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.
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) at Highline Ballroom
PFM was the first Italian rock band to achieve success abroad, touring and charting in the United Kingdom and United States. At their peak, from 1973 to 1977, PFM released five albums of their Italian-accented progressive rock with English lyrics—some by King Crimson lyricist Pete Sinfield. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Grand Control Touring 15th Anniversary Celebration at Webster Hall
Music booking agency Grand Control Touring celebrates its quinceañera with an impressive roster of performers, including Superchunk, Kurt Vile, Titus Andronicus, Speedy Ortiz and Waxahatchee. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Dinosaur Jr at Bowery Ballroom
Lou Barlow, J Mascis and Murph have been making nice for the past decade. The results? Three new albums of fuzzed-out rock, multiple tours and this six-night run marking 30 years since their debut, Dinosaur. They'll have special guests each show, so let's the speculation begin (we'll place a bet on Kim Gordon at some point). Tickets are still available for the last two nights; try stubhub.com for any of the others.
Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays at Beacon Theatre
The girl who just wanted to have fun (and, more recently, Kinky Boots writer) once again puts on a star-studded holiday show to benefit homeless LGBT youth, a cause close to her heart. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Garden
Andrea Bocelli is one of the most famous singers on the planet (if you're not a fan, chances are your mother is). Bring tissues; his high notes might make you shed a tear. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo at The Town Hall
When these two indie-rock favorites get together, they call themselves The Both. Their sets mostly consist of songs from their one album as a duo, though they also sprinkle in a select few songs from their respective solo careers. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Modern Baseball and Jeff Rosenstock at Webster Hall
Rising pop-punk/emo stars Modern Baseball bring their energetic catalog—probably including cuts from the new album due in 2016—to Webster Hall. Among the support acts is grizzled punk vet and current Brooklynite Jeff Rosenstock, who recently played all five NYC boroughs in one day. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Blood Orange and Friends at the Apollo Theater
Mr. Orange, aka Devonté Hynes, has a bit of Prince in him—and his smooth brand of R&B-inflected synthpop was originally classified as something the kids call "chillwave," which may or may not have ever existed. This benefit concert for the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music sold out quickly; your best bet may be stubhub.com.
Sleater-Kinney at various locations
After roughly eight years of solo projects, supergroups and TV roles, the various members of Sleater-Kinney reunited for a new album, No Cities to Love, and a few more laps on the touring circuit. They’ll play five shows in five NYC locations; we’re grateful for each and every one. Some nights have sold out; check sleater-kinney.com and stubhub.com for availability.
Steve Earle, Jackson Browne and Others at The Town Hall
Expect plenty of Americana music, as the headliners, plus Earle's son Justin Townes Earle and local duo the Mastersons, take the stage to benefit autism education. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com. Minus Browne, they're all doing a rehearsal show the night before at City Winery.
December 17, January 7, February 13, March 15 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.
Royal Trux at Webster Hall
Fans of messy rock duos, rejoice: Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty have reunited, making this evening one-stop shopping for all your holiday season psychedelic needs. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas Party Ever at City Winery
As the leader of the Ronettes, Spector sang holiday favorites like "Frosty the Snowman" and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" in addition to the pop hits that made her synonymous with the 1960s girl group sound. A few years back, she recorded more Christmas tunes on the album Best Christmas Ever; expect them all and then some. For tickets, visit citywinery.com.
Gogol Bordello at Terminal 5
If your New Year's resolution is to start wearing purple, you might want to count down to 2016 with this raucous group of immigrant punks (who've made a habit of New Year's shows in New York City). For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Deer Tick at Brooklyn Bowl
This folksy-bluesy quintet—which also knows its way around the Nirvana catalog—plays another New Year's Eve run in Brooklyn. We talked to 'em last time they did so, and it was fun. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at Rough Trade
The blog buzz died down years ago, but Brooklyn's own Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is still cranking out quirky, nervous indie rock. On this night, they’ll do it on New Year's Eve. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Jimmy Buffett at Barclays Center
Let's face it: spending New Year’s in NYC is a far cry from living on sponge cake and searching for lost salt shakers in Margaritaville (though you may find a cheeseburger in paradise). The next best thing might be enjoying a Parrothead sing-along about it all. For ticket info, when it becomes available, visit barclayscenter.com.
December 31 and January 1
Snarky Puppy at Irving Plaza
A moveable, musical feast, Snarky Puppy has more than a dozen members and brings in all kinds of collaborators for its mix of jazz, R&B and world beat. For tickets, visit livenation.com.
Majical Cloudz at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Canadian indie outfit Majical Cloudz (Devon Welsh and Matthew Otto) makes brooding electro-pop. They're buddies with Grimes and have just released their third full-length album, Are You Alone. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Scott Stapp at Webster Hall
The former Creed frontman has seen some tough times of late but is back on tour. His live sets tend to include both solo tunes and hits from his old band. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Talib Kweli at Blue Note
The rapper might seem an odd fit for one of the town's most esteemed jazz stages, but the Blue Note has featured a number of hip-hop shows over the past few years—including a few 2014 dates with Kweli fronting a live band. For tickets, visit bluenote.net.
Def Leppard and Styx at Barclays Center
It's fair to wonder if these guys have rethought the whole "better to burn out than fade away" thing. No matter. Headliners Def Leppard have a new album that borrows not one but two song titles from Pat Benatar ("We Belong," "Invincible") and whose first single, "Let's Go," sounds like "Pour Some Sugar on Me" redux. We're sure you already know what Styx brings to the party (if not, you're fooling yourself); Tesla, who produced one of the great power ballads of the '80s ("Love Song"), will appear as well. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Seu Jorge at Blue Note
Remember those gently strummed David Bowie covers done in Portuguese for Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou? That was Brazil's Seu Jorge, who sings, acts—he was in City of God, too—and, for a few weeks, acts as resident singer at the Blue Note. For tickets, visit bluenote.net.
Hall and Oates at Madison Square Garden
Whoa, here they come. 1970s and '80s hitmakers Hall and Oates have been out of touch with the New York market for a minute—and fans get sad every time they go away—but they're ready to make your dreams come true with a set of hits that are doubtless on your list. Can you go for that? There's a wide range of prices, so you won't have to be a rich girl to grab tickets before they're gone at ticketmaster.com. Also consider buying some for your family, man.
Naughty by Nature at Webster Hall
Ride the nostalgia train straight to "O.P.P."-land with this performance by the hip-hop trio, commemorating their 25th anniversary. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Ty Segall & the Muggers at Webster Hall
The prolific West Coast psychedelian returns with more high-test rock 'n' roll. There's something of a concept to his latest work—to be honest, we have no idea what he's on about—but his show's sure to be energetic regardless. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
The Who at Madison Square Garden
Remember The Who's farewell tour in 1982? The reunion in 1989? 1996? The last shows with John Entwistle before his death in 2002, and the ones right after? Well, this current run, a continuation of their 50-year-anniversary circuit begun in 2013, is absolutely, positively it. We're torn between saying "long live rock" and "won’t get fooled again." For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Fall Out Boy at Madison Square Garden
When that pop-punk gravy train left the station, Fall Out Boy reinvented themselves as…we're not sure what. Have you heard "Uma Thurman"? Did they just sample the theme song from The Munsters? Confusing or not, they're still packing arenas. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Savages at Irving Plaza and Warsaw
The all-female post-punk quartet returns, no doubt with raucous renditions of songs from their new album, Adore Life. For tickets to the Irving Plaza show, visit livenation.com. For tickets to the Warsaw show, visit ticketweb.com.
Iron Maiden at Madison Square Garden
The heavy metal boys from East London are part of a select club of bands that released a self-titled record containing a self-titled song (we're looking at you, Bad Company, Black Sabbath, The 1975, Kool and the Gang and any others you'd like to submit). They also still feature monstrous mascot "Eddie" on their albums—including their latest, The Book of Souls. So don't run to the hills; run to get your tickets...or just click to get them online at ticketmaster.com.
The Cure at Madison Square Garden
There may be a run on Goth makeup in the days leading to these concerts, which are part of the first big US tour in nearly a decade for Robert Smith and company. For longtime fans, it'll be something akin to heaven. At press time there are still box-office tickets for the third night; for the others, stubhub.com might be your best bet.
Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas at Barclays Center
Former Disney star Demi Lovato's got a big voice and a slew of energetic, radio-friendly hits. Joe Jonas, of course, has his own Disney connections and a burgeoning solo career. It's a lineup to make the Mouse House proud. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Reverend Vince Anderson and the Love Choir at Union Pool
The band, which defines its style as “dirty gospel,” busts out trumpets, guitars and a keyboard every week for lively performances in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. An actual ordained reverend, Anderson studied to be a Methodist minister in the ’90s—but dropped out to pursue music full time. For more info, visit union-pool.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.