With just one night and counting before the madness that is Fashion’s Night Out, we’ve already brought you the breakdowns for celeb spotting and scoring an evening’s worth of free food and booze. So it’s a perfect time to discuss the musical performances of the night.
But if singing a karaoke duet with A.J. “The Bad One” McLean to “I Want It That Way” or chiming in to a chorus of high-pitched tweenage screams at a Joe Jonas concert would absolutely ruin your reputation, then this is the list (in alphabetical order) for you. Do you just feel more at home quaffing a PBR while checking out a band at Bowery Ballroom/The Bellhouse/the Cake Shop/[insert teeny, sticky-floored music venue here]? You're going to love Fashion's Night Out. Of course, to keep in the spirit of the evening, be sure to do a little shopping, too. Who: The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, these retro-sounding early jazz, swing and blues band played at Lisa Loeb’s 2009 wedding reception. When: 7pm to 7:30pm, 8:15pm to 10:00pm Where: Bergdorf Goodman, 745 Fifth Avenue New York NY 10001 Who: Best Coast, the buzzy, indie, lo-fi surfer band whose August 2011 video was directed by Drew Barrymore and featured Chloe Moretz, Arrested Development’s Alia Shawkat and Community’s Donald Glover (who is also hosting the GQ party at Bloomingdales). When: 6pm Where: Helmut Lang, 93 Mercer Street New York NY 10012 Who: Beth Ditto, who really needs no introduction to the music or fashion-forward. She walked (and rocked) the Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2011 show in Paris last October, so we’re super excited to see her Stateside this time around to perform a three-song set. When: 8pm to 9pm Where: MAC Soho, 109 Spring Street New York NY 10012 Who: Brett Dennen, the NorCal pop/folk singer/songwriter who was named Rolling Stone’s “Artist to Watch” in 2008, and Madi Diaz, who is actually a duo and not one person, will both rock the hipster eyewear brand’s evening festivities. When: 7pm to 10pm Where: MOSCOT, 18 Orchard Street New York NY 10002 Who: Bubbles, the New York-based synth-pop duo has toured with Gang Gang Dance. When: 7pm Where: agnes b., 50 Howard Street New York NY 10013 Who: The Click Clack Boom, the rural Pennsylvania-bred garage band known for their raucous, high-energy live performances. When: 9:30 pm to 10:30pm Where: Original Penguin, 103 Greene Street New York NY 10012 Who: Mark Ronson-anointed fourteen year-old singer Eliza Calahan, teen-rockers Fly Baby, and grown-up rock guitarist Alister Parker of Bailterspace. When: 7pm, 8pm and 8:45pm, respectively Where: Me & Ro, 241 Elizabeth Street New York NY 10012 Who: A Fine Frenzy, who is actually alt-singer/songwriter/pianist Alison Sudol. Fans of How I Met Your Mother may remember her song “Lifesize” from the hilarious “Doppelgangers” episode. Her work has also been featured on The Hills. When: 7pm to 7:45pm, 8:30pm to 9:15pm Where: Anthropologie Chelsea Market 75 9th Avenue Who: Foster the People, the Los Angeles-based indie (but probably not for long) band is best known for their anthem “Pumped Up Kicks”. When: 6pm to 9pm, exact concert time TBD Where: Lacoste, 608 Fifth Avenue New York NY 10020 Who: James Murphy, late of LCD Soundsystem (and that whole ticketing debacle - do you think people will remember? Oops.), will rock the Mercer x Howard Block Party. When: 6pm to 11pm Where: Mercer x Howard Block Party with VPL, 5 Mercer Street New York NY 10013 Who: Jeremy Current, a North Carolina-based singer/songwriter, covers all the musical bases by blending country, indie rock and pop. When: 8pm to 9pm Where: Free People, 99 Spring Street New York NY 10012 Who: Justin Townes Earle, the East Village Americana singer/songwriter will appropriately perform from the tribute album “RAVE ON Buddy Holly” for the Buddy Holly 75th birthday-themed bash. When: 6pm to 9pm Where: Partners and Spade (with Warby Parker), 40 Great Jones New York NY 10012 Who: The London Souls, the grungy, Led Zeppelin and Cream-influenced indie band that actually hails from New York. When: 7pm to 9pm Where: Morgane Le Fay, 67 Wooster Street New York NY 10001 Who: Miami Horror, the Aussie electro-pop band has opened for Lily Allen, and Free Energy, the Philly indie rockers who have opened for Weezer, will perform al fresco. When: 6pm to 11pm, exact concert time TBD Where: Vince, 833 Washington Street New York NY 10014 Who: Mirror, Mirror, the Brooklyn-based performance artsy band sometimes mixes theater, visual art, video, design, and food (cupcakes, please) into their shows. When: 6pm to 10pm, exact concert time TBD Where: Gary Graham, 176 Franklin Street Store Front / Gary Graham New York NY 10013 Who: Parachute, who despite touring in the past with Michelle Branch, Kelly Clarkson, and the Goo Goo Dolls, is still technically considered an indie rock band. They will be playing songs from their latest album, “The Way It Was.” When: 6pm to 10pm, exact concert time TBD Where: Kenneth Cole, 595 Broadway New York NY 10012 Who: Penguin Prison is actually a guy named Chris Glover and he creates dance-y, synth-y, disco-y genius and masterfully remixes songs by contemporaries including Goldfrapp, Marina & the Diamonds, and Passion Pit. We sense a dance party taking place. When: 7pm Where: AllSaints Spitalfields Meatpacking District, 415 West 13th Street New York NY 10014 Who: The Pierces, the sister-act duo whose best known song “Secret” is the theme tune for guilty pleasure Pretty Little Liars (not to mention heard on TV shows from Dexter to Gossip Girl), will play a special acoustic set. When: 7pm Where: AllSaints Spitalfields Soho, 512 Broadway New York NY 10012 Who: The Postelles, a buzzy, New York garage-pop indie band that has toured with indie rock gods Interpol. When: 7:30pm. Where: Ted Baker, 34 Little West 12th Street New York NY 10014 Who: Santos Party House line-up, including Andrew W.K. Who needs to go downtown to on FNO when they bring the music club straight to you - and at the posh Saks Fifth Avenue, no less. When: 6pm to 10pm, Andrew W.K. from 9pm to 10pm Where: Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue New York NY 10022 Who: School of Seven Bells, a trio comprised of a former Secret Machines member and a set of twins will play an acoustic set of their dreamy, other-worldly music. (We hope they play “Conjur”. Love.) When: 6pm to 10pm, exact concert time TBD Where: Treasure & Bond, 350 West Broadway New York NY 10013 Who: Stephane Wrembel, a gypsy jazz guitarist who has composed and performed soundtracks for recent Woody Allen movies, Midnight in Paris and Vicky Christina Barcelona. How very highbrow. When: 7pm Where: Eponymy, 466 Bergen Street Brooklyn NY 11217 Who: Theophilus London, the rapper, songwriter, producer, Mark Ronson collaborator and mixtape artist has pretty much hit the big time. And yes, that’s his real name. When: 7pm to 10pm, exact concert time TBD Where: Tommy Hilfiger, 681 Fifth Avenue New York NY 10022 Who: U.S. Royalty, Washington D.C.-bred indie rockers whose sounds call for references to Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac. When: 8pm Where: American Eagle Outfitters, 599 Broadway New York NY 10012