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.
Boy George at Irving Plaza
The gender-bending vocalist from the glory years of the 1980s and the seminal band Culture Club has taught us many things: time is like a clock of the heart; war is stupid; and not all publicity is good publicity. He’s backing his first new album in nearly 20 years. For tickets, visit livenation.com.
Better Than Ezra at Irving Plaza
At their most notable in the 1990s, these New Orleans–based pop-rockers are still going. Our bet is the show will be pretty good. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Carla Bruni at The Town Hall
Some first ladies become senators, even secretaries of state, after their obligations end; others resume their role of pop chanteuse. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Peter Stampfel and the Brooklyn & Lower Manhattan Banjo Squadron at The Mercury Lounge
The bohemian folk scene in 1960s NYC wasn’t all Dylan, Baez and Inside Llewyn Davis. As a member of the Holy Modal Rounders and the Fugs, Peter Stampfel helped bring anarchy, dissonance and humor to the milieu. His playfulness—and ace fiddling—remains intact. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Andrew W.K. at Subculture
When it's time to party, Andrew W.K. will always party hard—and we're sure that holds true even at shows like this one, when he parks himself at a grand piano. Plus, the guy really loves New York City. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
The Feelies at The Bell House
This beloved post-punk band from Haledon, New Jersey, casually reunited—to the surprise and delight of fans—in 2008; Here Before, their first album of new material in 20 years, followed in 2011. They play only a handful of shows a year, so do what you can to catch their crazy rhythms. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
Pet Shop Boys at Terminal 5
They're most famous for hit songs of the '80s, but the Pet Shop Boys have released two new albums, Elysium and Electric, in the past two years; the new songs, like their cover of Bruce Springsteen's "The Last to Die," provide apt commentary on the cultural moment, and it's all with their familiar synth-pop texture. For tickets, visit stubhub.com.
The Uncluded at Brooklyn Bowl
The Uncluded, a collaboration between Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson, takes the hip-hop family tree into a whole new realm of weirdness and musical hybridity; the duo's self-conscious (and self-consciously awkward) lyrics, backed by Kimya's acoustic guitar, have an undeniable charm. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
April 29 and May 1
The Both at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo's indie-rock superduo tours in support of its self-titled debut album. If you like them as individuals, chances are you'll like this material as well. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
April 30 and May 1
The Knife at Terminal 5
Brother and sister Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer take a number of edgy art, music, political and philosophical influences to produce electronic music that's one part occult, one part counterculture. Their live shows are like performance art gone wonderfully wild. A must-see. For tickets, visit stubhub.com.
Berlin at The Cutting Room
Take a ride on "The Metro"—or, rather, the subway—to see the sultry Terri Nunn and her '80s synth-pop outfit. Their most recent release, Animal, is more EDM than new wave, but expect them to revisit their days as a pop top gun with "Sex (I'm A...)," "No More Words" and "Take My Breath Away." For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Made in New York Jazz Competition Gala Concert at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Headlined by established jazzmen (and Made in New York Jazz Competition judges) Lenny White and Randy Brecker, this concert features performances from artists who took part in the competition. For tickets, visit tribecapac.org.
Stumblebum Brass Band at Mercury Lounge
These rambunctious gentlemen, who love punk and jazz, have been known to perform in New York City's subway system from time to time. Though this gig will take place on a good old-fashioned stage, odds are the walls of the Mercury Lounge won't be able to contain their vigor on songs like "Anarchy." For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Bladerunner at (Le) Poisson Rouge
John Zorn joins forces with frequent collaborator Bill Laswell and Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo for an evening of very, very experimental jazz. For tickets, visit lepoissonrouge.com.
May 8, 15 and 22
Celebrate Brooklyn! Dance Parties at Brooklyn Bridge Park
These free shows in DUMBO have lineups that are sure to get your feet moving: on May 8, Balkan Beat Box headlines; May 15 brings Cibo Matto, Javelin and JD Samson on one bill; and on May 22 Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars play. For more info, visit bricartsmedia.org.
Cher at Barclays Center
There’s no need to turn back time—you can see the Goddess of Pop right now. Her 25th and newest studio release is entitled Closer to the Truth. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
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.
Brooklyn Power Pop Festival at The Bell House
The best power pop is infectious; think the Romantics' “What I Like About You,” the Plimsouls' “A Million Miles Away,” Matthew Sweet’s “Girlfriend” or almost anything from the Bangles' first full album. No, none of those acts will appear, but Dwight Twilley and Paul Collins, two guys who helped blaze the trail in the 1970s, will, along with cult faves Pezband. Wear a skinny tie. For tickets, visit thebellhouseny.com.
Haim at Terminal 5
This young pop-rock trio of sisters (one of them was born in 1991) has already appeared on Saturday Night Live. Their debut album, Days Are Gone, placed in the top 10 of the American, Australian, Canadian, Belgian, Irish and Norwegian charts. In the UK, it went to number one. Catch them now at Terminal 5 before they come back to play an arena. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com, or try stubhub.com.
May 14, 17 and 19
The Faint at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Webster Hall and Bowery Ballroom
If you like your indie dance-rock dark, these Nebraskans are for you. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett of Little Feat at Stage 48
The guitarists from long-lived boogie-rock outfit Little Feat perform with help from the New Orleans Suspects. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Celtic Woman at Radio City Music Hall
You may have stumbled across this all-female ensemble, which performs Celtic folk songs and pop standards, on PBS. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart at Bowery Ballroom
These syrupy indie rockers make catchy, melodic songs with titles like "Heart in Your Heartbreak" and "Heaven's Gonna Happen Now." For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Guided By Voices at Bowery Ballroom
The "classic" lineup of long-lived indie-rock outfit Guided by Voices recently released their latest album, Motivational Jumpsuit. Chances are, attendees at this show will get their money's worth—the band has been known to play colossal sets. For tickets, visit ticketmater.com.
Acid Mothers Temple at The Knitting Factory
Parsing the history of Kawabata Makoto's psychedelic outfit is difficult, since, as only befits a group with its roots in the psyche-rock genre, the band is actually a collective, and that collective has released a lot of music. Nevertheless, fans of loud, trippy music should take note. Buy tickets to the show at ticketweb.com.
Blondie's Debbie Harry and Chris Stein with Anthony DeCurtis at 92nd Street Y
Two members of new wave icons Blondie discuss their careers with Rolling Stone writer Anthony DeCurtis. For tickets, visit 92y.com.
Blue Note Jazz Festival
We don't yet know the 2014 lineup for this citywide jazz event, but it'll take place all throughout the month of June. For more info—as it becomes available—visit bluenotejazzfestival.com.
Janelle Monae at Prospect Park
The Celebrate Brooklyn! outdoor-concerts series returns with a show from propulsive soul-pop stylist Janelle Monae. Arrive early if you want to snag a spot close to the stage; she's having a moment, and opening night always draws a crowd. For more info, visit bricartsmedia.org.
Salt-N-Pepa at Highline Ballroom
This celebrated rap trio (Salt, Pepa and DJ Spinderella) will take you back to the time when women's hip-hop was revolutionary and "we was on the dance floor shaking our thing." For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Governors Ball at Randall's Island
Maybe the snarky among us would say that a lineup with the likes of Outkast, the Strokes, Jack White and Interpol would have been cool in 2003, but it's still incredibly cool right now. Also playing: Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Skrillex, Janelle Monae, TV on the Radio, Foster the People, the Naked and Famous and basically every other band in the entire world. For tickets, visit governorsballmusicfestival.com.
Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss at Radio City Music Hall
Willie Nelson has been a kindly old country star for as long as we can remember, and has continued to prove his ongoing relevance by performing at South by Southwest's iTunes Festival, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel and getting booked for NYC's tonier venues. At this show, he performs with his band, while Alison Krauss appears with Union Station. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Aretha Franklin at Radio City Music Hall
Radio City hosts the Queen of Soul for two nights. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog at Irving Plaza
Tastes change, and what might have been one of the biggest shows of 1996 has been relegated to niche status. But these four bands can still tour the country because they've got fans who've remained loyal despite the fickle winds of pop culture. For everyone else, well, this is a chance to hear "Father of Mine," "Runaway Train," "Inside Out" and "The Meantime" while remembering the good old days. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Ringo Starr at The Beacon Theatre
The lovable former Beatle brings his All Starr Band—a troupe including pop veterans Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather and Gregg Rolie—for a two-night extravaganza. No doubt the set list will include some of the Fab Four's singalong favorites. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Morrissey at Barclays Center
Machiavelli, Montaigne and Morrissey may all have literary works printed under the august auspices of Penguin Classics, but only this charming Smiths frontman will be playing Barclays Center. There indeed may be panic in the streets of Brooklyn. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Michael Bublé at Madison Square Garden
This Italian-Canadian singer is one of few modern pop stars who can properly be called a crooner. His multigenerational appeal has led to monstrous album sales and the kind of following that can fill a place like Madison Square Garden. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
July 9, 24–25
Katy Perry at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center
She may have no idea how to pronounce "unconditionally," but there's no denying that Katy Perry has a knack for belting out hit singles: she has more songs that have sold 5 million (digital) copies than any other artist. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Neutral Milk Hotel at Prospect Park
Jeff Mangum's massively influential indie rock band (if you haven't heard of them, your favorite musicians probably have) has reunited, and of course they're playing in Brooklyn. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at Prospect Park
Australia's dark lord of literary rock plays this summertime show. Expect favorites both old and new. We'd be pretty stoked to hear "Faraway (So Close)," "The Mercy Seat" and "Higgs Boson Blues." Nick, please take note. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Luke Bryan at Madison Square Garden
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.
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.