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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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Ariana Grande

Contrary to what most people may think, the majority of September is still technically considered summer! The fall equinox, which indicates the first day of fall, doesn't occur until September 23—meaning there are still plenty of days to take advantage of the warm weather and endless summer concerts in NYC! Plus, come fall, you've got a handful of fall concerts to look forward to as well.

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Concerts in NYC in September

Thee Oh Sees

A Thee Oh Sees show is a sure bet for anyone who likes their riffs big, bad, meaty and pogoworthy. The garage-rock group debuted a new four-member format, behind frontman John Dwyer, earlier this year and play behind their spring release, Mutilator Defeated At Last. At the rate Dwyer churns out material, odds are good they have another in the hopper. If you miss them at the Bowery, worry not—you'll have two more chances at Brooklyn's Warsaw the following nights.

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Bowery Ballroom, Lower East Side Tuesday September 8 2015 - Friday September 11 2015

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, Midtown West Saturday September 12 2015

Madonna

Madonna may not be a New York native, but at this point, she's been repping NYC for more than three decades. Catch the pop diva here in support of her latest LP, Rebel Heart. The album contains some of her best work in a while, and she’s been doing this for long enough that she knows how to pull off big-league pop razzmatazz. Expect cutting-edge videos and dizzying choreography—in short, one hell of a show.

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Madison Square Garden, Midtown West Wednesday September 16 2015 - Saturday September 19 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), Hell's Kitchen Friday September 18 2015

Joyce Manor

Unhinged Cali emocore types Joyce Manor did the impossible with their last three albums, reinvigorating pop-punk with a sound both comfortingly familiar and refreshingly original. And if punk-bro machismo turns you off, worry not—frontman Barry Johnson instituted a stage-diving ban at his concerts after witnessing flying punks crush unsuspecting showgoers.

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Webster Hall , Downtown Saturday September 19 2015

Youth Lagoon

A signee of the rapidly diversifying Fat Possum roster, Youth Lagoon—the one-man project of 24-year-old Boise, ID, singer-songwriter Trevor Powers—fashions an eerie appeal out of reedy vulnerability, nostalgic pop hooks and hazy, dreamlike distance.

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Rough Trade NYC, Williamsburg Monday September 21 2015

A$AP Rocky + Tyler, The Creator + Danny Brown + Vince Staples

Four outsider-rap luminaries take over Madison Square Garden for what's sure to be the hip-hop concert of the season. The co-headlining double bill pairs thrillingly inventive Harlem rap phenom A$AP Rocky with anarchic Odd Future antihero Tyler, the Creator. They pull in support from word-drunk weirdo Danny Brown and the sharply sinister Vince Staples.

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Theater at Madison Square Garden, Midtown West Tuesday September 22 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, Midtown West Friday September 25 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, Downtown 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, Prospect Heights Saturday September 26 2015 - Sunday September 27 2015
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