You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Slowdive, Farrows, Vorhees @ House of Vans
Few 20-years-away comebacks are worth it the way Slowdive's has been. The band are more popular than ever, sound better, and last year's self-titled LP was a great modern update of what they do. Tonight's show is free (though RSVP is closed) and the band picked the openers.
Full Moon Fest @ Knockdown Center
This "boutique" festival moved from Governors Island to Knockdown Center this year and is headlined by the great UK group Metronomy (though we're not that excited about the rest of the lineup.
Talib Kweli, OSHUN @ Betsy Head Park
Talib Kweli has been one of Brooklyn's finest for years, and OSHUN are one of the brightest newer voices on the New York hip hop scene, so this is a truly great, cross-generational pairing. It's also free.
SSION @ Bowery Ballroom
SSION, the dance-pop, video production, and more collective led by Cody Critcheloe, recently returned with their first album in seven years, which has some pretty impressive guests (like Sky Ferreira, Roisin Murphy, Devendra Banhart, Ariel Pink, Jennifer Herrema, Patty Schemel, and more). Having just played the inaugural LadyLand festival in NYC, SSION now play a headlining show tonight.
Cashmere Cat, Venus X & Asmara, Burna Boy, Valee, NIDIA, Fuck U Pay Us, Meriem Bennani @ MoMA PS1 (Warm Up)
It's the first Warm Up of the season, which means a full day of dancing under the sun in MoMA PS1's courtyard. And with weather looking like it's gonna be sunny and 90s, it couldn't be a more appropriate day for Warm Up to begin. The headliner is beatmaker Cashmere Cat, who's sure to bring a huge party, and the bill also includes cool stuff like Nigerian afro-fusion artist Burna Boy, rising G.O.O.D. Music rapper, Valee, and more. After Warm Up...
Cashmere Cat b2b ??????, Total Freedom, Venus X, Asmara, LSDXOXO, Shygirl, DJ Flex, Fuck U Pay Us @ Elsewhere
Cashmere Cat (along with a few others from the Warm Up lineup) heads to Elsewhere where he'll DJ b2b with a special guest.
Spotlights, Toby Driver, Somnuri @ Saint Vitus
Sludgy shoegaze band Spotlights recently released a new EP, which is sort of a remix EP but it really feels more like new, original music than you might expect from hearing "remix EP." They're celebrating it with a hometown release show tonight, and it's a good bill all around with Kayo Dot's Toby Driver and sludge band Somnuri.
Tim Barry, Restorations, Roger Harvey @ Monty Hall
Avail frontman Tim Barry is still keeping his very active solo career alive (and he recently proved he's still got his punk chops when he sang Avail's classic "Simple Song" on stage with Hot Water Music), and tonight he plays Jersey City. Both openers are great too: heartland punks Restorations and indie-folk artist Roger Harvey.
Del Close Marathon
It's the 20th anniversary of the Upright Citizen's Brigade's annual 56-hour improv marathon that will feature 750 shows across 11 different stages with such funny people as Paul Scheer, Anthony Atamanuik, Nicole Byer, Jessica St. Clair, Ellie Kemper, Nick Kroll, Jason Mantzoukas, Jack McBrayer, Thomas Middleditch, Adam Pally, Ben Schwartz, Zach Woods, Sasheer Zamata and so many more. This is the last year the DCM happens in NYC (it moves to LA next year) so don't miss out.
The Sadies, Ryan Sawyer @ Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
Canadian country rock greats The Sadies headline today's edition of Union Pool's free Saturday series, Summer Thunder, with drummer and Union Pool mainstay Ryan Sawyer also on the bill. Free 2- 6 PM.
Pop. 1280, Sediment Club, God Is My Co-Pilot, Decisions @ Alphaville
NYC vets God is My Co-Pilot, who've been together for 27 years, highlight this all-around good bill that is headlined by gothy noisemakers Pop 128.
B Boys, Wax Chattels, Gel Set @ Rough Trade
New Zealand trio Wax Chattels make what they call “guitarless guitar music.” Using bass, drums and keyboards there is an undeniable pummeling rock vibe on their debut album which was recently released via venerable kiwi indie label Flying Nun/Captured Tracks. All three members studied jazz and that also comes through in the music which is confrontational, both musically and lyrically.
John Zorn Hildegard Night : COBRA @ National Sawdust
Zorn and a large group of collaborators tonight perform his 1984 "game" piece, Cobra, where a set cues written on cards direct his fellow musician "players" on what to do.
Olafur Arnalds @ Le Poisson Rouge
Ólafur and his team of fellow musicians present “ALL STRINGS ATTACHED," which will feature past, present and brand new material from his forthcoming album. Tonight's show is part of Le Poisson Rouge's LPR X 10th anniversary series.
TV Girl, Infinity Crush, Foxes in Fiction @ Elsewhere
TV Girl‘s Brad Petering wraps his poison pen in bubblegum and perfume, offering up tales of the lonely, petty and bitter, set to pretty dancepop that borrows (and samples) from easy listening, girl groups, and soft rock. It’s like Valley of the Dolls: The Album set to Daisy Age De La Soul (or early Saint Etienne) style sonic pilfering.
Springsteen on Broadway
The Boss continues his sold-out “Springsteen on Broadway” run at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which has now been extended through December. At these shows, Bruce is giving fans shows “that are as personal and as intimate as possible.”
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