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The best concerts in NYC in November

We've narrowed down our favorite concerts in NYC for the month, including Bonobo and Hudson Mohawke

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The Weeknd

November in the city offers a lot more reasons to be thankful than just Thanksgiving turkeys and pumpkin pies. Things might be cooling down, but the endless list of amazing fall concerts makes the braving the autumnal cold well worth it. Here's our list of our favorite music highlights for the month—from dancing away residual "superstitious" Halloween vibes with Stevie Wonder to partying with up-n-coming synth star Shamir.

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Concerts in NYC in November

Natalie Prass + Wilder Maker

Natalie Prass, who plays keyboard for Jenny Lewis live, plays expertly crafted country-and-soul-tinged tunes from her recenty self-titled debut.

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10 Nov 2015

The Weeknd + BANKS + Travi$ Scott

When R&B singer Abel Tesfaye released his debut mixtape, House of Balloons, in 2011, he did so hidden behind the Weeknd moniker: faceless and nameless, with no pictures, concerts or interviews. Since then, he's made the leap from mystery-cloaked DIY buzz magnet to pro-hyped superstar, and deservedly so—the new album, Beauty Behind the Madness, revitalizes Tesfaye's drugged out psychosexual fantasy with '80s funk basslines and a glossy pop shimmer. With four huge nights at three massive stadiums, you have no excuse to miss the Toronto singer-producer pushing R&B to ever lusher, edgier extremes.

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Wed Nov 11 - Thu Nov 19


Buzzy androgynous indie-popper Shamir Bailey croons and raps over bouncing R&B-infused four-on-the-floor beats. The tunes are undeniably infectious, so it's no surprise the singer's debut LP, Ratchet, landed him on a slew of "Artist to Watch" lists this year.

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Mon Nov 16 - Tue Nov 17

Billy Joel

Erstwhile angry young man Billy Joel—now an official Madison Square Garden franchise, like the Knicks and Rangers—is tacking on date after date in what's threatening to become an endless run. May 28 may be sold out, but you can grab tickets for...September.

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Madison Square Garden , Midtown West Thursday December 17 2015

King Diamond + Exodus

Beyond gratuitous facepaint, this Danish heavy-metal legend's live antics famously include microphones made from femurs, the ritual sacrifice of Satanic dolls, and a real human skull named “Melissa”—so expect some mayhem when he rolls into town. This tour catches King and Co. playing 1987's Abigail in full.

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Thu Nov 19 - Sat Nov 21

HEALTH + Pictureplane

HEALTH puts on a completely insane—in a good way—live show. The hard-touring L.A. quartet swarms the stage, performing what feels like a postmodern tribal ritual, mashing up art-pop, avant-metal and tons of frenzied positive vibes. Denver’s Pictureplane, the electronic-pop project of Travis Egedy, runs in a similarly spastic and exploratory vein: a druggy, sexual gloom set to glitchy, jarring beats (recently turned toward crisper dance music).

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Sat Nov 21 - Sun Nov 22

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder. Songs in the Key of Life. Elder statesman of pop Wonder isn't usually the type to dwell on past glories, but this time he is. You've read the best-of lists, and you know the tunes. While he's extended his tour beyond the original 12 dates, Wonder certainly isn't one of those artists who ride the nostalgia wave until it crashes.

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24 Nov 2015

They Might Be Giants

The latest single from quirk-rock notables They Might Be Giants is just a call away. The band has had a prolific year, releasing a new song every week through its recently revived "Dial-A-Song" service in which the duo records songs onto an answering machine and advertises the number online. But make no mistake—the new material sounds even better on stage than after the beep. These Music Hall dates each feature two sets: one with the Dial-A-Song tunes and another spotlighting one of the group's earlier albums.

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Music Hall of Williamsburg , Williamsburg Thursday December 31 2015 - Saturday January 2 2016
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