30 Great Concerts to See in NYC This Fall

nycgo.com staff

New York City is a great place for live music—and if you’re looking for a concert, you’ll have plenty of choices this fall. Here are some of our picks.

The Raconteurs
September 6
Hammerstein Ballroom
One of Jack White’s rock ’n’ roll bands brings its tour to town.

Vampire Weekend
September 6
Madison Square Garden
Onetime indie darlings Vampire Weekend have outgrown that particular label. How will “A-Punk” and “M79” sound in an arena? Come find out.

September 12
Terminal 5
This band (whose name stands for “Pathetic Use of Potential”) plays pop punk. They incorporate video-game imagery into this video, which includes NSFW language.

Phantom Planet
September 18
The band behind “California” (that song you know from The OC) is back after periods of hiatus.

Kimya Dawson
September 18
Market Hotel
One half of anti-folk favorites the Moldy Peaches performs in Brooklyn.

Adam Ant
September 19
Beacon Theatre
New wave lives! Enjoy “Goody Two Shoes” and other hits during this live show, which serves as proof.

Blink-182 and Lil Wayne
September 20
Barclays Center
The pop-punk band plays Enema of the State in its entirety to celebrate the album’s 20th (yowza!) anniversary; rapper Lil Wayne shares the bill.


The Aquabats
September 20
Costumed ska superheroes descend upon Brooklyn’s most beloved rock venue-cum-pierogi purveyor. Expect dancing and fights with monsters.

Cat Power
September 22
Webster Hall
It’s an evening of indie folk in the East Village.

September 22 and 24
Radio City Music Hall
The “Good As Hell” rapper has had a breakout year with critics and on the charts.

Jade Bird
September 24
Webster Hall
The “Lottery” singer performs live.

B-52s, OMD and Berlin
September 24
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
If you’re a fan of ’80s music there’s a good chance you’ll find something to like in this lineup, which should allow you to sing along to “Rock Lobster,” “If You Leave” and “Take My Breath Away” in the same night.

Janelle Monáe
September 25
Pier 17
Call her android, artist or Q.U.E.E.N., this versatile performer brings her soulful, rap-tinged pop to the Seaport.

Brian Wilson
September 26
Beacon Theatre
Wouldn’t it be nice to see the musical genius behind the Beach Boys live? Yes, we think it would be.

Billy Joel
September 27, October 25 and November 15
Madison Square Garden
New York’s own piano-pop stalwart Billy Joel continues his years-long residency at Madison Square Garden (they’re saying they’ve turned the man into a “franchise”). As long as people keep showing up, we’re keeping the faith that the show will go on.


David Byrne's American Utopia on Broadway
October 4­, 2019–January 19, 2020
Hudson Theatre
The Talking Heads frontman hits Broadway with a show based on his latest album—but you can expect some old favorites as well.

Phil Collins
October 6
Madison Square Garden
Through the name of his tour, Phil Collins has informed us all that he is “still not dead yet.” That’s fortunate for fans of solo hits “In the Air Tonight,” “Sussudio” and “Against All Odds,” plus the occasional Genesis cut like “Invisible Touch.”

October 12
Radio City Music Hall
Yes, Ode to Joy, the title of Wilco’s upcoming album, was used centuries ago by Friedrich Schiller and then Beethoven. But occasional parallel thinking is inevitable in any creative endeavor.

Rolling Loud Festival
October 12–13
Citi Field
A lineup including ASAP Rocky and Wu-Tang Clan rolls into the Citi Field parking lot.

Post Malone
October 14–15
Madison Square Garden
Along with being a popular musician, Post Malone is a big Olive Garden fan—as Jimmy Fallon learned firsthand.

The Black Keys and Modest Mouse
October 15
Barclays Center
Hear “Lonely Boy,” “Float On” and a bunch of other songs at a good old-fashioned rock show.

Kacey Musgraves
October 15
Radio City Music Hall
The Grammy-winning country artist brings her tour to Radio City.

Steely Dan
October 15, 16, 18, 19 and 22
Beacon Theatre
Donald Fagen keeps the jazz-rock music of Steely Dan, familiar from songs like “Do It Again,” “Reelin’ in the Years” and “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” going strong.


Alessia Cara
October 23
PlayStation Theatre
The Canadian pop and R&B star known for the song “Here” plays in Times Square.

October 30 and 31
Kings Theatre and Hammerstein Ballroom
Minus one Janet Weiss, the Pacific Northwest rockers tour behind new album The Center Won’t Hold.

The New Pornographers
November 7
Brooklyn Steel
We love a good Canadian supergroup, of which the New Pornographers are one.

Slayer and Ministry
November 9
Madison Square Garden
It’s a metal show! Slayer is billing this as their last tour, so catch ’em while you’ve got the chance.

Ariana Grande
November 12
Barclays Center
Ariana Grande has a great voice; enjoy it at this show.

The Ergs
November 15
Brooklyn Bazaar
New Jersey pop punks the Ergs—fronted by a singing drummer—play their loud, fast, catchy songs live.

Taking Back Sunday
November 15–16
Terminal 5
These Long Island screamo practitioners are still at it.