The best NYC concerts and music festivals: Further ahead

Grab your tickets early for Iggy Azalea, Stromae and AC/DC

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Iggy Azalea

Steely Dan + Elvis Costello

Despite the insistence of Seth Rogen's character in Knocked Up that "Steely Dan gargles [his] balls," and though the band hasn't released a new album in more than a decade, the Dan's stock has continued to rise in recent years. Hell, Donald Fagen, Walter Becker & Co. even turned up at Coachella earlier this year. The inimitable jazz-pop sophisticates with the most sly, most depraved lyrics in pop show off their airtight grooves with support from masterly British vet Elvis Costello.

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PNC Bank Arts Center Saturday August 1 2015

One Direction

The boys in One Direction might have started out as a Simon Cowell–groomed pop product, but in the years since their 2010 X Factor debut they've more than proved their worth as one of the world's biggest acts. Their latest LP, Four, is a bona fide smash full of stadium-rock swells and huge sing-along hooks that have more in common with the Who or Fleetwood Mac than NKOTB. Sure, there will be bus loads of screaming tweens angling for a selfie with Harry or Zayn (sorry, Louis). There'll also be plenty of grown-ass adults lured by the group's unaffected, unpretentious pop-rock, unashamedly belting out megahits like "What Makes You Beautiful."

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MetLife Stadium Wednesday August 5 2015


The publicity campaign leading up to the release of AC/DC's latest album, Rock or Bust, hit a bit of a snag last November when drummer Phil Rudd was arrested in New Zealand and charged with—there's no delicate way to put this—attempting to hire a hit man. (That accusation was quickly dropped, though Rudd still has to answer for drug-possession and threatening-to-kill charges.) And this debacle came just months after word arrived that guitarist Malcolm Young was suffering from dementia. But AC/DC is nothing if not resilient: Rock or Bust sounds both a) exactly like you'd expect it to and b) completely awesome. And the meat-and-potatoes hard-rawk force tore it up at the Grammys with help from returning fill-in sticksman Chris Slade. So say it with us: For those about to rock with Angus Young & Co. here, we salute you.

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MetLife Stadium Wednesday August 26 2015


Rising electro-songsmith and Time Out New York cover star Stromae (real name: Paul Van Haver) specializes in soulful bangers that sound at once sophisticated and bombastic. He's a huge star in his native Belgium, and increasingly a recognizable name in the States as well. This headlining spot at the Garden will be his biggest NYC gig yet.

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Madison Square Garden Thursday October 1 2015

Iggy Azalea + Nick Jonas + Tinashe

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 Sunday October 11 2015 - Monday October 12 2015

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