The diversity of New York nightlife is sometimes staggering, and this week is no exception. There’s really something for everyone: an installation by subversive power electronics genius Moor Mother; a show from a punk legend’s new and exciting venture; Eighties pop–inspired Australian groups; and innovative house music. Go out and take advantage of the variety.
8 p.m., $20–$25
The artist Camae Ayewa will take over Manhattan experimental arts institution the Kitchen for two nights this week to showcase an installation around her upcoming second album as Moor Mother, Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes. Ayewa is one of today’s most exciting and promising artists. With noise, spoken word, power electronics, gospel, and goth aesthetics, she tells stories about the past, present, and future of Black America unlike anyone else. Her performances are always art, but at this show she’ll expand her medium to include soundscape installation, film, collage, and poetry. Everything Ayewa does is fascinating and affecting — don’t miss out. Also 3/7.
8 p.m., $25+
Secret Circle is a hip-hop supergroup made up of an unlikely cadre of collaborators: Antwon, a vibed-out rapper from the Bay Area; Wiki, the underground New York hip-hop artist who heads the project Ratking; and Lil Ugly Mane, a noise-turned-trap artist from Richmond, Virginia. These creators bring their diverse influences to Secret Circle, where they merge in fascinating ways, often over lo-fi beats. The group’s strongest feature is their distinct rapping styles, which are at times even more interesting playing off each other than they are on their own. See how these ingredients mix live at Market Hotel.
Parlor Walls, Fruit & Flowers, Sodium Beast, Toyzanne
7 p.m., $10
Brooklyn’s Parlor Walls straddles a hazy line between indie rock, jazz, and no wave, and the results surpass most other straight indie rock acts working today. Like their Brooklynite peers Pill, Parlor Walls mixes noise with repetitive phrases, saxophone riffs, and alternatingly sung and spoken vocals. But in place of Pill’s ragged rage and minimalist tendencies, Parlor Walls pads out their songs with full arrangements that bloom and wither into real jazz. One of the best things you can say about a band is that they’re unpredictable — Parlor Walls fit that bill.
Pantha Du Prince, Logan Takahashi, Aria Rostami
The Hall at Elsewhere
8 p.m., $20–$30
Pantha Du Prince is one of the few techno producers who has been able, with his creative, melodic, and intricate songs, to make the leap from the dance-music realm into indie-music consciousness. Translation: Whether you’re a techno nerd or someone who can’t tell the difference between a 303 and an 808, you’ll find something to enjoy in his detailed and moody compositions. Logan Takahashi, of the electro-pop group Teengirl Fantasy, will back him up with a DJ set in Elsewhere’s main room.
Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders
Eszter Balint, David Cross, John Darnielle, James Gleick, Nellie McKay, David Nagler, S.J. Roza
6 p.m., $25–$35
Wesley Stace is a British folk singer who, under the name John Wesley Harding, has recorded an absurd amount of laid-back-Americana material over his thirty-year career. But Stace won’t be center stage for his showcase at City Winery. Instead, he brings his many gifted friends together for a fascinating combination of performances. Most excitingly, John Darnielle, the lead singer of the profound and literary indie band the Mountain Goats, is slated to play. For his fans, Darnielle’s presence on a bill is enough of a reason to come out. But if you aren’t a convert, there’s plenty of other talent here. The hilarious comedian and actor David Cross, known for Mr. Show and Arrested Development, will make an appearance, alongside a menagerie of assorted folk and pop artists.
Alex Cameron, Molly Burch
Music Hall of Williamsburg
8 p.m., $15–$18
On his records, the Australian singer-songwriter Alex Cameron takes on the persona of a sleazy, washed-up lounge singer. His dedication to this role is deep — he’s even been known to put on fake wrinkles to perform. But the music on his second album, Forced Witness, doesn’t need that context to work. It’s wonderfully schmaltzy Eighties pop that stands on its own, and works as a satire of the alpha-male caricature associated with leading men in pop music, as well as in Australian culture. Also 3/12.
8 p.m., $12
With such bands as Chain and the Gang and Nation of Ulysses, Ian Svenonius has contributed a great deal to the evolution of punk music. With his new project, Escape-ism, Svenonius takes a different approach, playing minimalist, sexy post-punk on vintage-sounding drum machines. His elastic, growling, breathy voice shines over these simple and sometimes industrial productions. Svenonius will be joined by Brooklyn band Chorizo, who play exuberant, brash, and political punk.
Anthony Naples, HUERCO S.
10 p.m., $15–$20
If you like dancing to satisfying and innovative house music, not much can beat a night of sets by Anthony Naples and Huerco S. Naples is a longtime house producer and DJ who regularly plays Brooklyn parties like Mister Saturday Night. Huerco S. is a producer who creates beguiling ambient techno soundscapes, but is no stranger to dance-floor grooves, either. Together they’ll keep the good vibes and great beats going all night long.
The New Colossus Inaugural Day Party
Casper Skulls, Motherhood, Wooing, Big White, Blush, PONY, Ricky Lewis, Sur Back, RALPH, Twiga, Gingerlys, Doe
1 p.m., free
Somehow, it’s March, and that means South by Southwest is almost upon us. For New Yorkers, the annual Texan music frenzy is a chance to see bands that pass through the city on their way to Austin. That’s the entire purpose of this free daytime show, which features many international bands alongside a few local favorites. Of note are Canadian group Casper Skulls, who make friendly, catchy indie pop; the dreamy NYC grunge act Blush; and Australian surf pop band Big White.
7 p.m., $10
Brooklyn’s Wild Yaks play the kind of messy yet anthemic rock music that sounds like a sweaty room and a lukewarm cheap beer — in the best possible way. Something about their driving, pop-infused songs, with their sing-along choruses and horn flourishes, reminds us of a simpler time in Brooklyn music culture, before we lost great venues like Shea Stadium and Palisades. East Williamsburg tiki bar El Cortez is nothing like those magical, communal spaces, but they do have some damn good frozen mojitos.