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.
P!nk. Photo: Andrew Macpherson
A$AP Rocky (playing at The Other Ball). Photo: Phil Kno
The Other Ball at Highline Ballroom
This concert brings together musicians including the Black Keys, A$AP Rocky, Lykke Li and Miguel in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the charity Arms Around the Child. Tickets start at $2,000. For tickets, visit eventbrite.com.
Andrea Bocelli. Photo: Giovanni de Sandre
Andrea Bocelli at Barclays Center
Andrea Bocelli is one of the most famous singers on the planet (if you're not a fan, chances are your mother is). The tenor's most recent album is entitled Passione. Several special guests will join Bocelli on stage, among them vocalist Heather Headley and the New York City Festival Orchestra. For more info, visit barclayscenter.com.
Mikal Cronin at Webster Hall
The messy-haired singer-songwriter takes a break from his gig with Ty Segall to play a solo set. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Marshall Tucker Band at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
The influential southern rock band, which reached the height of its popularity in the '70s with albums like Searchin' for a Rainbow and Carolina Dreams, still tours, though only vocalist Doug Gray remains from the original lineup. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
MGMT at Barclays Center
Psychedelic synth-pop buzz band MGMT are now full-fledged stars, as evidenced by this date at Brooklyn's NBA arena. Dinosaur Jr. opens. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Yo La Tengo at The Bell House
It's not during Hanukkah (that came early this year) and it's not at Maxwell's (which has shut its doors), but Yo La Tengo is still doing its local run of December shows. For tickets, visit thebellhouseny.com.
JD Samson & Men at Rough Trade
This surprisingly listenable project from Le Tigre's JD Samson has been gathering steam for while now. Expect tracks from their second full-length recording, Labor. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Diarrhea Planet and Speedy Ortiz at Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Nashville's Diarrhea Planet play loud, unabashedly trashy rock 'n' roll—the sort we thought time forgot. (We're very happy that it turns out time remembered.) Speedy Ortiz, from Northampton, Massachusetts, is fronted by a lady named Sadie Dupuis, who is no stranger to the tenets of loud rock 'n' roll herself. Highly recommended. For more info, visit bkbazaar.com.
Queens of the Stone Age at Barclays Center
Josh Homme and crew play—to paraphrase Peaches—a big, gigantic rock show. Expect to hear plenty of material off their sixth full-length, ...Like Clockwork. If you're only going to see one trashy, proggy, sci-fi-influenced, loud guitar performance this year, this ought to be it. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Valerie Simpson at Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Queens College
Valerie Simpson, half of the Ashford and Simpson duo that penned such hits as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"—and performed their own songs, including "Solid (As a Rock)"—puts on a show in Queens. For tickets, visit kupferbergpresents.org.
John Mayer at Barclays Center
The current Mr. Katy Perry, whose dating rap sheet is almost as long as his hit-singles list, entertains Brooklyn audiences with his catalog of sensitive music. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Saves The Day at Bowery Ballroom
The New Jersey emo legends play a full-band acoustic set. Their new self-titled album may be a pleasant surprise for those who enjoyed the likes of Stay What You Are back in the early aughts. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Breeders. Photo: Kevin Westenberg
Beyoncé. Photo: Yosra El-Essawy
December 19 and 22
Beyoncé at Barclays Center
The pop-culture icon makes another stop in Brooklyn on "The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour." The arena show is sure to be full of glitzy costumes and loyal fans belting out the lyrics to "Single Ladies" (and maybe, just maybe, trying to imitate that famous dance). For more info, visit barclayscenter.com.
Buster Poindexter at Highline Ballroom
This show ought to be hot, hot, hot. For tickets, visit highlineballroom.com.
The Front Bottoms at Bowery Ballroom and Shea Stadium
New Jersey's The Front Bottoms play folk-punk tracks packed with verbose lyrics that are just the right combination of off-kilter and relatable ("I can't get past you/you are the cops/you are my student loans") to get rooms full of teenagers screaming every word. For tickets to the Bowery Ballroom show, visit ticketmaster.com. For more information on the Shea Stadium show (at the small Brooklyn club, not the late Queens baseball stadium), visit brooklynvegan.com.
Phish at Madison Square Garden
The undisputed king of American jam bands returns to MSG for a series of shows, culminating in Phish's 30th appearance at the Garden—timed to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary. Unsurprisingly, the entire run is sold out, so check StubHub if you want to ring in the New Year with songs from the band's forthcoming album, Wingsuit.
Patti Smith at Terminal 5
Godmother of punk, award-winning author and longtime New Yorker Patti Smith plays Midtown's cavernous Terminal 5. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Punch Brothers at Bowery Ballroom
"Progressive bluegrass" group Punch Brothers can be downright mesmerizing when performing live. For a particularly enjoyable example, see their cover of The Cars' "Just What I Needed." This three-night run ends with a New Year's Eve show. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Gogol Bordello at Terminal 5
If your New Year's resolution is to start wearing purple, you might want to count down to 2014 with this raucous group of immigrant punks. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Andrew W. K. Photo: Ashley Eberbach
Andrew W.K. at Irving Plaza
This is Andrew W.K. in New York City on New Year's Eve. Take stock and ask yourself if you're truly ready to party. If not, stay home. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Billy Joel and Ben Folds Five at Barclays Center
Go downtown [Brooklyn] ridin' in your limousine and your fine Flatbush Avenue clothes to the New Year's Eve event for anyone who's enjoyed piano-based rock music in the past four decades. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Shabazz Palaces at Rough Trade
Brooklyn's newest and most famous record store closes out the year with a show from Seattle hip-hop troupe Shabazz Palaces, who rose to underground acclaim with their Sub Pop LP Black Up. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
January 6–7, 9–10
Neil Young at Carnegie Hall
The pride of Canada plays this high-profile stint in Midtown. If you needed a reason to look forward to 2014, here you go. For more info, visit carnegiehall.org.
Jay Z at Barclays Center
He may no longer be a part-owner of the Nets or their arena, but we get the feeling Brooklyn's own Jay Z is going to feel right at home on the Barclays Center stage all the same. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
January 23–25, 27–28
Neutral Milk Hotel at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House and Webster Hall
Jeff Mangum's massively influential indie rock band (if you haven't heard of them, your favorite musicians probably have) has reunited. For tickets to the shows at BAM, visit bam.org. For tickets to the shows at Webster Hall, visit ticketmaster.com. Really, though, your best bet is probably StubHub.
Masters of Ceremony at Radio City Music Hall
Do you like hip-hop? No, we're not trying to sell you our mixtape—but you might want to check out this show, whose old-school lineup is as follows: Masters of Ceremony, DMX, EPMD, Rakim, Naughty by Nature, Brand Nubian, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Biz Markie and Black Sheep. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
January 25 and September 12
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.
January 27, February 3, March 21, April 18, May 9, June 21, July 2 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.
Keith Urban at Madison Square Garden
Keith Urban is set to “Light the Fuse” in NYC in January, visiting with Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch. In addition to songs from his latest album, he promises the set will include some new songs that he’s never performed live. For more info, visit thegarden.com.
World/Inferno Friendship Society at Bowery Ballroom
These energetic Brooklynites play rock music infused with ska, folk, klezmer and cabaret, using a menagerie of keys, horns and strings along with guitars, drums and bass. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.