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.


January 9, February 18, March 9, April 3, May 28, June 20 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

January 14, 17, 21, 24, 28 and 31
Savages at The Mercury Lounge and Saint Vitus
The post-punk British female troupe—who became critical darlings following the release of their debut, Silence Yourself—plays a string of intimate performances in Manhattan and Brooklyn. See them now before they're big(ger). The shows are sold out, so try your luck on

January 25, February 22, March 29, April 26 and May 31
They Might Be Giants at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn's own beloved nerd-rock outfit has plans for a big 2015, with new "Dial-A-Song" recordings every week and live shows in their home borough every month. Check;for details on the shows, some of which will feature full-album sets. For tickets, visit

January 29
Marilyn Manson at Terminal 5 
Join other beautiful people in the mosh pit, slam dancing to the leading professional parent-scarer of the 1990s. For tickets, visit

January 30
Machine Head at Irving Plaza
These Oakland-bred pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal tour in support of a new album, Bloodstone and Diamonds. For tickets, visit

January 30
Jack White at Madison Square Garden 
The White Stripes, the Dead Weather, the Raconteurs, plain old Jack White—in any guise, this guy's distorted blues-rock guitar and high-pitched wail have become indelibly branded on the American consciousness. In other words, expect a fun night. Just don't bring up the Black Keys. For tickets, visit

February 3
Diana Ross at Kings Theatre 
A supreme legend headlines the reopening of a Flatbush landmark. The 3,000-seat Kings Theatre, which debuted in 1929 as a movie palace, had been out of commission for almost 40 years before its nearly $100 million restoration. For tickets, visit

February 6
Spandau Ballet at Beacon Theatre
This much is true: these dapper New Romantics briefly ruled the MTV roost back in the early 1980s. If you're not ready to buy a ticket to the world, consider buying a ticket to their show; do so at

February 6
Jay Farrar at City Winery
One half of the songwriting genius (along with future Wilco founder Jeff Tweedy) behind alt-country heroes Uncle Tupelo, Farrar has gone on to front Son Volt, release a few solo albums and set lyrics by Woody Guthrie and Jack Kerouac to music. Expect heartfelt, well-crafted Americana, if not too much of the early stuff you might yearn for. For tickets, visit

February 7
D’Angelo at Apollo Theater 
This R&B singer’s latest album, Black Messiah, is his first since 2000’s Voodoo. Like most of his funk-tinged music, it seems out of time yet totally fresh; despite (or thanks to?) releasing just a few dozen songs in 20 years—making him in some way the anti-Prince—he’s cultivated quite the legacy, fan base and mystique. Tickets sold out for this show in a hot minute; try your luck on

February 7
Lee Ranaldo and Adam Rudolph’s Go at Rockwood Music Hall 
It seems natural for Lee Ranaldo to headline Rockwood’s Alternative Guitar Summit (which runs February 4–8); along with fellow Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore, it almost feels like he invented the genre. For tickets, visit

February 10
Robert Earl Keen at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Along with kindred types Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith, Keen was part of a hyperliterate group of Texas singer-songwriters elbowing their way onto the 1980s country scene. For tickets, visit

February 10–21
Buster Poindexter at Café Carlyle 
Native Staten Islander David Johansen of the New York Dolls dusts off his alternate persona for these shows, tickets for which are sure to be hot, hot, hot. To get ’em, visit

February 11
Meshell Ndegeocello at Jazz at Lincoln Center
The famed performer pays tribute to Nina Simone as part of Lincoln Center's American Songbook series. For more info and tickets, visit

February 11
New York Blues Hall of Fame Concert at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Did you know that New York had its own blues hall of fame? Inductees may not be the big names you'd recognize, but they’ve all paid their dues on the local scene. For tickets, visit

February 11
Zap Mama & Antibalas at Highline Ballroom 
Marie Daulne’s vocal ensemble, Zap Mama, teams with instrumentalists Antibalas for a collaborative celebration of modern Afrobeat. For tickets, visit

February 13
Titus Andronicus at Brooklyn Night Bazaar 
It shall be no lamentable tragedy when these Garden State punks cross the Hudson (and the East River) to rock Brooklyn’s favorite night market-cum-concert venue. For more info, visit

February 13
Talib Kweli at Lincoln Center 
This Brooklyn rapper—known for literate lyrics and social consciousness—dropped his latest album, Prisoner of Conscious, last May. For tickets, visit

February 13
The Hold Steady at Bowery Ballroom 
It’s the day before Valentine’s Day, but it’s not too soon to feel the romantic pull of gritty, Brooklyn-by-way-of-Minneapolis alternative rockers The Hold Steady. If "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You" doesn’t make you swoon, then, well, that’s actually not too surprising. Fun tune, though! (This event is a benefit for the Rock On Foundation.) For tickets, visit

February 14
Aesop Rock at The Gramercy Theatre 
This hip-hop wordsmith’s lyrics have been featured everywhere from a New York Times best-selling book to Yale University’s Anthology of Rap. He’s based in San Francisco these days, but this show is still a homecoming: he was born in Long Island and came up through the NYC scene. For tickets, visit

February 14
Living Colour at Brooklyn Bowl
They ain't no glamour boys—they're fierce! (Though look away from their outfits in this video if you want to maintain that impression.) They're also back, releasing a new album and playing some dates along the East Coast, including this Valentine’s soiree. For tickets, visit

February 16
Theophilus London at Bowery Ballroom 
Up-and-coming singer-rapper Theophilus London has pretty much arrived. After the success of debut album Timez Are Weird These Days, his follow-up, Vibes!, was produced by none other than Kanye West. For tickets, visit

February 17
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
If dialing into P-Funk's mothership connection doesn't make you want to get off your you-know-what and jam, well, there may be no hope. For tickets, visit

February 17–22
Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers at Blue Note 
Non-jazz aficionados might know Ruffins from appearances on Treme or Top Chef, but fans of the genre have been well aware of the New Orleans trumpeter for years: he’s a regular at Jazzfest and a bit of a Crescent City impresario. His band hits town for a Mardi Gras run. For tickets, visit

February 18
Paul Collins Beat at Cake Shop
An important player on the early US power-pop scene (founder of the Nerves and the Beat), Collins will have you wondering where you stored your skinny ties. Unless, of course, you’re wearing one. For information, visit the venue’s Tumblr

February 21–22
Helmet at Bowery Ballroom and Saint Vitus
Somewhere between metal, math rock and post-punk, Helmet stood poised in the 1990s to be the, or at least a, next big thing. Despite commercial success, they never quite hit the top and disbanded at the end of the decade (to be revived about five years later). At these sold-out shows, they'll be performing songs from 1994's Betty; for tickets, visit

February 2627
Sleater-Kinney at Terminal 5 
Portlandia couldn't keep Carrie Brownstein away from her guitar for too long (a brief foray with Wild Flag notwithstanding); her influential 1990s feminist punk outfit is back with a new record, No Cities to Love. Both shows are sold out; for tickets, visit

February 28
Jukebox the Ghost and Secret Someones at Irving Plaza
Jukebox the Ghost started as a poppy rock band that sounded like a hyperactive cross between Ben Folds Five, Queen and They Might Be Giants. On their most recent album, they went full force on the pop production and sometimes sounded a little bit like Fun (the "We Are Young" folks). If there's one thing the old stuff and the new stuff have in common, though, it's that the songs are super-catchy. For tickets, visit

March 6
Gang of Four at Irving Plaza
It’s more like a Gang of Three…or, if you’re just counting original members, a Gang of One. But hey, we won’t argue if it means we get to hear the likes of "Damaged Goods" and "I Love a Man in a Uniform." For tickets, visit

March 12
G. Love and Special Sauce at Irving Plaza
These funky Philadelphians made a splash on the 1990s alternative hip-hop scene. They reunited for a spring 2014 release, Sugar, which marked the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut. For tickets, visit

March 13
The Church at Bowery Ballroom 
This Australian alternative rock band released their 25th (not a typo!) album, Further/Deeper, last October. Also of interest to fans: this marks the US live debut of new guitarist Ian Haug. For tickets, visit

March 13 and 15
Meghan Trainor at Irving Plaza 
She’s all about that bass, ’bout that bass, ’bout that bass. Meghan Trainor’s song is already playing in your head anyway. At this show, the 20-year-old artist is virtually certain to also play it in real, physical space. For tickets, visit

March 14
Diana Krall at The Beacon Theatre 
The bestselling Canadian jazz singer and pianist—with a truckload of multiplatinum records, Grammys and Juno Awards (those are from Canada) to her name—tours in support of her latest album, Wallflower. For tickets, visit

March 14–15
Kindness at Bowery Ballroom and Rough Trade
British singer-songwriter Adam Bainbridge has been performing his blend of electronica and synth-pop since 2007. His sophomore album, Otherness—released this past October—brought touches of jazz, disco and R&B into the mix. For tickets, visit

March 19
Perfume Genius at Stage 48 
Seattle's Mike Hadreas, better known as Perfume Genius, makes absorbing indie-pop songs. His lyrics explore such themes as insecurity and society’s attitudes toward the LGBT community with raw honesty. “Queen” is a good place to start. His latest album, Too Bright, received nothing but glowing reviews. For tickets, visit

March 20–21
Ariana Grande at Madison Square Garden 
The pint-size, ponytailed Nickelodeon actress turned pop star belts out her hits at Madison Square Garden. Decide for yourself whether she deserves those comparisons to Mariah Carey, and try to figure out what the heck is going on in this video. For tickets, visit

March 26
Neil Diamond at Barclays Center 
He may be known and loved all around the world (even, to some New Yorkers' chagrin, at Fenway Park), but Neil Diamond was born and raised in Brooklyn—so the hometown crowd should sing along extra loud on hits like "Sweet Caroline" and "Cracklin' Rosie." For tickets, visit

March 27
Swervedriver at Music Hall of Williamsburg
This British band helped define the shoegaze genre of the 1990s before dissolving at the end of that decade. They've hardly looked up since. (But seriously, they've reunited, are releasing a new album and are out on tour.) For tickets, visit

March 30
alt-J at Madison Square Garden 
Fun fact: this English band chose its name because pressing the keyboard combination "alt+J" calls up the delta symbol, which represents change—an important theme in their work. Speaking of alt, the band's distinctive alternative-pop sound incorporates folk and hip-hop. For tickets, visit

April 6
The Decemberists at The Beacon Theatre
If you crave an infusion of whimsical grandiloquence about vengeful mariners, homeless waifs and loves lost to tragedy, these hyper-literate indie folk rockers from Portland, Oregon, may be the act for you. The show is sold out, but you can still find tickets on

April 9
Nightwish at Hammerstein Ballroom, Manhattan Center
This Finnish symphonic power metal band sets classically trained soprano Floor Jansen's soaring vocals against the epic, theatrical and gothic atmosphere of its music. For tickets, visit

April 20–21 and 23–24 
John Mellencamp at Carnegie Hall and Apollo Theater
His latest release, the largely acoustic Plain Spoken, has drawn raves, but we suspect that most folks will be happy enough just to hear him fight authority and sing a little ditty about two American kids from the heartland. For tickets, visit and

April 10
The New York Pops Perform Sinatra at Carnegie Hall 
The largest independent pops orchestra in the US pays homage to Ol' Blue Eyes. For tickets, visit

April 27
Sixx:A.M. and Apocalyptica at Best Buy Theater
Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx's side project provided the soundtrack to his 2007 autobiography, The Heroin Diaries. Naturally, the book is in development to become a Broadway show. Opening act Apocalyptica is a Finnish string quartet known for classical covers of metal songs. For tickets, visit

June 4
Ride at Terminal 5
This British indie band created one of the quintessential albums of the shoegaze genre (Nowhere). They then adopted a more melodic, Britpop-influenced style before a tense breakup in 1996. They got back together for one performance in the early aughts, but they've only just recently gone all the way and resumed touring. The show is sold out, but you can try your luck on StubHub.

June 10
Belle & Sebastian at Radio City Music Hall 
The world's foremost practitioners of precious indie pop return with a new album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, and a tour that sees them touching down before an appreciative area audience. For tickets, visit

June 16
Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake at Best Buy Theater
Reel Big Fish had a gold record during the ska-punk boom of the 1990s, and the band has held on to a loyal fan base through relentless touring and a highly caffeinated live show. Plus, lead singer-guitarist Aaron Barrett can shred with the best of 'em. Fellow hardened ska-punk vets Less Than Jake co-headline what has to be the show of 2015 (so far) for the genre's fans. This concert was rescheduled from the original date of January 27; if you had tickets for that show, they're still good. For more info, visit

June 25–26
Bette Midler at Madison Square Garden 
The woman who set countless mothers weeping with her soundtrack to Beaches recently released her 25th album, It’s the Girls!, in which she covers classic songs from girl groups like the Supremes and the Andrews Sisters. For tickets, visit

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

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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