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

September 29–30
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 here; for the show on the 30th, visit here.

September 30
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

September 30
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   

September 30October 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 for tickets to the shows at Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg

October 3
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

October 3
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

Lykke Li
Lykke Li. Photo: Josh Olins

October 4
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

October 6–7
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

October 6–7
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

October 7
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

October 7
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

October 7–8
Jackson Browne at The Beacon Theatre
The first of these two nights coincides with the release of Browne's latest album, Standing in the Breach, proving once again that the veteran singer-songwriter misspoke when he claimed to be running on empty. For tickets, visit

October 8
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

October 9
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

October 9–10
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

October 9–10
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 For tickets to the Music Hall of Williamsburg show, visit

October 10
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

October 10
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

October 12
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

October 17
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

October 17
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

October 17
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

October 18 
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

October 18–19
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

October 19
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

October 21
Dan Bern at The Bell House
Though he's got a number of acclaimed folkish albums to his credit, casual observers may be most familiar with Dan Bern's work through the amusing songs he wrote for the movies Walk Hard and Get Him to the Greek. Furry walls, anyone? For tickets, visit

October 21
The Thurston Moore Band at Saint Vitus
Thurston and Kim have split, and Sonic Youth is all but over (they are officially on "indefinite hiatus")—but rock 'n' roll, well, that endures. Backed by former bandmate Steve Shelley and My Bloody Valentine bassist Debbie Googe, Moore will spend a night occupying Brooklyn's metal heart. It's sold out, but you can check for tickets 

October 22–24
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

October 23 
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

First Aid Kit
First Aid Kit. Photo: Neil Krug

October 24
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

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

October 28
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

October 28
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

October 30
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

October 31
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

November 10
Robyn Hitchcock at City Winery
A Robyn Hitchcock show can be a delightful grab bag: a never-released outtake here, an unexpected cover there, perhaps a re-creation of Dylan's entire "Judas" concert at Royal Albert Hall. Two things are a lead-pipe cinch: he'll be wearing a fashionable shirt (we'd bet on black-and-white polka dot), and he won't sing the theme from Arthur. For tickets, visit

November 22
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

November 24

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

November 25–26
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

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

December 14
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

December 17
Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Garden
Your parents' favorite tenor brings his pipes to MSG to celebrate the holiday season. For tickets, visit

December 18
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

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

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

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