Fall's best music shows

The hot gigs you'll want to beg, borrow and steal to get tickets for.



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  • Jay-Z and Kanye West

    Jay-Z and Kanye West

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    Lauryn Hill

    Lauryn Hill

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    Odd Future Wolf Gang

    Odd Future Wolf Gang

Jay-Z and Kanye West

Jay-Z and Kanye West

Watch the Throne
Of course it was going to be good, and hip-hop's reigning kings—Jay-Z and Kanye West—knew it, packaging their LP in gold Mylar cases, hosting star-studded playback events and, y'know, calling it Watch the Throne. But the pair delivered a mighty album that showcases both MCs at their fire-spittin' best. Rumors of a feud between the two made headlines (of course), but Jay-Z brushed off the gossip in a recent Hot 97 radio interview. "Yes, we get on each other's nerves," he said, "but that's part of pushing each other. We're in the business of challenging ourselves." We suggest you step up to the challenge of getting hold of a ticket to one of these sold-out shows and be awed by the brilliance of this once-in-a-generation collaboration. Izod Center (izodcenter.com). Nov 5, 6 at 7:30pm; $51.50--$250.—Sophie Harris

Fall festivals

Rock the Bells
Rap's biggest names hit the stage at Governors Island to revive some of their greatest triumphs: Lauryn Hill returns to the festival to reprise The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Nas performs Illmatic, and the Wu-Tang Clan breaks into its ample cabinet of classic solo projects and pulls out GZA's Liquid Swords and Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Governors Island (rockthebells.net). Sat 3 noon; $99--$199.

All Tomorrow's Parties
For indie-rock nerds who've flown the flag for their scene for as long it's been an actual thing, ATP is second to none thanks to its democratic, no-VIPs vibe. This year's edition features the much-ballyhooed return of Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel); fest curators Portishead have also engaged Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Deerhoof, Ultramagnetic MC's and many more of your favorite indie luminaries. Asbury Park, NJ (atpfestival.com). Sept 30 at 5pm; Oct 1, 2 noon. Three-day pass $249; day pass $60--$90. Jeff Mangum solo Oct 3 sold out.—Corban Goble


St. Vincent
Artful singer-songwriter and fashion plate Annie Clark plays before and after the release of her third album, Strange Mercy (Sept 13). Metropolitan Museum of Art (metmuseum.org). Thu 25; sold out. * Webster Hall (websterhall.com). Nov 3; $20.

Das Racist
Brooklyn's fast-food-fancying rap pranksters prove they're no fluke with their star-studded first commercially released album, Relax (Sept 13). Bowery Ballroom (boweryballroom.com). Sept 12; advance $15, at the door $17.

Odd Future
Hip-hop's kinetic, controversial hype magnets roar into town for a show that sold out faster than most people can recite this posse's full name. Terminal 5 (boweryballroom.com). Oct 19; sold out.

Moody Canadian songstress Leslie Feist drops her fifth album, Metals, on Oct 4, followed by an arty engagement at Brooklyn's stateliest auditorium. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (bam.org). Nov 2; sold out.

Katy Perry
Still touring on behalf of Teenage Dream, among the most successful albums in pop history (look it up), cartoonish pop princess Perry redecorates the Garden. Madison Square Garden (ticketmaster.com). Nov 16. $49.50--$69.50.

Taylor Swift
But suck it, Katy! Everyone's sweet little country-pop sister crowns a multimillion-selling year with two shows at the world's most famous arena. Madison Square Garden (ticketmaster.com). Nov 21, 22. $29.50--$89.50.

Amon Tobin
The Brazilian DJ and electronica superstar comes to Brooklyn for two rare, massive live shows in support of ISAM, an ambitious recent album. Brooklyn Masonic Temple (ticketfly.com). Oct 25, 26. Sold out.

Steely Dan
Slick, seductive and increasingly in fashion, this veteran duo brings its extended crew to the Beacon for its latest run of complete-album shows. Beacon Theatre (ticketmaster.com). Sept 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23. $59--$219.50.

Foo Fighters
Nirvana drummer turned everyman singer Dave Grohl and his power-pop juggernaut hit the Garden between two Jersey dates. Izod Center, Sept 26; Madison Square Garden, Nov 13; Prudential Center, Nov 14. ticketmaster.com. $49.50--$69.50.

Twin Sister
Long Island's chillwave poster children follow their highly anticipated new LP, In Heaven ( Sept 27), with a sure-to-be-jam-packed NYC showcase. Mercury Lounge (ticketmaster.com). Sept 29. $12.

More than a decade after its chilly breakup, Mexico's legendary alternative-rock combo reunites for a long-overdue victory lap. Hammerstein Ballroom (at the Manhattan Center) (ticketmaster.com). Oct 12. $43--$83.

Zola Jesus
The eerie Wisconsin goth-pop chanteuse, whose real name is Nika Roza Danilova, plays two shows to celebrate a new LP, Conatus (Oct 4). Knitting Factory (ticketfly.com), Oct 18; Le Poisson Rouge (gigmaven.com). Oct 19. $15.

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