Don’t let Hump Day get you down. There are at least 4 super fun shows going on to help keep the mid-week blues at bay. Here are a few of the ones we’ll be attending tonight:
Ari Hest with special guests, Jill and Kate @ Eddie’s Attic
On Ari Hest’s recent June 8th release ‘Shouts and Whispers’, singer-songwriter Ari Hest created a non-typical collection of tracks that ultimately form a cohesive narrative. With songs of sadness and resignation giving way to lucidity andcatharsis, Hest’s introspection and intelligence are on display, creating moments of magic within his poetic, spare lyrics and backing them up with his ear for haunting melodies.
Tickets are $19 at the door. Table seats are $18.25 and must be purchased in multiples of 4. Online and phone sales close at 5pm.
Cedric Watson & The Bijou Creole @ Smith’s Olde Bar
Spearheading the emerging generation of Cajun and Creole musicians, Cedric Watson is a fiddler, vocalist, accordionist and songwriter of enormous talent and potential. Injecting a healthy dose of his own personality and ingenuity, Cedric has been exciting an ever-broadening audience with his unique take on traditional Creole music, and with his new compositions that expand the genre while still respecting its roots.
Tickets are $12. Doors open at 7pm. Online, phone, and outlet sales close at 2pm.
Black Taxi w/ special guests @ The EARL
Black Taxi is one of NYC’s most prominent live acts, smashing an anything-goes punk ethos together with pop sensibilities, unparalleled energy, and brilliant songwriting. The result is a raucous stage show, heavy on harmonies, spitfire guitar licks, body paint, and all manner of instrumentation. Their style has been described varyingly as “grit-pop” or “dance punk”, and though their songs hint at the Talking Heads, Cake, and Daft Punk, they are driven by something entirely new and infectious.
Tickets are $8. Doors open at 8:30 pm. Online and phone sales close at 6pm.
Sunburned Hand of The Man / Man Forever (Kid Millions of Oneida) @ 529
Sunburned Hand of the Man has an amorphous lineup, with composition and instrumentation potentially varying from gig to gig. They release records on the Eclipse Records label, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth’s label Ecstatic Peace!, as well as a number of smaller labels, and produce a great number of limited edition albums on CD-R via their own Manhand label.
Tickets are $8. Doors open at 9pm. Online and phone sales close at 6pm.