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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

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Concerts in NYC in October


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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Madison Square Garden, Midtown West Thursday October 1 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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Madison Square Garden, Midtown West Thursday October 8 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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Beacon Theatre, Upper West Side Tuesday October 6 2015 - Friday October 16 2015

Panda Bear

Panda Bear, a.k.a. Animal Collective indie-pop visionary Noah Lennox, released his first album since 2011, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper earlier this year, a dazzling effort that layers organic electronic textures and Lennox's Beach Boys–y vocals into bizarre choral-sounding freak-folk.

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Bowery Ballroom, Lower East Side Tuesday October 13 2015 - Thursday October 15 2015

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...October and beyond!

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Madison Square Garden, Midtown West Friday September 25 2015 - Thursday December 17 2015

The Who

The Who—that is, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, some other musicians and two very prominent ghosts—hits the road as part of the group's 50th-anniversary celebration, digging into some deep cuts for their supposedly final stadium trek. The core duo is bolstered by a more-than-able supporting cast, including Beatle progeny Zak Starkey and bass wizard Pino Palladino, recently heard on D'Angelo's masterful Black Messiah.

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Prudential Center Sunday October 25 2015