What’s going on Thursday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
David Bowie Tribute Concert feat. Patti Smith, The Mountain Goats, Cyndi Lauper, Jakob Dylan, Bettye LaVette, Ann Wilson (of Heart), The Roots, Perry Farrell, Bette Midler, Pixies, Laurie Anderson, Holy Holy, Cat Power, Robyn Hitchcock, Debbie Harry, Michael Stipe, The Flaming Lips, Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello, J Mascis @ Carnegie Hall
Announced just before David Bowie died, this year's "Music Of" concert at Carnegie Hall almost instantly took on more gravity, and has grown to be an especially star-studded event that is now across two nights (Friday at Radio City). What artist will do "Space Oddity"?
Junior Boys, Jessy Lanza @ Webster Hall
Junior Boys' new album Big Black Coat exists somewhere between heady IDM and catchy synthpop, and it's not really like much else coming out right now. Jessy Lanza, whose upcoming album was made with Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys, makes this a well-matched double bill.
Diana Ross @ State Theatre
Diana Ross has put out timeless material for years, from the early Motown era to the disco era and more. It's always worth seeing her do her thing all these years later.
Japanese Breakfast, Adult Mom, Emily Reo, Bethlehem Steel @ Shea Stadium
Japanese Breakfast was the solo project of Little Big League singer Michelle Zauner, but it recently turned into a full band. While LBL were known for indie/punk, this is more up a dream pop alley and it's great stuff.
The Coathangers, Pill, The Meltaways @ Silent Barn
Atlanta garage punks The Coathangers have a new album called Nosebleed Weekend on the way via Suicide Squeeze, and going by the singles we’ve heard so far, it’s gonna be another batch of rippers. It's also worth catching skronky local band Pill tonight.
Rockie Fresh, Anik Khan @ Studio at Webster Hall
Chicago rapper Rockie Fresh recently released a new mixtape, The Night I Went To…, which was full of songs with slow tempos, atmospheric electronics, and pitched-up soulful vocal samples. It's good stuff.
Aa, Crown Larks, Sunwatchers, Kel Valhaal @ Trans Pecos
Local experimental band Aa returned in 2014 with their first album since 2007, VoyAager. They were still in fine form for that record, and they likely will be tonight too.
ONO, Cellular Chaos, Paint Thinner, Weeping Icon, Maximum Ernst @ Alphaville
Chicago avant-punks ONO were around for two albums in the '80s before disappearing, but they've been back in action since 2012. Their new records are still as weird and snarling as their early material.
Varsity, Field Trip @ Baby's All Right
Chicago band Varsity make indie pop that hearkens back to the genre's '80s era, and they do it pretty well.
Lucius, Pure Bathing Culture @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The harmonizing chamber pop band Lucius headline this sold out show, and it's worth showing up for the breezy, Fleetwood Mac-y Pure Bathing Culture too.
SOPHIE (presents Pupture), Gerry Bibby, Hayden Dunham, Fluct, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Henrik Oleson @ New Museum
According to the venue's show synopsis, "SOPHIE will be joined by multidisciplinary artists Gerry Bibby, Travis Boyer, Hayden Dunham, FlucT, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, and Henrik Oleson for a panel discussion, which will be elaborated by live performance and original music. Collectively, the group will bring their experience in dance, sound, music, video, photography, painting, and performance to bear on a consideration of the role synthesis plays in a work’s creation, structure, and meaning."
Ryan Hemsworth, DJDS @ Output
Cloud rap/pop producer Ryan Hemsworth teams with DJDS (fka DJ Dodger Stadium), who make very human, emotional electronic music and who also contributed to Kanye West's new album.
Infamous Stringdusters feat. Nicki Bluhm, Della Mae @ Bowery Ballroom
The Infamous Stringdusters hearken back to old timey bluegrass while Nicki Bluhm is more of an alt-country singer, and sometimes they bring their two sounds together for collaborations. Tonight's their second of two NYC shows on this tour.
Jonathan Richman @ Bell House
Massively influential, Jonathan Richman remains a consummate live entertainer with no shortage of great songs. Jonathan is playing two nights at The Bell House both with longtime drummer Tommy Larkins.
LODRO, Heaven's Gate, Godxss @ Sunnyvale
LODRO celebrate the release of their long-in-the-works debut album tonight.
Mike Birbiglia @ The Lynn Redgrave Theater
Comedian Mike Birbiglia has been doing his show “Thank God for the Jokes” for nearly two years. He’s putting it to bed, but not before this run which was recently extended through May.
PAT feat. Beppe Savoni, Silvia Prada @ Union Pool
Tonight is JD Samson’s party, Pat, that focuses on “good vibes, good sound, video projection by local video artists and DJ’s that aren’t afraid to go deep.” There are DJs in the front room and the back performance space, and it’s free.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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