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The best concerts in NYC in September

We've narrowed down our favorite concerts in NYC for the month, including Death Cab for Cutie and the Electric Zoo Festival

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Concerts in NYC in September

Death Cab for Cutie + Explosions in the Sky

Key exponents of the earnest, easy-listening school of indie rock that flourished in the early aughts, Death Cab for Cutie are still going strong. Here, Ben Gibbard and his Washington State crew gig behind their eighth LP, whose title, Kintsugi, references a Japanese art form that, according to Death Cab bassist Nick Harmer, "[makes] the repair of an object a visual part of its history" and also nods to the 2014 departure of DCFC cofounder Chris Walla. In keeping with the bands M.O., fans shouldn't expect too radical a shift; the new material just sounds like good, old Death Cab to us. Texan epic-instrumental-soundtrack-rock specialists Explosions in the Sky set the stage.

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Madison Square Garden Saturday September 12 2015

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters

Led Zeppelin may be in the midst of a snazzy, full-catalog reissue campaign, but don't get your hopes up for a U.S. tour. Leonine lead man Robert Plant is on the road with his current cross-cultural concern, the Sensational Space Shifters, touring behind a sensuous African-tinged soul-meets-rock set, lullaby and…The Ceaseless Roar.

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Hammerstein Ballroom (at the Manhattan Center) Friday September 18 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...September.

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Madison Square Garden Thursday August 20 2015 - Thursday December 17 2015

Global Citizen Festival 2015

Returning for a fourth year with another big bash in Central Park, Global Citizen allows you to earn your way in to catch a starry bill—Beyonce, Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Ed Sheeran—by performing civic-minded acts, with a goal of eliminating extreme poverty around the globe by 2030. (Or you can, you know, shell out big bucks for VIP tix.) Get started by visiting globalcitizen.org.

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Central Park, Great Lawn Saturday September 26 2015

Ariana Grande + Prince Royce

Maybe it's just because Katy Perry, Beyoncé and most of the other minted pop divas are between album cycles, but former Nickelodeon starlet Ariana Grande looks increasingly like a permanent radio fixture. She aims to prove that she can also put on a worthy stadium spectacle, playing behind her 2014 sophomore record, My Everything, and its massive singles “Problem,” “Break Free” and “Love Me Harder.”

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Barclays Center Saturday September 26 2015 - Sunday September 27 2015