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.
February 14 and March 8
Cibo Matto at (Le) Poisson Rouge and Brooklyn Bowl
The utterly bizarre rock/hip-hop duo behind "Sci-Fi Wasabi" and "Know Your Chicken" is back with new material. For tickets to the show at (Le) Poisson Rouge, visit ticketprophet.com. For tickets to the show at Brooklyn Bowl, visit ticketfly.com.
March 4 and 6
Sting and Paul Simon at Madison Square Garden
Two of the most acclaimed and influential singer-songwriters in the history of popular music perform together and with their own bands. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.March 4 and 6
The Men at Bowery Ballroom
Brooklyn rockers The Men play a show to celebrate the release of their fourth full-length, Tomorrow's Hits, which hits shelves both actual and virtual today. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Jennifer Nettles at The Beacon Theatre
Jennifer Nettles, best known as Sugarland’s lead singer, has spent the last several years developing her identity as a solo artist. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
One-on-One: 826NYC Tenth Anniversary Chat Spectacular at The Town Hall
This event has everything: Baseball miniseries producer Ken Burns talking with Spy mag founder Kurt Andersen; Questlove sitting down with comedian John Oliver; Fred Armisen doing some kind of audience-involvement thing; Pussy Riot biographer Masha Gessen; and, providing tunes, surrealistic-banter master Robyn Hitchcock. Words and storytelling seem to be the common threads. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Deer Tick at The Allen Room at Lincoln Center
The folksy-bluesy quintet—which also performs a mean Nirvana cover—returns to the City and plays a very pretty room. For tickets, visit lincolncenter.org.
The Everymen at Pianos
New Jersey band the Everymen play melodic, punky tunes with saxophones and a touch of Springsteen-esque working-class charm. They plan to release their sophomore album this spring. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Broken Bells at Webster Hall
James Mercer of the Shins and Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton play from their new album, After the Disco. This pop-rock collaboration sounds different from their other projects, so go in with an open mind. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Throwing Muses at Bowery Ballroom
Kristin Hersh and company's history is the stuff of indie-rock legend, from their first full-length in 1986 up to last year's Purgatory/Paradise. Note: the March 8 show is already sold out. Get tickets to this show at ticketmaster.com.
Lorde at Roseland Ballroom
If George Brett were going to inspire a hit pop song, you'd have thought it would include at least a passing reference to pine tar. Anyway, Lorde is kind of a big deal, and if you want to see her live you can do it at one of Roseland's final concerts (the venue is slated to close in April). For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com, or try stubhub.com.
Ellie Goulding at The Theater at Madison Square Garden
The “Lights” singer takes a break from rubbing elbows with the British royal family to play two nights for NYC commoners. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
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. Opening acts Suburban Legends and Beebs and Her Money Makers also have horns and play upstrokes on guitar. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
Rosanne Cash at Town Hall
Rosanne Cash—daughter of Johnny Cash himself—has more than distinguished herself on her own merits during a long career as a singer-songwriter. Her new album, The River and the Thread, draws on inspiration from her recent travels through the South, which included a visit to her father's childhood home. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
March 21, April 18, May 9, June 21, July 2, August 7, September 17 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.
Gary Numan at Webster Hall
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. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Dum Dum Girls at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Dum Dum Girls' jangly alt-pop music tackles such subjects as love, loss and life on the road. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
March 28, March 30–31, April 2, 4, 6–7 and April 13
Lady Gaga at Roseland Ballroom and Madison Square Garden
Mother Monster plays a series of blowout good-bye shows for the famed Roseland Ballroom, and then heads downtown to perform an arena gig at MSG. Expect a lot of selections from her latest album, Artpop. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The music of Paul Simon at Carnegie Hall
No one-trick pony, Paul Simon has created as definitive a canon of American tunes (along with some African- and Brazilian-styled ones) as exists in the past half-century. Bob Mould, Bettye LaVette, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and plenty others will try to keep you feelin’ groovy till late in the evening with their interpretations; it all benefits youth music education. For tickets, visit carnegiehall.org.
Kraftwerk at United Palace Theatre
These German synth pioneers, who play robotic, minimalist all-electronic pop, have influenced a diverse set of artists including Pet Shop Boys, Grandmaster Flash, Radiohead and Daft Punk. For tickets to these "3-D Concerts" (though we should note that all concerts, as far as we know, take place in three dimensions), visit ticketmaster.com.
Rocket From the Crypt at Bowery Ballroom
The San Diego rockers, perhaps best known for their 1995 release, Scream, Dracula, Scream!, continue to spread the love with this reunion tour. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Jukebox the Ghost at Knitting Factory
This trio plays catchy, danceable piano pop that should make even the most cynical smile. They'll perform two sets at the Knitting Factory: one with only covers, and one featuring original compositions. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Ash at Brooklyn Night Bazaar
These pop-rockers from Northern Ireland, who rose to fame with the 1996 album 1977, are now seasoned veterans and will headline this free show in Brooklyn. Their most recent output was the A–Z Series: 26 singles they released in 2009 and 2010. For more info, visit bkbazaar.com.
Miley Cyrus at Barclays Center
Put your hands up; they're playing your song! It's a party in the USA as teen-pop idol Miley Cyrus brings her wholesome, sugarcoated repertoire to Brooklyn. Wait, we just heard she's released a new album called Bangerz. Hold on while we check out some videos… No. No. It can't be. Forget what we said. Keep your children away from the arena. And why is that skull made out of French fries? For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Y&T at Stage 48
This metal band, renowned for its live performances, only once registered on the Billboard charts—with 1985's catchy, nonaggressive "Summertime Girls." For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Loudness at Stage 48
This is a Japanese hair metal band. Enough said. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Chick Corea at Town Hall
Jazz composer and keyboardist-pianist Chick Corea—a titan of the genre—plays a solo set. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 29th Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center
Excitement is high over a certain East Coast band, which had its first big hit in 1975 and is known to put on quite the stage show, getting long-overdue recognition from the R&R HoF. Ladies and gentlemen, Hall and Oates! Also, Kiss is on the list. So is Nirvana, almost exactly 20 years after the death of lead singer and Kiss fan Kurt Cobain (he once adorned the Melvins’ van with a hand-drawn Kiss mural). Will Gene, Paul, Ace and Peter play together in full makeup? Or at all? (Sad to say, the answer seems no.) Will anyone join Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic—Paul McCartney? Courtney Love?!—to sing “Smells Like Teen Spirit”? Cat Stevens, Linda Rondstadt, Peter Gabriel and the E Street Band help round out this year’s class. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Armin Van Buuren at Madison Square Garden
The globe-trotting international DJ superstar brings his brand of trance—and likely some kind of live show—to the Garden, much to the delight of everyone who likes beats. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Hood Internet at Brooklyn Bowl
These Chicago-based mash-up masters not only do things like combine Hall and Oates with Daft Punk to create one danceable whole—they also invented Album Tacos. For tickets to this very-late-night set, visit ticketfly.com.
Stryper at Stage 48
This Christian metal band, whose "Calling on You" and "Honestly" were MTV staples in 1986, attempts to proselytize the headbangers. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
B. B. King at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
Time marches on, and so does B. B. King, accompanied by his trusty guitar “Lucille” (his name for each Gibson that passes through his hands). As he approaches 90, the thrill is still not gone. For tickets, visit tickets.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aretha Franklin at Radio City Music Hall
Radio City hosts the Queen of Soul for two nights. 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.
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.