What’s going on Thursday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Girls Against Boys, Savak @ Saint Vitus Bar
Warming up for their Sound on Sound sound appearance in Texas this weekend, post-hardcore/noise-rock vets Girls Against Boys play this BrooklynVegan-presented show tonight. Making this a very DC-scene show is SAVAK, the band featuring members of Edsel and Nation of Ulysses.
Beach House, Romantic States @ Kings Theatre
Beach House returned last year with not one but two albums, which were a bit more introverted-sounding than their immediate predecessors. Tonight they return to NYC in continued support of those albums. Sold out.
Meshuggah, High on Fire @ PlayStation Theater
Meshuggah just returned with their new album The Violent Sleep of Reason, and High on Fire are still supporting last year's Luminiferous. These bands sound nothing alike, but they make a good pair because both have incredibly distinct, incredibly influential sounds and each new album re-proves that the copycats just can't do it the same.
Sorority Noise, Free Throw, Ratboys @ Shea Stadium
Sorority Noise already have a pretty dedicated fanbase thanks to a sound that's fun but brutally honest about heavy topics (like mental health), and it's clear they're only continuing to rise. They recently signed to Triple Crown and put out a split with TWIABP, and now they return to NYC for a sold-out headlining show. It's worth getting there early for Ratboys' set too.
New York Comedy Festival
The 2016 edition of NYCF is in full swing at venues all over the city, and Thursday options include Patton Oswalt at Beacon Theatre; Bridget Everett at Town Hall; Nick Kroll and John Mulaney's 'Oh Hello' on Broadway; Anthony Atamanuik doing his scathingly funny Donald Trump impersonation at Skirball Center; Dave Hill at Union Hall; a comedy writers roundtable at The Friars Club, and lots more.
Vesuvio Solo, Teen Body, Bud Nicholas @ Alphaville
Montreal' Vesuvio Solo, new band from onetime TOPS bassist Thom Gillies, make sensuous pop with nods to '70s soft rock, and '80s romanticism via a terrific sense of space and melody. Is there a midpoint between George Michael and Prefab Sprout? They may be it.
Greg Barris, Mother of Three, Dave Hill, Seth Herzog, Seaton Smith, CHVRCHES (special musical guest - Lauren Mayberry only) @ Baby's All Right
Comedian Greg Barris has been doing his show “Heart of Darkness” (aka “The World’s Most Important Live Event”) for some time, usually at Union Hall, but is bringing it to Baby's for a super-sized edition subtitled “Laughter in Darkness.” His guests for this show will be Dave Hill (who’ll be playing music as well as laughing it up), SWEET host Seth Herzog, Seaton Smith, and very special musical guest Lauren Mayberry from Chvrches.
Toots & the Maytals @ Brooklyn Bowl
One of the best known Jamaican ska and rock steady vocal groups and more than 50 years since their formation, Toots Hibbert is still fronting the group, bringing good vibes and breezy grooves.
Porches @ Warsaw
Having released their first album for Domino earlier this year, Porches play a hometown show tonight and are promising an array of surprise "special guests."
UPDATE: Porches cancelled. The show was "not meant to be and will b postponed until a later date."
Girlpool, Yohuna, Jackal Onassis @ Silent Barn
Girlpool have a pretty unique sound thanks to their unison singing, and it's surprisingly full-sounding given their lack of drums. The power is really in the lyrics though.
The Blasters @ Hill Country Brooklyn
Led, as always, by Phil Alvin (his brother Dave hasn't been in the band for a while), The Blasters are cowpunk royalty. They play Hill Country in Manhattan tomorrow.
Mirah, Susie Ibarra @ The Stone
Experimental musician Susie Ibarra is in the midst of a residency at The Stone, and both of tonight's shows have cool indie rock musicians. The 8 PM show has singer/songwriter Mirah, and...
Susie Ibarra, Brian Chase @ The Stone
...the 10 PM show has Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brian Chase.
Ryley Walker, Circuit des Yeux @ Villain
Ryley Walker makes psychedelic folk that hearkens back to the late '60s, and he's not only a great singer, but a seriously talented guitarist. His latest LP is this year's Golden Sings That Have Been Sung on Dead Oceans. The show's opened by Circuit des Yeux, one of the dark experimental pop projects of Haley Fohr. This show was moved to Villain from Market Hotel.
Lydia Lunch & Umar Bin Hassan: No Wave Out @ Joe’s Pub
No wave legend Lydia Lunch (of Teenage Jesus & the Jerks and other projects) has a new collaborative project with Umar Bin Hassen (of proto-hip hop legends The Last Poets). It’s called No Wave Out, and it features, according to a press release, “seamless volleys of confrontational poetic sparring” between the two artists. They’ll perform it live tonight at Joe’s Pub with Lydia’s Retrovirus bandmates Tim Dahl (Child Abuse) and Weasel Walter (Behold…The Arctopus), as well as Last Poets percussionist Don Babatunde and drummer Shaun Kelly.
Honus Honus, ARMS @ Mercury Lounge
Man Man singer Honus Honus is doing the solo thing this year, and his debut solo LP Use Your Delusion isn't too different from his main band (not a bad thing). Tonight's show is opened by poppy local indie band ARMS.
Rhys Chatham @ 22 Boerum Place
Experimental musician, no-wave fixture and guitar innovator Rhys Chatham released new album, Pythagorean Dream, earlier this year. Tonight is a rare solo performance, as part of ISSUE Project Room's fall lineup.
Cheech and Chong @ The Wellmont Theater
The original pot comics, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong are reloading their '70s-era stage act that got them acclaim (and record and movie deals). Expect classic bits, lots of songs, and maybe a little politics.
Grant-Lee Phillips @ Rockwood Music Hall
Armed with a smoky and soulful voice, Grant-Lee Phillips has been making great records for over 20 years. His new album, The Narrows, came out in the spring and he'll return to his Stars Hollow town trubador role in the new episodes of Gilmore Girls in a couple weeks.
Sporting Life @ National Sawdust
A member of the the quickly rising NYC rap group Ratking and a solo artist signed to R&S Records, Sporting Life brings his unique productions to National Sawdust tonight.
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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