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The best concerts in NYC in October

We've narrowed down our favorite concerts in NYC for the month, including Ricky Martin and Panda Bear

Photograph: Fernanda Pereira
Panda Bear

You can't fool yourself anymore: with September out of the picture, summer is totally over. But even though NYC festival season might be up, the upcoming slew of stellar fall concerts means there's no reason for any concert-goer to fret. So bundle up in your sweater weather finest and head out to hear everything from big-name imports (Stromae, Ricky Martin, Disclosure) to homegrown indie luminaries (Panda Bear, Toro y Moi, Chance The Rapper).

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Concerts in NYC in October

Jason Robert Brown

One of musical theater's leading composers, Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, The Bridges of Madison County) combines insinuating heightened-pop melodies with intelligent lyrics. In his monthly series at SubCulture he flips through his own catalog, joined in August by guest vocalist Laura Benanti.

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Thu Oct 1 - Mon Nov 2


Rising electro-songsmith and Time Out New York cover star Stromae (real name: Paul Van Haver) specializes in soulful bangers that sound at once sophisticated and bombastic. He's a huge star in his native Belgium, and increasingly a recognizable name in the States as well. This headlining spot at the Garden will be his biggest NYC gig yet.

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01 Oct 2015

Toro y Moi + Astronauts, Etc.

Chazwick Bundick is somewhat of a stylistic chameleon. Under the Toro y Moi moniker, his sound has dramatically evolved on each album from synth-swathed "chillwave" to full-on smooth-funk goodness—and with this year's new LP, What For?, he's turned to Weezer-esque indie rock (and don't forget his club-ready output under the dance alias Les Sins). Catch the man-of-many-hats' new material live before he switches gears again.

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Thu Oct 1 - Fri Oct 2

Twin Shadow

Since George Lewis Jr. introduced himself to the public as north Brooklyn's one-man laptop act Twin Shadow, he's added a live band to the fray and made for some kind of Prince-inspired, slick-dance-ballad endeavor, which is to say that it's awesome. His most recent full-length, Eclipse, is his most fully realized vision yet, so be ready to move to sparkly new jams.

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01 Oct 2015

Fleetmac Wood presents White Winged Love Disco

This globe-trotting party (it's made appearances in NYC, London, L.A. and Palm Springs) is an "unadulterated, tunnel-visioned event, paying homage to the incredible musical journey that is Fleetwood Mac." Nothing but FM re-edits, remixes and originals (no straight covers allowed), coming at you like a landslide. Organizers openly and lovingly warn "If you’re not sure you like Fleetwood Mac, please don’t come. No really, don’t come."

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Fri Oct 2 - Sat Oct 3

Destroyer + Jennifer Castle

Dan Bejar, a collaborator with The New Pornographers and an idiosyncratic Canadian singer-songwriter who makes music as Destroyer, put forth a dynamic, mature interpretation of the soft-rock genre on 2011's Kaputt. Bejar still loves his ’80s influences, but in the sparkly first single, "Dream Lover," from his new album, Poison Season, he turns from smoothed-out soft rock to "Born in the USA" Springsteen, trading cryptic murmurings and muted saxophone lines for a howling horn section and pounding drums. It's a welcome change to see the poetic indie-rocker let loose.

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04 Oct 2015

Tame Impala

Tame Impala's first two critically acclaimed LP's, Innerspeaker and Lonerism, parlayed fuzz-soaked tidal waves of melodic psych-rock into massive anthems that, dare we say it, channeled John Lennon at times. The new one, Currents, polishes that winning formula into a silkier sound that's referential but never merely derivative: old-fashioned, newfangled and timeless all at once.

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06 Oct 2015

Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin's One World Tour stops at the Garden in support of the Puerto Rican pop hunk's latest, A Quien Quiera Escuchar ("To Those Who Want to Listen"). The new disc skews a little sappy, but we think it's safe to expect a thumping, dance-commanding good time from the former Menudo man and, uh, vida loca liver extraodinaire.

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08 Oct 2015

Steely Dan

Despite the insistence of Seth Rogen's character in Knocked Up that "Steely Dan gargles [his] balls," and though the band hasn't released a new album in more than a decade, the Dan's stock has continued to rise in recent years. Hell, Donald Fagen, Walter Becker & Co. even turned up at Coachella earlier this year. The inimitable jazz-pop sophisticates with the most sly, most depraved lyrics in pop show off their airtight grooves during their annual Beacon run, preceded by a PNC Bank Arts Center gig with like-minded vet Elvis Costello in support.

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Sat Oct 10 - Fri Oct 16
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