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.
Reel Big Fish at Brooklyn Bowl
SoCal ska-punk veterans Reel Big Fish have been cranking out their up-tempo, pessimistic, potty-mouthed tunes for more than 20 years, and the band's appearance at Brooklyn Bowl is a souped-up version of a suburban staple: the bowling-alley ska show. For tickets, visit ticketfly.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.
Fetty Wap at Irving Plaza
Don't be in the kitchen cooking pies when Fetty Wap comes to town. Get yourself to the show (preferably in a Lambo, as long as you're setting goals). For tickets, visit livenation.com.
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.
Maxwell and Nas at Barclays Center
Spend Valentine's Day cozying up with a loved one while listening to neo-soul proponent Maxwell and one of hip-hop's master lyricists, Queensbridge's Nas. 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.
Yo La Tengo. Courtesy, Matador Records
Yo La Tengo and Alvin Lucier at Merkin Concert Hall
Indie rockers Yo La Tengo recently celebrated 30 years together, having accrued critical accolades and a deeply devoted fan base over the course of that career. They’ll appear with experimental composer Alvin Lucier, and we’re certain the results will be fascinating. For tickets, visit kaufman-center.org.
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.
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony at PlayStation Theater
It may not be the first of the month, but it is two decades since Cleveland's Bone Thugs-n-Harmony dropped their hit "Tha Crossroads." This tour celebrates that auspicious occasion. For tickets, visit axs.com.
Black Sabbath. Photo: Robert Voets
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.
Titus Andronicus at Webster Hall
Titus Andronicus just dropped an epic rock opera, The Most Lamentable Tragedy, which adds a whole lot of tuneful power pop to the Jersey band's punk arsenal. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
The Who. Photo: Rick Diamond
Jackson Browne and Raul Rodriguez at The Town Hall
In a bit of cross-cultural exploration, flamenco musician Rodriguez will play a set, followed by Browne taking the stage with Rodriguez’s band and seeing how that suits and reshapes his laid-back brand of SoCal folk rock. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.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.
Drive-By Truckers. Photo: David McClister
Drive-By Truckers at Music Hall of Williamsburg
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.
Nada Surf. Photo: Bernie Dechant
Nada Surf at City Winery and Bowery Ballroom
The alt rockers have a new album due in March; they're sure to play numerous cuts from it alongside assorted "popular" tunes from their two decades together. For tickets for the first show—an acoustic one—visit citywinery.com; for the second night, visit ticketmaster.com.
Less Than Jake at Highline Ballroom and Gramercy Theatre
Gainesville, Florida's Less Than Jake is responsible for two of the 1990s' most beloved ska-punk albums, and the band will play both in their entirety during this two-night stand: Losing Streak (1996) on March 9 at the Highline Ballroom, followed by Hello Rockview (1998) on March 10 at the Gramercy Theatre. Lace up your vans, bust out the chain wallet and get ready to skank, kids. For tickets to the first night, visit ticketweb.com. For tickets to the second night, visit ticketmaster.com.
Khruangbin at Rough Trade
This trio from Texas does largely instrumental, laid-back and vaguely bluesy psychedelic tunes; their debut album, The Universe Smiles Upon You, is full of atmosphere. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Savages. Photo: Richard Dumas
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.
March 28, April 23 and April 25
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center
To celebrate the release of The River box set (The Ties That Bind: The River Collection), Jersey’s hardest-working rockers are hitting the road. We didn’t know that people still released box sets, but we do know that seeing a Springsteen show is something akin to a religious experience. The Boss and Co. will play the double album in sequence, plus a bunch of other old favorites. Tickets are likely to sell out faster than you can say “everybody’s got a hungry heart,” but go ahead and check ticketmaster.com before StubHub.
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.
Weezer at Warsaw
Veteran nerd-rockers Weezer up the dry humor with their new self-titled follow-up to the Blue, Green and Red Albums: the White Album. Where have we heard that before? This show's sold out, but you can try your luck at stubhub.com.
AC/DC at Madison Square Garden
You know what to expect: thunderous riffs from familiar anthems; school-uniformed Angus Young duckwalking and spinning on the ground while soloing; and, lest we forget, cannon fire. Now that that’s out of the way, let there be rock! For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Dwight Twilley at Berlin
A power pop songwriter of yesteryear, Twilley had one hit per decade in the 1970s (“I’m on Fire”) and ‘80s (“Girls”). He’s on an acoustic tour this year; the NYC stop takes place in Jesse Malin’s basement bar beneath East Village stalwart 2A. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
David Gilmour at Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden
The Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist has a new solo album, Rattle That Lock, and plenty of other songs in his arsenal to make you wish you were here. For Radio City tickets, visit ticketmaster.com; the MSG shows will require a site like stubhub.com.
Duran Duran. Photo: Stephanie Pistel
Duran Duran & Chic at Barclays Center
Messrs. Le Bon, Rhodes, Taylor and Taylor (that's one Taylor short, for those counting) have a thriving law firm; a new album, Paper Gods; and a backlist of hits that made them Tiger Beat regulars back in the 1980s. OK, maybe not the law firm, but we’d still put our trust in those wild boys. Chic, whose leader, Nile Rodgers, produced a number of Duran Duran’s hits and whose drummer was a member of the Power Station (along with two of those three Taylors), will ensure you freak out. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Melvins at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Webster Hall
The heaviest band in showbiz will release its eleventy-billionth full-length record in April 2016. It’s a long-simmering collaboration with Godheadsilo member Mike Kunka. Napalm Death and Melt Banana open. For MHOW tickets, visit ticketmaster.com; for Webster Hall, visit ticketweb.com.
Roy Nathanson, Marc Ribot and others at Littlefield
A passel of contemporary jazz musicians convenes to improvise versions of Billy Strayhorn’s “Nearness of You” and perform some original music as well. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
Bob Mould and Ted Leo at Webster Hall
See what these rockers, separated by a generation but united by a punk-hardcore spirit and an ability to show their sensitive sides, are up to. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Gary Numan at Gramercy Theatre
Fun fact: though it has a rock sound, Gary Numan's 1979 album The Pleasure Principle (best known for the hit single "Cars") features no guitars at all. The new waver will be performing that album in its entirety on the second night of this run; the first and third shows are dedicated to early recordings Replicas and Telekon, respectively. For tickets, visit livenation.com.
Governors Ball at Randall's Island Park
Kanye West, the Strokes, the Killers, Haim, Beck and Robyn—plus Big Boi and Phantogram's new collaboration Big Grams—are just a small sampling of the more than 65 acts set to overrun Randall's Island Park for one of the biggest music events of the summer. Stay hydrated and remember to reapply sunscreen, because you're in for three solid days of outdoor rock and pop. For tickets, visit eventbrite.com.
Florence and the Machine. Photo: Tom Beard
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. Photo: Yu Tsai
Sting and Peter Gabriel at Madison Square Garden
Two pop titans are hitting the road, playing their own songs and swapping a few along the way, much like Sting and Paul Simon did a couple of years back. It’s fun to imagine the juxtapositions (“Red Rain”/”Shadows in the Rain”?), what an equal trade might be (“Solsbury Hill” for “Fields of Gold”?) and what might make for an absurd duet ( “Russians?" "Big Time?") For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
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.
Brand New and Modest Mouse at Madison Square Garden
Brand New, who have evolved from their early-aughts emo-pop-punk beginnings into something more properly described as an "indie" or "alternative" band, co-headline an arena with Washington State's Modest Mouse, who were already college rock heroes when the guys in Brand New first picked up guitars. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
September 19, 20, 22, 23, 25 and 26
Adele at Madison Square Garden
Hello. Rumor has it that the woman who smashed *NSync's longstanding one-week album-sales record—in the year 2015 no less—is bringing her big voice to one of the biggest rooms in music. Someone like you probably wants tickets. Get 'em at 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.