What’s going on Wednesday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Big Red Machine (Justin Vernon + Aaron Dessner), Sam Amidon, Lisa Hannigan, Naeem @ Terminal 5
While Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and The National's Aaron Dessner started their collaborative Big Red Machine project as something that seemed mostly like a side effort, they've now been taking it very seriously and released a full-length album this year that rivals some of Justin's best projects (like Bon Iver and Volcano Choir). Tonight's their first NYC show since the album came out, and it has some cool openers, including Lisa Hannigan who sings on the album.
Lucinda Williams and her band Buick 6 @ Beacon Theatre
Alt-country vet Lucinda Williams' classic fifth album Car Wheels On A Gravel Road continues to be frequently cited as an influence by modern-day indie artists (like Waxahatchee who wrote a retrospective on it this year), and Lucinda is celebrating its 20th anniversary on this tour. She's doing two sets, one with the album performed in full, and another with songs from all over her lengthy career.
Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus @ Brooklyn Steel
Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus are three of the brightest young voices in indie rock and indie folk, and they just teamed up for a great collaborative EP under the name boygenius. They’re playing their own sets on this tour, but they’ve also been collaborating on stage and playing the boygenius songs.
Cursive, Meat Wave, Campdogzz @ Irving Plaza
Cursive recently released their new album Vitriola, their first in six years and first with original drummer Clint Schnase and longtime co-producer Mike Mogis since 2006’s Happy Hollow. Having just played Long Island and Asbury Park, the tour hits NYC tonight.
NY Comedy Festival
The 2018 New York Comedy Festival is underway at venues all over the city and Wednesday options include Bill Burr, a taping of Chris Gethard's podcast Beautiful Anonymous, and more.
Graham Van Pelt, Real Clothes, TESHA @ ALPHAVILLE
Graham Van Pelt, who used to be in Think About Life and made music as Miracle Fortress, released his solo debut under his own name earlier this year, making thoughtful dance music that should appeal to fans of Arthur Russell and Kelly Lee Owens.
Porches, Lily and Horn Horse @ Baby's All Right
Brooklyn club Baby's All Right continues its five-year birthday celebration with this intimate show with synthpop group Porches.
Connan Mockasin @ Murmrr Theatre
New Zealand eccentric Connan Mockasin is touring behind his new concept album Jazzbusters, which is music from his "absurdist film" Bostyn N' Dobsyn. There will be a screening of the film, and then a full set from Connan and band.
Shannon and the Clams, Dirty Fences, Brooklyn Bluebirds @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Shannon Shaw released a great solo album earlier this year produced by Dan Auerbach, and tonight plays with the Clams.
Fucked Up, Bad Waitress, L.O.T.I.O.N. @ Market Hotel
Fucked Up recently released their first album in four years, Dose Your Dreams, which sees them defying the hardcore genre more than ever before and introducing tons of different sounds from other corners of the music world. They're in Brooklyn for a two-night stand at Market Hotel, this being night one.
Iron and Wine, OHMME @ The Paramount
Iron & Wine recently followed last year's very good Beast Epic with the Weed Garden EP, which mostly features songs from the Beast Epic sessions but is a worthy release in its own right. There's no NYC date on this tour but he's got this nearby Long Island show tonight.
Norman Westberg (of Swans), Charmaine Lee, Chris LiButti @ Muchmore's
Swans are no more (again, for now) but longtime guitarist Norman Westberg is staying busy with his worthy solo career. Tonight he plays a solo set at the 23rd installment of the monthly experimental series Limited Resources.
Springsteen on Broadway
The Boss continues his sold-out “Springsteen on Broadway” run at the Walter Kerr Theatre, which runs through December. At these shows, Bruce is giving fans shows “that are as personal and as intimate as possible.”
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