NYC Concert Calendar
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If you love live music, there's no better place than NYC—home to countless venerated concert halls that host both superstars and rising stars every night of the week. Below, find a sampling of upcoming shows.
May 9, June 21, July 2, August 7, September 17, October 2, November 25, December 18 and more
Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden
Perhaps emboldened by near-instant sellouts of the area gigs he'd already announced, living legend and New York icon Billy Joel will play what used to be called a residency at Madison Square Garden (they're saying they've turned the man into a "franchise"), performing a show a month as long as people keep showing up. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
August 19 and September 12
Midge Ure at Iridium
Midge Ure—former lead singer of New Romantic innovators Ultravox, co-founder of Band Aid and co-writer of "Do They Know It's Christmas?"—has traded his electric guitar, synths and drum machines for an acoustic guitar to perform songs old and new. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Philip Glass and Steven Reich at the Brooklyn Academy of Music
Minimalist composers Philip Glass and Steven Reich perform together at BAM. The artists are both important influences on the genre. For tickets, visit bam.org.
Spoon at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Fresh off the release of their eighth studio album, They Want My Soul, Spoon performs a SummerStage benefit show. The first single from the LP is “Rent I Pay.” For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
September 10, 11 and 13
Bob Mould at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg
The past couple of years Mould has spotlighted seminal albums from his catalog, namely, Sugar's Copper Blue and his 1989 solo debut, Workbook. Expect to hear most, if not all, of his latest, Beauty & Ruin, at these stops. Follow these links for tickets to the shows at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Chromeo and Big Freedia at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
The Canadian duo Chromeo shares the stage with Big Freedia, the New Orleans–based artist whose "bounce" music is captivating and, when coupled with one of his arguably NSFW videos, delightfully surreal. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
September 12 and 14
Luke Bryan at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center
Luke Bryan brings his "That’s My Kind of Night Tour" (named for his recent single, which hit number one on the Billboard country chart) to New York City. Expect selections from his newest album, Crash My Party, plus other fan favorites. Lee Brice and Cole Swindell are also on the bill. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Biz Markie at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
"Just A Friend" rapper Biz Markie performs live and spins a DJ set. That aforementioned hit, by the way, is now 25 years old. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Trampled by Turtles at Terminal 5
Bluegrass is back, and the Minnesotans in Trampled by Turtles bring an indie-rock energy to the tried-and-true genre. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Detroit Cobras at The Bell House
Think Rizzo, not Sandy. These Detroit rockers, led by tough-but-soulful vocalist Rachel Nagy and guitarist Mary Ramirez, specialize in raunchy garage-punk takes on obscure vintage R&B and early rock ‘n’ roll songs. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
Shonen Knife at The Wick
It seems like just yesterday that seasoned veterans Shonen Knife were up-and-coming indie darlings, writing paeans to fellow alt-rock band Redd Kross and pot-scrubbing cleaner. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
Lorde at Pier 97 and United Palace Theater
If George Brett were going to inspire a hit pop song, you'd have thought it would include at least a passing reference to pine tar. Anyway, Lorde is kind of a big deal and if you want to see her live, you can do it at these three shows. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Accept at The Gramercy Theatre
This German outfit might be in the mix for second most successful heavy-metal band to hail from Deutschland (no one touches the Scorpions). Original vocalist Udo Dirkschneider has departed, but fans have nevertheless responded positively to the group's recent albums. When it comes to the lineup change, it seems they've taken the band's name to heart. Raven opens. For tickets, visit livenation.com.
Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality at the Gershwin Theatre
Sting, Patti LuPone and a surprise guest are set to perform at this show, intended to raise awareness for the United Nations' Free & Equal initiative and funds for the Fueling the Frontlines campaign in support of LGBT rights around the world. For tickets, visit uprisingoflove.org.
Public Enemy at Brooklyn Bowl
Chuck D and Flavor Flav may no longer rule the rap roost, but they can still bring the noise and raise the roof. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
September 16 and 20
The Drums at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom
The Brooklyn buzz band—much loved by those famously impartial arbiters of taste at NME and by mostly everyone else with ears—plays live. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Ty Segall at Webster Hall
Absurdly prolific (and indubitably talented) California garage-rocker Ty Segall returns to bring the noise, supporting his new album, Manipulator—a loud and pretty (and pretty loud) collection of tunes. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Jason Mraz at Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts, Lehman Center for The Performing Arts, Kupferberg Center for the Arts, St. George Theatre and Radio City Music Hall
Laid-back, acoustic-guitar-toting, optimistic pop star Jason Mraz brings the good vibes to all five boroughs during a weeklong New York City tour. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
King Crimson at Best Buy Theater
Progressive rock bands never die, they just jam on...and on...and on. The supergroup has formed a nebula around guitarist Robert Fripp since 1969; its most recent incarnation, a seven-headed beast with no fewer than three drummers, is, according to Fripp, taking a year to get its chops in order before the tour starts up this September. Not that Crim fans would stand for anything less. For more, visit axs.com.
The Weeknd at Barclays Center
Now that he's big enough to play an arena, the Weeknd may soon be able to buy that last vowel he's had his eye on. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Replacements, The Hold Steady and Deer Tick at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
It should be a swingin' party in Queens as indie legends the Replacements share the stage with rockers of more recent vintage. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt and Iron & Wine at Brooklyn Academy of Music
The Next Wave Festival at BAM continues with an evening of solo sets. Performances are on tap from NYC-based freak-folk cult hero Devendra Banhart; Stephin Merritt, the man behind indie-pop favorites The Magnetic Fields; and Samuel Beam—or, as he’s more widely known, Iron & Wine. For tickets, visit bam.org.
Wordless Music Orchestra and Jonny Greenwood Performing the Score to There Will Be Blood at United Palace Theater
Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood joins the Wordless Music Orchestra to perform his score for There Will Be Blood while the critically acclaimed 2007 film screens at a historic Harlem venue—which, fittingly, began its life as a movie palace. For tickets, visit ovationtix.org.
Asia at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
This supergroup, which melded progressive rock with power pop, helped to usher in the early 1980s prog revival. The outfit is touring to promote a new album (Gravitas), with new guitar whiz Sam Coulson joining founding members John Wetton, Carl Palmer and Geoff Downes. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Stiff Little Fingers at Irving Plaza
These punk rockers from Northern Ireland released their best-known material in the late 1970s and early '80s, but they're still touring and dropped a new album, No Going Back, earlier this year. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Allan Holdsworth, Jimmy Haslip & Gary Husband at Iridium
Innovative, influential jazz and rock guitar god Holdsworth teams with bassist Haslip (the Yellowjackets) and drummer Husband (John McLaughlin's the 4th Dimension) for what promises to be a jazz-rock fusion tour de force. For more info, visit theiridium.com.
The Everymen at Mercury Lounge
New Jersey band The Everymen play melodic, punky tunes with saxophones and a touch of Springsteen-esque working-class charm. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Lily Allen at Terminal 5
The sometime popular British songstress promotes songs off her latest, Sheezus, with two area shows. (In case you're wondering: yes, her album title is a Kanye reference. Insert your own it's-Kanye's-world-we're-only-just-living-in-it joke here.) Tickets to this show are sold out, so best try your luck on Stubhub.
Sondre Lerche. Photo: Eric Ray Davidson
Sondre Lerche at Bowery Ballroom
Celebrate the release of Sondre Lerche’s latest release, Please, rumored to be his catchiest and most emotionally intricate offering yet, with a live performance downtown. For information and ticket sales, visit boweryballroom.com.
Jeff Tweedy at Brooklyn Academy of Music
Alt-country titan Jeff Tweedy started out with Uncle Tupelo and is best known for fronting Wilco. On this night, he teams with his son, Spencer Tweedy, to perform songs from their new album, Sukierae. The venue's website also promises a separate set of Wilco and Uncle Tupelo favorites, so old-school fans needn’t fret. For tickets, visit bam.org.
Earth at Saint Vitus
If you like doom metal, chances are you're already familiar with Dylan Carlson's extremely heavy, extremely slow instrumental compositions. If you've never heard of doom metal, then know that Dylan Carlson's extremely heavy, extremely slow instrumental compositions have been collected on such albums as Pentastar: In the Style of Demons, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I and this year's Primitive and Deadly. Tickets to this show are sold out, so best try your luck on Stubhub.
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull at Madison Square Garden
Enrique "Let the Rhythm Take You Over" Iglesias and Pitbull (the self-proclaimed "Mr. Worldwide") are back for a second tour together—this time along with Colombian reggaeton singer J Balvin. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Iggy Azalea at Pier 97
Who that? If you didn't already know about this Australian rapper's self-proclaimed fanciness and residence in the fast lane back at the dawn of summer, chances are you do by now. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Boomtown Rats at Terminal 5
Four of the original Rats, including frontman and Live Aid founder Bob Geldof, are set to play their first US show since 1986. The first Irish band to chart at number one in the UK (with "Rat Trap") will break out their quirky, punchy, sophisticated brand of New Wave—perhaps including "I Don't Like Mondays," their only single to chart stateside. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Music of John Lurie at The Town Hall
(Le) Poisson Rouge is spending part of the fall celebrating downtown's favorite lounge lizard. One step: producing this tribute concert at the Town Hall; lots of local music scenesters, including John Zorn and Tony Scherr, will appear. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Rentals at Irving Plaza
Original Weezer bassist Matt Sharp's other big project, The Rentals, had a surprise 1995 hit in "Friends of P," whose sound, much like the rest of debut album Return of the Rentals, was defined by heavy distortion, thick synthesizers, strings and male/female harmonies. The band's releases since then have gone off in a few other directions, but the material released thus far from new LP Lost in Alphaville suggests the band has gone back to the formula that originally charmed its fans. For tickets, visit livenation.com.
Robert Plant at Brooklyn Academy of Music
It's OK to wish you were hearing Plant caterwaul about coming from the land of ice and snow while Jimmy Page hammers on guitar next to him. But let's settle for smaller favors, like the singer's new work, Lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar, backed by the Sensational Space Shifters. For tickets, visit stubhub.com.
The BoDeans at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
These Wisconsin-based rockers, known for their high-energy live shows (and the theme song to a certain 1990s TV drama), perform fan favorites like “Fadeaway” and “All the World”—and maybe even some tracks off their new record, which is set to drop later this year. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Raveonettes at Music Hall of Williamsburg
As their seven studio albums can attest, Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner are adept practitioners of what you might call "surf noir"—the kind of noisy rock 'n' roll that goes well with catching a wave, on a moonless night, while wearing a midnight-black wetsuit to match the dark and mysterious sea. For tickets to the show on the 29th, visit ticketmaster.com here; for the show on the 30th, visit ticketmaster.com here.
Banks at Terminal 5
This Los Angeles–based electronic pop artist is rising quickly; her brooding yet catchy songs have earned her enough of a following to headline Terminal 5. Her first full-length album, Goddess, is due out in early September. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Black Lips at Irving Plaza
The lo-fi music makers from Atlanta headline one of the 10th anniversary shows of Oh My Rockness, an NYC indie-rock listings site. Also performing: King Khan and BBQ Show. For tickets, visit livenation.com.
September 30–October 2
Delta Spirit at Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg
Delta Spirit—a band known for Americana-inflected indie rock that incorporates the occasional harmonica, organ and, sure, why not, trash can—hails from the West Coast but has settled in Brooklyn. They'll play three nights in their adopted home as they promote new LP Into the Wide. Visit ticketmaster.com for tickets to the shows at Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg.
The Outlaws at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Southern rock titans The Outlaws are likely to bust out hits like “There Goes Another Love Song” and “Green Grass and High Tides” at this show. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
La Roux at Terminal 5
Known for singles like “Bulletproof” and "In for the Kill," this British dance outfit released their second studio album, Trouble in Paradise, in March. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Lykke Li. Photo: Josh Olins
Lykke Li at Radio City Music Hall
The Swedish electronic musician, whose third album, I Never Learn, was released earlier this year, brings her enchanting melodies and atmospheric vocals to Radio City. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Bangles at City Winery
Decades have passed since the commercial height of The Bangles’ fame—when “Walk Like an Egyptian” and "Manic Monday" were in regular radio rotation—but some fans' love for the power-pop band burns like an eternal flame. For tickets, visit citywinery.com.
Fleetwood Mac at Madison Square Garden
What makes this Fleetwood Mac tour different from all other Fleetwood Mac tours—at least over the past 15 years? The return of Christine McVie, for one. Cue "Songbird" and "You Make Loving Fun" (we hope). For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Cloud Nothings at Irving Plaza
The Cleveland indie rockers tour behind their fourth full-length album, Here and Nowhere Else. Cool time shift in "Psychic Trauma," by the way. For tickets, visit livenation.com.
Perfume Genius at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Perfume Genius is the stage name of Mike Hadreas, the kind of guy who flays his soul with his music—or maybe that's the other way around. Whatever he does, it's beautiful. Here's the proof. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Limp Bizkit at Best Buy Theater
The backward-hat-and-scary-mask-wearing poster boys for the angry late- 1990s rap rock that suburban kids loved—responsible for such lyrics as "give me something to break/how 'bout your [expletive] face"—return to the New York City stage. For tickets, visit axs.com.
Judas Priest at Barclays Center
The kings of twin-guitar heavy metal probably aren't the only band to have a seemingly irreplaceable lead singer (Rob Halford) depart, be replaced by a singer from a tribute band (Ripper Owens, of the Priest cover group British Steel) and then have that former vocalist return to the fold. Just the best. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Bastille at Radio City Music Hall
Heard Bastille’s hit song "Pompeii" so many times that you can’t get it out of your head? Replace it with other songs from their album Bad Blood at these shows. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Electric Six at the Knitting Factory and The Marlin Room at Webster Hall
These Detroit-based party punks are known for the likes of "Dance Commander," "Dance Epidemic," "Improper Dancing" and many songs about subjects other than rhythmic movement. Their shows are loud, weird and fun. For tickets to the Knitting Factory show, visit ticketweb.com. For tickets to the Music Hall of Williamsburg show, visit ticketmaster.com.
Marty Balin at Iridium
Marty Balin was a founding member of Jefferson Airplane. You may recognize his soulful voice from Jefferson Starship's biggest hit, "Miracles," and his 1981 solo top 10 hit, "Hearts." For tickets, visit theiridium.com.
Within Temptation at Terminal 5
This Dutch goth-metal outfit, fronted by Sharon den Adel, blends the majesty of symphonic music with the drive of heavy metal. Hydra, their sixth album, dropped in February 2014. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Generationals at Music Hall of Williamsburg
New Orleans–based indie duo Generationals are back in town to support their fourth album, Alix, this one produced by Richard Swift (Foxygen, Damien Jurado). Expect catchy, danceable tunes that are the musical equivalent of the black-and-white cookie, delivering a sugar rush with light and dark sides equally present. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
America at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
"A Horse with No Name," "Sister Golden Hair," "Ventura Highway," "Tin Man," "I Need You"... this soft-rock band's rich harmonies dominated the airwaves in the '70s. Close your eyes at the show and you might feel like you're listening to the AM radio in your AMC Gremlin. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Drive-By Truckers at The Beacon Theatre
Products of the South (or the "dirty South," as one of their album titles would have it), DBT make greasy rock for thoughtful listeners. Or maybe it's the other way around. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
J. Mascis at Bowery Ballroom
Although best known for songs like "Freak Scene," "The Wagon" and that unforgettable cover of the Cure's "Just Like Heaven," indie rock's gray-bearded eminence has enjoyed a long and fruitful solo career. Mr. Dinosaur Jr. plays a selection from his latest effort, an acoustic album called Tied to a Star. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Fab Faux at The Beacon Theatre
The Fab Faux, the best band playing Beatles songs that does not include an actual member of the Beatles, presents "The World Heavyweight Songwriting Championship," pitting the songs of John Lennon against the songs of Paul McCartney. The special encore "undercard" features George Harrison vs. Ringo Starr. For tickets and more information, visit ticketmaster.com.
Stick Men at Iridium
Three King Crimson alumni—Tony Levin (who plays the Chapman Stick), Pat Masteletto (drums) and Markus Reuter (touch-style guitar)—are set to release a new album this fall. Think your progressive rock band rocks more progressively than theirs? How many strings does your guitar have? The Chapman Stick has 10. For tickets, visit theiridium.com.
Spin Doctors at B.B. King Blues Club
These New York City–based funk-pop rockers had big hits in the 1990s with "Two Princes" and "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong." While they've fallen out of the mainstream, they reunited in the early 2000s and have toured intermittently since. Last year, they released a bluesy new album called If The River Was Whiskey. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Stanley Clarke at Iridium
This jazz-fusion bass virtuoso, four-time Grammy winner and cofounder of Return to Forever is touring behind his new release, Up. For tickets, visit theiridium.com.
George Benson at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
This modern jazz guitarist—critically acclaimed as one of the genre's best—has a silky, gospel-esque voice, five decades of success and a versatile range: he once recorded a pop-jazz translation of the Beatles' Abbey Road, and scored a Grammy for his no. 1 R&B single "Give Me the Night.” For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
First Aid Kit. Photo: Neil Krug
First Aid Kit at Hammerstein Ballroom
Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg may have first received national attention from a YouTube video, but they’ve come a long way since then, releasing three albums in four years and performing on eight US tours. Fans of their sweet harmonies won't want to miss this set. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
October 27–28 and 30
Sinéad O’Connor at City Winery
Sinéad O’Connor now has hair and a new album called I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss. For tickets, visit citywinery.com.
The Misfits at Irving Plaza
Punk rock's signature ghouls return to scare up audiences with enticing B-movie schlock tactics and tunes both classic and new. Get in the Halloween mood by visiting livenation.com.
Robin Trower at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
This blues-rock guitarist, whose sound has long been compared to that of Jimi Hendrix, hauls out his signature Stratocaster for another tour—the first to feature songs from his 2012 album, Roots and Branches. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Jerry Lee Lewis at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Over half a century after he first hit the top of the charts, rock 'n' roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis is still in action. His most recent album is 2010’s Mean Old Man, but we think it's pretty safe to assume you'll hear “Great Balls of Fire.” For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Los Straitjackets featuring Deke Dickerson at The Bell House
On Halloween, Los Straightjackets' familiar surf-rock sounds and Mexican wrestling masks will come with a twist: vocals, provided by rockabilly-loving Deke Dickerson. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
Luscious Jackson at The Bell House
It's hard to believe that this will be the first Brooklyn gig for this all-girl trio, considering they were the first band signed by borough heroes the Beastie Boys to the Grand Royal label way back when. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County at The Beacon Theatre
Fifteen actors and four members of John Mellencamp’s band perform a show with music and lyrics by Mellencamp and a story written by legendary horror novelist Stephen King. After all, who hasn’t had the itch to see one of King’s stories played out on stage to blues and roots music? For details and ticket sales, visit ticketmaster.com.
Justin Timberlake. Photo: Tom Munro/RCA Records
Culture Club at The Beacon Theatre
'Tis the season to be thankful. And even if it weren't, well, there's a Culture Club reunion—with a new album in the works—that would give us plenty of reasons to be. It's a miracle. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
November 28–29 and December 1–2
Bob Dylan at The Beacon Theatre
These shows are close enough to the holidays that Bob Dylan may break out a song or two from 2009's Christmas in the Heart, though his set lists during year 26 (actually, we've kinda lost count) of the so-called Never Ending Tour have been remarkably consistent. The November release of The Basement Tapes Complete could change things. For tickets, visit stubhub.com.
Justin Timberlake at Barclays Center
Permanent Saturday Night Live host Justin Timberlake gives music a try on the 20/20 Experience World Tour. His newest single is “Not a Bad Thing.” For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Garden
Your parents' favorite tenor brings his pipes to MSG to celebrate the holiday season. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Opeth and In Flames at Terminal 5
Swedish death-metal purveyors Opeth seem to have made a complete transition to prog with their latest album, Pale Communion. In Flames, another Swedish pioneer of melodic death metal, released Siren Charms this year. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Fridays and Saturdays
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This Greenpoint space hosts a parade of hip artists who play free shows. While you're there, you can buy food, clothes, accessories and records from local vendors, take a gander at art and play table tennis. All in all, it's a fun night out. For more info, visit bkbazaar.com.
Historic Richmond Town Tavern Concerts at Historic Richmond Town
Cozy up at Staten Island's Historic Richmond Town for this Saturday-evening series featuring folk and acoustic acts. For more info, visit historicrichmondtown.org.