David Crosby, Anais Mitchell @ Lincoln Center/Damrosch Park Bandshell
Today's free Lincoln Center Out of Doors show is not one to miss, as legendary headliner David Crosby takes the stage to perform classics (and quality new material) from his multi-decade career. Be sure to get there early, as he'll have killer support from folk songwriter (and recent Tony-winning composer) Anais Mitchell.
Neurosis, Deafkids, Bell Witch @ Brooklyn Steel
Neurosis’ live show remains truly earth-shattering, the kind of thing you really need to experience for yourself at least once (and hopefully more times than that). They're also joined by two great support bands: Bell Witch, who share Neurosis’ knack for mixing thick, lumbering riffs and gorgeous atmospheric passages but in a very different way, and Brazilian psychedelic punks Deafkids, who recently released a new album on Neurosis’ label.
Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy) @ Joe's Pub
Jason Lytle has a new instrumental album out but hopefully we'll also get some Grandaddy songs at this intimate show.
Skizophrenia, Vaaska, Muro, Extended Hell, Exotica @ Brooklyn Bazaar
Hardcore Hell continues with a rare NYC appearance by Japanese punks Skizophrenia, plus Austin's Vaaska, Colombia's Muro, and more.
Iron Age, Red Death, Candy, Stigmatism, Grave Turner @ Saint Vitus (matinee)
Also part of Hardcore Hell is this matinee from Iron Age, who played their first NYC show in nine years on Friday night. The Austin crossover/thrash band have been a big influence on Texas hardcore and metal, including on Power Trip, and they’ve got Chris Ulsh (Chris Ulsh of Power Trip, Mammoth Grinder, Impalers) in their lineup for these shows. Killer support acts too.
Self Defense Family, Husbandry @ Saint Vitus
Experimental post-hardcore band Self Defense Family are recording a live album at this show (and their recent Boston and Philly shows), and they say the shows will feature “a Q&A session, surprise guests, maybe some covers if we feel like it, and whatever else we feel like jamming into an August night.” Needless to say, this should get interesting.
DaBaby @ Starland Ballroom
DaBaby is in the running for rookie of the year in the major label rap game; his Interscope debut Baby On Baby is just stacked with banger after banger. His live shows tend to get pretty wild too, and hopefully tonight will be no different.
Laraaji @ The Noguchi Museum
Ambient music icon Laraaji's last NYC date was at Queens' Wave Hill Gardens, and tonight he'll take his ethereal sounds to another artsy outdoor venue, located in the sculpture garden of Long Island City's Noguchi Museum.
B Boys, UV-TV, Austin Brown (DJ) @ Union Pool (Summer Thunder)
Brooklyn's B-Boys celebrate the release of their very good third album, Dudu, with this show that's part of Union Pool's free Summer Thunder series. Another good local post-punk band, UV-TV, open and Parquet Courts' Austin Brown will be your DJ for the afternoon.
Jonathan Toubin’s Summer Soul Scream w/ The Mystery Lights, Ghost Funk Orchestra @ Our Wicked Lady
Jonathan Toubin's Sunday evening Soul Scream is also pretty killer with the soulful psych of The Mystery Lights and the krautrock garage of Ghost Funk Orchestra. Bands start at 8 PM with DJs spinning at 10.
Barry Manilow @ Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Born and raised in Williamsburg (take that, Karen O), Barry went on to write the songs that made the whole world sing (even if he didn’t write “I Write the Songs”). Like Morrissey before him, he’s doing a short run at the La Fontanne.
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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