The Best NYC Shows This Week: Black Marble, No Ice, GHE20G0TH1K, Gobby
Tygapaw DJs a Safe Horizons benefit on Friday
This is a great time to be a fan of underground electronic music in New York City. Whether you’re interested in italo-influenced Dutch artists like Intergalactic Gary, Gobby’s experimental electronic productions, or parties focused on industrial or futuristic queer sounds (Industry of Machines and GHE20G0TH1K, respectively), there’s something for everyone this week. And yes, that includes people who aren’t into electronic music at all—excellent indie pop and rock shows abound too, including Allison Crutchfield’s new solo project and the good-times New York garage rockers No Ice.
Black Marble, Uniform, YOU.
8 p.m., $12
Black Marble, the stage name for LA-based musician Chris Stewart, is one of many modern acts that borrows a lo-fi new wave ‘80s sound, complete with vintage synths and drum machines. But Stewart pulls off the genre better than most—last year’s It’s Immaterial showed off delicate melodies played on keyboard and guitar, danceable beats and hooky vocals wrapped in comfortable fuzz. He plays with the Brooklyn outfit Uniform, whose intense industrial noise rock provides a dark counterbalance to Stewart’s well-crafted pop.
Bob Mould (solo electric)
6 p.m., $28 - $35
The one-time Husker Dü and Sugar punk guitarist and songwriter Bob Mould’s long and storied career pushed relentlessly forward last year with the release of his twelfth solo album, Patch The Sky. It embraced what Mould does best—angry, catchy pop-punk numbers that are invigorating and cathartic. At 56, Mould is still making music that stands up solidly against his prolific output.
Allison Crutchfield (and the Fizz), Radiator Hospital, PINKWASH
8 p.m., $12
Allison Crutchfield, a Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter known for her work in Swearin’ and P.S. Eliot, writes songs that capture the ennui of being young and directionless. On her new solo album, Tourist In This Town, Crutchfield lightens up her often melancholy lyrics with fuller indie pop instrumentation and production, including electronic elements, but her writing is as sharp and emotional as ever. She’ll play with the excellent pop rockers Radiator Hospital and the fellow Philly punks PINKWASH.
No Ice, Nine of Swords, Turnip King, Yaas Haus
8 p.m., $8 - $15
New York’s No Ice are a good band with a silly joke for a name. They play indie rock reminiscent of Dinosaur Jr—feel-good melodies and catchy hooks filtered through a fuzzy lo-fi warmth—that sound like a blurry summer night, covered in sweat and lukewarm cheap beer. 2016’s Come On Feel The NO ICE featured charming songs like “Leave Her Alone,” an ode to ignoring your feelings for an unavailable girl in order to respect her boundaries. They play with local favorites Turnip King and others at indie video game hub Babycastles.
Intergalactic Gary, Tim Sweeney, Willie Burns, Abstraxion, Justin Miller
10 p.m., $10 - $15
Dutch DJ Intergalactic Gary has built a strong cult following over the last several decades after he helped found the dance music scene in the Hague in the early ‘90s. Inspired by italo disco and Detroit techno, he crafted what would become known as the Dutch “West Coast sound.” A set from New York dance music legend Tim Sweeney backs him up.
Safe Horizons Benefit
Dis Fig, Dreamcrusher, Tygapaw, Sharp Veins, Soda Plains, Stud1nt, VHVL
Texas Room at Knockdown Center
9 p.m., $10
The Berlin-based Chinese-American artist Dis Fig’s music roams widely around genres like Jersey Club, techno, grime and ballroom, while still finding time for a whispered snippet of someone reading The Jabberwocky. She heads an excellent line up featuring the rising Brooklyn avant-noise artists Dreamcrusher, whose shows often become tactile experiences between the artist and the crowd, and Tygapaw, a New York DJ, producer, and party promoter bringing an explosive queer sensibility to her energetic mixes. All proceeds go to Safe Horizons, an organization that supports victims of domestic violence.
GHE20G0TH1K: Freak Pharmacy
Underground dance promoters GHE20G0TH1K’s new party Freak Pharmacy takes place amid the kitschy glamour of Brooklyn Bazaar’s nightclub space. GHE20G0TH1K, founded in 2009 by the pioneering DJ Venus X, puts on wild, diverse parties often featuring queer artists of color playing deconstructed dance music sounds. Many of the party’s alumni have made it big, including boundary-pushing fashion label Hood By Air. The DJs for this night have yet to be announced; past editions have featured underground favorites like MikeQ and DJ Haram, and GHE20G0TH1K’s brand is so trustworthy we don’t even need to know the lineup to recommend it wholeheartedly.
Warthog, Vanity, Protestor, Urchin, Subversive Rite
8 p.m., $12
Last year, the New York hardcore punk powerhouse Warthog released a tape called Are You A Functioning Human In A Functioning World? It’s fair to say we all know the answer to that now. Warthog’s frenzied rage is an appropriate soundtrack to watching the world crumble around us, and getting in the pit a great way to celebrate one of Brooklyn’s best independent venues, Sunnyvale, who celebrate their one year anniversary the night of this show.
Industry of Machines
Stefan Goldmann, L'estasi Dell'oro, Vasco Ispiran & Axfx
Bossa Nova Civic Club
10 p.m., free before midnight, $10 after
The never-dull monthly party Industry of Machines at Bushwick’s Bossa Nova brings together artists from the worlds of techno and house, experimental, noise and industrial music. This month, they’ll host Stefan Goldmann, the co-founder of the techno label Macro. Its releases explore the artsier side of the dance music genre, breaking down and exploring conventions, as Goldmann does in his own music. He’s also been a frequent DJ at Berlin’s iconic Berghain club since 2006.
Gobby, Sadaf, Benny Boeldt, Honnda
8 p.m., $10
The experimental electronic musician and visual artist Gobby is one of New York’s strangest up and coming talents. His sound drifts between sound collage, confrontational noise and deconstructed dance music—it certainly never gets boring. He’ll play along with Sadaf, another experimental artist who pushes dance music way outside of its comfort zone.
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