The Best NYC Shows This Week: Azar Swan, St. Vincent, Animal Collective


With the days getting shorter and winter creeping closer, this is a good week to hunker down and catch some dark, industrial bands playing around the city. Azar Swan will take the stage at Elsewhere to debut some of their aggressively political new material, while noise rockers Wolf Eyes are headlining a show at Saint Vitus. For something a little more uplifting, head to the Bushwick warehouse party hosted by DJ The Black Madonna, who’s known for her ecstatic mix of disco and house.

Angel Olsen
Town Hall
8 p.m., $30–$35

Over the past few years, the singer-songwriter Angel Olsen has transformed from a lo-fi act whose quiet songs could barely contain her tremendous voice to a queen of folk rock, making music that fills stadiums as easily as basements. Now, she’s looking back on that evolution with Phases, a collection of B sides and rarities. It’s a fascinating listen, drawing on all of Olsen’s strengths, from her unique sense of melody to her crescendoing vocals. Her two nights at Town Hall this week will provide space for her songs to fully bloom. Also 11/30.

Azar Swan
Zone One at Elsewhere
8 p.m., $10–$12

On their previous albums, the Brooklyn- and New Orleans–based industrial-pop duo Azar Swan leaned toward the second of their two genres, taking cues from hip-hop production and dance music. Their songs always cast an ominous aura, but they’re also enough fun to throw into a Friday night DJ set. With their latest release, Zohra Atash and Josh Strawn dive straight into the darkness and horror of today’s America. On their new singles, the production is more menacing than ever, and much of their pop backbone has vanished. Instead, these songs seethe with the fury and alienation of living in a land that has rejected you. Their Elsewhere album-release party is sure to provide a dark catharsis.

Puerto Rico Benefit
Maria Chavez, Mario Diaz De Leon, Ana Lola Roman, Your Grace Adrianna Natalie
The Park Church Co-Op
7 p.m., $10 minimum donation

This night, put together by the dark music label Chthonic Streams, features an incredible lineup of experimental Latinx artists, whose performances will benefit the continued reconstruction efforts in Puerto Rico. The roster spans a wealth of genres, from Maria Chavez’s abstract turntablism — a form invented by the artist that involves breaking records and letting chance dictate which sounds emerge — to Your Grace Adrianna Natalie’s experimental industrial noise productions. These artists would be worth seeing under any circumstance; that attending this show will help repair the battered Puerto Rico is an added benefit.

Sexy Neighbors, Mr. Transylvania, Painted Faces, Pelvi$$
The Glove
8 p.m., Price TBA

Head down to Bushwick DIY space the Glove this week for a lineup of strange and wonderful local and touring acts. The main draw here is Brooklyn band Sexy Neighbors, who have a raw punk energy reminiscent of Seventies New York no wave and post-punk acts. Their songs are brief bursts of energy and rhythm that end as quickly as they’ve begun. But make sure to stay for Mr. Transylvania, an Orlando solo artist whose performance combines rap, spoken word, and plain screaming.

The Black Madonna Presents: “We Still Believe”
The Black Madonna, Danny Daze, Danny Krivit, Octo Octa, DJ Holographic, Turtle Bugg, Sagotsky
The 1896
10 p.m., $35

The Black Madonna, the DJ name of Midwesterner Marea Stamper, has one of the most inspiring of recent success stories in the world of dance music. In the last few years, following decades spent toiling under the radar, Stamper has quickly risen from her niche position as a DJ’s DJ to become a veritable cult favorite. She has since brought her soulful, energetic mix of disco and house and tech house to some of the most prestigious festivals and stages around the world. This week, she brings her “We Still Believe” party to a Bushwick warehouse, where a plethora of great New York house acts, like local legend Danny Krivit and up-and-comer Octo Octa, will join for the ride. It may be winter, but if you attend this party, prepare to sweat.

“Mysteries of the Deep”
Certain Creatures, William Selman, Lori Scacco, Birds of Prey, Patrick Russell (DJ)
315 Ten Eyck
8 p.m., $10

“Mysteries of the Deep” began as a podcast featuring innovative electronic musicians and grew into a party series where those same artists played mind-expanding sets in warehouses around the city. Now, “Mysteries” is launching a record label, an undertaking that will be celebrated at this can’t-miss party. As usual, the festivities corral a curated lineup of live electronic acts whose take on dance music is heady and often experimental. This night includes the sound artist William Selman, the live electronics duo Birds of Prey, and the veteran Bunker resident and techno-head Patrick Russell.

St. Vincent
Kings Theater
8 p.m., $44–$63

Annie Clark’s newest St. Vincent album, Masseduction, is her most highly produced record yet. Featuring help from Jack Antonoff and Kendrick Lamar producer Sounwave, this is an out-and-out pop album. But Clark is always edging out of the limelight, even as her music incorporates more and more mainstream pop references. Her swooping hooks and searing guitar solos never quite coalesce here into anything that could be played on the radio or sung along to on the first try. But it’s still a thrill to listen to, and, more importantly, should sound fantastic live, where Clark always reigns supreme. Also 12/3.

Pitchfork’s 21st
Animal Collective (performing Sung Tongs), (Sandy) Alex G, Moses Sumney, Topaz Jones
Knockdown Center
9 p.m., $50

In 1996, a nineteen-year-old named Ryan Schreiber started a blog called Pitchfork from his parents’ house in Minneapolis. Though the once-DIY site he created is now owned by Conde Nast, it has still maintained some of its mischievous independent spirit. This week, the media entity will throw a 21st birthday party at Queens’ Knockdown Center. The main draw is Animal Collective, the avant-folk act who are one of the publication’s signature discoveries; the group will play its seminal 2004 album, the intimate and majestic Sung Tongs, in full. The rest of the lineup is nothing to sneeze at: Philly lo-fi songwriter (Sandy) Alex G will play, along with the industry-favorite, elliptical jazz–inspired musician Moses Sumney. The opener, Topaz Jones, meanwhile, is a promising young New York rapper. Get your tickets before the hardcore Animal Collective fans snatch them all.

Wolf Eyes, Weeping Icon, Martin Bisi, Bentley Anderson, Nicholas John Stevens
Saint Vitus
7 p.m., $13

Wolf Eyes, the pioneering experimenters who invented the genre “trip metal” (whatever that is) and who are known for their incredibly prolific output, released their most recent effort, the four-song Undertow, earlier this year. It’s a subdued outing compared to many of the group’s louder and more aggressive albums, featuring drone and ambient and even taking a detour into reggae. The Detroit band will play Saint Vitus with locals Weeping Icon, a promising new punk act.

Yvette, Eaters, Parlor Walls
Zone One at Elsewhere
8 p.m., $12

It’s been a few years since Brooklyn noise rock band Yvette released their debut album, Process, an explosive record of crashes, clangs, drones, and distortion. Since then, the group has released the Time Management EP, which drifted toward pop structure even as it maintained Yvette’s ferocious sound. In September, Yvette played Basilica SoundScape, the Hudson, New York, music festival that carefully curates groups who fit inside a Venn diagram of music that’s intellectual, dark, and experimental. They’ll play with Eaters, a local group who play dreamy, catchy pop rock.