What’s going on Saturday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Angel Olsen, Alex Cameron @ Webster Hall
Angel Olsen's new LP My Woman is her best yet and one of the year's best indie rock albums. Both NYC shows on her tour are sold out (this is the first), and needless to say, the anticipation to see her right now is pretty high. It's also worth catching Australia's Secretly Canadian-signed Alex Cameron, who makes eccentric '80s-inspired pop.
Pharmakon @ Aviv
Noise artist Pharmakon brings her highly-confrontational show to the soon-to-close DIY spot Aviv tonight.
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.
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 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.
Explosions in the Sky, Bell Witch, Genesis P-Orridge & Edley O’Dowd, Cobalt, Deradoorian, Uniform, Hank Wood & the Hammerheads and more @ Basilica Soundscape
Hudson, NY fest Basilica Soundscape continues today with a very carefully curated lineup that brings post rock, outsider metal, garage punk, avant-garde music, and more together on one bill.
Carol Burnett @ Beacon Theater
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.
Jack Oblivian, The Sheiks, The Naked Heroes, Cheap Sneakers, Oh Boland @ Don Pedro
It's a double-dose of Memphis garage soul with vet Jack Oblivion, who's doing it since the '80s, and The Shieks (which has members of Ex Cult).
The Proclaimers, Jenny O. @ Gramercy Theatre
Best known for their surprise U.S. 1993 hit “I”m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” (five years after the song was originally released), the Scottish duo of twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid have been releasing records consistently since the mid-’80s, and the band’s 10th album, Let’s Hear it for the Dogs, came out in 2015.
The Album Leaf, Rituals of Mine (fka Sister Crayon) @ (le) poisson rouge
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 second of two NYC shows on this tour.
Nada Surf, Amber Arcades @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Nada Surf returned earlier this year with You Know Who You Are on Barsuk, and it's filled with the kind of pleasantly poppy alt-rock that Nada Surf have done very well for a while now. This is the first of two NYC shows on their current tour, and this one's being opened by Dutch psychedelic pop singer/songwriter Amber Arcades, who is very worth catching.
God Is An Astronaut, Teeel @ Highline Ballroom
Irish post-rock greats God Is An Astronaut haven't toured North American in five years, and they're saying this tour may be their last on these shores. Catch them while you still can.
Carl Craig, Octave One, Luke Hess, Kenny Larkin @ Output
One of the legends of Detroit techno, Carl Craig spins tonight.
Against Me! @ Rough Trade (2 PM)
Against Me! just returned with Shape Shift With Me, the highly-anticipated followup to 2014's career-reinventing Transgender Dysphoria Blues. It picks up right where that album left off, and takes things in other directions too. It's great. Today they play a 2 PM in-store at Rough Trade.
Mystic Braves, The Dream Ride @ Rough Trade
Los Angeles’s Mystic Braves look like they’ve been transported from 1966 and that’s pretty much what they sound like too: 12-sting guitars, surfy leads, combo organ, the occasional flourish of Spanish horns.
Head Wound City, Doomsday Student, Sick Feeling @ Saint Vitus Bar
Head Wound City is a supergroup with members of The Blood Brothers, The Locust and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and as you may expect from a lineup like that, they make spastic post-hardcore. Tonight's their first of two NYC shows this weekend.
Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival
The 2016 edition of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival wraps up tonight: At The Bell House it's a very special all-Glazers edition of Elliot Glazer's Haunting Renditions (with his sis Ilana Glazer, plus Jon Glaser, and more Glazers) and "Comedians You’ll See In A Cell Phone Or Cream Cheese Commercial In 2-3 Years"; over at Union Hall it's a taping of "You're the Expert" with Jo Firestone, and then "These Comics Need An Agent Or Manager And We’re Trying To Help."
Ghost Bath, Numenorean, Frosthelm @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Ghost Bath picked up some internet buzz for their Deafheaven-ish sound, and things got kinda weird for them when people realized their origin story was fake (they said they were from China but they are from North Dakota). If you're still curious what the hype is all about, maybe catch them live tonight.
New Alternative Music Festival @ Asbury Park Convention Hall
Don Giovanni Records throws this one-time-only music festival in Asbury Park, which wraps up today (shortened from three days to two). Today's lineup includes Downtown Boys, Girlpool, Laura Stevenson, Sex Stains (ex-Bratmobile), Jeffrey Lewis, Dyke Drama, and some other cool stuff.
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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