The best NYC concerts and music festivals: Further ahead

Grab your tickets early for Iggy Azalea and Stromae

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Iggy Azalea

Steely Dan

Critics' pick

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 during their annual Beacon run, preceded by a PNC Bank Arts Center gig with like-minded vet Elvis Costello in support.

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PNC Bank Arts Center Saturday August 1 2015 - Friday October 16 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 Thu May 7 - Fri May 8

Tobias Jesso Jr.

Critics' pick

Tobias Jesso Jr. serves up retro-style piano pop, which references touchstones both cool (Lennon, Harry Nilsson) and uncool (Billy Joel, Barry Manilow). His tunes are breezy and beautiful, not to mention way smarter than your average drippy singer-songwriter fare. Here, Jesso supports his debut, Goon, with a pair of MHOW gigs.

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Music Hall of Williamsburg Wednesday October 14 2015 - Thursday October 15 2015

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