The best NYC concerts and music festivals: Further ahead

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Sufjan Stevens

Having filled his last five years with collaborations, ambitious conceptual projects and even a Christmas album, folk-pop visionary Sufjan Stevens takes a more direct, singer-songwriter–oriented approach on his new LP, Carrie & Lowell.

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Various venues Saturday April 11 2015

Romeo Santos

The Dominican community will be out in force for Bronx bachata overlord Anthony "Romeo" Santos, the former lead singer of Aventura. Despite having sold millions of records—and rubbed elbows with Drake, Kevin Hart, Carlos Santana and Nicki Minaj, all featured on his latest, Fórmula, Vol. 2—the King of Bachata is still little known outside the Latin community. Come see what the fuss is about here.

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Barclays Center Friday July 10 2015

Taylor Swift + Vance Joy + Shawn Mendes

T. Swift was always a little more Madonna than Miranda Lambert, so her decision to leave Nashville for NYC—and pop-country for plain old pop—isn't necessarily shocking. What is mind-blowing is the 24-year-old's latest album, 1989, which has broken sales records long held by Britney Spears and Eminem, something unfathomable in today's music world. The Spotify-averse Swifty celebrates her overwhelming success with this good-as-sold-out stadium gig in NJ. Get ready to "Shake It Off," people.

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MetLife Stadium Friday July 10 2015 - Saturday July 11 2015

Foo Fighters + Royal Blood

For two decades, Dave Grohl and his Foos have been America's greatest purveyors of fan-friendly radio rock. Is their output, including the much-hyped new Sonic Highways, blandly middle-of-the-road? Yep. But is it also good for a beer-hoisting night of neo-classic-rock sing-alongs? You bet it is. British grunge-blues types Royal Blood set the stage.

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Citi Field Wednesday July 15 2015 - Thursday July 16 2015

U2

Last year was a weird one for U2, what with that unfortunate iTunes snafu surrounding the release of Songs of Innocence, and Bono's Central Park bike accident, which led to the surreal occurrence of the Boss (and, yes, Chris Martin) filling in for the famed frontman at a World AIDS Day gig this past December. Tepid as Songs was, though, you know you still want to be there when these Irish stadium-rock faves blast through their myriad hits as part of an insane seven-night MSG run.

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Madison Square Garden Saturday July 18 2015 - Friday July 31 2015

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

AC/DC

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

Stromae

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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OutKast, Phoenix, Julian Casablancas and ridiculously perfect weather highlighted day one of New York’s biggest music fest

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Summer Jam 2014

Hip-hop took center stage as the genre’s finest rocked the mikes at MetLife Stadium

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Boston Calling Spring 2014

Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie and Jack Johnson headlined the three-day Memorial Day weekend music extravaganza in Boston

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The L.A. sister act supported its unstoppable 2013 debut with a winningly diverse set

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