NYC Concert Calendar

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by nycgo.com staff

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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 10–12
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.

May 20
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.

May 27, June 17, July 20, August 9, September 30 and more
Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden
Living legend and New York icon Billy Joel continues 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.

June 3–5
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.

June 13
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
Florence and the Machine. Photo: Tom Beard

June 14
Florence and the Machine at Barclays Center
Florence Welch and her band bring their big, soulful indie-pop sound to Brooklyn's big arena. Grimes opens. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.

June 18–20
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
Demi Lovato. Photo: Yu Tsai

June 27
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

July 8
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.

July 14
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.

July 2224
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.

Mondays
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

Ongoing
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.

 

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