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.
Behind the Red Door at The Red Door
Artists whose songs appear on From The Rabbit Hole, a two-vinyl compilation of up-and-coming New York City bands, perform live at The Red Door. In its 35 years, acts like Bad Brains, Nico and The Walkmen have rehearsed, performed and—in some cases—even lived at this venue, which is closing for good after one last bash. For more info, visit bighousepresents.com.
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 ticketfly.com.
DIIV at Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn's own DIIV—a leading producer of dreamy, hooky, echoey indie rock—headlines one of the borough's coolest new concert venues. While you're there, you can buy food, clothes, accessories and records from local vendors, take a gander at art and play table tennis. This show's ticketed, but most nights at the Night Bazaar are free—so be sure to come back if you have a good time. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com. Hear the band's set at a previous CMJ festival on YouTube.
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 stubhub.com for tickets.
Boz Scaggs at St. George Theatre
A childhood friend and bandmate of hit maker Steve Miller, Scaggs married his bluesy roots to a pop-rock sound to score '70s hits like "Lowdown" and "Lido Shuffle." This tour supports his 2013 album of soul covers, Memphis. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Ryn Weaver, Circa Waves and Public Access TV at Bowery Ballroom
Wait long enough, and every old pop culture trend will come back around. How else to explain that New York City's Public Access TV, who at times sound like the second coming of the Knack, are being heralded by some in the music press as the next big thing? Not that we're complaining; we love the Knack. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com. Hear the band on Soundcloud.
October 22, 24 and 25
The Wytches at Glasslands, Knitting Factory, Pianos and Rough Trade
With Halloween approaching, it comes as no surprise that witches will be everywhere around town. Come to think of it, so will the Wytches. This brooding power trio does dark, noisy riffing that reminds some of Nirvana; their debut album, Annabel Dream Reader, dropped in August. The first show, at Glasslands (October 22), also features Public Access TV—visit ticketfly.com for tickets. The Knitting Factory gig, on October 24, is free with RSVP. The October 25 Rough Trade appearance is part of the Austin Psych Fest; earlier that day they'll be at Pianos.
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 theiridium.com.
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 ticketmaster.com.
Haunting Renditions Live with Eliot Glazer at Union Hall
Comedian Eliot Glazer has written for and appeared on television shows like Broad City and Billy on the Street. His web series Haunting Renditions, in the Richard Cheese tradition, features overdramatic, ironic, lounge-music-type send-ups of pop hits—complete with commentary. Check out his version of Katy Perry's "California Gurls" for an example. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
The Kills, Moon Duo, Nuns and Slothrust at Bowery Ballroom
The sometimes-bluesy sound of the Kills' lo-fi rock makes the White Stripes an easy comparison (female vocalist excepted), so it's fitting that lead singer Alison Mossheart was part of Jack White's Dead Weather. This show is sold out, but you can try your luck with a CMJ badge or check stubhub.com. Listen to the Kills at their official website.
Mac McCaughan at HiFi Bar
The Superchunk singer and Merge Records founder does an East Village solo show. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
Joshua Light Show at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
Three evenings of events will turn up some big names: indie-rock duo Wye Oak, New York City punk legends Television (minus Richard Lloyd, but his fill-in seems quite capable) and, as a capper, J. Spaceman and Kid Millions—aka the latest incarnation of Spiritualized. Prepare for lots of swirling guitars. For tickets, visit nyuskirball.org.
First Aid Kit. Photo: Neil Krug
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 ticketmaster.com.
A Great Night in Harlem at the Apollo Theater
This year’s benefit concert, on behalf of the Jazz Foundation, honors piano innovator Herbie Hancock. Among those scheduled to perform or appear: Jimmy Heath, Questlove, Quincy Jones, Bruce Willis, Chaka Khan and, of course, Hancock himself, who will lead a tribute to nearly century-old trumpeter Clark Terry. For tickets, visit jazzfoundation.org.
Soul Clap at Brooklyn Bowl
DJ Jonathan Toubin spins his soul 45s at this long-running weekly dance party. The evening includes a dance contest for a $100 purse, judged by music-world celebrities from bands like MGMT, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Afghan Whigs. This week's iteration is part of the CMJ Music Marathon. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
Streetlight Manifesto at Best Buy Theater
New Jersey–based ska punks Streetlight Manifesto bring an Eastern European–sounding flair to the genre. They play at a blistering pace, and often in a minor key. For tickets, visit axs.com.
Trouble in Mind Showcase at Rough Trade
Chicago-based label Trouble in Mind puts on a matinee featuring songwriter Doug Tuttle, garage rockers Negative Scanner and psychedelic-rock acts The Paperhead and Ultimate Painting. The show is free; for more info, visit roughtradenyc.com.
The Third Annual Brooklyn Bluegrass Bash at The Bell House
The biggest names at this jamboree are multi-instrumentalist David Bromberg and banjo player Tony Trischka, but plenty other talented folks will take the stage: flatpickers, fiddlers, mandolinists, Peter Sarsgaard from The Killing. OK, he's just there to emcee. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
Weezer at Bowery Ballroom
The kings of nerd rock perform their new album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End, from front to back in an intimate setting. But they've got to play "Buddy Holly" in the encore, right? It's sold out, but you could always try stubhub.com.
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 citywinery.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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Tickets are hard to come by; visit livenation.com for Gramercy Theatre and stubhub.com for MHOW.
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.
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.
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.
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. The November release of The Basement Tapes Complete could change things. For tickets, visit stubhub.com (a few tickets remain via ticketmaster.com for the recently added December 3 show).
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.
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
Elton John at Barclays Center
Goodbye yellow brick road, and 2014. 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.