Bummed about missing Coachella? Don't despair—all the best acts are headed to NYC soon
Don’t let FOMO get you down; here's our handy guide to upcoming NYC shows featuring the stars of the big Cali fest
Mon Apr 14 2014
Photograph: Michael J. Chen
Bummed that you were stuck in NYC while your Cali counterparts were sitting pretty at Coachella this past weekend? Yeah, we know; we know: fun in the sun, and all. (See our pics from last year.) But look at this way: We're currently enjoying some pretty gorgeous weather ourselves, and more importantly, just about every major Coachella act you might possibly want to see is playing New York within the next few months. Here's a quick sampling of the sonic delights in store over the next few months:
Nas: Beacon Theatre; Apr 16
Okay, yes, we agree, it was pretty awesome that Nas brought out none other than Jay frickin' Z for his Coachella set. But wouldn't you rather catch Mr. Illmatic at the Upper West Side's swankiest spot, where he'll play the album in full and screen a new documentary on its making? We thought so. Who knows, maybe Jay's back in town too.
Future Islands: Webster Hall; Apr 30
There's a reason the buzz on this Baltimore synth-pop group is growing to deafening levels. If you caught Samuel Herring & Co. slaying on Letterman last month, you're probably already a believer. In two short weeks, the group hits the East Village to support its extraordinary 4AD debut, Singles.
Haim: Terminal 5; May 10, 11
The unstoppable Haim sisters turned in a typically fierce set over the weekend, and we expect they'll only be that much more poised when they hit NYC next month. Take note: These will be Danielle, Este and Alana's first local gigs since they unleashed their crazy-good 2013 set, Days Are Gone. Fainting is expected.
The Afghan Whigs: Brooklyn Bowl; May 15
Alt-rock survivor Greg Dulli recently rebooted his signature act, which is set to drop its first LP since 1998 tomorrow. In that sense, we've got a leg up on the Cali competition: We get to spend a whole month with the record before we see these dudes in the flesh. (With all due respect to the new stuff, we can't wait to hear the 1993 classic "Gentlemen.")
One of the most disarming breakout acts of 2013 is giving New Yorkers who missed them at Coachella a hell of a consolation prize: no less than four local gigs in the coming months. We're already swooning over the prospect of hearing "The Mother We Share" reverberating through the 'Burg on June 15 during the Scottish trio's alfresco Northside Festival set.
OutKast: Governors Ball: Randalls Island Park; June 6–8
Sure, Andre 3000 and Big Boi chose Coachella for the big reveal of their wildly anticipated comeback. But we'd like to think that they were just making sure they were in fighting form for NYC's own multiday bacchanalia, where they'll coheadline with Jack White and Vampire Weekend.
Arcade Fire: Barclays Center; Aug 22–24
The most beloved indie-rock band in the land rocked the fest over the weekend, but you can safely expect an even more immersive experience when Win Butler & Co. turn our Brooklyn show palace into their own personal congregation. Now, about that dress code…
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