Oct 9 – Oct 15 • Essential Weekly Concert Guide • NYC Edition
Springsteen on Broadway at Walter Kerr Theatre | Through Feb. 3, 2018
“The Boss” plays his most intimate venue in years when he takes the stage for a string of Broadway shows full of his own music and majesty. Tickets are already practically impossible, but there is a lottery for fans to score a few last-minute passes. This might be the highlight of any Springsteen devotee’s fandom, so act now and make the dream happen.
Syd at Irving Plaza | Oct. 9
The Internet’s own Syd finally embarks on her first solo jaunt, and considering the projects she’s been working on lately, the wait appears to be worth it. Originally a part of collective Odd Future, Syd has been on a roll with The Internet and now her own solo project, “Fin.” She’s scheduled to play a big date at Irving Plaza, and anyone eager to get a glimpse at the future of hip-hop and r&b better be in attendance.
Tricky at Music Hall of Williamsburg | Oct. 9
Producing stalwart Tricky has been at it for a long time, putting together all kinds of sonic masterpieces featuring some of the best collaborators you’ve never heard. Now Tricky returns with “ununiform,” his 13th studio album that includes all kinds of refreshingly different takes on rap and other genres. He’ll be joined by In the Valley Below when he stops off for a date at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn.
Kesha at Hammerstein Ballroom | Oct. 9 + Irving Plaza | Oct. 10
The unforgettable voice and even more enduring personality behind hits like “Tik Tok” and “Die Young” made her return to music in earnest last month with the release of “Rainbow.” Now it’s time for Kesha to do what she does best: Hit the road and turn every town into a party zone. She brings her infectious singles of the past and her new numbers for a few shows bound to impress and get people up and moving.
Quinn XCII at Bowery Ballroom | Oct. 9 + Music Hall of Williamsburg | Oct. 10
Listeners looking for a shot of poignant r&b with a real, relatable story need look no further than Quinn XCII’s “The story of Us.” He has an Ed Sheeran-esque knack for lyricism with a Sam Smith sensibility to boot, and he’s assuredly on his way up. He plays two dates in the New York area in support of “The story of Us” with shallou also on-hand.
Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull at Prudential Center (Newark) | Oct. 10
It’s the injection of Latin fire everyone’s been needing. Two of the genre’s hottest selling artists grace the Prudential Center for a night full of big hooks and even bigger crowds. Pitbull and Iglesias have both brought crowds to their feet with their dance floor-ready hits, but they’ve also left audiences devastated with emotionally charged love ballads. Both are on display when the two team up for an incredible Prudential Center showcase.
Neon Trees at Bowery Ballroom | Oct 10
The force behind some of radio’s most memorable 2010’s hits like “Animal” and “Sleeping with a friend” return to New York with a big date at the Bowery Ballroom. Their latest single, “Feel Good,” has been capturing attention and will hopefully climb the charts as quickly and adeptly as some of their past work. They’ll be holding down the Bowery ballroom while Nashville’s *repeat repeat open up.
PVRIS at Terminal 5 | Oct. 10
PVRIS gracefully balance club-ready synths and a much more melancholic set of sensibilities to push their brand of rock forward. It’s moody but reflective, piercing yet just refined enough. They hit Terminal 5 in support of their latest album, “All We Know of Heaven, All we Need of Hell” with Lights and Flint Eastwood opening up festivities.
Future Islands at Brooklyn Steel | Oct. 10-12
With over a decade of experience to go on, Future Islands has evolved and become something of a synth pop luminary, expertly crafting creative and evocative songs that beckon listeners to open their minds to the world around them. The art pop group never settle for mediocrity, taking their time to put together the perfect lyrics for an undeniable success. Look no further than their latest effort, “The Far Field,” a summation of everything Future Islands stands for. They’ll be playing three huge shows at Brooklyn Steel with Jenny Besetzt providing support, so get in while the going’s good.
Tedeschi Trucks Band at Beacon Theatre | Oct. 10 + 11 + 13 + 14
The Southern rock and soul group are currently in the midst of a string of Beacon Theatre performances full of original material and rare covers. Their fanbase continues to balloon thanks to the group’s ability to put together such a well-formatted live show. Expect the unexpected when you check this group out for the first time, as you never quite know what they’ll offer up.
Katy Perry at Barclays Center | Oct. 11
The “Swish Swish” songstress herself has one more date lined up after a steady string of NYC dates. She brings her energetic live performance to Barclays for one more night, with Noah Cyrus opening things up for her. Get ready for a night full of memorable hits attendees won’t be able to escape.
MadeinTYO at Irving Plaza | Oct. 11
Whether you’re taking the subway, grabbing a Lyft, or using MadeinTYO’s transportation mode of choice, Uber, Irving Plaza is sure to be rocking when the emcee behind “Uber Everywhere” takes the stage. Catch the young hip-hop phenom as he dishes out some new tracks for his rabid fans. There’s no full-length album in sight, but a great night of live bangers will have to suffice.
The California Honeydrops at Bowery Ballroom | Oct. 11 + 12 + 13
There’s always something fun to sink your teeth into when in New York, but few shows will ever go down as sweet as one led by The California Honeydrops. Where they shine is their ability to effortlessly throw funk, r&b, soul and so many other genres into a giant musical melting pot and have the final result sound completely cohesive, like a genre all its own. Their live show hinges on requests and audience interaction. It’s not so much a concert as it is a party.
Guns N’ Roses at Madison Square garden | Oct. 11 + 15 + 16 + Prudential Center (Newark) | Oct. 12
The legendary outfit that scored a generation of risk takers and troublemakers returns to NYC for a few sold out shows guaranteed to rock everyone’s face off. There’s no limit to the energy these guys exude when they take the stage, commanding it with such poise it’s clear Guns N Roses are true masters of their craft. Strap in. This is going to be a wild ride. Will there be anything else like it? Probably “Not in This Lifetime.”
Air Supply at BB King Blues Club | Oct. 12
This pair of Aussies made their mark in the U.S. in the 1980s, landing on the charts various times with hits like “The One That You Love” and “Here I am (Just When I Thought I was Over You).” Their style stands the test of time, and they’ve even gone on to receive various accolades in their home country of Australia Now they bring those all too familiar jams back to NYC for a night of reminiscing and good times.
Bleachers at Tilles Center Concert Hall | Oct 12
The solo project for songwriter and producer Jack Antonoff, Bleachers’ latest hook-heavy single, “Don’t Take the Money,” has been striking a cord with everyone lately, and it’s no surprise. From topping Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 2012 with positive earworm “We Are Young,” to doing it again as a collaborator on Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do,” Antonoff has the pop song blueprint down to a science. The prolific producer and performer stops by the Tilles Center Concert Hall for a rousing show full of hooks that will resonate with everyone. The show is in support of Bleachers’ sophomore album, “Gone Now,” and Secret Weapons will be providing support.
Blind Pilot at Irving Plaza | Oct. 12
When they’re not jamming with middle-schoolers, Blind Pilot are quite busy indeed. The folksy sextet hit a goldmine with 2016’s “And Then Like Lions,” giving the masses another healthy dose of their perfectly tempered rocking goodness to vibe to. They bring that same goodness to Irving Plaza for a scintillating show.
Brother Ali at Knitting Factory | Oct. 12
A member of the Rhymesayers collective, Brother Ali frequently finds himself on the front lines of activism, whether it’s through the message in his music or otherwise. He’ll be hitting the road again, a trek that will bring him to New York in support of his latest album, 2017’s “All the Beauty in this Whole life.”
Daley at Highline Ballroom | Oct. 12
Daley’s soulful voice and versatility hasn’t gone unnoticed stateside. He has already torn up the r&b charts thanks to his unforgettable voice and unique musical influences. He has already gotten the chance to work with some of music’s greatest figures, including Pharrell and The Weeknd, and his stock can only go up from here. He takes the Highline Ballroom by storm as part of his “Spectrum” tour, with contemporaries Tiffany Gouche and Kenneth Whalum will hold down the support.
Japanese Breakfast at Music Hall of Williamsburg | Oct. 12
A project for songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michelle Zauner, Japanese Breakfast is quickly getting to the point where it needs no introduction. Zauner’s use of ethereal textures and limitless experimentation really sets her apart as a musician putting something fresh out into the sphere. Her latest album, “Soft Sounds from Another Planet,” pushes this idea forward, threading all the album’s tracks together with a thematic sense of using against grief. Mannequin Pussy and The Spirit of the Beehive will anchor the support for this show.
Joyner Lucas at SOB’s | Oct. 12
The Massachusetts MC is quite definitely on the rise, fighting through the hip-hop ranks through a series of mixtapes before finally landing on the Atlantic payroll in 2016. Now the brash and street-wise rapper takes a swing at New York’s sounds of brazil, where he’ll put on an intimate and blistering performance like he has always been wont to do.
Moses Sumney at Music Hall of Williamsburg | Oct. 12
In a world full of fast-paced climbs up the charts thanks to the web, a slow but steady ascent is a rarity. That’s just what the magnificently talented Moses Sumney has experienced, however, riding a word-of-mouth wave, patiently refining his sonic dreamscape as he goes. Now, his name is on the tip of everyone’s tongue, and listeners would be hard-pressed to find a single track of his that doesn’t sound as smooth as butter. He brings his otherworldly compositions to the Music Hall of Williamsburg for a noteworthy date.
Mura Masa at Terminal 5 | Oct. 12
Mura Masa has quickly drummed up a very healthy reputation as a producing phenom, but he’s no slouch when it comes to original work, either, embracing the darkness on his self-titled debut which dropped in July 2017. He’ll bring both some of the songs he has written and a few standout remixes to Terminal 5 when he looks to rock New York for a night with Joey Purp also on the bill.
Andrew WK at Warsaw | Oct. 13
It’s everybody’s favorite party time maestro making a big return to the stage. After just recently announcing plans for a new album, the musician turned motivational speaker and full-time party animal makes a stop in New York for a raucous affair full of memorable tunes and even louder fans. What time is it? It’s party time, most definitely.
Atlas Genius at Gramercy Theatre | Oct. 13
After Everything Everything finishes rocking things during their early show, Atlas genius takes the stage for the late show as part of a happening Friday at the Gramercy Theatre. The Australian duo responsible for the breakout hit “Trojans” prepare to bear their souls on-stage once again, and you can rest assured it’s going to be downright genius. Magic Giant and Half the Animal join the bill for one packed lineup.
Everything Everything at Gramercy Theatre | Oct. 13
These Manchester musicians have been blazing quite the trail for themselves, especially thanks to their last few winning albums, 2017’s “A Fever Dream” and 2015’s “Get to Heaven.” Their songs are incredibly eclectic and impressive in their composition. Everything Everything certainly aren’t a group to play the same song twice. They have a big date scheduled at Irving Plaza’s Gramercy Theatre in front of their die-hard New York audience.
GoldLink at Brooklyn Steel | Oct. 13
For those with their finger on hip-hop’s pulse, GoldLink’s “The God Complex” has been on constant rotation since it dropped. The project sees GoldLink dipping his toes in two different waters — that of old school production and a forward-thinking, bouncier sound — making for something he likes to call future Bounce. Experience that new cutting edge genre live when GoldLink plays an eagerly anticipated date at Brooklyn Steel alongside Masego and April + Vista.
Rusted Root at BB King Blues Club | Oct. 13
25 years after their debut album, “Cruel Sun,” Rusted Root remains a strong and independent force in music, as exciting on the record as they are on the stage. They tasted significant success in 1994 with the breakout single “Send Me On my Way,” a track that more than put them on the map. They’ve continued getting better with age, honing their craft with every tour. Before they polish off a new album, they hope to play a few songs live at BB King blues Club, so make sure to snag a ticket and hear some completely new tunes.
Halsey w/ PartyNextDoor and Charli XCX at Barclays Center | Oct. 13 + Prudential Center (Newark) | Oct 14
Fasten your seatbelt for a pop trifecta that will get you out of your seat and onto the dance floor. Halsey brings her relentless angst and melody to Barclays and the Prudential Center. As if that’s not enough, Charli XCX and PartyNextDoor will also be cranking up the volume and turning out the hits like only they can. This has to be the hottest ticket in the Big Apple right now, and thankfully there are two dates to experience it.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue at Terminal 5 | Oct. 13 + 14
Troy Andrews really has done it all, from writing a children’s book to opening for the likes of Madonna on tour. Now he finally returns under the Trombone Shorty moniker for a new album full of that eclectic sound fans have come to appreciate from Andrews, full of genre-changes and effervescent swagger throughout. Orleans Avenue joins Trombone Shorty for a truly big band feel, while Vintage Trouble start things off with a bang.
Against Me! at Brooklyn Steel | Oct. 14
The punk band stylizes their name with an exclamation point not because it looks cool, but because everything they do is a furious exclamation. Armed to the teeth with rants against social inequality, injustice, and just feeling unsafe in one’s own skin, Against Me! Manages to turn all of these everyday plagues into anthems that are way more fun to yell than to sing. They bring their high-octane brand of punk rock to Brooklyn Steel. Bleached and the Dirty Nil join the punkers on this leg of their “Shape Shift with Me” tour.
LANY at Irving Plaza | Oct. 14 + 15
The poppy grooves that LANY put out are unmistakable. New York is definitely in their hearts, and they look to wear that on their sleeve when they return to the Big Apple for two big shows full of their anthemic best.
WPC (Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins) at Murmrr Theatre | Oct. 14 + 15
As a member of the alt-rock pioneers Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan became synonymous with a 90s movement, with a voice that’s incredibly distinctive and often imitated. It looks like Corgan is looking to change up the tempo, though, as he resurfaces with a solo effort under the name William Patrick Corgan and a new album, the Rick Rubin produced “Ogilala.” Corgan will play two sets during this intimate event: First cuts from the new album, followed by a set spanning his entire career. It’s a cant-miss event for Smashing Pumpkins fans, or for fans of reinvention in general.