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.
Nada Surf. Photo: Bernie Dechant
Nada Surf at City Winery and Bowery Ballroom
The alt rockers have a new album due in March; they're sure to play numerous cuts from it alongside assorted "popular" tunes from their two decades together. For tickets for the first show—an acoustic one—visit citywinery.com; for the second night, visit ticketmaster.com.
Less Than Jake at Highline Ballroom and Gramercy Theatre
Gainesville, Florida's Less Than Jake is responsible for two of the 1990s' most beloved ska-punk albums, and the band will play both in their entirety during this two-night stand: Losing Streak (1996) on March 9 at the Highline Ballroom, followed by Hello Rockview (1998) on March 10 at the Gramercy Theatre. Lace up your vans, bust out the chain wallet and get ready to skank, kids. For tickets to the first night, visit ticketweb.com. For tickets to the second night, visit ticketmaster.com.
New Order at Radio City Music Hall
Where would we be without the chilly synthpop of dance-club favorites New Order? Probably stuck in some kind of bizarre love triangle with Poison and Lionel Richie. Get it? It's a joke about the sweep of the band's influence and the possible course of pop music if they'd never existed. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Khruangbin at Rough Trade
This trio from Texas does largely instrumental, laid-back and vaguely bluesy psychedelic tunes; their debut album, The Universe Smiles Upon You, is full of atmosphere. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
March 15, April 15, May 27 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.
Savages. Photo: Richard Dumas
Savages at Irving Plaza and Warsaw
The all-female post-punk quartet returns, no doubt with raucous renditions of songs from their new album, Adore Life. For tickets to the Irving Plaza show, visit livenation.com. For tickets to the Warsaw show, visit ticketweb.com.
March 28, April 23 and April 25
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center
To celebrate the release of The River box set (The Ties That Bind: The River Collection), Jersey’s hardest-working rockers are hitting the road. We didn’t know that people still released box sets, but we do know that seeing a Springsteen show is something akin to a religious experience. The Boss and Co. will play the double album in sequence, plus a bunch of other old favorites. Tickets are likely to sell out faster than you can say “everybody’s got a hungry heart,” but go ahead and check ticketmaster.com before StubHub.
Iron Maiden at Madison Square Garden
The heavy metal boys from East London are part of a select club of bands that released a self-titled record containing a self-titled song (we're looking at you, Bad Company, Black Sabbath, The 1975, Kool and the Gang and any others you'd like to submit). They also still feature monstrous mascot "Eddie" on their albums—including their latest, The Book of Souls. So don't run to the hills; run to get your tickets...or just click to get them online at ticketmaster.com.
Weezer at Warsaw
Veteran nerd-rockers Weezer up the dry humor with their new self-titled follow-up to the Blue, Green and Red Albums: the White Album. Where have we heard that before? This show's sold out, but you can try your luck at stubhub.com.
Frankie Cosmos at Shea Stadium
Frankie Cosmos is the alter ego of 21-year-old Greta Kline, daughter of Phoebe Cates and Kevin Kline. The bloodlines are good and the winsome singing and sharp songwriting may be better. Expect cuts from her upcoming release, Next Thing. For ticktes, visit ticketfly.com.
The Smashing Pumpkins with Liz Phair at Beacon Theatre
Macabre '90s stalwarts The Smashing Pumpkins, whose only remaining original member is Billy Corgan, play acoustic and electronic (yes, electronic, not electric) sets in continuation of last year’s "In Plainsong" tour. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Graham Parker with Brinsley Schwarz at City Winery
The career of the once self-proclaimed “best-kept secret in the West” became a cause celebre in Judd Apatow’s This Is 40. But Parker’s smart mix of pub rock, R&B and occasional reggae, with lyrics dipped in battery acid, has remained a constant. Schwarz, an original member of Parker’s backing band, the Rumour, accompanies. For tickets, visit citywinery.com.
Dwight Twilley at Berlin
A power pop songwriter of yesteryear, Twilley had one hit per decade in the 1970s (“I’m on Fire”) and ‘80s (“Girls”). He’s on an acoustic tour this year; the NYC stop takes place in Jesse Malin’s basement bar beneath East Village stalwart 2A. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
David Gilmour at Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden
The Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist has a new solo album, Rattle That Lock, and plenty of other songs in his arsenal to make you wish you were here. For Radio City tickets, visit ticketmaster.com; the MSG shows will require a site like stubhub.com.
Duran Duran. Photo: Stephanie Pistel
Duran Duran & Chic at Barclays Center
Messrs. Le Bon, Rhodes, Taylor and Taylor (that's one Taylor short, for those counting) have a thriving law firm; a new album, Paper Gods; and a backlist of hits that made them Tiger Beat regulars back in the 1980s. OK, maybe not the law firm, but we’d still put our trust in those wild boys. Chic, whose leader, Nile Rodgers, produced a number of Duran Duran’s hits and whose drummer was a member of the Power Station (along with two of those three Taylors), will ensure you freak out. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Melvins at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Webster Hall
The heaviest band in showbiz will release its eleventy-billionth full-length record in April 2016. It’s a long-simmering collaboration with Godheadsilo member Mike Kunka. Napalm Death and Melt Banana open. For MHOW tickets, visit ticketmaster.com; for Webster Hall, visit ticketweb.com.
Roy Nathanson, Marc Ribot and others at Littlefield
A passel of contemporary jazz musicians convenes to improvise versions of Billy Strayhorn’s “Nearness of You” and perform some original music as well. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
Bob Mould and Ted Leo at Webster Hall
See what these rockers, separated by a generation but united by a punk-hardcore spirit and an ability to show their sensitive sides, are up to. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Pearl Jam at Madison Square Garden
These Seattle rockers (who will always be Mookie Blaylock to us) play two nights at MSG to mark their 25th anniversary. Both nights are sold out. For tickets, try StubHub.com.
Ben Folds at Beacon Theatre
The guy who brought a gloriously snotty punk attitude to piano pop in the '90s has frequently played with orchestras in the years since; his latest album is a collaboration with yMusic, which joins him for this performance. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Gary Numan at Gramercy Theatre
Fun fact: though it has a rock sound, Gary Numan's 1979 album The Pleasure Principle (best known for the hit single "Cars") features no guitars at all. The new waver will be performing that album in its entirety on the second night of this run; the first and third shows are dedicated to early recordings Replicas and Telekon, respectively. For tickets, visit livenation.com.
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—ideal indie-rock influences from three consecutive decades. For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Governors Ball at Randall's Island Park
Kanye West, the Strokes, the Killers, Haim, Beck and Robyn—plus Big Boi and Phantogram's new collaboration Big Grams—are just a small sampling of the more than 65 acts set to overrun Randall's Island Park for one of the biggest music events of the summer. Stay hydrated and remember to reapply sunscreen, because you're in for three solid days of outdoor rock and pop. For tickets, visit eventbrite.com.
Barenaked Ladies, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Howard Jones at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
The quirky Canadian hitmakers behind "One Week" and the Big Bang Theory theme song are still at it—well, minus founding co-frontman Steven Page. If you leave after the openers, that probably means you're more into the '80s than the '90s. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
Florence and the Machine. Photo: Tom Beard
The Cure at Madison Square Garden
There may be a run on Goth makeup in the days leading to these concerts, which are part of the first big US tour in nearly a decade for Robert Smith and company. For longtime fans, it'll be something akin to heaven. At press time there are still box-office tickets for the third night; for the others, stubhub.com might be your best bet.
Demi Lovato. Photo: Yu Tsai
Sting and Peter Gabriel at Madison Square Garden
Two pop titans are hitting the road, playing their own songs and swapping a few along the way, much like Sting and Paul Simon did a couple of years back. It’s fun to imagine the juxtapositions (“Red Rain”/”Shadows in the Rain”?), what an equal trade might be (“Solsbury Hill” for “Fields of Gold”?) and what might make for an absurd duet (“Russians"? "Big Time"?) For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas at Barclays Center
Former Disney star Demi Lovato's got a big voice and a slew of energetic, radio-friendly hits. Joe Jonas, of course, has his own Disney connections and a burgeoning solo career. It's a lineup to make the Mouse House proud. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Brand New and Modest Mouse at Madison Square Garden
Brand New, who have evolved from their early-aughts emo-pop-punk beginnings into something more properly described as an "indie" or "alternative" band, co-headline an arena with Washington State's Modest Mouse, who were already college rock heroes when the guys in Brand New first picked up guitars. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Panorama at Randall's Island Park
The organizers of Coachella will launch a three-day East Coast music festival this year, set—where else?—right here in New York City. The lineup for the three-day spectacular (which takes its name from the ever-evolving model of the five boroughs located at the Queens Museum) is still TBA, but there's plenty of reason to be excited. The team behind it promises art installations, tech demonstrations, plenty of eats and, of course, superstar musical acts—Coachella's 2016 headliners, for example, include LCD Soundsystem, Calvin Harris and Guns N' Roses.
July 27 and 29
Bryan Ferry at Beacon Theatre
The former Roxy Music frontman is 70. Process that, while recognizing that he’s as suave as ever—still making dance-worthy tracks and doing cool reinterpretations of others’ tunes. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
September 19, 20, 22, 23, 25 and 26
Adele at Madison Square Garden
Hello. Rumor has it that the woman who smashed *NSync's longstanding one-week album-sales record—in the year 2015 no less—is bringing her big voice to one of the biggest rooms in music. Someone like you probably wants tickets. Get 'em at 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.