotta, Madison Smart Bell @ City Winery
Wesley's Stace's variety show mixes music, comedy and literature, and tonight featues -- among others -- Lee Ranaldo whose new album is out today.
Wastedland 2 w/ NinjaSonik, Unstoppable Death Machines, DJ Dog Dick, Karma Kid, and more! @ Knockdown Center
If you’ve lived in NYC any time over the last 20 years you have probably seen street artist UFO‘s work, variations of his tag: a squid-like alien with little jets shooting out the bottom. Part of the 907 graffiti crew, UFO’s work has been touring with the large-scale installation “Wastedland 2,” which is composed from his and other 907 graffiti writers work as well as director Andrew Shirley’s film about UFO 907 of the same name. This free event also features live performances and more. Should be fun.
Paul McCartney @ Madison Square Garden
Paul McCartney is showing no signs of slowing down at all. He still puts on some of the most fantastic rock shows in the world (filled with tons of Beatles songs), and this month he’s doing EIGHT of them in the NYC-area, this being his first of two MSG shows.
Roger Waters @ Nassau Coliseum
While he might be a little outspoken for some, it’s hard to argue with Roger Waters’ body of work. He brings real spectacle (and tons of Floyd songs) to his live show, too.
King Missile, The Art Gray Noizz Quintet, Pink Lips, Pants @ The Bowery Electric
NYC vets King Missile, fronted by the funny and abstract John S. Hall, come out of hibernation every once and while and are always worth catching.
Protomartyr, The Gotobeds, Big Quiet @ WFMU Monty Hall
Both Protomartyr and The Gotobeds were supposed to open for The Fall in Brooklyn this week (the UK band postponed shows due to Mark E Smith's health) but play together tonight. Protomartyr were great at Saint Vitus on Wednesday and this show is not sold out and, for folks in NYC, WFMU Monty Hall is a quick trip on the Path train.
Sloppy Jane, Animal Show, Insecure Men @ Baby's All Right
This is being billed as a Meltasia afterparty -- like, way after -- with three acts that played the fest. Of note: Sloppy Jane who put on a wild, clothing optional show, and Insecure Men which is the new group from Saul of Fat White Family. It's free.
Annie Hart @ Main Drag Music
Annie Hart of Au Revoir Simone celebrates the release of her solo debut, Impossible Accomplice, with this free show at long-running Williasmburg music store. Free, 8 PM.
Alison Moyet @ Irving Plaza
The onetime Yazoo singer -- who just released her ninth solo album -- still has the powerful pipes that gave us "Situation" and "Invisible."
Erykah Badu @ NJPAC
Erykah Badu helped define the neo-soul sound of the '90s and early '00s with some now-classic material, and she has stayed very creative into the current decade. Her latest, the 2015 But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape, has some of her best work.
King Woman, Dreamdecay, Conduit @ Union Pool
King Woman makes a sort of atmospheric, melodic doom metal that should please metalheads and nonmetalheads alike. She's on tour now with Seattle noise rockers Dreamdecay, who are worth catching too.
1-800-Dinosaur w/ Joy Orbison, James Blake (DJ), Dan Foat, Klaus, Mr. Assister, Airhead @ Secret Location
Having just played two solo piano shows in NYC, James Blake is hanging around to DJ a show at a secret location tonight. He's got some talented friends coming with him too.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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