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.
November 22 and 24
The Wytches at Baby's All Right and Mercury Lounge
This brooding power trio does dark, noisy riffing that reminds some of Nirvana; their debut album, Annabel Dream Reader, dropped in August. For tickets to Baby's All Right, visit ticketfly.com; for Mercury Lounge, visit ticketmaster.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
November 25–26 and December 2
Blonde Redhead at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg
These experimental rockers released a new album, Barragán, in September. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Living Colour at Irving Plaza
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, recording a new album and playing a handful of shows in the Northeast. For tickets, visit livenation.com.
DFA 1979 at Terminal 5
The Canadian dance-punk duo, now reunited, tour behind the recent release of their sophomore effort, The Physical World. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Photo: David Gehr/Sony BMG Music Group
November 28–29 and December 1–3
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. With November release of The Basement Tapes Complete, things could change. For tickets, visit stubhub.com.
Tony Bennett at the St. George Theatre
Bennett has been entertaining crowds with his distinctive singing voice for more than 60 years, and he’s not slowing down—even at age 88. His most recent album, Cheek to Cheek, has him performing a series of duets with none other than Lady Gaga. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Gwar at Irving Plaza
This horror-metal troupe—which has been around for a staggering three decades—brings its circus-style antics to genteel Gramercy Park. For tickets, visit livenation.com.
Saves the Day and Say Anything at Irving Plaza
Emo-pop stalwarts play popular albums (Through Being Cool and …Is a Real Boy, respectively) in their entirety. Maybe you'll even hear a song or two from the singers' collaborative side project, Two Tongues. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Pizza Underground and Har Mar Superstar at Bowery Ballroom
In postmodernism's ultimate triumph, the star of Home Alone is headlining a major NYC concert venue as the frontman of a band that changes Velvet Underground lyrics to be about pizza. Sure, why not? For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Yo La Tengo at The Town Hall
These patron saints of indie rock are celebrating 30 years of band history, and some old friends are showing up to help: fellow trio Antietam (also formed in 1984) the first night and fellow New Jerseyans the Feelies the next. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Daptone Super Soul Revue at the Apollo Theater
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings are known for their funky live performances and a label, Daptone Records, formed by two of their musicians. They headline three nights of shows featuring a number of soul acts who record on said label. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays at The Beacon Theatre
The colorful 1980s pop star gets together with guests like 50 Cent, Rob Thomas, Patty Griffin, Salt-N-Pepa, Emily West, Sufjan Stevens, Perez Hilton, Rosie O’Donnell and Laverne Cox to raise money intended to combat LGBT youth homelessness—a cause that's long been close to her heart. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Dan Finnerty and the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub
Expect some suggestive holiday cheer from the man who brought you the inappropriate covers in the Old School and Hangover wedding scenes. For tickets, visit publictheater.org.
Parquet Courts at Webster Hall
These Texas transplants, now based in Brooklyn, have a bit of a Feelies vibe with a little Pavement and Hold Steady thrown in—in other words, the ideal indie-rock representatives from three consecutive decades. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Yob at Saint Vitus
Hailing from Eugene, Oregon, these deliverers of doom metal create long (as in often nearing or surpassing the 20-minute mark), deliberate tracks of heaviosity. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
The Return of the Aimee Mann Christmas Show at The Town Hall
Mann will bring her holiday cheer, wry humor, a grab bag of holiday songs and Ted Leo (along with Bangle Susanna Hoffs and other guests) to the Town Hall for a seasonal variety show. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
December 14 and 20
Nick Lowe’s Quality Holiday Revue at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg
"Basher," as Lowe was once known, bashed out a Christmas album in 2013 (soon, there will be fewer artists who haven't made a holiday album than those who have). Expect some tunes from that, some chestnuts like "Cruel to Be Kind" and "(What's So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding," and rollicking backup by Los Straitjackets. Ticketmaster.com has tickets for the Bowery and MHOW shows.
Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Garden
Your parents' favorite tenor brings his pipes to MSG to celebrate the holiday season. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Rufus and Martha Wainwright's Noel Nights at The Town Hall
The special guests—Emmylou Harris, Cibo Matto, Loudon Wainwright (the dad), unspecified others—provide as compelling a draw as do the siblings who headline this Christmastime family tradition. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Soulside at Saint Vitus
These recently reunited '80s post-hardcore vets (three of whom went on to move to New York City, get all sexy-sleazy and found Girls Against Boys) play two sold-out shows at Saint Vitus. For those who'd like to rock, we direct your attention to stubhub.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
Bob Seger and the J. Geils Band at Madison Square Garden
Seger's "Fire Down Below" references the streets of Boston; J. Geils Band recorded a song called "Detroit Breakdown." So they know each other's territory. They're linked in other ways, too: as hard-working live acts who produced loads of hits in the 1970s and '80s. If you can't remember every word, don't worry; rock 'n' roll never forgets. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
RL Grime at Terminal 5
Electronic wunderkind—and pride of Los Angeles—RL Grime (aka Harry Steinway) brings danceable energy to the Midtown West superclub. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Run DMC and LL Cool J at Barclays Center
For Christmas in Brooklyn—though we're sure Hollis will still get its due—these old-school rappers will have their beats, rhymes and initials in (mistle) tow. Bells will be rocked; Adidas will do the illest things; a merry time will be had by all. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Front Bottoms, Kevin Devine, So So Glos, Chris Gethard and Many More at Webster Hall
The so-called Champagne Jam is a very large holiday concert headlined by the Front Bottoms, a New Jersey band whose dancey folk-punk with quirky-yet-relatable lyrics has quickly amassed a zealous fan base. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Tyler, the Creator at Terminal 5
The rapper and leader of LA's Odd Future collective continues to tour on the strength of his second solo album, Wolf. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Willie Nile at Highline Ballroom
Buffalo-born, NYC-bred singer-songwriter Willie Nile has spent the last decade producing some of the most compelling music of his 35-year career. His latest, American Ride, dropped in June 2013. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Fishbone at The Gramercy Theatre
These ska-punk, funk and rock legends are known for toe-tapping fare like "Ma and Pa" and a truly bombastic live show (look out—the singer might stage dive straight at you). Put on your dancin' shoes. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Television at Irving Plaza
Headed by Tom Verlaine (his onetime foil, Richard Lloyd, is no longer with the group, but Lloyd’s fill-in seems quite capable), the seminal punk band may try to see just how long a version of "Marquee Moon" it can play before the song wears out its welcome. The answer is: it never does. For tickets, visit livenation.com.
Patti Smith at Webster Hall
The living legend—singer-songwriter, poet, artist, memoirist, the list goes on—plays her usual holiday shows at this East Village concert hall. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
December 29–30 and January 1–4
The Temptations and the Four Tops at the Palace Theatre
“Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.” “Reach Out I’ll Be There.” “Bernadette.” The Temptations and the Four Tops are responsible for some of the 20th century's most memorable melodies. Though only one original member survives in each band, the songs live on. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Erasure. Photo: Joe Dilworth
Erasure at Terminal 5
This synth-pop duo is still going strong after three decades of cranking out dance-floor earworms. So please, a little respect. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
December 30 and January 2
Detroit Cobras at Bowery Electric and Baby's All Right
The fast-and-furious garage-rockin' cover band gets loud in Brooklyn and Manhattan at these two area shows. Consider these sets a fine and noisy way to finish your 2014—or start '15. For tickets to the Bowery Electric show, visit ticketweb.com; for tickets to the Baby's All Right show, visit ticketfly.com.
Elton John. Photo: Joseph Guay
Elton John at Barclays Center
Goodbye yellow brick road, and 2014. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
RJD2 at Brooklyn Bowl
The wildly inventive DJ-producer brings his special brand of party funk to the only Williamsburg party palace that's also a bowling alley. The show is sold out—naturally—but limited tickets will be available at the door. For more info, visit brooklynbowl.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 bkbazaar.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.