What’s going on Wednesday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Belly @ Bowery Ballroom
Having been a member of Throwing Muses and The Breeders, Tanya Donnelly found '90s alt-rock success with Belly whose debut album Star spawned hit singles "Feed the Tree" and "Slow Dog." Over 15 years since breaking up, Belly have reformed.
Mamadou Kelly @ Union Pool
Malian guitar maestro and vocalist Mamadou Kelly is best known as a go-to sideman, but his 2013 album Adibar found him taking center stage. He just played Lincoln Center a few days ago, but will probably feel more at home here, backed by members of the Ali Farka Tour All Stars.
Piebald, Owel @ Webster Hall
Piebald shifted their sound a handful of times during their initial run as a band. They put out at least one classic post-hardcore record by the end of the '90s, and made quality Weezer-esque power pop with their 2002 fan favorite We Are the Only Friends We Have. Now they're back for a reunion tour, which hits NYC tonight. (This show initially had Cave In spinoff Nomad Stones opening, but it appears that they are no longer listed.)
Wild Beasts @ Baby's All Right
Having just released the gritty more electro-oriented Boy King, UK group Wild Beasts play this sold-out one-off show tonight. They'll be back in the fall.
RJD2 @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
RJD2 has made great underground hip hop beats for quite some time now, and tonight he'll party on a boat.
Murphy's Law @ The Jewel - Rocks Off Concert Cruise
Another Rocks Off cruise option tonight is NYHC vets Murphy's Law.
Zig Zags, Monograms, God tiny @ Mercury Lounge
Somewhere between garage punk and zoned out space rock. The band's new album, Running Out of Red, was released via John Dwyer's Castle Face label.
Milk 'n' Cookies, Edward Rogers and the Biba Crowd @ Rough Trade
Seventies “wimp pop” cult heroes MIlk N’ Cookies occupied a space between glam, punk and powerpop. Their entire oeuvre was recently released as a box set on Captured Tracks.
Shellshag, Mikey Erg, Boosegumps, Sandy Honig, Lucy Randall, Ryland Duncan @ Silent Barn
It's a night of music and comedy, with music coming from NYC DIY staples Shellshag, cult pop punk fave Mikey Erg, and NJ's Boosegumps.
Deftones, Refused @ Stone Pony
You can probably count on one hand how many great bands came out of nu-metal, and Deftones are absolutely one of them. They’re also possibly the only one still making great music — this year’s Gore is one of their best albums. Post-hardcore boundary-pushers Refused are of course at least as good, and the idea of seeing those bands on one bill is pretty tough to pass up. Sludgy/shoegazy openers Spotlights are worth catching too.
CE, Starchild and The New Romantic, KoBu @ C'mon Everybody
You may have seen Bryndon Cook playing in Charilift, or Blood Orange or Solange Knowles’ band, but he also makes music of his own with Starchild & the New Romantic. He cites Prince as his biggest influence, but you can also hear a lot of mid-’80s pop R&B in what he does (Sade, Terrence Trent D’Arby, even Spandau Ballet), not to mention Parliament Funkadelic and ’00s-era chillwave.
Labyrinth (film screening), Donny McCaslin Group @ Prospect Park Bandshell BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
It's an all-Bowie-related night with a screening of mid-'80s kids fantasy film and a set from the Donny McCasline Group who backed bowie on Blackstar. Free.
Zen Mantra, Fazerdaze @ Elvis Guesthouse
Legendary New Zealand record label Flying Nun is throwing a pop-up shop at Elvis Guesthouse where you can pick up vinyl for cheap, and check out new signee Zen Mantra (aka Sam from Yumi Zouma). Free, 9 PM.
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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