What’s going Wednesday?
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Klaus Johann Grobe, Gamblers, Personal Space @ Cake Shop
Switzerland's Klaus Johann Grobe are a precision groove machine, mixing motorik rhythms, insanely killer basslines and funky synths into one deliciously fizzy cocktail. The band are here for their first ever NYC shows, and both tonight and tomorrow are presented by BrooklynVegan.
'Fun Loves Unite' ft. Yo La Tengo, John Hodgman, Janeane Garofalo, Tammy Faye Starlite, Jeanne Darst, Bambi Kino, Josh Gondelman, Jon Glaser, Dolly Wells & Emily Mortimer @ Highline Ballroom
This is a benefit called "Fun Lovers Unite!" that promises "An Evening of Music, Comedy and Gun Sense" with proceeds going to the Manhattan Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Gary Numan @ Gramercy Theatre
With Tubeway Army and on solo hits like “Cars,” Gary Numan helped set the synthpop blueprint that's still being followed today. This is his second of three NYC shows where he’ll be playing classic albums in full. Tonight: 1979's The Pleasure Principle.
Hop Along, Speedy Ortiz, Two Inch Astronaut @ Warsaw
If you’re into the modern bands that are finding new, interesting ways to bring back traditional indie rock, this co-headlining bill of Hop Along and Speedy Ortiz is pretty tough to turn down. Openers Two Inch Astronaut are a good match too.
La Sera, Eternal Summers, Dirty Dishes @ Market Hotel
While this will be La Sera's first show at Market Hotel, Katy Goodman played there many times with Vivian Girls so this will be like a homecoming for her. Roanoke, VA's Eternal Summers make a great undercard.
Pony Time, Salt People, Drug Pizza, Oh Golly! @ Alphaville
Seattle's Pony Time most recently released album Rumours II: The Rumours are True but that's about the only thing they have in common with Fleetwood Mac. Theirs is punky, tongue-in-cheek indie rock.
Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds, Savak, PMS and the Moodswings @ Bell House
Kid Congo Powers has played in The Gun Club, The Cramps and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, which is an impressive enough CV to just rest on your laurels, but he’s still making cool new music, with new album La Araña Es La Vida just out. Great support tonight too from SAVAK (members of Obits, Holy Fuck, Nation of Ulysses & more) and PMS & the Moodswings.
Clams Casino @ Trans Pecos
Clams Casino has produced beats for A$AP Rocky and Ferg, Vince Staples, Danny Brown, and others, and he's got a few solid mixtapes of his own work as well.
Half Moon Run, Jesse Mac Cormack @ Bowery Ballroom
Montreal's Half Moon Run's anthemic style, full of whoa-ohs and impressive musicianship, has made them a hit at festivals. Their most recent album, Sun Leads Me On, came out via Glassnote.
"While We're Still Here" @ DROM (New York Guitar Festival)
NYGF has done tributes to artists who have passed away, but this year for the first time ever they'll put on tributes for living artists too. Titled "While We're Still Here," this show honors the music of Joni Mitchell and Carla Bley, and it features Ben Monder, the Nels Cline & Julian Lage duo, and more.
'Seriously Joking' ft. Free Cake For Every Creature, Japanese Breakfast, Bellows, Patti Harrison, Steven Markow, Joe Perra @ Silent Barn
This is a night of music and comedy, with the music coming from local lo-fi pop acts Free Cake For Every Creature, Japanese Breakfast, and Bellows.
We Are Scientists, Prism Tats @ Irving Plaza
While We Are Scientists have a new album out, tonight they're celebrating the 10th anniversary of their album With Love And Squalor and playing with the original lineup of the band.
Fruit Bats, Promised Land Sound @ House of Independents
Eric D Johnson briefly retired the Fruit Bats moniker but it's back and the new FB album Absolute Loser comes out this week. Tonight Fruit Bats play Asbury Park performance arts space House of Independents, and tomorrow they play Brooklyn.
Steve Vai @ Iridium
Shred guy Steve Vai plays two shows at the Iridium tonight, which is worth pointing out just in case he decides to whip out his solo from the new M83 album. (Of course he also has decades of other work, if you're into that kinda thing.)
Kiki & Herb @ Joe's Pub
Legendary lounge/cabaret duo Kiki and Herb (aka Justin Vivian Bond and Kenny Mellman) went into retirement in 2007 but they’re returning to the stage for this run called “Kiki and Herb: Seeking Asylum!” Sold out but a limited number of tickets given away free each night via lottery.
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.
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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