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 ticketmaster.com.
The Jayhawks at The Town Hall
The rootsy Jayhawks emerged from Minnesota in the 1980s and had some modest chart success in the '90s. They're considered one of the more influential alt-country bands of their time. A second wave of Jayhawks album reissues hit this summer with Sounds of Lies, Smile and Rainy Day Music. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
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 livenation.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
The Damned at Irving Plaza
The old-school English punkers ("Neat Neat Neat," "New Rose") return for another victory lap, featuring original members Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible. T.S.O.L.—American musicians of similar stripe and vintage—open up. For tickets, visit livenation.com.
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 ticketfly.com.
Warehouse of Horrors at a secret Brooklyn location (spooky!)
RSVP for BangOn! NYC's Halloween shindig to discover where it will take place. At press time, we can divulge that attendees will be treated to DJ sets by the likes of Twin Shadow, Zebra Katz and Purple Disco Machine. For (slightly) more info, visit bangon-nyc.com.
October 31–November 1
Cass McCombs and the Meat Puppets at Rough Trade
Alternative musicians Cass McCombs and the Meat Puppets trade off headlining duties at these two Williamsburg shows, making for a delightfully weird way to spend Halloween (or the day after). For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
O-Town at Irving Plaza
These made-for-TV pop heartthrobs (circa 2000) recently returned with Lines and Circles, their first album in a dozen years. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Mavis Staples at Alice Tully Hall
As part of the White Light Festival (which centers on the idea of "art as sanctuary"), gospel singer Mavis Staples brings her powerful voice to Lincoln Center. Her most recent album, One True Vine, includes songs penned by Jeff Tweedy (who produced) and Nick Lowe. For tickets, visit lincolncenter.org.
Chrissie Hynde at The Beacon Theatre
Stop your sobbing…Chrissie Hynde, the Pretenders' frontwoman, is touring in support of Stockholm, the first album released under her own name. It's the talk of the town. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Roy Nathanson & the Jazz Passengers with Lloyd Miller at the BRIC House Art Studio
These downtown jazz aces have loosely adapted a book, Exiles in Eden, into a musical production called Trashed Out, which focuses on foreclosure and other economic downers. For tickets, visit bricartsmedia.org.
Mark Lanegan at The Marlin Room at Webster Hall
All the hard living the onetime Screaming Trees singer has done seems distilled into his rootsy songwriting and leathery, expressive growl. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Tame Impala at The Beacon Theatre
These Australian alt-rockers—known for channeling '60s psychedelia—garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album for their most recent release, 2012's Lonerism. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
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 citywinery.com.
Caribou at Webster Hall
Caribou is the nom de electro of Canadian musician Dan Snaith, whose most recent effort, Our Love, has been widely lauded. Judge for yourself by listening to the title track, and head out to the East Village if you'd like him to bring the beats your way. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Fitz and the Tantrums at Terminal 5
The club-ready Los Angeles pop stars continue touring on the strength of 2013's More Than Just a Dream. Electronic music project Big Data—as timely a name as we've seen—opens. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
November 12 and 15
Johnny Marr at Gramercy Theatre and Music Hall of Williamsburg
Marr's pealing guitar sound is unmistakable, and he makes a convincing case for himself as a singer, too. Will seeing him solo make you forget The Smiths? Perhaps not—these things take time. The shows are sold out; visit stubhub.com for both Gramercy Theatre and MHOW tickets.
Supersuckers at The Knitting Factory
Eddie Spaghetti's rock machine continues its quest for worldwide dominance—or at least it sounds that way, based on the title track of the band's latest, Get the Hell. Rock on. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
David Grisman & Del McCoury at City Winery
Two old bluegrass hands who have known each other for 50 years will strum and pick their way through traditional tunes and original compositions. For tickets, visit citywinery.com.
The Dream Syndicate at Rough Trade
Joining the reunion train (minus a few founding members): Steve Wynn's merry band of LA alt-rockers, known for The Days of Wine and Roses, Medicine Show and other contributions to the canon of American weirdness. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
November 15 and 17
Ryan Adams at Carnegie Hall
Ryan Adams leaves his Cardinals behind and returns to Carnegie Hall for a solo acoustic doubleheader in support of his new self-titled album. For tickets, visit carnegiehall.org.
Milton Nascimento at The Town Hall
Brazilian crooner Milton Nascimento has been recording since the late 1960s, though it wasn't until David Byrne's 1989 Beleza Tropical compilation that he came to widespread attention in the States. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Jonathan Richman at The Bell House
Richman started off with the proto-punk stylings of the Modern Lovers ("Roadrunner" still sounds fresh and ahead of its time 40-something years later) and has accumulated quite the cult following over the course of a puckish solo career. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
Thee Oh Sees at Warsaw
John Dwyer continues to spread the very loud, very energetic gospel of West Coast psychedelia. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
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 ticketfly.com.
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.
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 ticketmaster.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elton John. Photo: Joseph Guay
June 10, 2015
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.