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.
Prefer your live music free? Click the image below for a rundown of no-cost concerts taking place this summer in New York City.
March 29, April 26 and May 31
They Might Be Giants at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn's own beloved nerd-rock outfit has plans for a big 2015, with new "Dial-A-Song" recordings every week and live shows in their home borough every month. Check musichallofwilliamsburg.com for details on the shows, some of which will feature full-album sets. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
April 3, May 28, June 20 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.
April 20–21 and 23–24
John Mellencamp at Carnegie Hall and Apollo Theater
His latest release, the largely acoustic Plain Spoken, has drawn raves, but we suspect that most folks will be happy enough just to hear him fight authority and sing a little ditty about two American kids from the heartland. For tickets, visit carnegiehall.org and ticketmaster.com.
Delicate Steve at Brooklyn Bowl
Guitarist Steve Marion is the "delicate" one in this band, whose strictly instrumental sound has been described as mixing elements of progressive rock, folksy twang, surf rock and 1970s pop. The outfit released a digital EP entitled Multiple Moods Sampler this past September. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
April 23 and June 12
Ex Hex at (Le) Poisson Rouge and Music Hall of Williamsburg
This all-girl DC punk trio turns out tight, tuneful slices of rock. For tickets to the Le Poisson Rouge show, visit ticketprophet.com.
The Waterboys at Irving Plaza
The Waterboys, aka singer-songwriter-guitarist Mike Scott and a revolving band of other musicians, have been making music for 30 years—time enough to see the whole of the moon and then some. For tickets, visit livenation.com.
Mobb Deep at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Queens hip-hop duo Mobb Deep—known for tracks like "Shook Ones" and "Quiet Storm"—celebrate 20 years since the release of their harrowing debut, The Infamous. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Sixx:A.M. and Apocalyptica at Best Buy Theater
Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx's side project provided the soundtrack to his 2007 autobiography, The Heroin Diaries. Naturally, the book is in development to become a Broadway show. Opening act Apocalyptica is a Finnish string quartet known for classical covers of metal songs. For tickets, visit axs.com.
Stone Temple Pilots at Irving Plaza
STP was one of the most commercially successful grunge rock bands of the 1990s, selling nearly 40 million records worldwide. They're sort of still around—but these days instead of Scott Weiland, Chester Bennington from Linkin Park is their lead singer. For tickets, visit livenation.com.
AlunaGeorge at Rough Trade
AlunaGeorge hails from London, but the EDM duo's sound—with Aluna Francis' airy, high-pitch vocals and George Reid's songwriting and production—should nevertheless find a warm welcome in Williamsburg. The show is sold out, but you can try to find tickets on stubhub.com.
Life of Agony at The Wick
This long-running Brooklyn alt-metal band returned to the stage in 2014 for the first time since their lead singer, Mina Caputo, came out as transgender a few years earlier. The show is sold out, but you can look for tickets on stubhub.com.
Natalie Prass at Bowery Ballroom
This Nashville-based singer-songwriter recently released her first (self-titled) album. Her songs combine a folky feel with heavy instrumentation. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Todd Rundgren at Highline Ballroom
Hello, it’s Todd. He’s thought about it for a long, long time…and decided he doesn’t want to work. He just wants to bang on the drum. All day. Care to join him? For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Ministry at Irving Plaza
Get your industrial fix with one of the giants of the genre. With all the band’s been through in recent years, you never know when your next chance might come. For tickets, visit livenation.com.
Slash at Terminal 5
Aided by vocalist Miles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) and backing band the Conspirators, Slash is not quite as solo you might think. Expect a top hat, sunglasses and a generous helping of classic Guns N' Roses tunes. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Passion Pit at Kings Theatre
You've likely heard this synth-pop band's hits—like "Take a Walk" and "Little Secrets"—on Gossip Girl, in a Rhapsody commercial or on Saturday Night Live. Until tonight, though, you've never heard them at Brooklyn's stately movie palace turned concert venue. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Queens New Music Festival at Church-in-the-Gardens and The Secret Theatre
The kickoff concert to this big music festival will be held at Church-in-the-Gardens on May 13, while the remaining performances will be at The Secret Theatre. The Lost Dog New Music Ensemble will headline, performing pieces from Alaskan Pulitzer Prize–winning composer John Luther Adams. Most of the participating composers, musicians and ensembles live and work in Queens, with others hailing from around New York City and other parts of the country. For tickets, visit queensnewmusicfestival.org.
Kool & the Gang at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
You know what night it is (ladies', of course). You know what time it is (it's time to come together, naturally). And you know how hot it is (come on now—it's too hot!). Don't let said knowledge go to waste. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Tanlines at Bowery Ballroom
The Brooklyn-based electro-pop duo fords the East River for an evening of '80s-inspired fun. They're touring to promote their second album, Highlights, which arrives on iTunes on May 19. The show's sold out, so your best bet for tickets is to check stubhub.com.
Lightning Bolt at The Wick and (Le) Poisson Rouge
Hard to believe, but this artsy, experimental duo is more than 20 years old. (Like sands through the hourglass, so goes the noise rock of our lives.) The two Brians (Chippendale and Gibson) play out to support their sixth full-length (and first proper studio) recording, Fantasy Empire. Visit thewicknyc.com for more info about the show on the 15th; visit lepoissonrouge.com for more info about the show on the 16th.
Crosby, Stills and Nash at Kings Theatre
You know what to expect: sweet harmonies (with the audience happily joining in), some fancy guitar work from Stephen Stills, a peacenik protest song or three and lots of good vibes. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Feelies at The Bell House
Indie darlings in the 1980s before embarking on a nearly two-decade hiatus, the reconvened Feelies usually play around a dozen shows a year—with Brooklyn's Bell House a consistent stop on the circuit. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
FKA Twigs at Brooklyn Hangar
The British singer-dancer-producer-choreographer (and force for all that's good and right in music today) plays two shows as part of the Red Bull Music Academy's annual fandango. For more info, visit redbullmusicacademy.com.
Mastodon, Clutch and Graveyard at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
SummerStage’s slate of free concerts is subsidized by a few choice benefit shows, like this sludge-metal jamboree. It promises to be more face-melting than the hottest day in July. For tickets, visit ticketfly.com.
TV on the Radio at Kings Theatre
Brooklyn's arty TV on the Radio have amassed a loyal following over the past decade and a half. Their latest album, Seeds, came in the wake of bassist Gerard Smith's untimely passing. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Primal Scream at Irving Plaza and Warsaw
Bobbie Gillespie and his merry troupe of psychedelia-obsessed party monsters return to these shores, playing a variety of hits from the past three decades. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Pixies at The Beacon Theatre and Kings Theatre
In 2013 this highly influential alt-rock outfit released their first new material in almost a decade—but it's a safe bet the crowd will be coming for old favorites like "Debaser" and "Gigantic." For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
May 26, May 30 and October 27
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.
Steven Wilson at Best Buy Theater
The founder of prog-rock band Porcupine Tree is also a surround-sound remixer of some renown. On this tour, he supports recent solo release Hand. Cannot. Erase. For tickets, visit axs.com.
Jeff Rosenstock at Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Brooklyn punk rocker Jeff Rosenstock thought he might quit being a touring rock 'n' roller altogether after the end of Bomb the Music Industry!, his band that gave away free music in protest of RIAA lawsuits. As it turns out, he kept at it—and, with We Cool?, even improbably landed on the Billboard charts. We love his five-borough video for the single "You, in Weird Cities." For more info, visit bkbazaar.com.
Free Performances at David Rubinstein Atrium, Lincoln Center
Local and national artists perform free shows every week at one of the City’s preeminent venues. It’s first-come, first-served—so arrive early. For more info, visit lincolncenter.org.
Chaka Khan at Prospect Park Bandshell
The Queen of Funk ushers in the 2015 Celebrate Brooklyn! season in style with hits like "I'm Every Woman." Arrive early and bring your dancing shoes. For more info, visit bricartsmedia.org.
Ride at Terminal 5
This British indie band created one of the quintessential albums of the shoegaze genre (Nowhere). They then adopted a more melodic, Britpop-influenced style before a tense breakup in 1996. They got back together for one performance in the early aughts, but they've only just recently gone all the way and resumed touring. The show is sold out, but you can try your luck on StubHub.
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires at Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Dance in the shadow of the Unisphere as part of the World's Fair anniversary celebration with Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, who have earned a loyal following with their soulful, melodic tunes. For more info, visit cityparksfoundation.org.
Unlocking the Truth, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls and Black Girls Rock at Red Hook Park
Metal prodigies Unlocking the Truth (who have experienced success and record-industry drama far beyond their years) headline Brooklyn Family Day in Red Hook, a neighborhood that's a great setting for a summer day trip. For more info, visit cityparksfoundation.org.
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.
Deal Casino, Wyland, The Vaughns, Night Lights and Nemes at Pianos
Five up-and-coming alternative rock bands—New Jersey's Deal Casino, Wyland and The Vaughns, and Boston-based Night Lights and Nemes—make for a well-rounded bill at this Lower East Side show. For more information, visit ticketweb.com.
Lettuce and The Soul Rebels at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Funky Bostonians Lettuce and eclectic New Orleanians The Soul Rebels bring a truckload of brass to Central Park. For more info, visit cityparksfoundation.org.
June 15, 17, 24, 26, 28 and 30
Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series at Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Queensbridge Park, Jackie Robinson Park, Crotona Park and Clove Lakes Park
Experience the music of The Metropolitan Opera for free in City parks. The series features shows in all five boroughs. For more info, visit cityparksfoundation.org.
June 16 and 22
Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake at Best Buy Theater
Reel Big Fish had a gold record during the ska-punk boom of the 1990s, and the band has held on to a loyal fan base through relentless touring and a highly caffeinated live show. Plus, lead singer-guitarist Aaron Barrett can shred with the best of 'em. Fellow hardened ska-punk vets Less Than Jake co-headline what has to be the tour of 2015 (so far) for the genre's fans. The June 16 concert was rescheduled from the original date of January 27; if you had tickets for that show, they're still good. For more info, visit axs.com.
Bette Midler at Madison Square Garden
The woman who set countless mothers weeping with her soundtrack to Beaches recently released her 25th album, It’s the Girls!, in which she covers classic songs from girl groups like the Supremes and the Andrews Sisters. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Rush at Madison Square Garden
No fly-by-night, the quintessential prog-rock band (and 2013 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) celebrates 40 years of living in the limelight together on the "R40 Live Tour." For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
Melvins at Santos Party House
The heaviest band in showbiz returned last fall with their eleventy-billionth full-length record, Hold It In, which features contributions from Jeff Pinkus and Paul Leary of the Butthole Surfers. See Pinkus play bass, supporting Melvins stalwarts King Buzzo (vocals, guitar) and Dale Crover (drums). For tickets, visit ticketweb.com.
Dispatch at Madison Square Garden
The rootsy, jam-y rock band performs a pair of shows called "Dispatch: Hunger," intended to raise awareness of hunger and related issues in the United States. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
The New Pornographers at Prospect Park
A.C. Newman’s power-pop colossus from up north released a new album, Brill Bruisers, last summer, and their set lists still incorporate old favorites going back to Mass Romantic and The Electric Version. The show is free. For more info, visit bricartsmedia.org.
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at Queensbridge Park
Even as he approaches his 74th birthday, George Clinton can still get a crowd moving. For more info, visit cityparksfoundation.org.
Rock Steady Crew 38th Anniversary Show at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Begun in the Bronx in 1977, the Rock Steady Crew established the standard for B-boying (breakdancing, that is). They'll host the festivities and likely do some popping and locking; rappers Big Daddy Kane and Whodini will also perform. For more info, visit cityparksfoundation.org.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – Songs in Concert at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Cast members perform songs from the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical about the life of Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter Carole King. For more info, visit cityparksfoundation.org.
30th Anniversary DJ Celebration: Quantic / Gilles Peterson / Afrika Bambaataa at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Afrika Bambaataa—one of the godfathers of hip-hop—joins forces with British DJs Quantic and Gilles Peterson for a five-hour dance party. For more info, visit cityparksfoundation.org.
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at Marcus Garvey Park and Tompkins Square Park
The free annual festival honoring jazz legend Charlie Parker features acts paying tribute to the man himself and otherwise keeping the genre alive. This year's performers include Oliver Lake Big Band, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Joe Lovano. For more info, visit cityparksfoundation.org.
Electric Zoo at Randall’s Island
The party people return to Randall’s Island for their EDM fix. This year’s lineup includes such big names as David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren and Kaskade. For tickets, visit electriczoofestival.com.
Scorpions and Queensrÿche at Barclays Center
Raucous German heavy metal band Scorpions, known for 1980s hits including "No One Like You" and "Rock You Like a Hurricane," celebrate their 50th birthday. Also invited to the party: cerebral metal stalwarts Queensrÿche. For more information, 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.
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.