What’s going on Saturday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight’s shows, but here are some highlights…
Coney Island Mermaid Parade
It’s one of the great NYC annual traditions where freak flags are encouraged to fly high. This year’s royalty are Arlo and Nora Guthrie.
The Raconteurs @ Baby's All Right
Jack White, Brendan Benson and crew play their second of four NYC-area shows this week behind their great new comeback LP Help Us Stranger. If you didn't win tickets through the band's Third Man Vault/TIDAL contests, you have a chance to grab limited $20 tickets available at the door today only.
Tortoise (performing TNT), Emily Wells (with Metropolis Ensemble) @ Prospect Park Bandshell
Chicago post rock pioneers Tortoise released their third album, TNT, in 1998 which saw them putting aside their more electronic elements for jazzier, groovier material that incorporated '60s lounge, Can-style krautrock and more. They'll play it in full tonight at this free Celebrate Brooklyn! show.
The Lonely Island @ Kings Theatre
Following a sold-out date at Pier 17 last night, the former SNL-attached comedy trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone head to Brooklyn for another night in the city.
Jawbox, LAPeCHE @ Brooklyn Steel
Post-hardcore greats Jawbox are finally reunited and currently on their first tour in 20 years, and going by recent live shows, they still sound great. They finally hit NYC tonight for the first time since the '90s tonight.
slowthai, Kelvin Krash, Kasien @ Elsewhere
UK rapper slowthai recently released his debut album Nothing Great About Britain, which offers up a critical look at his home country and one of the finest rap debuts of the year so far. He plays his second of two NYC shows tonight.
Strange Negotiations (screening), David Bazan (live performance) @ Green-Wood Cemetery
Green-Wood Cemetery hosts a screening of new documentary Strange Negotiations, focusing on Pedro The Lion's David Bazan and his personal life away from his musical career. David himself will give a performance following the screening, along with a Q&A.
Brian Fallon @ Irving Plaza
The Gaslight Anthem finally returned last year, but frontman Brian Fallon has stayed very busy as a solo artist too. Having recently done some intimate "songs and stories" shows in NJ, he now does a slightly larger show in NYC tonight. This is also a good chance to get to Irving Plaza before the venue closes for renovations.
The Lumineers, The Revivalists, Sharon Van Etten, Catfish and The Bottlemen @ Forest Hills Stadium
New York alt-rock radio station ALT 92.3 is throwing its Summer Open at Forest Hills Stadium today, and though we aren't huge fans of most of this lineup, we'd never miss the opportunity to see the great Sharon Van Etten in NYC. Her new album Remind Me Tomorrow is arguably her best yet and one of the very best of 2019.
Jeanines, Holy Tunics, Free Time @ ALPHAVILLE
Brooklyn duo Jeanines have crafted an instant indiepop classic with their just-out debut album that is probably the best of its kind since Veronica Falls’ debut album. They celebrate tonight.
Holy Ghost!, Jesse Marco @ Bowery Ballroom
Brooklyn dance duo Holy Ghost! just released Work, their first album in six years, and they'll celebrate it tonight.
Punk Island 2019 @ Randall's Island
Annual free, all-ages NYC punk festival Punk Island returns to Randall's Island for another insane day of punk rock madness. This year's lineup is filled to the brim with punk rock and punk-adjacent acts, including the recently-added Choking Victim and World/Inferno Friendship Society, and other acts like Days N Daze, The 1865, All Torn Up!, Bethlehem Steel, Massa Nera, Netherlands, Slashers, Trashy, and many more.
Drive-By Truckers, T. Hardy Morris @ Brooklyn Bowl
Drive-By Truckers settle in for their third of six shows at Brooklyn Bowl (three this weekend, three the next.) This is Night 3, which features Dead Confederate frontman and Diamond Rugs member T. Hardy Morris.
The Art Gray Noizz Quintet, Church Bats, Vandalizer, Rats of New York @ Gran Torino
Stu Spasm of ’80s/’90s-era Australian noise rockers Lubricated Goat (who had releases on AmRep, Sub Pop and other labels) currently leads the Art Gray Noizz Quintet which also includes fellow din-makers Bloody Rich Hutchins, Skeleton Boy, Andrea Sicco and Nikki Dagostino. They headline this benefit for Causettes, aka "Cassettes for Causes" charity.
Spencer Krug (in-the-round), Light Conductor @ (le) poisson rouge
Wolf Parade's Spencer Krug is now performing solo under his birth name after retiring his Moonface moniker. Tonight's LPR show is a special, in-the-round performance.
Regina Spektor @ Lunt Fontanne Theatre
Regina Spektor continues her Broadway residency tonight at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, the same theater where Morrissey's Broadway residency happened in May. "I am so inspired as I plan these five nights on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne, a beautiful old theater with a rich history," Regina says. "One of the things I’m most excited about is the chance to explore theatrical elements within my concert show. This isn’t a 'Broadway Show,' and yet it’s not a tour concert, either. I’m revisiting all the songs I’ve ever written, to see how some of them might group together and connect into a show. I am thinking up some fun ways to incorporate special guests as well.”
Kristin Hersh, Fred Abong @ Mercury Lounge
For 35 years or so, Kristin Hersh has been working in various forms of indie rock, first with 4AD-signed Throwing Muses, then 50-Foot Wave and also as a solo artist, bringing a bewitching style to everything she does. Former Throwing Muses bassist Fred Abong makes this a family affair.
Culture Abuse, Tony Molina, Lil Ugly Mane, Young Guv, Dare @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Surfy Bay Area punks Culture Abuse released the very solid Bay Dream last year (their first on Epitaph), and they're now on a spring/summer tour with several notable acts, including Fucked Up/No Warning side project Young Guv, Lil Ugly Mane, and more.
Diana Ross @ Radio City Music Hall
The legendary Diana Ross plays this one-off headlining date at Radio City tonight, which is a few weeks before she begins an extensive US tour next month.
Frank Iero & The Future Violents, Reggie & The Full Effect @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
It's a double bill of emo vets on a boat with My Chemical Romance's Frank Iero and The Get Up Kids James Dewees (with his Reggie & the Full Effect project).
Gang Gang Dance, Ice Balloons, The Listeners @ Saint Vitus Bar
Gang Gang Dance just played NYC last week, and they'll be returning to the area for this headlining show, with support from TV on the Radio/Surfbort/etc supergroup Ice Balloons, and Brooklyn-based The Listeners.
Teenage Bottlerocket, Ramona, The Young Rochelles @ Sunnyvale
If you dig melodic punk in the classic Ramones-y style, you'll probably dig the bands on this bill.
Bambi Kino @ Union Pool
Very Special Beatles tribute act Bambi Kino focus on the early years of the Fab Four when they lived in Berlin. The band features Doug Gillard and Nada Surf’s Ira Elliot
Naeem, Amanda Blank, DJ Delish, Eli Escobar @ The Sultan Room at The Turk's Inn
The Sultan Room at The Turk's Inn is a new restaurant/music venue near the Jefferson L station in Bushwick, and their stage will be christened with this show headlined by Naeem (aka Spank Rock).
Lykke Li @ The Surf Lodge (Montauk)
Lykke Li recently had two memorable guest spots on the new Mark Ronson LP, and there's a good chance she'll perform those songs tonight out in Montauk.
Ryley Walker, Rosali, Levon Henry, Wilder Maker, Twain, Little Mystery, Julian Cubillos, Surface to Air Missive, GRNDMS @ Trans-Pecos
In partnership with Aquarium Drunkard, proceeds from this stacked show at Trans-Pecos tonight benefit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Tickets are pretty cheap too, and go towards a good cause.
Brett Davis @ Union Hall
NYC underground comedy stalwart Brett Davis presents a show about John Gentle, "a pitiable former adjunct college professor and self-published poet from New Jersey, presents his delusional one-man show, Offer Me Your Breasts, an unfortunate collection of gauche stories and lewd poems about his past lovers and his, ugh, 'Mama,'"
Pig Destroyer, Black Anvil, Bandit, Replicant, Sick Shit @ House of Independents
Grindcore greats Pig Destroyer went in a slower metalcore direction on last year's Head Cage, but it was as great as the band's more classic releases in its own way. Their live show still rips too, and local black metallers Black Anvil are very strong support.
For all of tonight’s shows, and tomorrow’s, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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