Best NYC music & nightlife: Critics' picks

Find the best music and nightlife events in New York City this week, as chosen by Time Out's editors.

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Dumbo Arts Festival

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The already art-forward ’hood pulls out all the stops for this three-day fest, featuring works by 300-plus contemporary artists. Of the many creative shows in the lineup, Kling Klang, from art-rockers Xiu Xiu, is one of our favorites. Also, be sure to check out the weird and wonderful Himalayas

  1. Various locations
  2. Fri Sep 26 - Sun Sep 28
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Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom. Joe’s Pub (see Off Broadway). By Bridget Everett. Music and lyrics by Everett, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Directed by Wittman. With Everett. Running time: 1hr 40mins. No intermission. Rock Bottom: In brief The astonishing, totally fearless Amazon of alt cabaret

  1. 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $33
  3. Tue Sep 23 - Thu Oct 16
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Stromae

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

If you've never heard of Stromae, that's likely going to change really soon. The electro-songsmith and Time Out New York cover star—real name: Paul Van Haver—specializes in soulful bangers that sound at once sophisticated and bombastic, and he's a huge star in his native Belgium. The mania

  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Sat Sep 20
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Global Citizen Festival 2014

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Returning for a third year with another big bash in Central Park, Global Citizen allows you to earn your way in to catch a starry bill—Jay Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun., the Roots and Tiësto—by performing civic-minded acts, with a goal of eliminating extreme poverty around the globe by

  1. Central Park, Great Lawn midpark, from 79th to 85th Sts
  2. Sat Sep 27
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The Black Keys + Cage the Elephant

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The Black Keys, the little Akron, OH, blues-rock duo that could, has evolved into a world-class psychedelic pop powerhouse, fueled by Dan Auerbach's cool croon and Patrick Carney's bouncy beats. Here, the pair supports its immersive latest, Turn Blue, with help from Cage the Elephant, a Kentucky

  1. Barclays Center 620 Atlantic Ave, at Flatbush Ave, 11217
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Wed Sep 24
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Village Vanguard

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

After 75 years, this basement club’s stage—a small but mighty step-up—still hosts the crème de la crème of mainstream jazz talent (Joe Lovano, Barry Harris, Lou Donaldson). Plenty of history has been made here: John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Bill Evans have grooved in this hallowed hall.

  1. 178 Seventh Ave South, at 11th St
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King Crimson

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Of all the great prog-era dinosaurs still roaming the earth, Robert Fripp's 46-year-old art-rock institution has remained the most committed to reinvention. Every time the group reemerges—e.g., in its fierce, angular early-’70s incarnation, or its sleekly modernized early-’80s one—it's

  1. Best Buy Theater 1515 Broadway, at 44th St
  2. Sun Sep 21
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Source360 with Wu-Tang Clan + The Diplomats + Bone Thugs-N-Harmony + Dom Kennedy + Lil’ Kim + Curren$y

  • Critics choice

Several legendary NYC hip-hop collective converge on Barclays Center to mark the 25th anniversary of The Source magazine. Catch Staten Island rap icons Wu-Tang Clan, uptown dons The Diplomats, Cleveland crew Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and others.

  1. Barclays Center 620 Atlantic Ave, at Flatbush Ave, 11217
  2. Sat Sep 20
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Blue Note

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

The Blue Note prides itself on being "the jazz capital of the world." Bona fide musical titans (Cecil Taylor, Charlie Haden) rub against hot young talents (the Bad Plus), while the close-set tables in the club get patrons rubbing up against each other. The Late Night Groove series and the Sunday

  1. 131 W 3rd St, at Sixth Ave
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Jeff Goldblum

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

As an actor, Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, The Fly) has always had a special knack for the offbeat. That may serve him well as he moonlights in jazz this week, making his New York nightclub debut at the Carlyle with his band, the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.

  1. Café Carlyle (in the Carlyle Hotel) 35 E 76th St, at Madison Ave
  2. Sat Sep 20
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