The best NYC concerts and music festivals: Further ahead
Grab your tickets early for Justin Timberlake, Skinny Puppy, Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood, Opeth and more
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Industrial veterans Skinny Puppy have left a mark on many during the last three decades—for both better and worse. Goth-inspired art-pop queen Grimes cites her first time hearing the band as a revelatory experience, but earlier this year, much to the band's dismay, the U.S. government used the SP discography in Guantánamo prison camps to torture inmates. The Vancouver electrometallers are no strangers to taking on big, bad politicians, though, as their infamous live antics have included mock executions of George H.W. Bush. It goes without saying that we're excited to see what cEvin Key and Nivek Ogre have planned.
Sure, Say Anything is an emo outfit, but it's also one of the great bands of our time, regardless of subgenre. For more than a decade, frontman-songwriter Max Bemis has transformed his neurotic woes and exceedingly dirty thoughts into an ongoing alt-rock opera—brash, barbed and frequently hilarious. All those descriptors apply to the latest Say Anything set, Hebrews, but 2004's …Is a Real Boy, is still Bemis's masterwork. The group performs that LP in full here, with help from fellow emo-punk torchbearers Saves the Day, revisiting their 1999 set, Through Being Cool, and Get Up Kids spin-off Reggie in the Full Effect, performing 2003's Under the Tray.
This big show by jam-jazz champs Medeski Martin & Wood finds the ever-funksome group renewing its acquaintance with soulful guitarist and fellow traveler John Scofield.
Justin Timberlake isn’t the smoothest when it comes to between-song banter, but that’s the only thing you might find lacking in his current big-box 20/20 Experience tour. A consummate pro, J.T. mixes a young Sinatra’s swagger and charisma with the airtight funk of peak Michael Jackson, making magic night after night with a crack big band.
Opeth singer-guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt had worn his vintage prog-rock fetish on his sleeve for so long that 2011's Heritage didn't come as such a surprise. Foregoing almost entirely the death-metal crunch and growl of the Swedish group's salad years, the disc found Opeth playing long, loose and even jazzy at times. August's follow-up, Pale Communion, finds the band further exploring its prog side—no death-metal growls here. Swedish melodic-death-metal faves In Flames and Portland, OR's Red Fang, which does melodic, boogified doom with cool proggy flourishes, set the stage.
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