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.
September 15 and October 15
Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra at Joe's Pub
This wry lounge singer and his jazzy backup band have held court in Joe’s Pub once a month for much of the year. They've got a new Kickstarter-funded album (Raw Milk) and smart, catchy tunes by the fistful. For tickets, visit publictheater.org.
September 25, October 21, November 19, December 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.
Lee Ritenour at Blue Note
This accomplished jazz guitarist has lent his talents to artists like Carly Simon, Steely Dan and the Bee Gees, in addition to producing plenty of solo output. For tickets, visit bluenote.net.
Steely Dan at The Beacon Theatre
Jazz-rockers Steely Dan (Walter Becker and Donald Fagen) have sold 40 million records thanks to hits like "Peg," "Deacon Blues" and "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," and one might say they're reeling in the years with this eight-night residency at The Beacon Theatre. The band promises a different complete album and/or greatest hits selection each night. For more info—including updates on ticket availability and specifics on each set—visit beacontheatre.com.
Ricky Martin at Madison Square Garden
Prepare yourself for a night of Latin-pop music and bon-bon shaking from the man who brought you “Livin’ La Vida Loca.” For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Luna at Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg
Apparently, absence does make the heart grow fonder. After a 10-year hiatus, these low-key rockers have sold out three nights of shows. For tickets, check stubhub.com.
Yo La Tengo and Nick Lowe at Kings Theatre
Long-running Jersey indie heroes Yo La Tengo visit Brooklyn for an acoustic show, bringing along a member from their early years (Dave Schramm) and an old hand from the pubs of England (Nick Lowe). For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Nate Ruess at Prospect Park Bandshell
The post-race Brooklyn Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon concert is free, even for those of us not up to a 13.1-mile run. In his solo sets, Ruess has supplemented songs from Grand Romantic with Fun hits and, to our happy surprise, even a selection or two from his days in The Format. For more info, visit runrocknroll.com.
BRIC JazzFest at BRIC House
A collaboration between bassist Ron Carter and poet Danny Simmons is among the highlights of this six-day jazz festival in Brooklyn. For tickets and more info, visit bricartsmedia.org.
CMJ Music Marathon at various locations
Well over 1,000 bands take over New York City's rock clubs during this massive annual celebration of indie music. Also on tap: the usual assortment of seminars, parties, meet and greets, and panels. The event is famously cutting-edge, having showcased U2, Lady Gaga and R.E.M. before they were stars. This year's lineup includes Neon Indian, Eternal Summers, Frankie Cosmos, Mercury Rev and Motion City Soundtrack. For tickets and more info, visit cmj.com.
October 13, 15 and 16
Frankie Cosmos at Baby’s All Right, Knitting Factory and The Wick
Frankie Cosmos is the alter ego of 20-year-old Greta Kline, aka the daughter of Phoebe Cates and Kevin Kline. The bloodlines are good; the winsome swinging and sharp songwriting better. For tickets to the first show, visit ticketfly.com; for the second, visit ticketweb.com. You can attend the final night at the Wick with no more than an RSVP.
Panda Bear at Bowery Ballroom
Animal Collective's Noah Lennox puts out his creative solo work under the name Panda Bear. His grab bag of influences adds up to a pleasing sound. There are different openers every night, so check boweryballroom.com for details. The shows are sold out, so your best bet might be StubHub.
Tobias Jesso Jr. at Music Hall of Williamsburg
This tousled piano man (a recent convert from bass playing) writes slow, soulful songs that echo early '70s singer-songwriters like Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman. His voice may not quite match the former's or his lyrics the latter’s, but his direct honesty and elegant craftsmanship provide a welcome counterpoint to today's pop music. The shows are sold out; for tickets, try stubhub.com.
Neon Indian, Tamaryn and Hannah Cohen at Webster Hall
Headliner Neon Indian is a young Texan who cranks out chillwave and electronica. He's also collaborated with the Flaming Lips. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
The Front Bottoms at Irving Plaza
New Jersey's Front Bottoms seem to draw a bigger crowd every time they come to town. The recent Fueled by Ramen signees now headline back-to-back nights at Irving Plaza, bringing old folk-pop-punk favorites and some cuts from their brand-new third album—which, in keeping with their rising fame, is more restrained and features more studio gloss than the old stuff. For tickets, visit livenation.com.
Bettye LaVette at City Winery
This soul singer had been active for decades and was eligible for AARP membership when she finally began to receive her due on the heels of 2005 album I've Got My Own Hell to Raise. She’s perfected the art of putting a signature stamp on other artists' songs, whether that’s a slow burn of The Pogues' "Dirty Old Town" or a funked-up run-through of "The Word," by The Beatles. Here’s a sample. For tickets, visit citywinery.com.
October 14, 16 and 17
Eternal Summers at The Rock Shop, Knitting Factory and
This trio from Roanoke, Virginia, puts out dreamy, propulsive rock that might find you bobbing your head and/or gazing at shoes. The band's latest, the catchy, concise Gold and Stone, hit in June. Get tickets for the first, second or third nights.
Mercury Rev at (Le) Poisson Rouge
These beloved psych rockers have been around the track a few times, but their new release, The Light in You, shows there is still plenty left in the tank. For tickets, visit lepoissonrouge.com.
Titus Andronicus and Ex Hex at Warsaw
Titus Andronicus just dropped an epic rock opera, The Most Lamentable Tragedy, which adds a whole lot of tuneful power pop to the Jersey band’s punk arsenal. They’ll find fitting partners on the bill in DC trio Ex Hex. The show’s sold out, but you can always try stubhub.com.
Exploding in Sounds Records Official CMJ Showcase at Palisades
Out of the big lineup for this show, we're most excited about Palm—an upstate New York band that pumps out noise-rock/post-punk sounding songs somewhere between Battles and the Dismemberment Plan (maybe with Dirty Projectors thrown in). Lvl Up, meanwhile, is low on both vowels and something called "fi." We like 'em. For more info, visit palisadesbk.com.
Shannon and the Clams with Sheer Mag at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Punk meets classic rock (and a ton of distortion) when Philadelphia's Sheer Mag takes the stage. Imagine the Nerves, but faster and louder with a female vocalist. The headliners, Shannon and the Clams, hail from Oakland and play an eclectic brand of garage punk. Tickets are sold out, but you can try stubhub.com.
Le1f at Cameo Gallery
Le1f laid down the beats for Das Racist’s “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell”, which would be plenty to recommend him (says this reviewer), but subsequent mix tapes plus a solo album, Riot Boi, out this fall, have brought his own considerable quick-strike rap skills to the fore. Empress Of and Porches are also on this collaborative showcase. It’s free with a CMJ badge or an RSVP.
The Wonder Years and Motion City Soundtrack at Webster Hall
The highlight of this pop-punkish co-headlining bill is the Minneapolis-based Motion City Soundtrack. The scene veterans' new album, Panic Stations, is more of the synth-heavy, polished stuff that made them famous in the first place. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Blue Öyster Cult at St. George Theatre
BÖC has been setting cities on flame with rock ’n’ roll for 45 years; forewarned is forearmed. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Leon Bridges at Apollo Theater
Having drawn comparisons to Sam Cooke (an admitted influence), Otis Redding and other R&B greats, Bridges sounds like he stepped right out of the 1960s. His deeply soulful singing and sharp songwriting belie his relative youth. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Joe Jackson at The Town Hall
The genre-jumping Jackson—still best known for his very first single, "Is She Really Going Out With Him"—keeps a relatively low profile these days, living in Berlin and putting out a new studio recording every three or four years. Fast Forward is his latest. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Powerhouse at Barclays Center
Kendrick Lamar, Fetty Wap, Big Sean, frequent Drake collaborator Future and current Drake nemesis Meek Mill are among the headliners at 2015's installment of this Power 105.1–sponsored concert. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Garbage at Kings Theatre
For those who love the '90s, Garbage may always be the band that brought us "Stupid Girl" and "Only Happy When It Rains"—but they've continued cranking out new material since then. Shirley Manson and company released their latest LP, Not Your Kind of People, in 2012, after about seven years off. It debuted as America's number-one alternative album. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue at the Apollo Theater
Singer-songwriter Musgraves struck gold a few years back with the wry, thoughtful "Merry Go 'Round" and its follow-up, the free-to-be-you-and-me hit "Follow Your Arrow. " Her new album, Pageant Material, came out this summer. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Who at Barclays Center, Forest Hills Stadium and Madison Square Garden
Remember The Who's farewell tour in 1982? The reunion in 1989? 1996? The last shows with John Entwistle before his death in 2002, and the ones right after? Well, this current run, a continuation of their 50-year-anniversary circuit begun in 2013, is absolutely, positively it. We're torn between saying "long live rock" and "won’t get fooled again." For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com and ticketfly.com.
The Darkness at Irving Plaza
Believe in a thing called love? If you're planning to see these melodic hard-rockers, you probably do. For tickets, visit livenation.com.
Big Freedia at Irving Plaza
Y'all get back now. This New Orleans–based artist's "bounce" music is captivating and, when coupled with one of his arguably NSFW videos, delightfully surreal.
For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
I Want My ’80s Concert at The Theater at Madison Square Garden
Want to know what love is? Wanna rock? Want a real-life MTV VJ welcoming your favorite 1980s video artists on stage? Martha Quinn hosts the festivities; Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Debbie Gibson, Howard Jones and other '80s pop wonders play the hits. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Shakey Graves and Those Darlins at Terminal 5
Settle in for some roots rock, courtesy of a Texas multi-instrumentalist and a raucous trio from Nashville. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The King Khan & BBQ Show at Knitting Factory
This Canadian duo runs on a garage-rock-meets-surf-punk vibe, while wearing absurd (and sort of…unsettling?) costumes and singing catchy songs titled "Kiss My Sister’s Fist" and "We Are the Champion." What’s not to like? For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) at Highline Ballroom
PFM was the first Italian rock band to achieve success abroad, touring and charting in the United Kingdom and United States. At their peak, from 1973 to 1977, PFM released five albums of their Italian-accented progressive rock with English lyrics—some by King Crimson lyricist Pete Sinfield. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Garden
Andrea Bocelli is one of the most famous singers on the planet (if you're not a fan, chances are your mother is). Bring tissues; his high notes might make you shed a tear. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Sleater-Kinney at various locations
After roughly eight years of solo projects, supergroups and TV roles, the various members of Sleater-Kinney reunited for a new album, No Cities to Love, and a few more laps on the touring circuit. They’ll play five shows in five NYC locations; we’re grateful for each and every one. Some nights have sold out; check sleater-kinney.com and stubhub.com for availability.
Jimmy Buffett at Barclays Center
Let's face it: spending New Year’s in NYC is a far cry from living on sponge cake and searching for lost salt shakers in Margaritaville (though you may find a cheeseburger in paradise /slideshows/must-try-burgers). The next best thing might be enjoying a Parrothead sing-along about it all. For ticket info, when it becomes available, visit barclayscenter.com.
Black Sabbath at Madison Square Garden
Ozzy, Geezer and company bring the heavy to MSG on their "final" tour. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Reverend Vince Anderson and the Love Choir at Union Pool
The band, which defines its style as “dirty gospel,” busts out trumpets, guitars and a keyboard every week for lively performances in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. An actual ordained reverend, Anderson studied to be a Methodist minister in the ’90s—but dropped out to pursue music full time. For more info, visit union-pool.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.