NOTE: With public health concerns over the coronavirus, more and more public events are being canceled. These shows are all happening as far as we know, but you might want to check venue websites/facebook/twitter before heading to a show. We'll update this post if things are canceled. You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
New Colossus Festival
SXSW may be canceled but NYC’s New Colossus Festival is still happening and will feature a lot of artists who were supposed to be on their way to Austin. Thursday options include Stealing Sheep, Tim Burgess (Charlatans), Pom Poko, Honey Lung, Tallies, Peel Dream Magazine, The Natvral and more at Pianos.
Wire @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Few bands have as good a track record as Wire, who’ve been together (more or less) for 44 years and have continued to release challenging, relevant music with barely a dud in their catalog. The band will DJ before their live set.
Love Rocks NYC @ Beacon Theatre
Leon Bridges, Dave Matthews, Cyndi Lauper, Jackson Browne, Chris Robinson, Warren Haynes, Joss Stone, Macy Gray, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Garlin, Ellie Kemper, Paul Shaffer, and more are appearing at this year's edition of this benefit show that raises money for God's Love We Deliver.
Sudan Archives, Cartel Madras @ Bowery Ballroom
Unpigeonholable violinist/singer/songwriter/producer Sudan Archives released her great debut album Athena on Stones Throw last year and played intimate release shows in NYC and LA, but now she's on her first proper tour since its release.
The Orielles @ Fred Perry Brooklyn
UK group The Orielles just released their second album Disco Volador, a unique, charming blend of psych, pop, tropicalia and, yes, disco. The band have also covered Peggy Gou, been remixed by the late, great Andrew Weatherall and have become in-demand remixers themselves. They play this free set tonight at the Fred Perry store in Williamsburg (306 Grand Street). 7 PM.
RDGLDGRN, Oxymorrons @ Mercury Lounge
Virginia rap/rock/go-go/etc trio RDGLDGRN (aka Red Gold Green) just dropped a new Nitty Scott-featuring single, and tonight they begin a tour in NYC with local alt-rap group Oxymorrons opening.
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah @ Blue Note Jazz Club
As we've written before, when Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah plays the trumpet, it goes straight to your heart, or your bones, or wherever you feel the most intense feelings. He's at the Blue Note through Sunday with two shows each night -- see him if you can.
Jaimie Branch's Fly or Die @ Roulette
Here's another great modern, crossover jazz option: composer/trumpeter/vocalist Jaimie Branch brings her tour behind last year's great, International Anthem-released FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise to Roulette.
KRS-One @ Sony Hall
As a member of Boogie Down Productions, KRS-One helped define rap as we know it today, and he continued churning out classics during his solo career too. Going by his recent albums, he's still got it.
Fusilier, Bartees Strange, Wsabi Fox @ The Sultan Room
Brassland labelmates Fusilier and Bartees Strange (the latter of whom has a National covers EP on the way) both make different types of adventurous art rock, and they team up for a shared bill in NYC tonight. Art-prog artist Wsabi Fox fits the bill well too.
Jonathan Wilson & the Nearly Nashville Band, The National Reserve @ Brooklyn Bowl
Talented singer, songwriter, producer, guitarist and Roger Waters' band member, Jonathan Wilson just released his twanging new album Dixie Blur last week and celebrates tonight. UPDATE: postponed due to coronavirus.
The Murder Capital, Jobs @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
Irish band The Murder Capital make a dark-n-shouty brand of post-punk descended from Joy Division and The Fall that isn’t too far off sonically from Girl Band, Eagulls, IDLES, and Fontaines DC.
Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum (w/ Michael C. Hall), Swamptalk @ Mercury Lounge
Trio Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum is led by Michael C Hall who you may know from Six Feet Under and Dexter, or from his musical work starring in Hedwig & The Angry Inch and David Bowie’s Lazarus. The rest of the band — they all met as part of Hedwig — is made up of keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen (Blondie, Culture Club, Cyndi Lauper) and drummer Peter Yanowitz (Morningwood).
Sorry, YouBet @ Union Pool
London’s Sorry make moody, sleek and synthy rock and are gearing up to release their debut LP, 925, in a couple weeks via via Domino. Tonight's their US live debut.
Nathaniel Rateliff, Sam Evian, Hannah Cohen @ Town Hall
Nathaniel Rateliff has returned to his early acoustic days on the 2020 “And It’s Still Alright” Tour, where he and his band will perform stripped-back versions of songs from his entire catalog.
The Get Up Kids, The Split Coils @ Amityville Music Hall
Having just opened two Dashboard Confessional shows in NYC earlier this week, emo vets The Get Up Kids head to Long Island for a headlining show tonight. Last year they made a big comeback with the great Polyvinyl-released Problems. You can most likely expect songs from that album and plenty of classics tonight.
J Stone, Fashawn @ SOB's
Nipsey Hussle affiliate J Stone is on the road with long-running underground rapper Fashawn and hitting SOB's tonight.
You can also find quality entertainment on almost any night of the week at: Barbès bar and performance space in Park Slope, LunÀtico in Bed Stuy, Nublu in the East Village, Blue Note jazz club in the West Village, The Stone in multiple locations, Comedy Cellar in the West Village, and Q.E.D. comedy club in Astoria.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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