The best NYC concerts and music festivals: Further ahead

Grab your tickets early for Belle and Sebastian, Ex Hex, Foo Fighters and more

Photograph: Brantley Gutierrez
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Jessie Ware | Terminal 5; Apr 1

Jessie Ware first piqued the interest of tastemakers back in 2011 after contributing her velvety vocals to tracks by postdubstep bass master SBTRKT and '90s garage throwbacks Disclosure. The London soul-pop diva's beguiling debut, Devotion, retooled the silken soul stylings of Sade with a modern polish and cemented Ware's star status. While early singles like "Wildest Moments" soared majestically, though, what we've heard of the new Tough Love comes off as surprisingly reserved. We think the stylistic pullback offers some very welcome subtlety.

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Terminal 5 Wednesday April 1 2015

Twin Shadow | Music Hall of Williamsburg; Apr 1

Since George Lewis Jr. introduced himself to the public as north Brooklyn's one-man laptop act Twin Shadow, he's added a live band to the fray and made for some kind of indie-Prince, slick-dance-ballad endeavor—which is to say that it's awesome. There's a new full-length in the works, so be on the lookout for sparkly new jams.

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Music Hall of Williamsburg Wednesday April 1 2015

OK Go | Terminal 5; Apr 11

The quirky Chicago alt-rock band—more famous for its music videos than for its actual music—has a new album, Hungry Ghosts, and, yes, a trippy, optical-illusion–laden video for the single “The Writing’s on the Wall.” But are people actually into the band? This big T5 gig suggests so.

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Terminal 5 Saturday April 11 2015

Jesse Malin + Steve Wynn & The Miracle Three + Trapper Schoepp | Bowery Ballroom; Apr 11

Critics' pick

Veteran local rocker and frontman of the much-loved, intermittently active D Generation, Jesse Malin has unimpeachable credentials: His social circle includes Ryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen, he casually references pop-culture touchstones, and he reveres cool music, ranging from ’60s girl groups and Motown to the Ramones and the Replacements. His own fare tends toward punk-informed roots rock, and he hits the LES with his new album, New York Before The War.

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Bowery Ballroom 11 Apr 2015

At the Gates + Converge + Vallenfyre | Webster Hall; Apr 12

Extreme-metal bible Decibel is known for putting together great package tours, and it's unveiling another doozy this time around. Headlining are Swedish death-metal vets At the Gates, gigging on the heels of its long-awaited comeback disc, At War with Reality. And setting the stage are Massachusetts metalcore titans Converge, whose 2012 set, All We Love We Leave Behind, frankly blew our puny little minds, and the U.K.'s Vallenfyre, which features ATG drummer Adrian Erlandsson and players associated with renowned Brit crews Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride.

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Webster Hall Sunday April 12 2015

The Decemberists + Alvvays | Beacon Theatre; Apr 16

Portland, OR's Decemberists attract a nerdily passionate following thanks to their knowing (and, to some, pretentious) indie antiquarianism. The band hits the road again after three years, supporting its latest album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World—and we have to say, the ornate Beacon Theatre is the perfect venue for the show. Opening is the excellent Toronto indie-pop crew Alvvays, whose self-titled debut album is one of 2014's best.

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Beacon Theatre Monday April 6 2015

Iggy Azalea + Nick Jonas + Tinashe | Barclays Center; May 7, 8

Chances are you have a strong opinion on Iggy Azalea, arrived at after months on end of having ""Fancy" drilled into your skull. As for us, we prefer to set aside the "authenticity" debate that still rages in hip-hop—that all went out the window years ago—and just embrace the glorious absurdity of a white Aussie rapper affecting a black Southern accent. And hey, her songs are catchy as hell. Catch I-G-G-Y's big stadium show here, with rising R&B star Tinashe and Jonas Brother turned surprisnigly effective Miguel-esque soul man Nick Jonas.

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Barclays Center Thursday May 7 2015 - Friday May 8 2015

They Might Be Giants | Music Hall of Williamsburg; Jan 25 - May 31

The quirk-rock masters come off last year's expectedly weird-but-charming Nanobots to play a special series of NYC dates: one MHOW gig per month for five months, starting with a sold-out show in January. Each of the following concerts is devoted to one of the band's classic releases: They Might Be Giants, Lincoln, Dial-A-Song and Flood, respectively.

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Music Hall of Williamsburg Sunday February 22 2015 - Sunday May 31 2015

Ride | Terminal 5; June 4

Between 1988 and 1996, Ride released four albums, all classics of the shoegaze era, and then broke up during Britpop's ascendency (which the band foreshadowed with a pop sensibility many of their peers lacked). Now, following in the footsteps of groups like Sleater-Kinney and fellow Creation Records vets Swervedriver, the band is back together and, as luck would have it, playing a huge reunion show at T5. As is usual with these big comeback gigs, it sold out crazy-fast, but we're keeping our eyes peeled for more dates to be announced.

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Terminal 5 Thursday June 4 2015

Belle and Sebastian | Radio City Music Hall; June 10

Twee nation rejoice: Belle and Sebastian are coming to Radio City! Earlier this year, B&S singer Stuart Murdoch put out his directorial debut film, God Help the Girl, scored with the band’s music. Now Murdoch is refocusing his attention on the group that made him the envy of every wistful college student of the past two decades. Keep an eye on this gig—openers will be announced as the date approaches.

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Radio City Music Hall Wednesday June 10 2015

Looking for more live music in NYC?

January

Future Islands, Sam Smith and Jack White and more

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February

Ariel Pink, Sleater-Kinney and They Might Be Giants and more

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March

Hozier, Neil Diamond, Alt-J and more

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Full Moon Fest 2014: Our favorite photos

Based on a series of monthly all-night dance parties on the Thai island of Ko Pha Ngan, Full Moon Fest took place on the balmy Friday before August's full moon this year, the very peak of summer.

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Firefly Music Festival 2014

OutKast, Weezer, Beck and the Foo Fighters had the crowds surfing all weekend long at the third edition of the East Coast music blowout

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