Spring music concerts 2013: The biggest, coolest live-music shows

Buy tickets for the best spring music concerts, including big shows from Fleetwood Mac and Rihanna, and heat-seeking acts such as Liars and Savages.

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Winter’s over and you’re ready to catch a show—but what to see? We have 20 highlights from our spring music concert schedule, covering Savages in March, Fleetwood Mac in April and Rihanna at Barclays Center in May.


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    Spring music concerts 2013: The biggest, coolest live-music shows

    Alan Cumming and Liza Minnelli

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    Spring music concerts 2013: The biggest, coolest live-music shows

    Savages

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    Spring music concerts 2013: The biggest, coolest live-music shows

    Sky Ferreira

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    Spring music concerts 2013: The biggest, coolest live-music shows

    Alt-J

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    Spring music concerts 2013: The biggest, coolest live-music shows

    Paul Motian

  • Spring music concerts 2013: The biggest, coolest live-music shows

    Sigur Rós

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    Spring music concerts 2013: The biggest, coolest live-music shows

    Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris

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    Spring music concerts 2013: The biggest, coolest live-music shows

    The Breeders (seen here in 1993)

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Spring music concerts 2013: The biggest, coolest live-music shows

Alan Cumming and Liza Minnelli

March concert schedule picks

Liza Minnelli and Alan Cumming

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Liza Minnelli is the bewitched, sequined and bewildered model of a Broadway barely-survivor. Tonight, local queer nightlife guru Daniel Nardicio pairs her with the louche, bouncy-kneed Scottish stage-and-screen actor Alan Cumming—whose résumé, like hers, prominently includes the musical Cabaret—for what should be a memorable night. For more information, go to lizaandalan.com.

  1. The Town Hall 123 W 43rd St, between Sixth Ave and Broadway
  2. Until Thu Mar 14
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Savages

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

This aptly named London four-piece floored Time Out at CMJ 2012 with its searingly urgent take on classic postpunk. In March, the all-female crew lands at SXSW, then heads to Gotham for a pair of high-profile headlining gigs.

  1. Music Hall of Williamsburg 66 North 6th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
  2. Wed Oct 16
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Sky Ferreira + How To Dress Well

  • Critics choice

Sky Ferreira’s pouty Calvin Klein–ready image and arch-teenybopper aesthetic—her 2011 debut EP was titled As If!—make it easy to underestimate the singer-songwriter-actress. But tracks like last year’s crying-on-the-dance-floor gem “Everything Is Embarrassing” demonstrate that the 20-year-old Angeleno is a serious talent. Rounding out this perfectly matched bill is bedroom-soul visionary Tom Krell, the man behind the strongest 2012 art-soul effort not titled Channel Orange.

  1. Music Hall of Williamsburg 66 North 6th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
  2. Until Wed Jul 9
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Alt-J

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Riding high on the success of its debut album, An Awesome Wave, this Leeds quartet brings its gangly, quirky and irresistable indie-pop stylings to trendy Webster Hall and cavernous Terminal 5. Both shows are sold out, technically speaking, but every savvy New Yorker knows how to get around that situation. (Hello, Craigslist?)

  1. Terminal 5 610 W 56th St, at Eleventh Ave
  2. Mon Mar 30
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Paul Motian Tribute

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

When Paul Motian passed away in 2011, we lost a living link to golden-age NYC jazz and a vital contemporary catalyst-bandleader. A quick glance at the personnel for this tribute, overseen by Motian’s longtime triomates Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano, reveals his transcendent influence; among those on hand are percussive royalty (Billy Hart, Andrew Cyrille), unclassifiable pianists (Geri Allen, Marilyn Crispell), saxophone marvels (Tim Berne, Bill McHenry) and close compatriots (Masabumi Kikuchi, Jerome Harris)

  1. Symphony Space 2537 Broadway, at 95th St, 10025
  2. Until Fri Mar 22
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Sigur Rós

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Icelandic band Sigur Rós maintains a seemingly unpiercable facade beyond its remote native land—blame it on the combo's brainy, loose dreamscapes, which became even more ghostly and ethereal on last year's Valtari. Now a trio, the group is due to release a new LP some time this year, and has already proclaimed it "an anti-Valtari." Make of that what you will, and depend on an otherworldly experience.

  1. Madison Square Garden 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (Seventh Ave), between 31st and 33rd Sts, 10119
  2. Mon Mar 25
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Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell + Richard Thompson

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Roots-music royalty convenes at the Beacon when alt-country godmother Emmylou Harris hits the stage with her longtime compadre, singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, to showcase material from their handsomely twangy joint CD, Yellow Moon, issued on Nonesuch. Opening is English folk-rock legend and everyman guitar hero Richard Thompson, who leads his current combo in songs from his 14th studio album, Electric, recently issued on New West.

  1. Beacon Theatre 2124 Broadway, at 74th St
  2. Until Wed Mar 27
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The Breeders

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

For those inclined to moan about getting old any time a cherished indie-rock album reaches a milestone vintage, be forewarned that Last Splash, the breakthrough LP for (then) ex-Pixie Kim Deal and her spin-off band, the Breeders, turns 25 this year. Even so, a brief preview video shot during a rehearsal proves that the reunited lineup of Kim and Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson still rocks out with insouciantly punky cool.

  1. Webster Hall 125 E 11th St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Until Fri Dec 20
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See the complete concert schedule for March

  1. March
  2. April and May

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